Genie Gears Up

Commenting on my recent Gear Mesh post, Albert Ip of Random Walk In Learning agrees that Google Gears has the potential to increase the capacity of a collaborative system but thinks I’ve gone too far in pushing it to include “mesh” and “peers”.  He raises concerns about security and implementation difficulties that are valid, but for which solutions either exist or are being developed. The Meshverse Journal is not a tech space so I won’t go too far down this path but one or two examples seem appropriate for the tech-oriented readers(I am …  umm gearing up to provide a companion meshverse implementation blog). Regarding security, in Firefox 2.0 trusted extensions can already use SQLite storage to share information. The security page for Google Gears clearly states that:

Sometimes web applications on different origins may want to share resources. We are investigating ideas for granting permissions across origins.

so we can expect that Google Gears will provide this capability as well.  While getting disparate local apps and servers all working together and connecting to the internet safely does add some complications, there are compelling reasons to tackle them and LOTS of idle machine cycles available to do so. Besides, now that this more potent genie has followed Jini out of the bottle, there won’t be any turning back.



  1. csven said

    I assumed something like OpenID might at some point come into play.

  2. Laurence said

    Yup, yup – nice observation! We’re in another cycle where lots of convergence is happening but just below the radar of most IT pudits/media so people are more attuned to individual trees than the forest.

  3. csven said

    This actually would tie into an old post of mine on reputation systems: .

    I keep thinking of an article I read about how Chinese manage things in their business system. It’s all reputation; no law is more important than knowing if someone is trustworthy.

    And with RFID systems and ideas like Siberry’s opt-in compensation system, paper currency really does seem to be less and less relevant to future economic activity.

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