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    Personal computing re-invented...

    An in-depth exploration of what may come next for personal computing over the coming decades of the 21st century. This book is much more than just a vague overview of the future of personal computing, amazingly, this is a fully-worked solution, although the author states that the book is just intended to be a starting point from which others, such as the open-source software and hardware communities, will hopefully create the final solution, rather than it being a ready-to-use blueprint. The book describes a new approach to personal computing, known as the Stream Tone, which is based on cloud computing (today's web), next-generation telecommunications (5G), real-time communications protocols (WebRTC), and thin clients (simple & cheap computers). The Stream Tone will allow all of our current personal computing functionalities/services to be moved from our current local personal computing devices (desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets) into remotely-located cloud computing-based data centers, it will also allow us to replace all of our complex and expensive personal computing devices with a highly affordable, long-lasting, standardized, access terminal. Whilst this book covers a wide variety of technical subjects it is not, in and of itself, an overly technical book, as it really takes the time to explain most subjects in some detail and uses easy-to-follow language throughout. I found the book to be highly thought-provoking. It was quite a long read, at over 400 pages, but if you take it relatively slowly, as I did, and just read a handful of pages each day, it is really very manageable, and definitely worth the effort. Highly recommended.
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    Vive la révolution!

    Between the pages of this book lie the seeds of revolution. A revolution that will change our world forever. An egalitarian revolution that will finally bring the myriad benefits of the internet, personal computing, and the world wide web to everyone, everywhere, and not just to rich folks living in developed countries. It is literally a new world order just waiting to happen. It is the light in the darkness; showing us the better way that we knew we needed but which we did not know how to achieve. At the heart of this revolution is the Stream Tone, a most remarkable open-source re-invention of personal computing for the 21st century and beyond.

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