Friday, July 28, 2006

A Flippersmack to the head

This is one of those articles that summarizes a topic so simply that after you read it, you have an 'aha' moment. The topic is 'Why are there desktop computers still around in business?'. I don't want to give it away, but this was the part for me:

The once mighty PC is seen as a threat, vulnerable to trojans and viruses that spread to other PCs across the network. The dominance of software licensing schemes further exacerbates this growing view that a business desktop PC is dangerous and burdensome.

Today we lock down these PCs, control them through a central IT group and call them "managed desktops." Ironically, and almost laughably, today the personal computer in business is nothing more than a storage of applications that require licensing schemes and are controlled by a central server.

Ah, the arrow of truth. Much like wireless hotspots, I can envision a hotspot network of linux terminal servers set up by people that people just connect to with their diskless client where they can surf, maybe do a little open office.

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