Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 00:39 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Efforts are split between models in which keyboards detach from screens, ones in which the keys remain attached but can be hidden behind displays, and traditional fixed clamshell designs." None of these really float my boat. They work with clunky connectors and weird hinges, while I'd much rather have Surface's nice magnetic connection. On top of that, Surface just looks way better than this stuff. Pretty clear why Microsoft felt the need to make their own hardware.
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RE[3]: piss poor design
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 19:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: piss poor design"
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The difference is, a quality washer or dryer can potentially last at least 15-20 years or longer with maintenance. Windows, the operating system almost exclusively sold with PCs, typically gets infections galore and eventually takes a shit within maybe 3-5 years (and I'm being generous). Quite often, people think the PC is then junk, and that it's either not worth the time, trouble and money repairing, or just not possible. And then there are those people who have become pissed off with their entire computer over how badly Windows is running, they give up on the whole machine, and even if they're told it could be fixed they'd rather just trash it and get a new one.

I've used a 2001 Gateway with a 1.7GHz P4 and only 256MB RAM (RD-RAM--rare, expensive and not worth the price to upgrade) for over a decade before giving up on it, but trust me, that thing could be a supercomputer running Windows out of the box and many people would get rid of it for something new after once or twice getting infected, and experiencing the poor performance, pop-ups, errors and blue screens.

Also, I wouldn't say that computers are "insanely overpowered." With all the bloated operating systems being released these days under the assumption that the user will have a fast processor, loads of RAM, and even hardware accelerated, power is just as important as it's always been if you care about performance. It's just that these days, you don't have to think as hard or spend as much money to get something decent. You don't really think hardware is getting many times faster while software remains exactly the same in terms of speed and efficiency, do you?

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