Sometime in the last day or two Santa GMail delivered an extra gig… they’re up to 3.75GB now. Sweet.
At an academic/pointy-headed level it’s interesting to see how we’re slowly mass migrating back to the client-server model that PCs made obsolete not that long ago. Just within the past few years it’s become possible to do just about everything with a stripped-down PC and a web browser. With absolutely no basis in rationality, fact, or research, I believe that in the next few years the consumer PC market will shift to a sharply divided two market model – very high end and very low end. With online storage capacity and broadband speeds increasing exponentially, the need for end user horsepower is fading. Why spend three grand on a new machine when you can:
- slum it ($300-500)
- do everything online ($0)
- enjoy the same user experience on any net-connected PC on the planet ($priceless)
Crazy times. Wouldn’t have them any other way.