Mozilla vs. iGoogle – Which will be our personal agent?

Mozilla vs. Google

Anybody that knows me, knows that I’m a huge supporter of Mozilla, especially Thunderbird. However, after 18 months of wishful thinking, I had to make a change this week; out with Mozilla (Thunderbird) and in with iGoogle and . I stuck with Thunderbird for a long time because of its unbelievable ease of use, consistency, and open source upgrades all driven by its non-profit culture. I also hoped that they would merge Firefox with Thunderbird and create the all in one application suite they’ve always talked about. Got so pumped up last year when they finally released the Lightning add-on for Thunderbird. However, waiting became too inefficient and switching to iGoogle/ this week has been nothing short of a spiritual experience. Of course, I still use Firefox, but with the new setup, I don’t ever need to close the browser.

Here’s how my web worker life has transitioned:

Before the switch I used:

1) Thunderbird – email, RSS, calendar

2) Microsoft Office – document creation

3) Firefox / iGoogle – customized browser homepage

4) Skype – chat and rare calls to London

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Now, it’s as simple as this:

1) Firefox Browser / iGoogle Homepage

a) Gmail

b) Calendar

c) Docs (unbelievable for collaboration)

d) Reader (RSS)

e) Gchat (in both Gmail and Docs)

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Congratulations to Google for growing from their link expert roots into functional and aesthetic UE geniuses. The only thing that seems to be missing is a SVN dev environment, which I’m sure is in the works. I still have big hopes for Mozilla, but it’s going to take some time before they have the unified personal agent for the consumer — Google is there and is about to take over the world for real. Don’t count Mozilla out though; with all the suits moving into Google corporate and Mozilla having their clever 501(c)(3), look for some interesting things from them in the new creative capitalism.

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  • http://tastevine.com jake

    Google actually does have an SVN which is both clever and brilliant I say.

    Google’s SVN service is in the Google Code Project Hosting The service is only for Open Source projects, which can be interpreted as google promoting/catering to “The Bizarre”, and openly discouraging “The Cathedral.” (reference)

    If you need help with Google SVN, here is a great article by Internet Duct Tape.

  • http://tastevine.com jake

    Google actually does have an SVN which is both clever and brilliant I say.

    Google’s SVN service is in the Google Code Project Hosting The service is only for Open Source projects, which can be interpreted as google promoting/catering to “The Bizarre”, and openly discouraging “The Cathedral.” (reference)

    If you need help with Google SVN, here is a great article by Internet Duct Tape.

  • http://www.neosemantics.com NeoSemantics

    I have used Gmail for some time but I tend to stay away from iGoogle. For some reason I like the Page Flakes Internet Management Interface better.
    Pageflakes is an easy way to read, see, discover and share your favorite things on the web, they allow you to Add photos, videos, a calendar, and email.

  • http://www.neosemantics.com NeoSemantics

    I have used Gmail for some time but I tend to stay away from iGoogle. For some reason I like the Page Flakes Internet Management Interface better.
    Pageflakes is an easy way to read, see, discover and share your favorite things on the web, they allow you to Add photos, videos, a calendar, and email.

  • greg

    I like page flakes, what I really meant by iGoogle is the google apps, like Docs, Reader, Gmail. Having it all integrated in that one spot makes things so efficient for working. If would be awesome if they added a photoshop like element

  • greg

    I like page flakes, what I really meant by iGoogle is the google apps, like Docs, Reader, Gmail. Having it all integrated in that one spot makes things so efficient for working. If would be awesome if they added a photoshop like element

  • http://tastevine.com Jake

    >if they added a photoshop like element

    Maybe they’ll buy up Aviary

  • http://tastevine.com Jake

    >if they added a photoshop like element

    Maybe they’ll buy up Aviary

  • greg

    Chrome

  • greg

    Chrome

  • http://www.jpbelectrical.co.uk Jason

    I’ve been using pretty much the same igoogle software as Greg above with the addition of “remember the milk” (www.rememberthemilk.com) a brilliant task manager that I’ve been using for the last two months and now can’t live without. This also comes as an igoogle app, I hope there’s enough interest in it to keep it going coz id hate to loose it .

  • http://www.jpbelectrical.co.uk Jason

    I’ve been using pretty much the same igoogle software as Greg above with the addition of “remember the milk” (www.rememberthemilk.com) a brilliant task manager that I’ve been using for the last two months and now can’t live without. This also comes as an igoogle app, I hope there’s enough interest in it to keep it going coz id hate to loose it .

  • Greg

    jason, i had never heard of that… looks pretty cool. seems to have seamless integration w a variety of services. i actually used to use desktop post-its… lol… i may add this into my suite

  • Greg

    jason, i had never heard of that… looks pretty cool. seems to have seamless integration w a variety of services. i actually used to use desktop post-its… lol… i may add this into my suite

  • http://tastevine.com Greg

    Google Labs just released Tasks… very nice

  • http://tastevine.com Greg

    Google Labs just released Tasks… very nice

  • http://grapethinking.com Greg

    iPhone 4s

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