Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 19th Feb 2011 10:24 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Okay, source material is more than 10 years old so this is not exactly news, but I think it's interesting anyway. This BeOS promotional video is a good reminder of how powerful modern hardware truly is, what hardware should be needed for light computer use, and how laughable modern desktop&mobile OSs are as far as performance is concerned. Here are part 1 and part 2 on YouTube.
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Where are we going?
by Zbigniew on Sat 19th Feb 2011 21:59 UTC
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"Current software is shameful. Giant operating systems linger from the 1970's. Applications are team-produced with built-in obsolescence. User interfaces feature puzzle-solving.

With the huge RAM of modern computers, an operating system is no longer necessary, if it ever was".

"I despair. Technology, and our very civilization, will get more and more complex until it collapses. There is no opposing pressure to limit this growth. No environmental group saying: Count the parts in a hybrid car to judge its efficiency or reliability or maintainability".

Chuck Moore, "father" of Forth programming language.

I would also recommend the lecture:

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RE: Where are we going?
by Zbigniew on Sat 19th Feb 2011 23:41 in reply to "Where are we going?"
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Uh, I forgot: this could be interesting as well:

"Check out the results! For the functions that people use most often, the 1986 vintage Mac Plus beats the 2007 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+: 9 tests to 8! Out of the 17 tests, the antique Mac won 53% of the time! Including a jaw-dropping 52 second whipping of the AMD from the time the Power button is pushed to the time the Desktop is up and useable.
[..] can be stated that for the majority of simple office uses, the massive advances in technology in the past two decades have brought zero advance in productivity"

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RE[2]: Where are we going?
by static666 on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 14:13 in reply to "RE: Where are we going?"
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Oh, that's so true!

I remember playing with vintage Mac SE FDHD back in 2001-2002. Running System 7, it had Excel 2.0 and Word 4.0 for Mac installed and I was shocked to discover old version from 1991 having almost all daily use features of Office XP, the latest version at that time.

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