December 7th, 2003

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I was thinking of brilliant ways to fix the Web today.

Problem: it's difficult to view images on web pages. When you click on a link to a picture, it only opens up in your browser. What if you want to view all JPEGs with Photoshop or some other superior program? You are out of luck.

The solution is easy and this is a great way to get Apple, Linux, and Microsoft in collaboration. There doesn't need to be any collaboration if your name is Microsoft, but just credit me if you do it guys. A new program called the Image Manager that runs on an unused port such as 5351. Then, change your links to images to http://127.0.0.1:5351/view?http://www.xach.com/images/xach-face.gif. When the Image Manager gets that request, it checks your local preferred image viewing settings, downloads the image, and displays it right on your desktop. Problem solved! If you are an OS author, and need help on how this could work, contact me.

I can't take all the credit for this idea. Dave Winer helped.