A tip 0' the old electron to my pal Paul Hinman for the idea behind today's post.
I believe it was Scott McNeally (although I could be wrong about that) who, in the late 90's said "the network *is* the computer".
At the time, that statement was a little too early. We hadn't really gotten high speed data connections to proliferate yet and computing power was still lacking in lots of places. However, the penetration we are now seeing of people using The Cloud, I think that statement is playing out now all around us. Using someone else's computer to host blogs, travel data, calendars, email, you name it, is now so common some of us don't even realize we're doing it.
So if we're really just using a lot of our computers as terminals to access the cloud, do we really need those powerful computers all around us anymore? Enter the idea of Raspberry Pi, a small and affordable computer that may be all you need in the future. I can definitely see something like this taking hold & growing rapidly. When you think about it, most of us with newer smartphones are doing a lot of this already. Raspberry Pi just makes it a ton more affordable and leaves out the phone.
The idea is a tiny computer that costs $25 that can do most of the things you need to have done. Does this mean the desktop is dead? Maybe not, but it may mean the desktop isn't nearly as relevant as it once was.
Here is a bit of an overview from an article on TechRepublic:
So does that have you intrigued? I sure has me considering some differing options. I'll probably be jumping in to get one, just to play. For the full article from TechRepublic, click here.