Chapter 3. The Consumer’s Internet—Thin Clients & Fat Hosts for Everyone

Stephen J. Andriole,Charles B. Whinney, IV

The World Wide Web is all-inclusive. There’s not much one cannot find, analyze, or purchase on the Web. The past ten years has seen the evolution of the Web from a passive repository of information to a proactive pusher of content and a ubiquitous enabler of transactions. Educational curricula, music, films, surveys, customer service portals, travel planning, job placement boards, and even personal matchmaking services are all on the Web. For some, the Web is woven so deeply into the fabric of their lives that it’s impossible for them to imagine a disconnected world.

This chapter suggests that the best way for consumers to exploit ...

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