The road to somewhere....

A swift drink before the flight home with Chris Gerhard, and I tested out Benkler's theory that much of the drive to cheap computing and the over supply is in the 'lumpy' nature of computers and the consumer sector. I thought that the OpenSolaris "Appliance" project might be able to leverage these factors. He thougt not and reminded me of the compelling argument, that as greater bandwidth to the home became available, people would move their IT to utility. They don't want the fans and power draw in the house, and they want reliable disks; managing backups will never be a consumer activity. We also discussed the essential necessity of caching within the network, something known for years by the video on demand people & also considered what it might take for games to be served over the network to thin client devices.

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