Yeah, that's all why I'm so jazzed about the Pi - people here in the Valley get so jaded about perfectly usable last-year's stuff and complain when a call drops. That we can run any of Chrome on the Pi at its cost is just flabbergasting. In the 1980s, we used FidoNet to transfer e-mail and files late at night and weekends when long distance rates were lowest, and there were similar tools that allowed piggybacking on various other telecommunications circuits. One of the earliest applications of the TCP/IP protocols was AlohaNet, where packets were exchanged between Hawaiian islands over HF radio. There have been special modems compatible with shipboard HF radios that are used to link afloat computers together and with those ashore - satellite comms are still above even what you paid for long-distance phone calls, so, only highly-compressed business textual data is usually sent over them (except on fat-cat wealthy people's yachts and cruise ships, of course).
It will be interesting to see how hexxeh has crammed Chrome into the memory footprint of the Pi, as I'm having to do that in spades in trying to fit Panda3D and my Pi-finity! game system code into what's left over after the GPU, OS, etc., have had their way with RAM. Every time I think back to the first time I powered up my $439 MITS Altair 8800 and its baseline 256 bytes (no, there's no M or K missing) of RAM, I wonder in awe how we ever got to a $35 Pi with 1080p and 40 million polygons per second, and 24 GFLOPS within my lifetime. When I left college, I bade farewell to my four years of computing, thinking that it would be many years before I might have hands-on access to that level of computing technology again - the Altair was fun, but, I couldn't afford a $1,500 working teletype terminal, so, I only programmed it in binary via the front-panel switches and LEDs (plus, deploying all over the planet in the Navy made hauling a few hundred pounds of teletype equipment a non-starter). Ironically, we used Teletype Model 28 terminals with yellow paper tape and tear-off paper aboard Navy ships until the early 1990s, when DOS PCs finally made it aboard in significant numbers. Then, it was floppy-swappy time and SneakerNet to move our incoming and outgoing messages between Radio Central and all of the admin and operations spaces. They replaced a fleet of copiers that were used to reproduce the torn yellow printouts that we marked up and responded to by hand, and returned to the radiomen to be typed up.
I'm really looking forward to Aura, WebGL, etc., running on the Pi, if it's even feasible. "What hath God wrought?", indeed, Samuel F. B. Morse!
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!