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Initially I saw a few blog posts from Stuart Langridge about CouchDb on the desktop and I just thought:

  1. That’s pretty cool, and
  2. Why? Because you can…?
Then I thought about it some more. It does make sense, and not just for us geeks.

Gary Fleming makes a comment asking why, when users don’t care about this sort of thing, but I just think that’s not true. I deal with regular users every day and although I’m still constantly baffled by things that they ask about, I honestly believe that people don’t want to sync things like bookmarks, tomboy notes, etc. between computers because they think it’s hard. And they’re right, it can be a pain in the bum on the desktop.

For corporate environments some are aware that data replication and high availability is something that can be solved, but still even the users who know this aren’t thinking about syncing personal data between multiple machines. Which is a shame. Perhaps it’s the fault of us system administrators giving out the wrong vibes[1].

Despite this, there is proof that there is a market for these sorts of products. Just look at Windows Live Sync, MobileMe, UbuntuOne, FoxMarks and so on.

My point is that at the end of the day we need people like Stuart doing the cool things and using existing tools in new and exciting ways to show regular users that things like data replication aren’t just a server-side thing; It’s something that they really do want. They just don’t know it yet.

To all of those working on these sorts of projects, I salute you[2]!

[1] Which goes to show why most (sys|net)admins make bad sales people, I suppose [2] But you’ll have a hard time ripping my beloved rsync scripts from me ;)