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spungo
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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2007 10:38      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Can anyone here give me the skinny on what the Hell this is? I've been trying to find out on teh interwebs, but it's all just a load of... words, big words, words I don't understand. (As far as I can tell it's something to do with leveraging your key synergistic granularity elements into one optimized, symbiotic, refactored empowerment strategy... or something... )

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Don't worry, that's exactly what it is. You've got it. [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2007 11:16      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's the idea that you should be able to have your software and data stored on a remotely accessible system. This would allow you to access your software and data from a variety of other devices like PDAs and PCs without having to deal with installations and transferring data and what not.

It's a brilliant new concept being put forth by all the hot computer companies and in no way, shape or form does it resemble the terminal/mainframe model that has been around since the dawn of time (computer time, at least).

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spungo
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[Big Grin]

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2007 11:21      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
And apparently not the same as Agile software development. I guess "Agile" is just a good buzzword these days.

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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2007 11:29      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Maybe they meant to call it "Argyle computing", and it really stinks?

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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2007 11:31      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Edit: you may want to believe Steen instead; he seems to have heard about it before.

I don't know where you searched, but this article (second on the Google result page for "agile computing") seems pretty clear to me - have a screen be a screen for every kind of applications that requires a screen, have an input device be able to interface to what requires one, have a computing device be able to treat any kind of data thrown at it.* You just carry the data and software, and use what's around you to do the task.

So say you are talking on your cell phone and need to pass on informations (phone number, address) held into your cell's memory to the person you are talking to. Now you have to: stop talking, navigate your cell phone menu, find the information, then read, memorize, and repeat it. With agile computing, you could hook up an e-book reader to your cell, use it to retrieve the info and read it aloud. If you don't have an e-book reader? You iPod may be used instead. Or your PSP. Or borrow the next guy's tablet PC, augmented reality glasses or whatever is available.

In short, computerized tools that may not have been created for an application can still handle it if it has access to the right software and data, as long as its usage (input, output, computing power) is compatible with the task. It would requires a level of compatibility never attained yet, and although nice, I fear for its longevity, based on what happened of OpenDoc (which was, a similar concept, but on the data vs. software level instead of data+software vs. hardware). If I got it right, of course.

*Would be great for a catastrophe movie's scene: the hero(ine) is on vacation at the beach when s/he receives an important file from work: s/he then requisition all available cell phones, iPods (and the few computers), places them in a giant grid on the sand, has them all talk together, and then gets them to decode the file in a cluster-mode and show up the result on all the little screens; view from the top: the plan of the alien's ship (or whatever) is there for all to see.

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Icon 1 posted June 07, 2007 14:06      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks, folks. I need all the help I can get. I like the sound of 'Argyle Computing'... apart from the socks. [Frown]

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It's all badgers paws, these days...
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Did someone say something about /badgers?/

...goes back to skimming this week's newsletter. [Razz]

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quote:
we dont need no stinking badgers

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Every time I see this topic I think of this.

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