/-requires IE 4.0 or better, it seems
Still, as basis for collaboration, it seems valuable.
(Especially in light of a "simple collaboration system"
proposal I'll be putting the finish touches on in the
next couple of days.)
Eric Armstrong wrote:
> I believe this system has come up for discussion before.
> But as I've had occasion to take a closer look, I thought
> I'd share these comments from the Grooves pdf file:
> "When one looks at the most popular uses of the
> Internet in general, it is readily apparent that
> email far outdistances Web browsing and electronic
> commerce. In survey after survey, email remains
> the primary driver of Internet use and adoption.
> It is no wonder then, that the most widespread use of
> Internet peer computing is not music- or file-swapping,
> but rather instant messaging."
> "Innovative, standalone peer computing tools such as Napster and
> gnutella may indeed represent the ‘thin edge of the wedge’ that
> will open up into an entirely new dimension of computing. If so, we
> can expect the next phase of this trend to unveil a general purpose
> platform – like the desktop operating system or the Web server –
> upon which a wide variety of applications can be built and
> "Groove is a virtual space for small group interaction. The
> Groove transceiver – the “space” in which you work -- includes
> capabilities that lend themselves to natural and intuitive group
> interactivity. These include communication media (live voice over
> the Internet, instant messaging, text-based chat, and threaded
> "Each Groove shared space is stored locally, on the computers
> of each of the members of the shared space. When one member
> adds something new to the space, that change is reflected on
> everyone’s machine..."
> "If a member has disconnected from the Internet, Groove
> .... saves all the member’s content and changes locally.
> When the member reconnects, all of his changes and additions
> are sent to all other members. In turn, all changes other
> members have made ... are immediately sent to the reconnected
> member’s space as well."
> "Never have to save. Every change made in Groove – every
> keystroke, line drawn, gesture – is stored right away in
> Groove’s XML storage system."
> "Multiple computers. Many people will use Groove with a
> desktop, a laptop, a home machine, a work machine, etc.
> Users do not need to manually keep each of them synchronized:
> Groove automatically keeps the content of all spaces on all
> machines in synch." (Talk about a GODSEND...)
> "Flexibility and adaptability. As a member of a shared space,
> whenever any user needs or wants additional functionality, he
> can add it from a more extensive selection of tools, developed
> by Groove Networks and its partners (and/or by in-house
> developers) available on groove.net."
> "XML Object Store. All content and activities are stored locally on
> the user’s device in Groove’s XML object store. By using an object
> store instead of an XML file system, Groove improves system
> performance. In addition, Groove compresses the XML content for
> "Groove’s innovative peer connection services automatically
> and transparently cross firewalls and network address
> translators so that users never need to go through special
> steps to set up a shared space."
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