Due to lectures and some teacher training courses I’ve been related to lately, I feel really uncomfortable without my laptop. Sure, sometimes teacher don’t need one and even shouldn’t use it while listening students reflections, for example. But when I need a computer, I need my own.
Why? Because I can’t stand workstations, where the only installed browser is IE6 or Firefox full of “useful” toolbars and I can’t be sure what happens, when I click on the link to the PDF file. These situations are… well… a bit annoying and definitely very disturbing. And a funny thing is that the web browser is the only piece of software I’m so afraid of. These are most used by the computer users and that’s why usually the most personalised too. Like mine Firefox too, can’t deny.
In case you feel same as I do, check out Prism. Prism web is based on a concept called Site Specific Browsers (SSB):
An SSB is an application with an embedded browser designed to work exclusively with a single web application. It doesn’t have the menus, toolbars and accoutrements of a normal web browser. Some people have called it a “distraction free browser” because none of the typical browser chrome is used. An SSB also has a tighter integration with the OS and desktop than a typical web application running through a web browser.
Simple as that, and it really works – for Google Docs, for Twitter, for Gmail.. you name it. That means I can use my laptop for Google Prensentation slideshows without worrying about bookmarks toolbar or what addresses appears when I start entering a new one.
And I can share those web-apps as easily as email attachments. Basically all apps are small files containing definitions for appropriate running, which makes file size very small and handy (for example my Twitter.app is 125kb).