Is thin client still thin?
One of the early promises of "thin client" computing was that the heavy lifting would take place on the server and the client workstation could be quite modest. But is that still a reality? I’ve found recently that modern browsers and web sites seem to push more of the processing back onto the workstation. The speed at which the browser itself and individual web sites load and refresh seem pretty much proportional to the speed of the workstation. I’ve got several older computers that I’ve kept around for accessing the Internet and other simple tasks. The machines haven’t gotten any slower over time but the way they respond when running major browsers certainly has.Lower hardware requirements are not often cited as a benefit of Cloud Computing these days — and apparently with good reason. Are there real technical reasons for what I’m seeing?