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Subject: Re: FLASH: Kinda OT - MS costs?
From: Ben Park
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 15:09:07 +0100

you wrote : "you only pay for the time you use the host processor and it's
apps, as opposed to shelling out $500 for MS Office, etc."

hmm...kinda ok for americans, but using Word 9am-5pm in this country would
mean you'd have to be online, right?
Online costs are currently 2.40 per hour peak rate (9am-5pm, Monday to
Friday) here, so it would be cheaper to buy the product.
Also, wouldn't there be serious security holes in this kind of working....I
guess MS will worry about this after release, right, like they usually
How easy would it be for people to watch what you were doing? Do you really
want every hacker on the net knowing exactly what you're doing?

BUT - what I was talking about, is where you have the package on your
computer, and you have to buy credits over the net, when you connect, and
then you can use it for so long before you have to buy more credits.
You know - you pay so much for so many hours, and then after that many
hours, it stops working I guess.

My simple answer to that problem is, put MS's software on computer's that
don't connect to the net, and run Linux on the internet'd machines. That
will really get to MS.
If they start running things like that, it could start a real take off for
Linux amongst people who would never normally have switched, which I
think'll can only be a good thing - theres too many people using Microsoft
software (including me), just because other people are using it, and there
isn't really any better option most of the time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Carterspotataol [dot] com <Carterspotataol [dot] com>
To: flasheratchinwag [dot] com <flasheratchinwag [dot] com>
Date: 26 April 2000 15:48
Subject: Re: FLASH: Kinda OT - MS costs?

>Sounds like the distributed computing model - apps live only on the server,
>and you only pay for the time you use the host processor and it's apps, as
>opposed to shelling out >$500 for MS Office, etc.
>It has benefits - lightweight client configs, software designed for a
>specific host config should be more reliable, and updates would be
>, auto-magic, and free of charge.
>It's the future, bro!
>There is a related article in the April 2000 Scientific American. "Power to
>the PC: Distributed computing over the Internet goes commercial". Check it
>out if you have the opportunity -- it gives good info on what's around the
>bend and who the players are. Not the same thing as shared apps, but
>in mindset.
>In a message dated 4/26/00 9:56:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>mail-inatsiteria [dot] net writes:
>> Hi
>> This is kinda OT, but it may spread like the virus that it is to other
>> software....
>> I recently heard somethinhg about Micro$oft setting up a system with
>> software to make you pay so much PER HOUR that you use it. This is a
>> right? Someone tell me it is.

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