Troubador The STREAM TONE: The Future of Personal Computing?

Released: 28/01/2015

ISBN: 9781784620813

eISBN: 9781784627928

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The STREAM TONE: The Future of Personal Computing?


Imagine... a world where your next personal computing device is the last one that you would ever need to buy. Where you would never need to worry about operating systems, software patches, or viruses. Where you always had enough processing power, memory, storage, and top-of-the-line graphics. Where you could access all of the very best software applications, regardless of their platform. Where you had a constant connection to all your favourite digital services, and your battery lasted for days, perhaps even weeks, of full-on use. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well, this is the world of the Stream Tone. A world that does not exist in some far off future; this could be, figuratively speaking, our world a mere five minutes from now. All that is needed to make it a reality is the creative convergence of certain technologies that are already available and in use today. Personal computing is changing from an old world of local services, provided by local devices, to a new world of remote Web-based services, provided by cloud computing-based data centres. The STREAM TONE: The Future of Personal Computing? is a 408-page academically-oriented non-fiction book that explores, in some technical detail, what might be required to make a comprehensive move to this exciting new world, and the many benefits that move could bring. This book not only attempts to make a thorough evaluation of the technology ecosystem that will be required to create this future but also considers many of the implications of such a move. Along the way, it also discusses a wide range of currently-available technologies and how they could possibly be used to enable this future.

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This non-fiction book describes a new approach to personal computing, one that is based on the use of open-source software and hardware. In summary, the book is authoritative, comprehensible, detailed, educational, egalitarian, humorous, inspirational, imaginative, inclusive, interesting, organized, radical, surprising, thorough and thoughtful. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to get a Stream Tone Access Device (S.T.A.D.) of my very own; it sounds absolutely wonderful!

by L. Leclerc

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.

by Jules

Dial Tone -> Web Tone -> Stream Tone; very interesting.

by A. Wolchek (Computer Science)

Visionary stuff. Bold & brilliant. A most impressive piece of work.
***** (5 stars)

by Timothy

T. Gilling

I am a forward-looking information technologist that wants to re-invent personal computing for the 21st century, and, by so doing, make the world a better, more equitable, place. I believe that my open-source-based Stream Tone concept, described in my non-fiction book, The STREAM TONE: The Future of Personal Computing?, can help to bridge the digital divide, connect the unconnected, and bring the Internet, personal computing, and Web to the next billion people. In very simple terms, the Stream Tone is about ensuring that the future is more evenly distributed. It is a bold goal, to be sure, but one that can definitely be achieved if we all work together to make it happen.

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