Desktop or web 2.0

After reading about my rebuild nightmare you are probably thinking that I would be migrating fast to web 2.0 sites.  Wrong!  I really like some of the web 2.0 sites and work extensively in the browser – but I like to use the best tool for the job and right now I think that’s:

  1. 2003 server
  2. Driving 3 screens
  3. Running most applications local but with background synchronization of data onto servers where it makes sense

I just love the customizability, the great integrated experience and the fact that from one desktop I can run local apps, smart apps, web apps, terminal served apps, virtual machines etc. 

I also love the fact that I can leave my desktop running and grab my Tablet and have everything synched but have a completely different environment optimized for a very different type of activity and different form factor.

So for me web 2.0 is a complement to the desktop, not a replacement.  My desktop has been rock solid for 2 years and largely because of my own messing around has probably cost me 3 hours of downtime to fix.  Not a bad trade off for the productivity benefits and fun I have had over those 2 years.

I switch to a new machine and Vista in a few weeks, I am pretty worried that I won’t get the rock stability I am used to but here’s hoping!

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

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