Linked by mufasa on Mon 10th Aug 2009 12:25 UTC
Web 2.0 The web browser has been the dominant thin client, now rich client, for almost two decades, but can it compete with a new thin client that makes better technical choices and avoids the glacial standards process? I don't think so, as the current web technology stack of HTML/Javascript/Flash has accumulated so many bad decisions over the years that it's ripe for a clean sheet redesign to wipe it out.
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I'm not so sure that Internet bandwidth will continue to increase, at least to the point that compression will not be required. The technology to do it will probably come about, but whether the economic incentives to do it will be present is something that is not clear to me. Otherwise, we would all have 100Mbps fiber run to our homes (and HDTV would really be HD instead of the overcompressed crap that it is ;)

This has been an interesting discussion nonetheless. I haven't done much web development, primarily because my targets are a small-single-digit number of OSes on machines that often have access to a central server, and native client development with dynamic languages and GUI toolkits has been easier to do in that environment than learning the web stuff. But I've seen some really nice web apps -- though they run far better on PC-like hardware than on mobile devices, where I think the real future of web development lies.

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I really like your angle on this, coreyography!

The economic (and municipal) limitations are highly relevant factors, and you're so right regarding the HD issue. Yet with among others VDSL (an improvement over ADSL using the same wires), we can already achieve much more.

Yes it *is* an interesting topic to wander off about. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it.

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