Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Microsoft, Intel losing ground?

Author:Dave Winer
Posted:9/4/1999; 10:18:44 PM
Topic:Microsoft, Intel losing ground?
Msg #:10589 (In response to 10588)
Prev/Next:10588 / 10590

Cheap web terminals that let you do word processing over the net are little different from the minicomputer based word processing that was available in the early 80s. I don't know how many remember how worthless they were - As soon as I could get a personal computer and get off the mini, I did it.

I think there's a way to do this and have a very elegant product that's relatively foolproof. Kind of like the Qube, but instead of being for the server, put a keyboard and a flat-panel on it, and build a really simple net interface.

Writing and pictures to start. Add a few other types later. I think it's a big area. Today's machines have a lot more RAM to burn and hard disks are cheap, and the last barrier is the operating system.

I'll tell you this much, I personally want it to be a lot simpler and faster to write electronically. All the software I use now sucks in one way or another. I think it can be much better.

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