Linked by Neolander on Sun 2nd May 2010 12:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y When computers--evolutive machines which may be reprogrammed at will--became widely available, it generated a well-deserved buzz. Some (scientists, banks, insurance companies) felt like they were dreaming, others (like some SF writers) rather thought of it as a nightmare. Today, like it or not, they're everywhere However, part of the individual-oriented computers are going rather far from the original programmable machine model. They rather look like usual tools, with a fixed use. Their customizable internals are only accessible to the people who engineered them. Is there no market anymore for general-purpose personal programmable machines, able to do about anything? I'll try to answer this question, taking into account two major trends in the personal computing market : touchscreen-powered devices and cloud computing.
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Comment by ZacharyM
by ZacharyM on Mon 3rd May 2010 04:19 UTC
ZacharyM
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2007-05-28

While I agree that many of these devices have created greater convenience, also I do not believe that we should be modularizing all of these devices, over specialization can be a negative aspect in many areas. One potential downfall I can see is increasing costs, by having to purchase a separate device for each task you would like to complete. It could be beneficial for large companies milking the consumer for every penny they can get.

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RE: Comment by ZacharyM
by Neolander on Mon 3rd May 2010 04:31 in reply to "Comment by ZacharyM"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

While I agree that many of these devices have created greater convenience, also I do not believe that we should be modularizing all of these devices, over specialization can be a negative aspect in many areas. One potential downfall I can see is increasing costs, by having to purchase a separate device for each task you would like to complete. It could be beneficial for large companies milking the consumer for every penny they can get.

Strange, what you're describing reminds me of a company who produces portable media players... ;)

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