Last year, I published a widely unread set of what I thought were humorous predictions for the technology world in 2007. One of those items titled "AJAX 2.0" stated that Google would create a technology that makes it possible for web applications to access the local resources on the user computer, thereby recreating ActiveX. This was an attempt at a joke aimed at the fervor with which the development industry jumped on the AJAX bandwagon after the technology had been around for years.
However, I just read a blog post about Google's latest attempt claw its way out of the Internet and onto your desktop called Google "Gears" and sure enough its remarkably similar to what I described, in concept if not in implementation. Hopefully, and given that this was released months ago and I'm just now hearing about it, the developer community will think twice before jumping on this technology and sending us back into the bad old days of browser based infectious diseases in the form of executable scripts.