Dana Blankenhorn writes:
The 1990s were all about the Internet. (The picture is from a great site called i-Learnt, for teachers interested in technology.)
This decade is all about gadgets.
Digital cameras, musical phones, PSPs, iPods — these are the things that define our time. While they can be connected to networks their functions are mainly those of clients.
In some ways it’s a “back to the future” time for technology. We haven’t had such a client-driven decade since the 1970s, when it was all about the PC.
In some ways this was inevitable. The major network trend is wireless, so we need a new class of unwired clients.
And that’s really the missing word in this decade — applications. Most of what we’ve been doing has been replicating what was done before, only with smaller devices. Software development, especially network software development, has not moved forward. We have consolidation in the software space because we don’t have enough innovation there.