Bye-Bye Hard Drive OS - Web Apps to Take Over
In the future you will have easy, fast, automatic access to highly pertinent information you've already captured and new information as it becomes available via ubiquitous fast computers in any resource rich place you visit. That future is very close, but you don't have to wait for it. You can learn to use those tools now, as they emerge.
Super-blogger Jason Kottke has written a long blog post that summarizes many of the speculations, arguments and evidence that Google, Yahoo or Firefox is likely to soon offer a web browser that you use for everything. Bandwidth is so fast, storage so cheap, AJAX (if you are not familiar, here's my definition) is so groovy that there is no need to store or run data or programs on your own computer anymore. Likewise, security is better when there is one team of professionals watching one giant database instead of millions of users failing to pay attention to the security of their individual computers. Back-up of data operates similarly.
The information gap between those using these types of systems and those not using them will only continue to grow. I can't encourage you enough to begin employing them in your endeavors now.
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