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Monday, January 27, 2003

Now [Watson] is probably one of my favorite MacOS X applications, and one I definitely do not take advantage of enough. Even though Apple cloned it with [Sherlock 3], it still does many cool things that Sherlock doesn't do, or doesn't do well (my only gripe with Watson is that it doesn't give me my full TV listing, just the first 100 channels or so, and my cable's channel guide sucks).
Now one of the things I'm considering for my mail application (EvilToaster and it's daemon) is bringing in RSS feeds and having plug-ins for other network information (like being able to do XML-RPC currency conversions and such). The little networked services like that which have popped up in the last few years are a real strength of the networked world, using standards like RSS and SOAP to access real time information (ie looking something up automagically on the internet!).
While looking for something completely different, I ran into [WebDesktop], a hack from one of the [Panic] guys that sets a webpage as your desktop, ala ActiveDesktop, while minutes before I was thinking that Microsoft ruined what could have been a good idea, by doing the usual Microsoft things. Having real time information on your desktop, or otherwise closely integrated with your work environment, can be a good thing.
And tickertape type things like what AIM does just suck.
Now MIT has taken RSS, SOAP, email, and all of that, and built [Haystack][screenshot 1][screenshot 2], a sort of meta-application that's only the sum of the networked information sources you view through it. It seems a lot prettier and more functional than the average RSS reader, and it's much like the direction I'm leaning towards with some aspects of my mail app. Of course, this is bringing me back to component software and networked information sources yet again, with component views fed from RSS feeds, etc.

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