Blogging boom will reach stagnation in 2007

According to a recent article on iTWire the blogging boom will reach it’s peak point in 2007 and level out.

The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007 and then level out at around 100 million, predicts analysts Gartner Group.

The web is littered with 200 million abandoned blogs, according to Gartner fellow Daryl Plummer, after bloggers have run out of things to say.

“A lot of people have been in and out of this thing,” Plummer said. “Everyone thinks they have something to say, until they’re put on stage and asked to say it.”

Gartner’s crystal ball also predicts Vista will be the last major release of Microsoft Windows, with the next generation of operating environments to be more modular and incrementally updated. The analyst group also predicts, by the end of 2007, 75 per cent of enterprises will be infected with targeted, financially motivated malware that evaded their traditional perimeter and host defenses.

Any thoughts on this ?

Craythur Web OS

Craythur is another new kid in the ever-mushrooming Web OS block. It’s heavily reliant on JavaScript/AJAX and primarily based on the Prototype and Script.aculo.us frameworks, which originated on the Mac.

At the first glance it seems that this one is geared more as a Personal Information Manager rather than an all-rounder OS and all the utilities provided on the desktop corroborate just that. In my opinion, that might in fact spell it’s success since it’s trying to be the “Master” of a single trade rather than being the “Jack” of all. Among the installed information managers are:

  • Bookmarks
  • Contacts
  • Tasks
  • Banking
  • Notes
  • Scheduler / Calendar
  • Files etc.

Registration is free and gets you started with 100MB of disk space. For a quick tour, you can visit the Craythur Site and enter “demo” as both login and password.

The interface bears a strong resemblance to the new Windows Vista Aero look with glassy transparent title bars and nice themed icons.

Craythur Screenshot

A lot of bug reports have started flowing in – but then that is to be expected at such a nascent stage. For me it worked pretty smooth without a single hiccup.

Judging from the overall functionality, it seems this one is still in very early stages. It’ll be worthwhile to get back to it in a couple of months time and see the progress.

Why not give it a try and let me know about your experience ?

Google’s New Offering: Google Patents

Google’s at it again and this time with a much-needed patent search engine. It sports the same minimalistic interface that’s a trademark of Google and allows you to perform fulltext searches on a database of over 7 million patents and view the details of each patent along with all the drawings / sketches. The scanned pages of the original patents are displayed in a PDF-like format with the ability to zoom in/out on the scans.

Apparently it uses the same underlying technology as Google Book Search. For those who’ve cracked their skulls over the notorious USPTO search engine this one is a mere breeze 😉

Here’s a screen-shot:

Google Patents Screenshot

Check out some funky patents that came up by default on the search page…

This might act as great tool for patent lawyers. Any comments ?

YouOS – another contender in the Web 2.0 genre

YouOS is another experimental operating system that’s built around the Web 2.0 framework and runs straight from your browser providing you with worldwide accessibility (wherever you’ve got an internet connection). Compared to eyeOS, the interface pretty much resembles a Windows or Linux desktop and you can get cracking at it right away. Personally, for me this felt kind of cliche and I’d prefer the eyeOS interface any day.

Registration of course is free and so are the default set of applications, the icons for which are loaded onto your desktop the moment you login. Similar to eyeOS, you’re provided with …

  • A File Manager
  • A Text-Editor
  • Chat Client
  • RSS Feed Reader
  • A Firefox inspired Web-browser
  • Instant Messenger etc.

There’s something about all these Web OS systems that I find a tad bit superfluous – that is creating a web-browser within a web-browser. However, I found a few handy tools that were lacking in eyeOS but are readily available with the default setup of YouOS. StickyNotes & a Shell (Command Console) were two of them. Also pre-installed is a file and music sharing application.

YouOS Screenshot

There’s a large application base and you’ve free to pick & choose and install whichever software you find conducive to your work. Some of the most common applications available for installation are a MAC OS 7 simulator, MSN messenger, GMail checker, NES Emulator, Text Editors and Process Manager.

It might take some more time for YouOS to become more useful and functional and for people who have been using Windows or other operating systems for quite a while may not really look upto YouOS very soon. But for those who would want to move around with their stuff, YouOS does a very good job. Create files and content in YouOS and save it, resume working on your stuff from anywhere.

For a quick taste of YouOS, head for the Demo.

eyeOS – a great new Web-based Operating System

eyeOS is based on the relatively new concept of Web 2.0 and provides you with a new work and organization method. It’s a completely free (Open Source) desktop system running from your browser, where anybody can collaborate and expand it.

It sports a pretty simplistic and cool browser-based interface (desktop) that’s easy to use and refreshing at the same time – though it may be because of the relatively few applications available for it as of now. Among the featured applications in the basic web-edition are:

  • eyeHome – an integrated File Manager
  • eyeEdit – a mini word-processor with a decent amount of features
  • eyeCalc – a very basic calculator
  • eyePhones – an internet telephony application
  • eyeMessages – a groupware messaging utility
  • eyeBoard – Shoutbox work-alike
  • eyeNav – an web-browser within your browser
  • eyeRSS – a RSS Feed Reader
  • and some assorted PIM (Personal Information Manager) tools…

A more complete list of applications can be found in their software database at: eyeApps.org.

eyeOS Screenshot

As stated earlier, eyeOS is primarily targetted as a groupware and collaboration OS and big corporations might benefit quite a lot from it. It offers quite a high-degree of extensibility and the ability to easily write applications for it using a combination of PHP & MySQL. eyeOS can not only run from the web – the server software can be readily downloaded and run on your office intranet providing you with the same facilities on your own LAN.

The biggest advantage of such Web-OSes are in terms of mobility and install-less usage, as in once the main server has been installed, you can work on your files using the integrated applications from any corner of the world. You’ll never have to carry your files around and/or install the required software(s) on any other system to modify them.

Interested ?? Take a quick-tour / demo at: eyeOS Demo. If you find it useful, you can register for free and start using the basic version hosted at the eyeOS site.