Patrick McKenzie+ Your Authors @patio11 I work for the Internet, at @stripe, mostly on accelerating startups. Opinions here are my own. Sep. 03, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Everything old is new again: 

Anyone remember the old days of fat client vs thin client, where a major thesis was that the PC on the desktop of an office worker didn't need to be expensive, it could just render a UI backed by server in the datacenter?

That eventually got killed by the prices of PCs cratering, but as the performance curve of them has stopped rapidly improving (and as more people choose to use laptops or mobile devices, which have a different cost/performance function), there is a movement to use cloud iron.

I've seen a number of game streaming services which put the expensive 5% utilization NVidia chipset on a box in the cloud, but this pitch interesting: "Look, you don't want Chrome eating your Macbook, your Macbook is for local development; let Chrome eat our CPU instead."

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