Future of computing?

This is what I envision the future of computing to be if things were up to me. I can turn on any computer and be able to access an environment that has all the applications I use via a web login. That is, I should be able to remotely log in to my computer/server from any computer that has a web browser and be able to do things on it very fast. I also envision computers to be portable like that of an ipad, but with a keyboard peripheral that can connect to the device to turn it into a laptop (can’t live without keyboard shortcuts; think emacs and conkeror).

The cloud computing piece is partially addressed by eyeOS. However, I have not yet tried it since it isn’t Debian-based (hence not “mainstream”) and appears to have to be installed on top of a another OS (eg, via VirtualBox). I would want the remote login from the web to be a built in feature of Debian.

The portability piece I’m sure will be widely available soon due to all the tablet manufacturing going on. I’ve actually seen one with a portable keyboard attached to turn the tablet into a laptop prior to the ipad release, but have forgotten the link.

I wonder if my dream will come true.

Scribd: embed documents in your blog/website

Want to share a document online? Whether it’s a MS Office doc (xls, doc, ppt), open office document, txt/rtf, or a pdf, Scribd allows users to upload a file and have it viewable on a website by embedding their iPaper program (Flash-based). This is cool as visitors no longer need specialized software on their computer to view the document.

I’d like to note that Scribd’s purpose is to democratize publishing, as stated on their website. I think highly of their philosophy.