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Re: Lucent Technologies & Sun Microsystems



>>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, 

Right... it doesn't change much of anything at all.

>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.  

Yeah, but when you're on an airplane at 36,000 feet the palmtop in your hand is 
a HELL of a lot more accessible than the information safely locked away on an 
(unreachable) server system somewhere else.  I've owned dozens of calculators 
and almost as many pen-and-paper personal notebooks... and although it's 
probably the LEAST easy to use for either purpose, the one I still use the most 
is the one built into my watch... simply because I *always* have that one with 
me.

>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.  

Rubbish.  LANs have allowed just such separation for a long time already.  In 
fact, Datapoint's Datashare "DSnet" facility offered stuff like you're talking 
about "finally beginning", but twenty years ago.  

>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.

Any computer system I'm aware of can be turned off.  Servers included.  And just 
because you COULD turn a system off doesn't mean you DO.  

Gordon Peterson
http://www.computek.net/public/gep2/