Archive for February, 2007

Webware and us

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Long before the Internet became a household word, the founders of Sun Microsystems coined a corporate slogan which – at the time – made little sense: “The network is the computer.”
I thought of that slogan when reviewing a number of web-based applications. Web-based applications are computer software that sit not on your own computer, but are centrally-hosted elsewhere. Nearly everyone reading this article will have at least some experience with what is increasingly being called “webware.” For example, if you use any kind of web-based email (such as Hotmail), that is what you are doing.