We don't need more PCs, mobile or otherwise. We do need devices in this form factor, though. It's a bit larger than the Nokia 770, and I kind of like that. More screen context is a good thing. But what I really want is an interface to the other computers I already own, not another place to put data that will need to be synchronized and otherwise backed up.
I am going to be experimenting with VNC on the 770. VNC is "Virtual network Computing," originally developed by AT&T along the lines of the X Window System, which allows the screen of one device to be displayed on another in a highly cross-platform way (think remote Mac on a PC screen, for example). That way I don't need to care about updates and backups, just connectivity. Microsoft tried this with their Terminal Server product a while ago, but, like many Microsoft products, is was big, bloated, complex, and Windows-specific. Anyway, I'll let you know how this works out. And a thin-client version of Origami would be just great, IMHO.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung