[thechat] Ancient computers (was: IT is here!)

deke web at master.gen.in.us
Fri Dec 7 15:16:18 CST 2001

On 7 Dec 2001, at 10:32, Bob Davis posted a message which said:

> Well, the laptop is mine, I'm super lazy about backups, I don't know
> what kind of insurance it has (I suspect it would be only covered if it
> were stolen from home), I use it as my primary machine, etc. etc...
> It would set me way back.

As many problems as WebTV (now MSNTV) has, this sort of thing 
makes me think that thin clients are in our future.  It just needs some 
good ASPs out there, and for broadband to become available 

It eliminates the *need* for expensive, delicate laptops that cannot be 
upgraded, have to be lugged around, and are easily forgotten or 
stolen. No hassles in airports, no batteries going dead when you 
most need the thing. Instead, you log on with whatever's handy 
where you happen to be. You *always* have *all* your files, because 
they are online, you *always* have the latest software version 
because it resides on a website where it automatically gets updated 
for everyone at once, backups are handled for you automatically.

And because the web is OS-agnostic, you can switch from Windows 
to Mac to Linux fifteen times a day if the mood strikes you.


We are the parents our people warned us about....

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