Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Nov 2009 20:01 UTC
Google Google has just unveiled its Chrome OS operating system during a press event at the company's headquarters, and it's pretty much exactly what we expected it to be: a streamlined Linux kernel booting straight into the Chrome web browser. The code is available starting today.
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Sorry, but that is a mistake and its a big one. There is a critical difference between this and the thin clients of yesteryear. Customers had to buy and maintain the servers that traditional thin clients were connected to - and upgrade/replace them when you they were outgrown. ... ... Not having to deal with a server is virtually the entire point of modern cloud computing (or SaaS or whatever buzz word is popular for it today).

Ooh, how innovative. Applying outsourcing to client/server computing.

And I am completely unsurprised. This is exactly the reaction I expect from most competent and enthusiastic computer users. And it simply doesn't matter because this stuff is not for you. Its for everyone else. And you don't have to like it but eventually you'll have to at least tolerate it because your Boss will make you ;)

It will come back to bite them all in the butt. Leaving all your information to third parties to be strip mined is a recipe for disaster.

On the topic of bosses. They can make you use this harebrained idea at work, but they don't have control of the private systems of their employees.

Quite frankly, what do I care if my boss deems it a good idea that he should be screwed over by handing the keys to his kingdom to a third party? The skills I have now, can be applied at any employer...

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