Netvibes, an alternative to iGoogle

I’m sure I’ve posted about this before, but I wanted to mention it again because I love it so damned much.  Netvibes, like the more well known igoogle, is a customizable homepage.  Using it’s various plugins you can load things like gmail (and other email clients), RSS feeds, and any other of productive (and not so productive) widgets into a web page.  Netvibes is probably my favorite webapp (discounting gmail) so far and find the abiltiy to but all my frequent stops on the web in one place not only damned handy as well as horribly addictive.   Did I mention it’s free?  iGoogle is a fine app, but I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed my experience with Netvibes more; though I can’t quite put my finger on why.  Anyway, give it a try and let me know what you think.

Some pics:

Netvibes Home

This is my homepage with feeds for email, wikipedia, google maps, and various time killing feeds.

Reader page

Clicking on any like to a story from an RSS feed opens up this window.  It lists all the stories on the left with a view of the post on the right.

UPDATED- AIR vs. Silverlight vs. Prism

So Mozilla announced a new product recently: Prism.  Prism, as noted by the devs, is designed to compete with Microsoft’s Silverlight and Adobe’s AIR.  What are these obscurely titled things you ask?  Well as far as my neophyte ass can tell both Silverlight and AIR are plug-ins/development platforms used for web applications.  Web applications, like gmail, are the current internet development craze.  Finding new ways to deliver content to a population spending increasing amounts of time living in their browser.  The difference between the two programs being developed by evil corporate society Microsoft and Adobe and Mozilla’s Prism are hard to spot out of the gate (and with no experience with any of the aforementioned platforms).   As best I can tell the differences lay in the fact both Silverlight and Air are separate tools for delivering content.  Web apps are developed straight into and delivered directly by Air and Silverlight.  The advantage of Prism, as far as I can tell, lays in its ability to take already established web applications and wrap them in code that allows them to be directly accessed via one’s desktop using a browser stripped of unnecessary accouterments (navigation bar, etc.).  In other words allowing one to access web applications as if they were simply desktop applications and thus better integrating the desktop experience with the web itself.  Interesting stuff.

Of course I could completely wrong about how any of this stuff works, at least until I try it.

EDIT:  Thanks for the comments below.  For others curious I found an article from Infoworld that describes AIR a little better for us unititated types. 

Also, from Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie comes a good blog post with some more good information about Silverlight.