As I was writing this week’s Tech Talk series (a look back to the mid-1990s through magazine articles), I was struck by how some ideas which may have seemed out of place at that time can make a comeback later. The “teleputer” (Internet PC) idea which was still-born then maky actually make sense in the context of a LAN in emerging markets. This is what our thin client-thick server work is all about. The object-oriented programming and software components ideas are quite similar to the Web services ideas of today. I think its important for everyone to spend some time reading or thinking about ideas that failed in the past – just because they failed once does not mean they should be written off. It could also mean that they were ahead of their times. History has a lot to teach us, if we are willing to learn.