Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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RE: jud
by Yamin on Mon 29th Nov 2004 21:40 UTC

"I agree with the comment re embedded devices. I'm not at all sure the general-purpose computer will be with us a decade or two from now. More likely game machines will be separate from media controllers will be separate from handheld phone/chat/email/Web devices (that will do word processing via dictation).
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I hope so. We've let the computer industry get away too long with giving us generic solutions and forcing us configure our way to a suitable 'product'.

For sure, some concepts will still need to be learned. Even with the radio, you still need to know the idea of different stations, and how to locate them. Presets, scanning can make things easier...but ultimately, you still need to know the concept of a 'station'. A computer user should know the concept of a directory (at this time) and a 'file'. The searching and stuff is getting better with more processing power/effort. Google desktop search / winfs / whatever linux solutions there are.

It's a balance between portability, flexability, performance, usability.