Mr. Bill Gates, moments before getting hit by a pie in 1998…(not really related to my post, but I just thought it was funny!)
Here we are 12 years latter and many so called computer revolutions have passed, in just twelve years! Just the other day, Mr. Gates joined the rank and file of Twitter users and was immediately befriended by over 100k users. Ironic that the man who helped usher in one of the first computer revolutions is now just a “user” in the continueing expansion of technology in our society. I wonder what Mr. Gates thinks of the upcoming Apple release? It will surely be the iTablet, yet another “revolution” that will supposedly change the way we communicate. Has technology become a fad? Has each micro generation felt the need to create there own new version of the bell bottom? Back in the early nineties, all the rage was server technology with the client being a dumb terminal. Then came along the all powerful PC and the thought of a wimpy client that could access information on the server died. Now we are back full circle with the advent of cloud computing and many touting the death of the PC, and Mr. Gates has just helped by jumping into Twitter. No longer will you hear the words dumb client in reference to your iPhone, Blackberry, etc. but that is exactly their purpose, store nothing, compute nothing, get everything from the server (now renamed the “cloud”). How long will it last? How long before the PC centric view comes back? And what does this say about our society? Everything will be stored in the “cloud”…. Are we moving to a more socialistic system that values the whole more than the individual?