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The Dream of Computing for Everyone
on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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Comment by Sodki
on Mon 27th Aug 2012 17:29 UTC
Given that Raspberry targets consumers, I'd recommend consumer packaging. Add a case. Offer a bundle that includes the required cables, charger, mouse, keyboard, etc. Consumers want plug and go, not a naked circuit board.
Not that I don't agree, but please note that the Raspberry Pi is selling like mad. This proves that, right now, the target consumers want what is being offered, no matter if it has downsides.
Expect more super-cheap PCs soon. I wonder if embedding the PC into the monitor will become more popular as footprints shrink? But then you lose the benefits of componentization.
Perhaps we could standardize PC enclosures and put a snap-on mounting bracket on the back of all displays.
This has been standardized (at least
) for a few years now. I've used it and I've seen client using it. Not all displays have it, of course, but the ones that do usually are compatible between them. It's the same size for wallmount.
Componentization is a good thing if you need it. For many use cases it's not needed. Example: dumb terminals.
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