Dean Esmay points to AjaxWrite, a fully-functional word processor that runs over the web, and wonders aloud if a Web 2.0 will render personal computers obsolete within a decade. It’s an interesting read.
My guess is that Dean may be right for those who live in large cities, where broadband is everywhere today, and will be swiftly replaced by broader-band tomorrow. Country bumpkins like me, on the other hand, are going to have to wait a bit longer than that, just as farmers did for traditional phone lines. Sure, we have satellite broadband, and that technology will continue to improve alongside other broadband options, but unless someone can find a way to fly satellites near the ground or accelerate the speed of light, satellite will have a pesky 1/2 second delay, which is a minor annoyance while viewing web sites, but which would render ordinary computer applications unusable.