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A thin-client theory I don't believe

Discussion in 'Intel' started by rbmyersusa, Jun 13, 2005.

  1. rbmyersusa

    rbmyersusa Guest

    But I'm posting it, anyway, because throwing Citrix in there makes it
    just marginally credible. The thin-client future--the one that *is*
    coming--will benefit (drum roll...) *Microsoft*, and Apple is moving to
    Intel to prepare for this brave new world


    I do believe that a thin client world is coming. I do believe that
    Gates wants/expects to control the world of thin client computing. As
    to what it has to do with Apple/Intel, I'm skeptical to say the least.

    rbmyersusa, Jun 13, 2005
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  2. I don't think it's outright crazy to argue that the thin client world
    favors heavy server machines and very light client machines. Neither of
    these are markets Apple has done well in. Both of these are markets where
    Microsoft has better prospects than Apple.

    David Schwartz, Jun 14, 2005
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  3. Oh my GAWD - you mean Billy's going to steal Larry's big SQL*Nuts idea?
    IMO you can take people to the bus but you can't make them get on.:)
    George Macdonald, Jun 14, 2005
  4. rbmyersusa

    daytripper Guest

    It's been tried - and it failed miserably.
    I hesitate to use the "n word", but I just can't see this ever happening.
    But if the threat becomes Reality, well, I forsee a mass migration to *nix...

    daytripper, Jun 14, 2005
  5. rbmyersusa

    Yousuf Khan Guest

    Has this brave new world formed yet, or is it still a mass of orbiting
    debris? :)
    If Apple wanted in on the world of thin-client, all it needed to do was
    build a Java machine or perhaps a DotNet machine. What's it gotta do
    with Intel?

    Yousuf Khan
    Yousuf Khan, Jun 15, 2005
  6. rbmyersusa

    keith Guest

    No, it's still hot gas. I've been hearing "thin client" for two decades.
    The only ones who want it are the mainframe and software manufacturers.
    USERS don't want to give their data back to the glass-house, even
    though they *might* be better off in the long run (data integrity,
    availability, and such mundane stuff). Trusting M$ (or apple or...) with
    one's gonads seems a bit silly to me.
    Can't do that! They want to be *THE* client. ...or something.
    keith, Jun 15, 2005
  7. Am I the only optimistic person on the planet? I really *really*
    fail to see how a thin-client world would necessarily benefit
    Microsoft; I clarify what I'm trying to say: it is possible
    that a certain course/path of the thin-client evolution could
    benefit Microsoft; but I refuse to accept the principle that
    thin-client dominance *implies* that Microsoft benefits.

    I tend to believe exactly the opposite!

    Microsoft dominance is based on the fact that they dominate and
    have full control over what people do with their desktops. (and
    it's a control that takes the form of a vicious circle -- every
    one uses Windows because it is the thing that everyone else uses;
    software makers create their software mainly for Windows because
    that is what people uses -- but people uses Windows because that
    is the OS that has most software that runs on it)

    Microsoft's arguably worst nightmare, Linux, has had its biggest
    success on the server arena, and so far has had very limited
    success on the desktop. Microsoft's arguably *second worst*
    nightmare is Firefox -- well, the Internet Explorer, actually;
    the IE, which at some point was a key element in solidifying
    their monopoly (they get everyone to use their software for
    accessing the Internet, then make that software non-standard
    and only/mainly compatible with their development tools and
    their OS's; then they own the world, because every web developer
    will be forced to use MS tools, since those are the only ones
    that work well with the browser that the entire planet uses),
    ironically (and thankfully!) is now being a key element in
    people realizing just how unbelievably mediocre their [MS's]
    software is, and how unbelievably incompetent they are, at
    least when it comes to computer security (something that is
    not a secret for people with computer literacy, but that seems
    to be a revelation for the average Joe).

    So... We have now a world where we only need a web browser and
    people need servers where to develop things... A web broswer
    can run on Windows, on Linux, on MACs, on PDAs (running Linux,
    or Palm OS, or Windows CE, or whatever other OS's), and server
    applications can easily run on Linux (and quite likely will, or
    at least could, tend to run on Linux more than on Windows).

    We no longer need MS Office because there is www.thinoffice.org
    that provides a complete Office suite that runs on your browser.

    Tell me again, why does that world benefit Microsoft??

    Am I the only optimist on this planet that thinks that a world
    dominated by thin-client computing *could FINALLY* spell the end
    of Microsoft's monopoly?

    Carlos Moreno, Jun 15, 2005
  8. rbmyersusa

    Robert Myers Guest

    It's a legitimate concern, although I think there are ways to address
    it. As it is data on the average hard-drive connected to the internet
    could hardly be regarded as safe, either.
    Intel doesn't want game boxes running PowerPC to be the thin client of

    Robert Myers, Jun 15, 2005
  9. rbmyersusa

    Robert Myers Guest

    That's a theory I've long been promoting for a long time. End of many
    bad things: insecure, poorly-maintained hard drives, end of weird
    platform dependencies, end of endless patches from Microsoft, end of
    Microsoft dominance. The software community would become more

    The card I hadn't thought of is Citrix. Like it or not, Microsoft
    becomes ever more entrenched in the business desktop, which in many
    cases already is thin-client oriented, and, in many cases, uses

    Robert Myers, Jun 15, 2005
  10. rbmyersusa

    keith Guest

    I'm not talking about "safe", rather "what will they charge me to access
    *MY* data tomorrow". I don't like other's owning my information.

    Think; MS-Word proprietary format on steroids.

    Sorry, I don't think people are quite this stupid. Maybe, they're still
    using WinBlows.
    Of course Intel doesn't want PPC *anywhere*, but that's hardly their
    choice, eh? They fucked up their x86 market and are now trying to
    scramble to recover. I just dont' see the synergy between APPL and INTC.
    I do see the tactical issues, but not the strategic. ...maybe I'm too
    close. Oh well...
    keith, Jun 16, 2005
  11. rbmyersusa

    Robert Myers Guest

    It's also a safety issue. If you're relying on one off-site vendor
    for your information, you could lose access to it for any number of
    reasons: the vendor could charge or charge more for access, the vendor
    could go out of business, or the vendor could lose it. There are any
    number of ways to address that problem, and I don't think any of them
    is beyond your imagination.

    Robert Myers, Jun 16, 2005
  12. rbmyersusa

    keith Guest

    Gee, I didn't think you thought there was much of a chance that M$ was
    going under. ;-) BTW, users can lose data too.
    keith, Jun 18, 2005
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