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Nov 19, 2009, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Yes, I know. The web in awash with standalone desktop clients for tweeting, denting, YouTubing and e-mail. Many of them are bulging with rich feature sets but they all require to be launched separately and consume memory and processor cycles. If you visit websites like Twitter, Identica and Gmail you are running multiple tabs in your browser. I find that a bit tiresome and some of the very clever people at Mozilla do too. Like Chief Dan George in The Outlaw Josey Wales I'm always looking to get an edge and it might just be that Raindrop, Mozilla's latest brainchild, provides it. I wanted that edge and I was prepared to jump through a few hoops to get it. But what exactly is Raindrop?

"Raindrop is software that runs as a web application inside any HTML5-enabled browser and concentrates the social web in that canvas. This means that Raindrop will run in Firefox, Chrome/Chromium and Safari. Just for the hell of it, I tried it on Konqueror (4.3.2), Flock, Opera and Kazehakase — with varying results in terms of display layout. One nice feature of running Raindrop in Chromium is that you can create a desktop application for it which will then run as a separate web application in a uncluttered window of its own (think Mozilla Prism here). You can download and install it as a Firefox addon or as a stand alone application. I'm glad to report that Raindrop will not work with Internet Explorer as it is not HTML5 compliant (but Google has served up Explorer Canvas project which enables the canvas tag)."

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