August 25, 2005
The big rage these days is an idea called Web 2.0—the transformation of the world wide web into an application platform. However, the web has quite a few limitations.
There are three basic ways to get input from a user on the web:
- File Upload
While most applications only need a keyboard/mouse derived user input, the emergence of voice, video, and other devices are leaving the web behind.
Applications like Macromedia’s Flash boast voice/webcam support, but I’ve never seen a good implementation. Maybe Ryan Guill can point to a few?
From Wikipedia’s Web 2.0 entry:
The proponents of this thinking expect that ultimately Web 2.0 services will replace desktop computing applications for many purposes.
Let’s hope one of those purposes isn’t something that involves video. I’ll admit it, I’ve been a little behind with computer hardware until recently while buying a new computer I learned most video cards have heatsinks and fans on them. A lot of people go ahead and buy additional PCI slot fans just to cool their video cards.
What does this mean? The [‘thin-client/grid’] dream that a lot of companies are learning to love the grid are going to be missing some critical users. I seriously doubt the grid-connected thin client will be able to handle Battlefield 2 unless it bulks up and gets a massive graphics card and a hefty amount of RAM.