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Observation: Cloud computing is nothing new

Dec 02, 2010, 16:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Reed)

"Cloud computing is not only the latest buzz term, it might well be the model of computing that powers the 21st century. However, it's easy to forget that personal computing, in which each user has a standalone system that can operate without a network, is itself a relatively new approach.

"The first practical computers were enormous behemoths composed of clicking resistors and vacuum tubes. Much of the early development of these multi-ton monsters had been spurred by the allied code-breaking effort during World War II. For the first thirty years of the history of general purpose computers, computer time was the exclusive privilege of large institutions and governments.

"One of the first breakthroughs in bringing down the cost of computer access was the concept of a time-sharing system."

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