I've been involved in computing technology for a long time, and I like to save references to earlier technologies, especially those touted as killers of prior art. I have copies of the original PC Magazine and other early 1980s publications proclaiming the Death of the Mainframe
, killed by the ubiquitous and all powerful PC. And about the Death of the PC
, "killed" many times over by Thin Clients, Laptops, NetBooks, iPads...a never-ending hoard of murderous technologies. Hmmm...
My recent copy of Wired Magazine declared, on its cover, that The Web is Dead
! Really? What killed it? Oh, right, Cloud Computing
. So, why do we have all these dead, zombie technologies
still with us? Mainframes. PCs. Browsers. Operating systems. A veritable host of the undead.
What will The Cloud kill? Probably nothing.