Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2012 20:10 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The news I've seen coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show this year isn't particularly breathtaking or awe-inspiring. Phones, tablets, faster, thinner, yes, yes, we've all been here before. There is one piece of news, however, that stands out from the crowd. The best-selling TV maker in the US, Vizio, is entering the PC market. Stunning designs for both laptop and all-in-one - and buried deep within the press release lies the creamy nougaty centre that makes me want to buy one even more: a Windows 7 install optimised by Microsoft, free of crapware.
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RE[3]: No, thanks
by MacTO on Wed 11th Jan 2012 05:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: No, thanks"
MacTO
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I think that people understand minimalist design fairly well, it is just that they are doing so in an aesthetic context rather than a functional context. Apple's "buttonless" mouse was aethetically minimalist, in part, because it did away with the visual representation of the button. These computers can be considered visually minimalist because they reduce the number of hard edges (i.e. there are fewer sharp corners to poke your eyes out).

Functional minimalism is something different, but that would be reducing a computer to an appliance. A lot of people don't want that.

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