Accurately predicting the future of any industry is undeniably difficult. Some might even say it’s an impossible dream. But those people might do well to remember an old saying. People often state that those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. The term doom might be overly pessimistic though.
In reality there’s often a lot of good to come from repeating history. Sometimes events simply occur on a cyclical basis. Events might happen just out of the way a particular subculture or industry functions. And this is especially true from the computing industry.
The tech industry is well known for the fact that it tends to move at a rapid pace. In fact, it moves so fast that people are often quick to write off the recent past as somewhat quaint. It’s easy to see why that’s the case. We look at predictions of having a single computer in one’s home as rather amusing. But we forget the larger implications of that prediction.
In the not too distant past people constructed their own computers as the norm. It wasn’t anything special. People simply treated it as the best way to create a new system. And today things are moving in a similar direction. The main difference comes down to something known as virtualization.