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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I hate to harp on this...
by GrantP on Tue 30th Nov 2004 01:19 UTC

...but the number of responses about the car analogy not working are absolutely correct. Computers aren't like cars, just like they aren't hammers or fishing rods or shotguns. Computers are not specialized devices; they are general purpose tools. How many other pieces of equipment can do your taxes, surf the web, typeset documents, play games, automate machinery, etc?

No offence meant to the author, but although he acknowledges a fairly well known fact (e.g. computers are general purpose machines and don't work amazing at any one particular task), he doesn't offer anything substantial to the reader. Anybody that has been in this field for any amount of time already knows this.

The implementation of automatic disk defragging in all operating systems (like Mac OS 10.3's albeit limitted implementation) would be a good first step though! ;)