Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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by xushi on Fri 3rd Dec 2004 10:11 UTC

Personally, if i buy a car, i just want to turn the key in the ignition, and expect it to work. Giving me full access to change gears, turn on the windscreen wipers with no hassle. I don't want to open the engine and start tweaking the wires here and there to get it to work.

If i buy a mobile phone, i'd expect it to work when i hit the power button.. giving me access to call or save numbers without hassle. I don't want to compile things or memorise numbers that look like 0xffee01.

If i buy a pc, i'd expect it to turn on, giving me access to play games, surf the net, etc... without a hassle. I don't want to compile kernels, edit registries, tweak system files etc...

To me, a PC shouldn't look be harder than starting a car or turning on a mobile phone.. (speaking as a person)

But luckely enough, i'm intersted in how a ccomputer works, and have time to dedicate into learning how operating systems work and how to tweak them.