Scoble is getting picked on by the thin client "revolutionaries" http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2005/08/29.html#a10994
They ( http://www.approachingnormal.com/articles/trackback/59 ) point to several neat hacks
Which, while interesting, aren't that compelling. In fact, I haven't seen that compelling of a feature from any of the "
With the rise of new technologies such as .NET, Java, Mono, SDL and others, I doubt the call of "revolutionaries" will ring true. The thin client they envision is too thin for a rich experience, when you start adding in stuff like flash the thin advantage goes away. Every time you have to code to a specific browser a your "thin" advantage goes away.
Not that thin clients don't have their place, I use plenty of web based application, banking, once a month bill paying, and shopping, but anything more than that is obnoxious due to latency caused by roundtrip server calls and no caching.
So here are my guidelines for when thin is in
- Limited predictable user actions, paying a bill, buying a gift.(although Amazon's rich client shown at PDC 2003 would be one of the first things I would install)
- Infrequently used applications
- Limited data entry where speed doesn’t matter
- Where offline support matters!
So I agree with Scoble!