The gears on the net go round and round…

Yesterday, Google started a new open source project called Google Gears. Google Gears is a browser extension that allows you to use some prebuilt API’s to provide offline functionality. This includes storing data locally on a machine, storing your application on the machine, and also the ability to sync back up to the online application when connected to the internet again.

This is a big deal.

One of their first examples is in Google Reader, which I use every day. If you have Reader open, there should be a link at the top that says ‘Offline’. After clicking that (and installing Gears), Reader will download the last 2000 new messages to your machine. This way, you can read them whenever you want, mark them as read, etc. And then when you connect again, it will sync your read articles, and update itself accordingly. Thats awesome!

I think one of the bigger punches with this new utility is going to be some of the other apps, especially Google Documents. Im sure soon you will be able to add, modify, and delete documents like you were using a word processor on you computer. Then, when connecting again, your documents would sync and you could also collaborate with others as well.

If you want to read more, I recomending checking out ArsTechnica’s post on Gears as well.

Im surprised that this did not get bigger recognition in the tech community yesterday, even though its still focused more at developers. I guess the updated Apple TV and Microsoft’s Surface and iTunes Plus (now with DRM-free songs!) took over.

Joost Invites now available!

So, this morning I got my Joost invite! If you have not heard about Joost yet, your missing out! Joost is a new way to watch TV. Imagine, watching TV over the internet, and then using the power of the internet to collaborate, share, and learn about what your watching! And best of all, its free!

They started off the same way GMail and other Web 2.0 projects ‘beta’ their products. A few select people get an invitation and a few more to share. Then, over time, you expand how many invitations users get. Last week, they opened up invitations more, where you now have 1000 invites! You still have to get an invite to sign up.

Once you sign up, you download the client, and get to work! Ive been watching some Aqua Teen while writing this post. Most of the content is new and original, but many BIG companies like ABC, Comedy Central, etc are signing up.

If you dont have an invite yet, LET ME KNOW! Either send me an IM or email with your email address, and ill send you one. Also, ill check the comments to this post as well and add you if you just leave a comment as well!

So we own a house!

Ive been so busy doing SO many things that I have not had time to write!

Debs and I have now owned a house for almost a week. After a great run around with the whole closing process, we finished around 1, had lunch with Emily, and then checked out the house. Debs mom came over a bit later to check the place out while i took some measurements. We then drove to the Sears outlet here in Richmond (most people call it the scratch and dent place). Basically, you can get discounted appliances that have been beat up before going into stores.

After walking around looking at a few ranges, we really started to notice that you pay MORE there! I saw the EXACT SAME range (the one we like the most) there for $100 more than it was at Lowes/Home Depot! And thats with a huge dent and missing paint on the top! We promptly left and took mom to the house to show her around.

Since then, its been a flurry of money, paint, hard work, and more. We spent most of all the weekend at the house painting almost every room. The Living Room and Master Bed room are both done except for trim and ceilings.  I still need to put an extra coat up in the office as well as the Den. Then, we have to slap up some paint in the Kitchen and Living rooms for now. Luckily we have some of the best friends ever that helped us paint, clean, fix, and replace items over the weekend.

Tomorrow (weather permitting) I get to cut my yard for the first time! WoooHooooo!

Listening To: ‘Father Lucifer’ by Tori Amos