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Subject: Re: IP-tel
From: Måns Nilsson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Network management discussion for Nordic region <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 24 Jan 2003 18:58:35 +0100
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- --On Friday, January 24, 2003 18:35:08 +0100 Ragnar Lonn <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> If everyone
> could afford high-speed connections there would be less need to store
> everything locally.
>
> Or maybe I'm just an optimist, who knows?

No, we are there today in a select number of cases. I am actively
considering thinning all client appliances as much as possible; with thick
clients available only as a cache or as a disconnected solution for mobile
devices. (ie IMAP synchronisation for laptops and similar.) All storage is
ideally done in a way that minimises client state; so CVS for projects,
IMAP for mail, web enabled databases for references and such, AFS for home
directories. Ultimately we will have thin clients like the SunRay for all
office tasks, short of 3D-CAD or other serious technical computing needs.

Yes, Microsoft was wrong with their "a computer on every desktop". TCO just
skyrockets that way, which feeds the Adidas techies but otherwise is a dead
end.[0]

It will only become better from here, as long as the industry does not put
bars in the spokes by reverting to legacy payment models.

- --
Måns Nilsson            Systems Specialist
+46 70 681 7204         KTHNOC  MN1334-RIPE

We're sysadmins. To us, data is a protocol-overhead.

[0] One day I'd like to do a weigh-in between Unix and MS sysadmins. I bet
    the MS people will come in lighter with all their running around. They
    will also exhibit harder fingertips, but only on three fingers.
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