Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Apr 2010 12:20 UTC
Editorial Car analogies are quite popular on internet discussion forums, and ours is no exception. The problem with these analogies, however, is that they are usually quite flimsy, and a recent popular one is no exception. A number of people are now arguing that computer makers' move towards closed platforms (Apple, Sony, and so on) is akin to people no longer being able to service cars on their own. This analogy, which looks sound on a superficial level, breaks down when you spend more than five minutes contemplating it.
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RE[2]: specialists
by Gryzor on Thu 8th Apr 2010 13:50 UTC in reply to "RE: specialists"
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What makes you think that the majority of the people care about that? You haven’t been able to even update your phone since the first mobile phones. Go update your Nokia n70’s symbian. Not close to possible (and if possible, not nearly really useful).

Why is a “PC” different? People have had no trouble using their phones for the past 15 years. If you could, for example, add MEMORY to a smartphone, how many people would do it on their own and how many people would simple take it to the store and say: more memory. pay. Go.

Users -normally- don’t care about that. You do. I’d like to (but I don’t care, have other things to do). But most people doesn’t.

There aren’t any statistics that I have, but all my co-workers, friends, family members, etc. that use any sort of computer, couldn’t care less about servicing their computers (on the contrary!). Some of them are professional software developers, not the “typical” user.

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