Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial 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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RE[2]: I doubt that
by Sabon on Mon 27th Aug 2012 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE: I doubt that"
Sabon
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2005-07-06

I agree. My in-laws are in their 70s and were given a computer to use (not too old, still ok) and multiple people sat down with them (on different weekends) trying to find ways to explain things so that they would be easier.

They did figure out how to use it and were just bored with it. Then I took my iPad to their house and they thought, at first, that it was just a photo viewer but then they saw all the other things I could and were very impressed and took to it like, "fish in a pond".

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RE[3]: I doubt that
by ozonehole on Thu 30th Aug 2012 03:36 in reply to "RE[2]: I doubt that"
ozonehole Member since:
2006-01-07

Funny, I'm just the opposite. I'm 60 years old and love computers, and can justly claim to be a Linux geek through-and-through.

But smart phones - no thanks. Yes, they're cute, but at least double the size of my "stupid" cell phone. I know lots of people who own smart phones and leave them home because they don't want to lug something that's too big to fit in their pocket or on a belt clip. But what is the use of a "mobile" phone if you leave it at home? I use my phone for talking, and very occasionally use the calculator, alarm clock and reminder (calendar) applications. I don't want to surf the Net from my phone or do email - that's what my computer is for.

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RE[4]: I doubt that
by zima on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 17:47 in reply to "RE[3]: I doubt that"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I know lots of people who own smart phones and leave them home because they don't want to lug something that's too big to fit in their pocket or on a belt clip

Shoulder bag works too... OTOH belt clips are sooo 90s.

(but there are many smartphones really no larger than "feature phones" - some SE Mini series for example, or LG Optimus One)

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