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December 8, 2009


I’ve been playing around with Google Wave, and the Oxyxy Gadget.

screenshot of a wave
Yes, that’s some dialect of LaTeX, rendered to MathML.

To borrow a phrase from Samuel Johnson, “… like a dog’s walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all.”

There is a desktop client for MacOSX, called Waveboard. As you’d expect, it renders the above Wave as gibberish.

Posted by distler at December 8, 2009 5:49 PM

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Re: Wave

Great blog Professor Distler, I was wondering what you think the impact of Google Wave will be for scientific collaboration? To some degree, there cannot be collaboration unless there is a willingness on the various parties to work together, but I feel as is geographic boundaries will no longer be an issue with new applications such as Google Wave.

Posted by: Ricci's Pieces on December 18, 2009 2:44 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Wave

There are lots of tools for online collaboration. Email’s been around since the mid-’80s.

I’m not sure how much Google Wave actually brings to the table. It’s got elements of email, instant-messaging and a wiki-like ability to go back and edit previous entries in a wave.

The hope is that the combination is more compelling than its individual parts. Maybe it will be. I can’t really say I’ve had enough experience, yet, to judge.

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