Who's Offline? Google Gears...

Today Google released Google Gears - and while it sounds neat...

Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

  • Store and serve application resources locally
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
  • Run asynchronous Javascript to improve application responsiveness

Who is 'offline' any more? I've got a 24x7 connection at home. I hope on my motorcycle and 30 minutes later I'm at work where again I have 24x7 connectivity.

How many people are 'offline' for any significant time these days? I can maybe see people using something like this traveling - or possible if you commute via a train?

Google Gears looks pretty neat even though I don't have a need for it - especially with the integrated SQLite database. It will be interesting to see if Apollo will have something similar. Nice to see they support Linux as well! :)

Update (5/31): Mike Chambers spills that beans that Apollo _will _support SQLite as well!

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