When Francois Orsini demoed
how to use Derby for local storage in a browser, and after some prodding from Simon Phipps, this in turn got picked up by David Berlind of ZDNet. He was very excited and was predicting Great Things for the web because of this.
Fast-forward about a year. I was in the room at the Web 2.0 Forum when
Zimbra announced and demonstrated offline support. I was impressed...