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Friday, May 05, 2006

Forward to the Past

Remember 1984? The PC was shipping, the Macintosh was introduced, AT&T was about to be broken up, and our computing model was timesharing. Technology has changed a lot since then, but we're about to go back to a centralized computing model enabled by the Internet. The PC is about to become a high-powered AJAX terminal. And AT&T is back, too. Before you shudder, realize that AT&T created our model for what a good computer-based service should be: a large, complex infrastructure supporting a very simple interface to a vital service that is ubiquitous and always up. Let's hope the Internet becomes as serviceable as the old black telephone. The future belongs to services transmitted by the Internet and delivered on many different kinds of devices.

posted by Jim Morris @ 8:58 PM 


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