Tuesday, September 11, 2007

UPDATED: After initial signup issues earlier in the day I was able to get signed up and online, and this is some really cool stuff. I encourage you to check out ajaxWindows.

Granted, it's probably not set up in the data center for massive use yet, but when I read today about ajaxWindows and get interested enough to where I wanted to check it out, I was a bit disappointed to see this:


I'm glad it's getting a lot of attention, that's cool. And I will check back in an hour. Or so. When I have  a chance, really.

UPDATE: An hour later, they're back online with the sign-on page - but still unable to sign me up:


So I just kept trying and a couple minutes later I was in. All I can say is wow - very cool. Glad they got it back online. Click the image below to see the full-screenshot of the AJAX interface:


Very cool stuff in there, and well worth checking out. If you think about the amount of work that went into this, it's pretty mind-blowing.

This does - however - bring to back mind a thought that crosses my little brain now and then. From a pure scalability standpoint, we have seen a large number of web apps initially released in a manner that doesn't scale to the need. Luckily, in many cases the app creators are able to add hardware (scale out, as they say) and handle increased load. Those are the smart designers. And yes, it costs money to build a large infrastructure before you need it, but if apps do the web-version of a crash as a first impression, you have to know the result can't be good.

So, we'll check it out when it's back up. Here is some of what BetaNews has to say about it:

Ajax13's concept is apparently creating a lot of buzz: a message Tuesday morning on its Web site read "We are currently experiencing massive amounts of user registrations and traffic. Please check back with us in an hour."

Storage for the OS is done through GMail, Music files are stored on MP3Tunes, and any information can be synced with the user's own desktop through an included application.

The OS also supports widgets which allow the user to add small applications such as RSS feeds and games to the desktop. However, at this time, only ajaxWindows' own widgets are supported and not those of other platforms.

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