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NC: Idea before its time?

The network computer was introduced as a concept more than two years ago, and it's still mostly just that.

The network computer was introduced as a concept more than two years ago, and it's still mostly just that. Although touted as a new paradigm by Sun and Oracle, the NC--a simplified device that relies on central servers, rather than its own computing power--are finding only a limited market. Today, Wall Street is blaming the NC for a sudden decline in the stock of both companies.

NC blamed as Sun, Oracle slide
Sun Microsystems and Oracle see their stock fall amid concern over the near-term outlook for the companies' network computer products.

Network computers sales low
One of the most-hyped technologies of 1997, the network computer, was also one of the lowest sellers, a new study has found.

JavaStation nostalgia
commentary People in the high-tech world know all about NCs from memory, but few have ever seen them even though they are already on their way out.

Sun JavaStation ships, quietly
At the JavaOne conference, Sun announced the commercial availability of its JavaStation network computer in almost muted tones.

Uphill battle seen for Java NCs
A new report from Zona Research says Java-only devices will continue to face ambivalence from corporate buyers.

JavaStation dream fading
Product delays, a lack of viable applications, and competition from low-priced PCs are seemingly sapping the lifeblood out of the JavaStation market.