Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Google This

Posted by codemorse


For a sneak peek at the future of computing, go to YouOS and click "Try a Demo." Your browser window turns into a desktop of its own, with sub-windows for e-mail, chat, and Web browsing. There are also links on the YouOS desktop for a sticky-notes program and a rich-text editor. But these programs aren't on your hard drive—they're running somewhere in the vast unknown Internet.

Check out YouOS for 10 minutes, then imagine the same project on a billion-dollar budget. Now do you think the mythical Google PC that's allegedly being secretly developed in Silicon Valley—or in China or on a Ukrainian IRC channel—will become reality?

You could still run Windows on a Google PC; it just wouldn't matter if you did or not. Most Google PC
rumors imagine a low-priced, Windows-less, entry-level computer for the Wal-Mart set. That could be part of the plan, but it would just be one more option. Instead of trying to convince every consumer on the planet to buy a new machine, it makes a lot more sense for Google to build a super-service that you could log into from any computer, phone, or television, or car and airplane seatback. You would be able to access your files anywhere by logging in, calling up your desktop, and popping into Google's array of Gmail-like applications for word processing, photo editing, and anything else you can think of.

Neat. But also spooky. Everytime I read a story like this, I can't help but think "Skynet is coming. The war against the machines begins soon."

Then I take my meds, and go back to drooling on myself.


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

NEAT! Though at this point no necessarily you-sful.


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