Friday, September 19, 2008

Note: Cloud Computing & Netbooks

Just-A-Note:

Wired's Gadget Lab blog notes the Dell mini Inspirion "netbook" which comes with built-in 3G wireless and free online storage. That means that this netbook, with its rather puny 16GB solid state drive (no hard drive!) can actually function as an netbook should: always on, always connected.

That's a big step forward; notebooks like these which are fully functional computers establish a benchmark on the way to a real, network-enabled net-connected digital divide device for everyone. (Retail price: 35o-to 395 depending on operating system!)

My guess is that the dream digital divide device will prove to be a mini-laptop capable of running as a fully capable computer (from printing to running standard apps to lite gaming) that is always connected to a big broadband connection. The constant, fast connection enables cheap, shared online storage--and, if that connection is fast enough, as it can be in Lafayette--shared applications and large datasets....decreasing Total Cost of Ownership and increasing its utility.

This was just-a-note. What do you think?

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