Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:30 UTC
Google Phil Sim, a professional with technology editor journalist background, has written three interesting blog posts recently, discussing the much-rumored Google OS (1, 2, 3). He speculates that all user's data will be stored online on Google's servers and so one's desktop and files can be retrieved exactly as left by any other PC station, anywhere in the world, by simply using his Gmail credentials. It's like having your OS on a usb key with you at all times, only, without the usb key...
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Thin Client revisited
by afilloon on Tue 28th Mar 2006 17:37 UTC
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2006-03-28

In the 90s I worked with a group that sold the SunRay thin client stations. I remember we talked about this sort of availability over the Internet, but the then tiny pipes wouldn't support it.
As some of you may remember the SunRay worked in a closed network with either a username and password or, better yet, a smart card. I remember how impressed I was when I visited Sun HQ and seeing how this access impacted the corporate culture.
Imagine being able to walk into a colleagues office and during a discussion, pulling his smart card out of the station and inserting yours and bringing up your desktop exactly as you left it, down to the edit. This really does change how we work.
The problem with implementing this, at this early stage, is of course security. The Internet isn't quite as safe as a closed network and we don't all have smart cards that create instant VPN tunnels. But I'm an optimist and believe we will get there.

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