Jonathan Schwartz hasn't gotten the memo yet - "the network is the computer" was the pitch about 8 years ago. Here he is again though, flogging network computers:
Display over IP. DOIP ("Do IP") is to the PC industry, what VOIP (voice over IP, simplistically, using the internet to make phone calls) is to the telecommunications industry. Phone calls are near to free at this point, and the business model is undergoing radical change. It's inevitable that pervasive and sufficient bandwidth will allow most of what happens on a client to migrate to the network. Why upgrade your PC if you can rely on plentiful bandwidth to have someone centrally deliver it as a service? You don't upgrade your TV set, BBC and News Corp do it for you every evening with fresh content. And you don't buy a new TV to watch it. The same should apply to your PC. DOIP is to a PC as XMRadio is to a CD player.
Sure it is. You come down here and deal with the "DNS? What's DNS?" service that Comcast is becoming known for. A couple weeks of that will wash this bad idea clear out of your head.
And I don't upgrade my TV set? Good gosh, which part of HDTV haven't you heard about? To get improved content, I have to upgrade both my TV (done) and my cable box (not yet) - and my ReplayTV as well. The most irritating part of his post is the way he's trying to wrap a pure marketing ploy (please, buy useless network PC's so that I can sell a ton of expensive Sparc boxes to datacenters) in environmental clothing. Sheesh.