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The “Dumb Terminal” model

What I keep referring to here is the old model where “displays”–monitor/keyboard combinations, almost always IBM after UNIVAC’s unkind demise–were hooked up to a bigger computer that did most of the work.  I’ve been saying for about three years that this seems to me to be the actual direction of a lot of business applications.  The Google Gadgets for the small business user are one example.


What this means (in my perspective) is that the Internet is increasingly becoming the “mainframe”–that big computer–in a lot of ways.  HTML5 seems about to actually arise, a protocol (hyper text markup language) that will be inter-platform viable, which would be nice.  It will actually work with most browsers then.  Might even encompass both Apple and MS although that seems quite a stretch to most people.  As the referenced article indicates, this isn’t a new concept.  It’s always been the next step to integrate everything.


And as the article indicates, this makes matters of storage all the more interesting.  Look at Peter Gabriel’s outage and think of it in terms of a business rather than the prototypical aging rocker or whatever.  Data could be lost.  Permanently.   The loss might even seem more legitimate than some recent government ones (particularly the British funnies going on recently; they seem to have gotten stuck in A Fish Called Wanda).  Conventional wisdom was storage on floppies–cd’s–dvd’s and all that’s so {insert idiotic phrase}; the storage simply isn’t there, and an external hard drive really is too close.


Just one thing, though…pay your ISP bill.


June 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment