It can be fun to talk about the exciting new terms that run through our industry, but once in a while it's good to recall the words you don't hear anymore. I've been thinking about some of these words lately, and when looking for a term to sum them up the phrase that really stands out is "silver bullet". Whatever happened to the silver bullet? Since the beginning of this decade, we've been practically awash in silver bullets: client/server for performance and functionality, pen-based computing for users who can't type, ERP for Y2K, Windows NT for - depending on who's talking - just about everything else.
Stories by Curtis F. Franklin Jr
Over the last 20 years or so there have been several turning points in the way people think about computers. Each has involved a new technology or a new application of technology that has turned out to be less important in the long run than the new application ideas that followed. I've just whipped around another of these points, and I think that you should get ready for a whirl.