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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Comparsion
by Holger Baumhaus on Tue 30th Nov 2004 11:04 UTC

The comparsion between a car and a computer is not the best one. A lot of people already pointed that out.

But why?

A car serves a specific task: transportation
Therefore the main focus of usage is to provide an easy way to do excaclty that.

Pretty much the same is true for cell phones. The main purpose of cell phones is (tada): to call someone.

These are all special devices desigend around or for that purpose. But if you look at todays top of the line products you also have a huge complexity in cars or cell phones, but the main function is still the dominant task and therefore most of the users have no problem using it.

If you do compare these devices to a PC you have to bring the complexity of uncountable purposes in one device. Which was and is a big reason why the PC is so popular.

E.g. you want to play computer games on a PC. You have to make sure you have the right OS, drivers, grafic cards and what not. But if you extract the game part of a PC into a dedicated device AKA game console like the Playstation or xbox then it's just a simple as plugging console into a wallet, put a CD/DVD into it, press "power on" and start playing. But that's about it, no burning CDs, no writing letters, no support for a digicam.

Wasn't it Bill Gates or sombody else who told years ago that the PC we know today will not be the PC in the future? The PC will be split into smaller devices designed specially for a specific task and therefore not as complex as one device that does it all.

But do people really want that?