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There are lots of ways to take that. But everytime
someone says the web is the new operating system,
I cringe a bit. MARCA put Netscape on the ropes
with that approach. Web 2.0 smells of that same
hype. The web is what it has always been: computers
sending each other email a bit more conveniently
than the old message boards did.
The horse-drawn carriage ran at a speed that was
suitable for the roads and the driving habits of
the day. As horseless carriages were becoming
automobiles (a branding game), the real requirements
for safety and maintainability were just being
realized. The efforts to get infrastructure in
place varied by locale for understandable reasons.
Some take a lot of credit for the web. Some seldom
accept any blame because... personally, they don't care,
so it becomes someone else's job to fix the mistakes
and build a safer infrastructure.
Autos didn't make Henry Ford a king; they made him rich,
and in America, that's a lot more power. But it took
Adolph Hitler and Dwight D. Eisenhower to get us an
From: Didier PH Martin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
As I noted to O'Reilly, web 2.0 is to web 1.0 as
the horseless carriage was to the automobile: none
of the reliability of the horse and all of the discomfort
of the carriage.
Do you say this because of the low interactivity of some web site? What
about the new ones using more the power of the clients?