November 21, 2009 · 2 min read
sachinrekhi Funny thing about Chrome OS is that it's analogous to going back to the days of Terminals where data & computation was server side
I don't know a lot about the history of computing, but haven't there been major shifts back and forth over the decades? The terminology I've heard includes "dumb terminal" vs. "smart terminal", "thin client" vs. "thick client", and "centralized" vs. "decentralized" computing. There's always been a major question of how much computation and data should be at the endpoints, and how much in relatively centralized resources, whether it's mainframes and their terminals, Web apps and browsers, or mobile apps running on smartphones.
Does anyone know enough about the history of computing to provide some perspective here?
On a related note, read Naval of Venture Hacks on why you will eventually dump your laptop and just use your smartphone.
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