Walter leaving and shift to XP.

Sameer Verma sverma at
Tue Apr 22 20:41:42 EDT 2008

Mitch Bradley wrote:
> I know quite a few children in the US who benefit from laptops running a 
> proprietary stack.
> Web access is the core capability that transforms the computer from a 
> convenience to a near necessity.
> Before the web, most people in developed countries had computers at work 
> for doing "Office"
> stuff, but only a fraction of households had them.
> "activities" will hold children's attention for some time, but in the 
> long term, the desire to
> access all of the world's information will persist long after the 
> activities become boring.
> Suppose, as a thought experiment, that someone were to propose giving 
> every child in the world
> a device that could do nothing but access the web.  Would you consider 
> that a positive
> educational step?
> I would.
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None of what you have said above has anything to do with a proprietary 
stack. Why does the web experience have to be beneficial via a 
proprietary stack? The web is what it is because it conforms to open 
standards. HTML comes to mind...

Speaking of proprietary stack, remember AOL and Compuserve?


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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