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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems

At 5:41 PM -0800 4/21/97, gep2@computek.net wrote:
>NCs are not likely to be any more "mobile" than a notebook or palmtop PC is.

I realize that the current NC architecture doesn't really solve the
problem, but there is an important issue that everybody seems to have
missed.  One of the promises of ubiquitous network computing has always
been availability of information.  Needing to have your palmtop in your
hand to find the information you typed into it yesterday is annoying.  The
information should be available wherever you are using the nearest
available computer HI.  Timesharing systems implemented much of the HI
processing on the box that stored the information.  PCs do the same thing,
only they move the control directly into the hands of the user.  NCs hold
the promise of finally beginning the separation of HI processing from
information storage management.  This will allow the information to be
available regardless of the state of any particular HI device.  The worst
feature of current generation PCs is that they can be TURNED OFF making the
information they contain not readily available.