Virtual machines, Google brilliance and more

With all of the latest talk about virtual machines no one can miss the impact they are bound to have soon. With dual core and quad core processors virtual machines will just be good common sense from a number of perspectives. Web sites will be able to do things however they wish – they will merely be interacting with dumb terminals – pushing images back forth.

In other news – Google brilliance. Using KISS(keep it simple stupid) they implement only the bang for the buck features and go lightyears beyond anyone else. Microsoft proved more clever and agile than IBM back in the day. It certainly seems as though Google is proving itself more clever and agile than Microsoft. This will be no quick fix for Microsoft. By the time you are a force of nature – it is too late to reroute the butterfly wings that started you in the first place.

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  1. notsofast

    Guess this is a rather belated comment on your wish for a truly transparent remote desktop. Weren’t we 90% there in the ’90s with X Windows? Sure, people will come up with different protocols and different balances of local versus remote processing, but it puzzles me that such recent history seems to have been all but forgotten. With an X desktop it was trivial to be simultaneously manipulating windowed applications on several machines. I haven’t seen MS Windows come close to that.

    The other thing that strikes me as funny is the AJAX craze, which seems like it to is converging on a network-based window system, but from a different direction. With AJAX, your browser is the window server, and the protocol is much less tuned for highly interactive uses. Instead of starting with a network-based GUI toolkit and server protocol, it is being re-invented multiple times as custom web graphics and ad-hoc XML-based protocols.

    Perhaps the reason is that the majority of today’s computer users started with PCs and Windows, so never experienced the network computing capabilities of X/Unix. Can X/Linux start a network computing Renaissance? I hope…


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