I’ve been hoping to get invited to beta test Google’s new online application called “Wave”. Well, after submitting two requests over a period of a month, I finally got an invitation!
I am now one of the lucky few who will get a chance to test drive what could be one of the most paradigm changing revolutions in our Internet times.
As I go through the use of Wave I will post my opinion of it and it possible applications, and how this new communications medium can possibly impact the way we do things online or with our daily lives.
I’ve been stumbling around more often these days. Last night I stumbled upon eyeOS, my first ever contact with something using cloud computing system.
EyeOS is an Internet cloud computing operating system, where your computer is accessible anywhere so long as you have Internet access. It’s user interface is much like a computer desktop. You’ll find items on your desktop as you’ve left them when you logged out. EyeOS has various applications–single user applications, group applications, and file sharing capabilities.
You can host your own eyeOS server, but if you don’t have one, you can sign up at http://www.eyeos.info. When you get there, you get a login prompt.
login prompt for eyeOS
Since you don’t have an account yet, click the new user link. The login prompt expands to show more fields. Fill it in as requested and click Create Account.
Create a new account
Once you’ve created a new account, you will be asked to pick a new theme as shown below.
Pick a theme
Select a theme and you will be asked to login with your new account. Login, and you will be taken to your desktop. Since I chose the new theme, my desktop looks like this:
Your new eyeOS desktop
It looks like your typical computer desktop, and it has the following key areas:
Menu or tool bar
I will cover each an everyone of these areas in a more indepth review of eyeOS.
This Internet application is interesting, and has lots of potential applications.
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If you’re like most people, you don’t know nor do you care how the Internet works. All you need is that your applications and web applications work. And if you are looking to create a social networking site for your club or any niche interest, and you aren’t too worried about having to buy or own a domain, then Ning.com is for you! Although I’ve been surfing the net since its boom in the 1990s, I don’t ever remember seeing ning.com. I heard about it just a few months ago at a technology conference for education where one of the guest speakers established a learning social network through the web services of ning.com.
This platform for a social networks has many potential uses–one of which is a family web site. I setup my own family website, and because I didn’t want just anyone to see what we have there, I set it to be private. Thus you have to be invited to get inside my family web site.
If you have a club and want to establish your web presence and also have a means to share with your members, ning.com is perfect. It is basically a custom myspace.com for your own group.
One very interesting thing with Ning.com is that you can create one account, and through this one account you can setup multiple social networks.
If you aren’t much of a computer or Internet user, this might come as news to you. Google, the biggest search engine on the planet, offers online office applications which gives you collaboration capabilities for word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents. It even gives you the ability to create web forms which you can share for the purpose of taking surveys or polls.
All these are wrapped around a product called Google Docs.