The New Model and Russian Threat
After reading your "Client As Server: The New Model" I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that today is April of year 2000 which you probably forgot when using "Russians" as an example of universal threat to humanity in your text.
This loss of memory probably happens when coding or writing articles around the clock.
On the technical side I agree with your view on distributed computing being myself in network programming for about 15 years already. I was lucky to take part in the architecture and actual development of the first Russian heterogeneous LAN ALISA in the early 80th even before the Novel Netware come into existence. ALISA has been successfully deployed on about 1000 sites in many parts of the world (including FTP Software where some of ALISA developers work since then) and allowed to interconnect DEC PDP, IBM mainframe and PCs into network providing virtual devices such as terminals, tapes, disks and
Even that time, when working on ALISA I don't remember anybody around me in Moscow who would consider using nuclear weapons against any other country.
It was quite a discovery for me later when I was working in Silicon Valley in 1996, 1997 and occasionally had a small talk with a cop of the fact to what an extent most public in the States was zombied by Russian threat. This guy told he likes that we can just chat as normal people now. He also said that he was told many horror stories in school about possible Russian invasion.
Even policemen has come over this brain-washing at least three years ago !
The more sorrow I feel now in year 2000 when I come across mentioning Russia (actually your example is the first one in many years) as a threat to the world in the technical! article. This is ridiculous at best. Much more appropriate as an example of a real threat would be to use "Corporate America" which I got to know so well during two years I lived in the Valley.