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Wiki Paint

My brother is doing a project in his college as part of his curriculum. He likes to call it as Collaborative Paint, but I like the term Wiki Paint. You know anything based or remotely connected to Wiki is cool and attractive in this Web 2.0 world (think of Chickipedia.com). Cool enough to get a coverage in our local newspaper 🙂
  
But anyways, I liked the concept of this Wiki Paint. I don’t know if there are tools already existing in the market, which does this (apart from the MSN NetMeeting’s Whiteboard, which of course is based on a software on your client).
For now, the Wiki Paint is very very rudimentary in its shape.But, when everything is in place (time and effort, which is less because he is still preparing for his exams), I think this could be used as the following:

  • Editing huge posters and images
  • Collaborative Designing
  • Simple broadcast (it would be nice, if it gives the audio as well)

My brother told about this idea a year back and I was excited about this idea. When I said this to some of friends, many were skeptical about the business value and innovation behind this idea. Today, there is news about the Google India selecting few “product prodigies” and awarding them. And the first prize goes to a project, to the idea of “Collaborative Paint” for some grads at IIT Bombay. Congrats guys. So the race now would be who productizes this idea and markets better.

Now I don’t have to explain my friends about the business value and innovation !

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Apple Safari and other thoughts

Safari LogoI never knew that Apple Safari was available for Windows, until few days back. Despite my unaffordability of a iMac or a Time Capsule, due to its price, I’m a huge fan of Apple and Steve Jobs. So I need not express, how happy I was 🙂 .

The look and feel is really gorgeous and simple. Being a compulsive Firefox user, I always had complaints about the Firefox’s rendering. Safari’s rendering is the best I have seen so far. Its smooth and makes any crappy web page looks attractive.

Another feature that I liked about Safari is, its proxy and connection settings. It shares the settings with the Internet Explorer. Unlike Firefox which has a separate proxy settings of its own, Safari’s sharing with IE makes it very easy for me. I will tell you why, I have to set the proxy when I work from my office and have to disable it when I work from home. When I was using Firefox, each and every time I shuttle between my office, I have to go and change the settings in both the browsers. (My company’s products are not yet tailored for Firefox, so I cannot escape from IE 😥 ). So now, the life is simple with Safari.

Extending the same concept, why don’t the browsers share the following from the Operating System:

  • Browsing History 
  • Form details (other than password, info like user id, name and address)
  • Bookmarks & Favorites
  • Plugins (why should I download and install plug-ins for each and every browser)

These features will make users to use as much as browsers as possible. Firefox has huge gamut of extensions, which I have not seen in IE or Safari. Safari’s cool and gorgeous UI. IE for websites which are lazy and arrogant enough to support other browsers. 

 At the end of the day, end users get best of all the worlds !