Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial 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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by l3v1 on Tue 28th Aug 2012 06:37 UTC
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I'm betting on smart TVs as prices drop.

Well, not much of a bet, since even today you can buy some really good looking all-in-one PCs where everything is built inside the screen, with decent cpu, {s/h}dd and ram. The only thing missing is double-triple screen size with - and this is important - double-triple resolution and high dpi. And for the love of god, not some Apple-ish "retina" crap resolution, but real proper high resolution displays.

small laptops were rechristened "netbooks"

Memory is a b*tch. Netbooks fall into a dim territory, small screen, weak cpu, low memory, low storage - more specs of a phone than a portable computer. I'd say the whole netbook thing was a bad thing and everyone should just forget about it as wuickly as possible and move along. Also, mixing ultabooks and netbooks is a bad idea.

[Tablets as] The Primary Computer of the Future?

Oh come on. Tablets might just turn out to be one of the primary computer interfaces of the future, but not primary computers, for sure. Unless you count a 2m wide screen with 24 core cpu and 48 gigs of ram and 10TB of storage space with touch capabilities in your living room a "tablet". In that case, it just might be the primary computer of the future ;)

Given that Raspberry targets consumers, I'd recommend consumer packaging.

I think you're a bit mistaken regarding the target demographic of the R.Pi.

The user interface of smartphones and tablets challenges that of laptops and desktops. Touch and sound replace keyboards and mice.

Another person who always forgets about who creates the content for you people: developers. Right. Sound and touch my a**.

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