Topping off before going offline: Google Gears

GooglegearsofflineI’m sitting in SFO waiting to board my flight home and I’m way behind on reading my RSS feeds. I’ve barely touched my many feeds during this trip and I’ve got a full day of flying ahead of me. Why not make use of that time since the MSI Wind can go for over five hours… more with WiFi off, which of course it will be on my flight?I’m really the minimal look-and-feel of the Google Chrome browser, which is installed on my netbook. Chrome includes Google Gears by default, so in less than five minutes, I was just able to top-off on my RSS feeds. Obviously, Google Gears can be used with other browsers and platforms as well, so this top-off strategy can work for many folks that have to be offline for hours, but still want some “fresh” online information. Definitely handy before a long flight, so I can be productive: read through 2,000 items, star and share the ones of interest and then sync that info when I get back online. Yes… some people read SkyMall in the air… I read RSS feeds. There has to be a medical term for this condition…

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