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[4]: Invisibility is the goal
by zima on Thu 30th Aug 2012 04:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Invisibility is the goal"
zima
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Perhaps a little more "modern" then the examples from your link. :-p

At least one of those machines has a Contiki port ( http://mycpu.thtec.org/www-mycpu-eu/contiki.htm ), a modern OS - your argument is invalid ;p
(but, seriously, the FPGA designs can be quite capable...)

But more the general notion of having the freedom of doing with technology what you want. Like build a PC, add some expansion card and hooking it up to your digital TV connection or install Linux.
More and more stuff will become automated/connected so companies and governments want the people to be less and less able to even have the possibility of messing with it or want to know exactly what you do.

And we mostly want it all integrated... (laptops are the majority of PCs sold; and when was the last time you wanted to change just the HDD bus controller, or an FPU?)

Buying computer parts might be looked upon the same way as buying stuff to build a bomb in the future.

Well... http://xkcd.com/651/

Edited 2012-08-30 04:43 UTC

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