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August 25, 2004

I Have a Dream: Google/Apple Collaboration

BrowseHappy.comIf any of the rumors about a Google browser and/or a Google OS ever come to fruition, I hope that it happens with full partnership and cooperation with Apple. An Apple/Google collaboration would be an unstoppable force that could turn the tide of Microsoft domination throughout the planet. It gets me really giddy just thinking about such a possibility. And then the end will come ...

Until then, Iím browsing happily with my new Firefox browser. Itís way better than Safari on the Mac. Sorry, Apple, it just is!

[Thanks to Jordan and Ethan for their respective linkages.]

Posted by Steve K. at August 25, 2004 11:03 AM

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Hey Steve,

I've been singing the praises of Firefox for a couple months now. I love it. Now that there are reports circulating about new security flaws in the latest iteration of Internet Explorer (gosh, that took a whole two weeks), hopefully even more people will abandon IE.

Speaking of Apple, I'm anxiously awaiting next month's introduction of the new iMacs. I'm not sure how they'll top the last ones, but I'm getting ready to drool.

Posted by: dave at August 25, 2004 01:25 PM

Why don't the dreamers like JK wake up and realize that there Google dreams of the Google OS are nothing more than a glorified spyware software program, what a bunch of imagination to think that Google is an OS.

What it is may be BS, and you GoogleZealots keep pushing that crap on everyone.

If you want to see the truth go to:


Research the search engine industry instead of promoting silly dreams.

Posted by: Anthony Cea at August 25, 2004 03:54 PM

Thanks for the comment, Anthony. I hope you could sense some humor in my post. I'm certainly not wearing any rose-colored glasses when it comes to Google and Apple and privacy issues and blah blah blah. I appreciate what you're doing, informing people about spyware, etc. I'm speaking merely to the surface-level observation that Google has the Web "hipness" factor that combined with the computer/tech/gadget "hipness" factor of Apple could prove to be a powerful combination. And, no, I don't really believe Microsoft is the "evil empire," it's just fun to pick on them. I know, they're an easy target, but hey, I'm not that sophisticated. Although, being called a "GoogleZealot" is kinda cool too ...

Posted by: Steve K. at August 25, 2004 04:04 PM

A browser better than Safari? Ha!

Posted by: Scott Noble at August 26, 2004 10:18 AM

Mac Sucks proprietary hardware makes it worthless. Give me a intel chip anyday over that motorola crap. Mac Screwed things up when they stopped allowing clone system. They could have been ruling the world like gates otherwise. Proprietary computers are just bad in general and good reason not to buy most DELLS, HP, COMPACT or anything else not built with standard off the shelf components.

Posted by: vistor at August 26, 2004 10:38 AM

This is what I wrote to Jason Kottke about this posting...


In reference to: http://www.kottke.org/04/08/the-google-browser

I wrote "Google 2.0" on 6-Sept-2001 which was about a Google browser. I
also talk about how Google make be the next "layer" to be built over the
Windows operating system. Think about it. Hardware, then OS core (think
DOS), then new OS layer (think Windows), and THEN new user-driven / search
layer (think Google). Google rides on top of Windows and is the new layer.

Maybe Anil is right about Mozilla as the platform. Maybe not. What matters
is the idea of a new layer on top of Windows, or any other OS, or current
operating evnironment. Maybe it is browser based (i.e., Mozilla) but maybe
it is something else. In any event, here's the article...


Here are some excerpts:

"What if instead Google built a super simple web browser. Pow! There is a
killer idea. Maybe."

"What if Google built something that was very much like a browser but was
mainly used for searching for information. What if they built a tool that
was focused on searching for answers to your questions first, and looking
at web pages second. Wrap your head around that."

"The Google client might even be a sweet layer of technology on top of
Microsoft's operating system. Yes, you are getting the vibes. I'm saying
that a Google client might almost function like an operating system over
Microsoft Windows. The Google client might shanghai the entire Microsoft
desktop. Over the top! Wouldn't that be sweet? It would ride on top and
hide the ugly parts of the operating system yet it would let through the
appropriate technology, just for you. Just what you need."

Best regards,

- John

John S. Rhodes
email: john@oristus.com
phone: 607-768-5664
Fax: 806-993-5407

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Posted by: John Rhodes at August 26, 2004 01:17 PM

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