Kottke on Web as OS

Jason Kottke has some interesting ideas about the Web as OS. He thinks the setup will include three pieces: Browsers (like we have now) Web apps like Gmail, Flickr, and Yahoo 360 (like we have now) Local web servers that deliver local content in the same way that we get web content (we don’t have […]

Jason Kottke has some interesting ideas about the Web as OS.

He thinks the setup will include three pieces:

  • Browsers (like we have now)
  • Web apps like Gmail, Flickr, and Yahoo 360 (like we have now)
  • Local web servers that deliver local content in the same way that we get web content (we don’t have these quite yet)

In other words, he’s thinking that we’ll add APIs (programming interfaces) to our local content that will effectively make it equal to web content, so much so that we might not know where our data is coming from.

If you read Bokardo at least a little bit, you’ll recognize the two kinds of interfaces involved. APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for the content servers (both web and local), and an AIIs (Application Interaction Interfaces) for the browser.

Published: August 24th, 2005

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