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connected to the Internet? Nothing could be easier with Gears.
driving a rental car during a dark night, wandering in the countryside in search
of your resort. Your laptop is on, but you cannot Capture any 3G or Wi-Fi
signal. Your card serves to do nothing, the address of your destination being
noted in a Gmail letter which you can access, but you are not connected. Too
There is one simple way to check your email, even offline, without
having to use a mail handler that retrieves messages, as Outlook Express or
Windows Live Mail. How? Using Gears, a technology developed by Google. With it,
you can also access your written documents with Google Documents to your
WordPress blogs, list your current files consulted with Google Reader, your
favorite YouTube videos, etc.
In recent years, the sites are in fact
moved from a static to a dynamic state. A site often consists of a single page,
in which the elements change according to the actions of the user. For example,
only card content changes when you view Google Maps, page remains the same. When
the site offers a more complete, it is called a "rich Internet application" or,
more simply, an online software.
Consult a classic site without being
connected is easy enough: simply download the web page, that all browsers can
do. But with online software, this method is not satisfactory: the pages you
see, so that you can download, are far from containing all information necessary
to operate the software.
A manager database
So if you download directly the homepage of Gmail, we simply see the
titles of emails displayed at the consultation. Unable to view the content of
messages, especially to find old emails. The messages themselves are stored in a
database located in Google's computers. When you want to see one in particular,
the online software interrogates the database, draws from the message and
To run this software without online connection, you must
have the hard disk that forms the database and software that allows the site to
communicate with the database. This suggests that Gears: make it usable offline
all the data necessary to run a dynamic site offline by attaching themselves to
your internet browser. Places to practice: follow the guide.
Gears is compatible with all computers
using Windows XP or Vista, with Mac OS X 10.5.3 and beyond, but not yet with
Windows 7. You can even use the Gears technology in your Windows Mobile
smartphones and Android. Once installed, Gears is integrated into Firefox from
version 1.5 and Internet Explorer from version 6.
button to begin installation.
appears. Click "Save File". This first name is Gears Setup.exe.
the downloaded file on your hard drive and start installation by double-clicking
it. A standard procedure of