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In a time when 64K was considered a massive memory and 3D games were laughable (even then), too now with the likes Medal of honor and being able to buy from someone on the other side of the planet from your living room.
These were all things that I used to dream of as a kid all of which are now reality.
The question is whats in the next ten years?
Computers will continue to get faster, programmers will correspondingly continue to get lazier with their code ;-)
I'll have IPO'd my web company, enjoying a lavish lifestyle on my yacht in the bahama's whilst winning the Gizmo Quiz for the 9th year running via sattelite uplink from my RolexTM Surftime diamond encrusted watch-browser.
Actually I can scrub that last pipedream whilst Lisa's still around
I am hoping for some kind of link with supermarkets so I can just order my shopping from a control panel in the fridge. And a new port that can deliver pizza straight to you...mmm :-)
More generally, since the internet is a network of networks, just look out for what things people are networking together on their own. Then imagine these networks connected to everything else.
For the totally paranoid, check out Frederic Brown's 1954 short story Answer. (The year is not a misprint. Science fiction predicts everything.)
Today? How many ways can you truly repackage e-mail and information before it becomes useless?
I think the current trend towards bloat in software, web content, etc... in the name of so-called "progress" is going to grow to the point where the internet may just collapse upon itself.
Didn't I see already on TV a while ago an internet-connected fridge that re-ordered food as needed? Now all I need is self-cleaning fridge, one that throws out the suspicious looking jar lurking in the shadows at the back...
Or networked to the sofa maybe :-)
Now imagine that same house, the computer is infected with a virus, turned into a zombie, or simply taken down by some security flaw.
No thanks....if I was paid a million dollars I wouldn't put my family in something like that.
Everybody on webmasterworld is talking about making their site looks good in the lynx browser, since apparently 32% of surfers these days use it exclusively. NN4 is still at 1%. Webmasters keep on complaining about Google and being 'stuck in the permafrost.'
[edited by: lawman at 9:30 am (utc) on Oct. 8, 2004]
[edit reason] off topic [/edit]
The primary goals of Internet2 are to:
- Create a leading edge network capability for the national research community
- Enable revolutionary Internet applications
- Ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.
Anyone have the faintest idea of what they're talking about? Anyone believe that they have the fainest idea what they're talking about?
It sounds like managementspeak to me.