Last updated at 1:35 pm UTC on 16 January 2006
Hmmm, seems a pretty empty place ... but hey, as long as I'm here, some scratches on the wall for y'all ...)
Which brings me to my point: turns out there is an alternative web browser out there, which just-so-happens to be wrapped up inside 5 MB (or so) of Squeak. Seems to me that Squeak'd make one heck of a web scripting language, hmm? Call it, the 'Trojan Mouse' strategy – to focus (I mean really focus, make it a Number-One priority) Squeak development efforts on the Scamper side of things – to reposition / repurpose Squeak as 'just' a web browser & DHTML editor. Because, if you think about it, the browser sitting there on the desktop is, in essence (if not yet quite in fact) a Dynabook.
What's missing from current browsers is the ability to conveniently access one's own file system / OS – to call applications, invoke a command-line shell, do useful stuff (with texts, images, sounds) on your own system, concurrently with what you're doing in the browser and on the web. (Nothing that installing a client-side proxy server can't fix though.) That, and high quality dynamic graphics. (Wasn't there something about 'Balloon'? ... Morphic??)
Fwiw, my $0.02 – rsvp?
Derek Robinson, Stockholm.