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The Dream of Computing for Everyone
on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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Comment by Sodki
on Mon 27th Aug 2012 17:29 UTC
Given that Raspberry targets consumers, I'd recommend consumer packaging. Add a case. Offer a bundle that includes the required cables, charger, mouse, keyboard, etc. Consumers want plug and go, not a naked circuit board.
Not that I don't agree, but please note that the Raspberry Pi is selling like mad. This proves that, right now, the target consumers want what is being offered, no matter if it has downsides.
Expect more super-cheap PCs soon. I wonder if embedding the PC into the monitor will become more popular as footprints shrink? But then you lose the benefits of componentization.
Perhaps we could standardize PC enclosures and put a snap-on mounting bracket on the back of all displays.
This has been standardized (at least
) for a few years now. I've used it and I've seen client using it. Not all displays have it, of course, but the ones that do usually are compatible between them. It's the same size for wallmount.
Componentization is a good thing if you need it. For many use cases it's not needed. Example: dumb terminals.
RE: Comment by Sodki
on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 16:24 in reply to "
Comment by Sodki
please note that the Raspberry Pi is selling like mad
That's not the best choice of words... now, definite numbers seem hard to stumble on, but from the data and sources listed in
we can probably extrapolate 200k units as an
absolute upper limit
of RPi units sold so far, and likely much less than that.
That's still a great number for sure - but can't be really described "like mad" when, IIRC, more Android devices are activated daily.
There was a Zerg rush & a flurry of interest about RPi throughout ~western web, understandable considering that mostly wasting-life-on-web geeks would be marvelled (for a time) about the device, but they don't translate to "like mad" sales...
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