Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 01:01:10 -0400
Sender: The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From: Bob Rankin
Subject: TOURBUS - 26 Oct 99 - Network Computing / Free CDs
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TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPICS: Network Computing / Free CD's
Do you think there will come a day when all your important files and
programs live on the Web, and you can access them from any computer?
Will your hard drive become obsolete? Sun's slogan "The network is
the computer" may be hitting home sooner than you think.
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Desktop.com is a free service that provides a Web-based graphical
desktop. Imagine your existing desktop inside a browser window, and
that's what Desktop.com is like. You can design your own web-based
desktop with launchers for all your favorite websites, manage or
share your personal files, even play games.
Desktop.com was designed to be similar to a desktop you would see on
a Windows or Mac today. You can create icons that link you directly
to your favorite websites or Desktop.com applications. There's also
a menu bar at the top of the screen giving you access any feature on
your desktop, and a utility bar at the bottom that lets you search
the web, visit another website, or get stock quotes. You can point,
click, drag, and drop just like you'd expect.
Desktop.com comes with a basic FileManager, a text editor called
Deskpad, a ToDo list manager, a calculator, some games and a few
other applications. You can upload files from your hard drive into
Desktop folders, and optionally share them with other users.
The most notably lacking features are the "office suite" type of
applications, such as a full-featured word processor, spreadsheet,
etc. But Desktop.com is still under construction, and they have
published a programming interface that allows anyone to develop
applications for the Desktop.com environment. Try it out here:
Is This The Future?
Although Desktop.com is still in a beta-test mode, I was impressed by
this look at what many consider to be the user interface paradigm of
the future. Files and applications move from your hard drive to the
network, and your PC is replaced by an Internet appliance that's
little more than a monitor and a modem.
The question of what operating system you use becomes moot. And you
don't need to worry about the size of your hard drive, because you
don't have one. To some that's a scary thought. If you're thinking
"Just try to pry this 12 gigabyte drive from my cold dead fingers",
you're not alone. There are plenty of privacy and security issues
that need to be hashed out before network computing becomes viable.
Not to mention speed. In order to make it feasible to manipulate
large files and run complex software over the Internet, the masses
will need something much faster than a 56K modem. Cable modems or
ADSL might be the answer, but neither is widely available today.
Nobody's going to ask you to surrender your hard drive just yet, but
I think that computing (and computers) as we know them will be
radically different 3-5 years down the road.
FREE CD ROMS
Today I came across a great freebie offer from Arcamax, which I'd
like to pass along. If you're interested in getting some of these
FREE software titles:
- COMPTONS INTERACTIVE ENCYCLOPEDIA (only 35 left)
- BODY WORKS 6.0
- PRINT SHOP DELUXE III
- RAND McNALLY'S TRIPMAKER
- RAND McNALLY'S STREETFINDER
- FISHER-PRICE "READY FOR SCHOOL"
...then pop over to the Tourbus website and click on "SPECIAL OFFERS"
to get details. I can assure you Arcamax is a legitimate company and
this offer is for real. There is a shipping fee for these CD's, and
some have very limited quantities, so get 'em while they're hot!
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That's all for now, see you next time! --Bob Rankin
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