Cool video from Google

This video nicely sums up where the desktop is going…

A colleague and I have some ideas about how this could be taken to the next level to further reduce support and maintenance… I’ll post soon.

One Response to Cool video from Google

  • Michael says:

    So… Whilst I’m still thinking about it… It is difficult to see how we will get to a true cloud based operating system (OS). I mean, your device needs an OS of sorts to run the hardware (drivers) and connect to networks, etc.

    So, this leaves us with the dilemma that things are still more likely to go wrong, or slow down over time, for the end user. There is still the temptation to download and install software and stuff on the device further exasperating the risk of problems. We still need a way to get to the device and make it run smoothly again.

    Or do we? My colleague and I had an interesting debate about this and his approach certainly warrants further discussion… So, everything is in the cloud; your software, your storage, your communication tools, etc., etc. You don’t actually need to write anything back to your local device – other than into Random Access Memory (RAM)

    “RAM –noun
    computer memory available to the user for creating, loading, or running programs and for the temporary storage and manipulation of data, in which time of access to each item is independent of the storage sequence.”

    So why not make the OS Read Only? It could be stored on a flash drive or even on a Read Only Memory (ROM) chip inside the device?

    “ROM –noun
    computer memory in which program instructions, operating procedures, or other data are permanently stored, generally on electronic chips during manufacture, and that ordinarily cannot be changed by the user.”

    This is all very well but I need to install some stuff onto my device and store a few files. But do you? What mainstream software tools aren’t available and usable on the internet and through the browser?

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