Remember when computers were accessed by dumb terminals? It’s baaaaack. Google is the proud purveyor of The Terminalator—Chrome OS on a cheap PC. Karl Johnson in T-GAAP:
Today, Google announced Chrome OS for the third time. Chrome OS essentially turns your browser into an operating system. Everything you do, you do it online including accessing your files. It basically turns your shiny new computer into a dumb terminal for the web. All of your files are on the internet or what many refer to as the cloud.
It’s a dumb terminal with colorful graphics, lightweight web apps, and no real application power. Is there a better way?
Instead of creating dumb terminals like these network computers, why not harness today’s technology. We can create computers that use both local and the cloud computing power. Storing the data on both the cloud and on your local computing device, allows access to those files in both places. Syncing to the cloud uses the power of your local computer and the backup nature of the cloud. Software developers can create fast applications that run locally, but can access data on both your own machine and the cloud. This gives you the best of both worlds. Your data is backed up in the cloud, which gives you a more robust backup system.
That sounds like how the iPhone works.
Google’s Chrome OS sounds like ever cheaper netbooks without the complexity of Microsoft windows, without powerful apps, and without the ability to do much if not connected online. It’s the Return of the Dumb Terminal.