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A silent revolution?

Is history repeating itself?

Euphoria around mobile phones reminds me of early days of dot com; remember success of the likes of hotmail?. Every big and small timers putting up fancy web sites and crude (on hindsight) web applications.

Many had prophesied end of Microsoft with emergence of browser, “cross platform” Java”, “low cost” network computer etc. We have seen that major players have withstood the shakeout of dot com crash and current recession. More visible impact has been on the kind of application we develop and use every day (Google Docs, for example), emergence of new players (Google, for example), fall of many old timers (where is Netscape?), convergence of technologies and consolidation (eg. Sun Microsystems acquired by Oracle) of market place.

Many applications that were touted as killer apps were not to be. But still many new applications on web have made world a better place.

Now I look forward to another wave as ubiquitous mobile phones is getting integrated into computing mainstream. Interesting, especially since computers from my early days of computing are far inferior to mobile phones of these days in terms of computing power!

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July 31, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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