Why PCs are time wasters
Your message, that NCs and Java can replace PCs, is being accepted
I think it depends on how much of an issue the CEO and CIO
make of the current environment. The biggest issue around the current
environment is security. I call Windows the petri dish of choice on the
Internet. It's the opportunity to download a virus from anywhere and infect
Secondly, What good is a firewall if you give everybody a floppy or CD-ROM
drive? That's the ability to inject a virus into your corporate network and
invade all of your corporate data. It's just absolutely the wrong thing to
do, yet the user wants it. Why? Because they want to load Willy Nelson in
there, or they want to load their own little dilly-bobbies from home, or they
want to see what happens when they bring in something from the great
Thirdly, why would you want to have your desktop user, your mere mortals,
messing around with a 32-bit minicomputer-class computing environment? It
makes no sense at all.
And, why would you want [to run] an environment that reboots at least
day? You've got 20,000 employees in your company and they're all rebooting
once a day! That's an incredible waste of time.
I absolutely don't trust every employee to back up their data every day that
they're storing on their local disk. Why do they need a local disk? I think
corporations are going to stand back and say, "When I give you a telephone, I
don't also give you a switch and then ask you to program your personal
switch, load software, back up, and configure your local switch." If we gave
you each your own switch, you'd never make a phone call. It's a wonder that
MIS departments can keep data tone up at all when they're giving everybody
their own, if you will, switch.
Some people stuff money in their mattress. They don't believe in banks. I
believe in data banks as well as I believe in financial institutions. So I
put my money in a bank and I put my data on a corporate server. It's safer
there. Nobody pours a drink on them, nobody kicks the power cord out,
somebody is always backing the stuff up. It's a much better environment.
So from the hardware perspective we're not going back to the old
days, but what about from a centralized management perspective?
If you've got a real job to do, you shouldn't want to be
messing around with a computer.
I find it just patently absurd that you have 4,000 features on your word
processor! I need backspace, delete, cut, paste, and print. Any more
features on your word processor and you're screwing around, not getting your
See the nice thing about the Java model is you don't have to download this
big huge hair ball called Office. You can download the pieces you need. Yeah,
I would hate to be trying to download Office. You'd have to go back and
shower and shave again while it's still coming down.
We're looking at a very, very different model. The telephone is the model:
It's reliable. When you pick up the phone and you don't have dial tone by the
time it gets to your ear, you're angry. Think about when you boot your PC.
If it actually boots, you're thrilled! It's like "I'm going to have a good
day. My PC came up!" That's the difference between dial tone and data tone.
What we're trying to do with the NC is get people to the point where by the time
they turn on their NC and their Java client, by the time they turn that
screen on, their browser are ready, and they can click,
download, and run applications.
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