PC over IP
How about a revised definition of portal? Instead of one PC with the screen divided into multiple sections, have 4 monitors attached to blade servers thousands of miles away. No fan noise, no heat generation, and alot less power consumption - on the order of 1/20 less (15 watts vs 300 watts for a desktop system. Talk about Net-Centric Computing or a Thin Desktop. Teradici of Vancouver, Canada believes that it has developed the technology to deliver this capability. Carry your data on a thumb drive or flash drive and plug-it into terminal (remember those) and use the processing power from way off. IBM and others intend to sell products based upon this technology later in the year.