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On 29 April 2011 16:33, e-letter <> wrote:

As I said, I'm sure Bill Gates said leave those toy phones to Nokia, RIM
Apple. Google seem to have been smarter. As mobile and web technologies
over I can see much harder times ahead for anyone dependent on local

Those reliant of distant web servers without no knowledge of data
security employed by service providers are being naive.

So do you worry about your electricity generation and have a backup
generator at home just in case? Most people are not going to worry about it
if it works for them and is more convenient and competition between
suppliers will ensure it is.

At least
retrieved data onto a local hard disk drive allows data to be in more
tangible control.

And IBM said there would only be a need for maybe 4 computers in the world.
Look at the trends. Apple just overtook MS in sales and profitability last
quarter. That tells us something about the way things are moving.

Hard drives are looking decidedly dated technologies for individual users -
even my netbook is now all solid state. Mechanical devices will be too
expensive to manufacture, too delicate and consume too much power. The
future is mobile and cloud and will include local storage but probably not
for running office suites like MSO, OOo, LO etc.


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