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airset reviewDo you want to explore the possibilities of Cloud Computing? Do you want your desktop to follow you to any internet-connected machine? If either of these questions have sparked your interest than AirSet is for you!

I ventured over to the site and signed up for my free account. They do ask for a bunch of personal information that you might not feel comfortable giving out (like your mobile number for instance) But between me and you, giving them this information is to your benefit.

With your mobile number and email address, AirSet can hit you on the hip or send an email alerting you to a specific condition. So AirSet is like a personal computer that is running on a terminal in a very powerful server. It is also available to you at any time and can process and do stuff while you are not actively using it. How awesome is that?

When you activate your account, you will be greeted with this:

airset mobile

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airset desktop sync

I ran through the demo (quickly) and then jumped right into cloud computing.

Here is a shot of the default desktop:

and a close up of my default Start (like) menu:

The apps available to you right off the bat are:

  • Web Publish
  • Messaging
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Lists
  • Forum
  • Albums
  • Playlists
  • Links

Hit “More Tools” and you will see a healthy amount of other applications and services to make cloud computing more “desktop-like”. You can “sync-up” and bring over contacts and documents. You can invite other users to work in the same Cloud Computer as you and it really seems like the possibilities are endless.

Some recommended uses for AirSet include :

  • Create a web desktop for an event or group of people.
  • Have easy access to all of your data wherever you are.
  • Publish web documents and add calendar events and contacts.
  • Load up other peoples desktops and share yours as well.

Think a slimmed down version of Ubuntu running on the web ready to do your bidding.

Is anyone else using any other Cloud Computing services? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Dustin Hamilton
    December 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Not impressed. I just spend some time logging into and trying to use AirSet and from a Usability / User Experience perspective, it's horrible... seems to be a lot of functionality, but no intuitive way of getting it setup.

    I guess I expected a replacement for my desktop on my PC... something with Office/OpenOffice, some kind of 'Outlook-like' client and such. A one-stop shop for everything but on the web. I think although billed as a 'Cloud Desktop' this is really a shared-intranet tool something like a much more interactive interface with the features of SharePoint etc?

    Anyhow... in just trying to play with it, bad experience... cant find how to add others, how much file space do I get initially, do I need to install the actual Java software on my PC (which I think I do...)... etc.

    Nice idea, but needs more maturity. I'm going to contact them and see if there is any way to help to that end...

  2. Montasser
    December 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Nowadays, all the world is going digital!!! This is now time to have your whole comuter on the web. I was amased by the AirSet application. However, i'm using http://g.ho.st
    At G.ho.st there are more applications and tools (file storage, email account, you tube, flicker, messengers...) They also have http://g.ho.st/m for the cellphone. It is a real web operating system.
    I think that the web desktop is the future of the computer.

    By using these Web operating systems, you can imagine how will you work in the next generation!!!

  3. Sergio Tapia
    December 20, 2008 at 11:05 am

    This sounds interesting. But I'm kind of a wuss when it comes to an internet service that requires a lot of reading. xD

    Nevertheless thanks for the great information. :)

  4. Dan
    December 20, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Yep... I'm using Cloudo now since they decided to make it public. I don't use it for any kind of serious purpose but I think it's a cool idea. Cheers.

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