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Get a second desktop and access it anywhere

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of an online desktop, a workspace that is accessible on any computer with an Internet connection. Last year, I tried to set one up for myself using a variety of free services: from free online file storage to online notes and to-do lists. I ended up with a collection of various free services and scripts, gathered in an online start page, that I continue to use today.

The problem with this is that I have to log into multiple accounts to use various components of my setup. I tried Goowy hoping to get a more desktop-like online interface but it didn’t have online storage then (it now integrates your account, which is really a great feature) and it was so slow. After more than a month, I wasn’t using Goowy as extensively as when I started with the service.

I also tried the service, a showcase of the open source EyeOS program. Again, it’s a great service and an even better script (it’s on my try to install list). The service also doesn’t have an online storage, which is understandable because was started to showcase the open source project.

And then I saw Desktoptwo via a link in

Desktoptwo is by far the closest thing to a desktop among the services I’ve tried. (Click on screenshots to view larger images)

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eyeOS: Get your own web-based operating system

Iíve long wanted to try out eyeOS, an open source web-based desktop system, but have never found the time to install it in one of my free PHP/MySQL accounts. Installing it in my current web host is out of the question: Iíve long learned, rather painfully, never to try scripts in my web server.

eyeOS recently opened a site that allows you to use the program without having to install it. You can open an eyeOS account with With eyeOS, you can have a calendar or agenda organizer, contacts database and word processor that is accessible anywhere. All these come in a very beautiful virtual desktop interface.

The script may not offer the same functionalities as Goowy yet but itís an open source project and will likely improve and expand features with each coming releases. It also loads faster than Goowy.

Here are a few screenshots of eyeOS:

This is the main screen. eyeOS offers several themes to control the appearance of the interface. It also allows you to customize the wallpaper.

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Forget Windows Live, get a Goowy account

While looking at various other online services to update my “The network is my computer” post, I found a link to Goowy, a word play on GUI or graphical user interface. The free service is simply astounding and it makes look like the work of amateurs.

Goowy is a free online portal that simulates a desktop with a two-gigabyte email account, calendar, contacts database, an RSS reader and even games. The service, however, is still slow compared to Netvibes and Protopage but its interface is the most desktop-like among the services I have tried so far. (Screenshots after the link)

And when Goowy starts offering its planned virtual file storage and instant messaging, it will become the Google of online personal portals (unless Google buys it first.)