The Disappearing Desktop - It's Real This Time

Dennis Brown see3d at
Wed Nov 16 16:59:43 CST 2005

Sorry, I am joining this thread late and this might be a bit of a  

How does this differ in principle from a LAN or WLAN tablet pc?  The  
display and input is in your hand, but the computing service,  
storage, and other I/O are located somewhere else.  The only  
difference is the communication link.  So if that is the case, I  
think that the tablet concept will need to be a successful model  
first.  Not that I am saying it won't be, I happen to think it is a  
viable model as well as home timesharing networks.  Once this model  
is in place, it is a micro-step to putting some computing services on  
the other side of the internet.  If it works at home, why won't it  
will work across the world --or the other way around?


On Nov 16, 2005, at 5:24 PM, Dan Shafer wrote:

> Good job focusing this aspect of the discussion, Geoff.
> On Nov 16, 2005, at 1:39 PM, Geoff Canyon wrote:
>> So if AJAX apps are secure but need local storage, and Rev apps  
>> have local storage but need security, which will get what it needs  
>> first?
> My position: once a machine has been booted and the user has logged  
> into a server/service where his "stuff" is, local storage can be  
> made completely unnecessary. Note, I'm not saying it should or must  
> be made unnecessary, just that it's possible. I can't think of a  
> *technical* reason why my user ID, password, etc., can't be stored  
> on a server. The only question is where and how does authentication  
> occur. Today, there are increasing advances being made in biometric  
> mechanisms (thumb-prints, retinal scans, etc.), which is one way of  
> addressing this problem. Another is with a secure external (think  
> USB thumb drive) device on which my security info is stored and  
> secured. There are several technologies out there that do this now.
> So, my bottom line on *this * issue: AJAX apps have a solid edge.
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