Blog Author: Laurent Denoue

WebNC, a VNC for Web Applications

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Recently, we presented our work on WebNC at several venues, including WWW 2009 in Madrid, Hypertext 2009 in Turin, Italy, and at a very interesting SF Bay Area Google App Engine Developers meetup in Palo Alto, CA.

WebNC is a tool for sharing your browser window in real-time with someone else. It’s similar to screen sharing tools like VNC or WebEx, except it’s built for sharing only web pages. This sounds limiting, but since a lot of work is done inside web browsers these days (browsing, editing documents, watching videos, booking reservations, vacations, reading email), we thought it would be useful. For example, my wife always calls me when she rents a car online: what car model should she pick? With WebNC, she can easily show me her browser window and we can talk more efficiently as I can see what she sees on her screen.

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Two months with Android: the PC of mobile phones

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Lucky me. I a few months ago I won a ticket to Google I/O by posting a comment on Techcrunch.

Google gave each attendee an Android phone; the new ones are due out this August. The phone came with a one-month SIM card from T-Mobile, including 3G connectivity. It initially looked like a cheap iPhone: the touchscreen doesn’t respond well while scrolling web pages (I still don’t know if it’s a bad hardware or slow software, or a combination), the soft-keyboard is slightly too small and suffers from the same problem as scrolling pages.

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