I believe this system has come up for discussion before.
But as I've had occasion to take a closer look, I thought
I'd share these comments from the Grooves pdf file:
"When one looks at the most popular uses of the
Internet in general, it is readily apparent that
email far outdistances Web browsing and electronic
commerce. In survey after survey, email remains
the primary driver of Internet use and adoption.
It is no wonder then, that the most widespread use of
Internet peer computing is not music- or file-swapping,
but rather instant messaging."
"Innovative, standalone peer computing tools such as Napster and
gnutella may indeed represent the ‘thin edge of the wedge’ that
will open up into an entirely new dimension of computing. If so, we
can expect the next phase of this trend to unveil a general purpose
platform – like the desktop operating system or the Web server –
upon which a wide variety of applications can be built and
"Groove is a virtual space for small group interaction. The
Groove transceiver – the “space” in which you work -- includes
capabilities that lend themselves to natural and intuitive group
interactivity. These include communication media (live voice over
the Internet, instant messaging, text-based chat, and threaded
"Each Groove shared space is stored locally, on the computers
of each of the members of the shared space. When one member
adds something new to the space, that change is reflected on
"If a member has disconnected from the Internet, Groove
.... saves all the member’s content and changes locally.
When the member reconnects, all of his changes and additions
are sent to all other members. In turn, all changes other
members have made ... are immediately sent to the reconnected
member’s space as well."
"Never have to save. Every change made in Groove – every
keystroke, line drawn, gesture – is stored right away in
Groove’s XML storage system."
"Multiple computers. Many people will use Groove with a
desktop, a laptop, a home machine, a work machine, etc.
Users do not need to manually keep each of them synchronized:
Groove automatically keeps the content of all spaces on all
machines in synch." (Talk about a GODSEND...)
"Flexibility and adaptability. As a member of a shared space,
whenever any user needs or wants additional functionality, he
can add it from a more extensive selection of tools, developed
by Groove Networks and its partners (and/or by in-house
developers) available on groove.net."
"XML Object Store. All content and activities are stored locally on
the user’s device in Groove’s XML object store. By using an object
store instead of an XML file system, Groove improves system
performance. In addition, Groove compresses the XML content for
"Groove’s innovative peer connection services automatically
and transparently cross firewalls and network address
translators so that users never need to go through special
steps to set up a shared space."
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