Monday, October 03, 2005


The Network as the Operating System

Here is a quote from Jonathan's blog (emphasis mine):
The trend is away from the upgrade cycle that benefits this traditional notion of distribution. For example, when's the last time you upgraded your set top box? The answer's probably never, and suggests that at a certain level, convenience has more value to consumers than the hassle of upgrading. Or ask a teenager which they'd rather have, a new iPod Nano, or a new PC, I'll bet you money it's the former (underlying the global trend that suggests more of the world will experience the internet through handsets than PC's).
And another:
. . . there's a resurgence of interest in resident software that executes on your desktop, yet connects to network services.
Like GoogleEarth (see previous post) and the widget in OS/X that reports the price of gas in your neighborhood--or the Google Maps widget--or the Sing that iTune widget.

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