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: Office vs personal
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 08:27 UTC in reply to "Office vs personal"
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In shorter timeframes you might have a point, but as integration increases that's not really how tech evolves - it does tend to give much more for much less, over generations.

Electronic calculators or even pendrives were a big deal not a long time ago - and they can be quite easily found as freebies now, and certainly for the price of a lunch. DAPs similarly (quite expensive, unwieldy and limited a decade ago - but now few lunches give a very small and capable unit). Present sub-$100 no-contract smarpthones are already much nicer than an order of magnitude more expensive (then) decade-old ones - and still only revving up their economies scale (some of their characteristics should ease further lowering of prices - for one, much simpler mechanically than "classic" mobile phones, basically just a screen)

BTW, $20 is not the true price of OSX - it's basically subsidised by hardware sales. Also, Linux is used by most smartphones... (and not a long time from now, most likely the same for tablets)

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