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"(...) desktops are all built from the same interchangeable pool of parts (...)" Being a white-box junkie all my life, this is what matters the most to me: in the journey away from the desktop we've lost the very foundation of what was the real engine behind all the progress and technological advance for so long... I guess pure marketing and consumerism are supposed to take over that role, but I can't help imagining how that could change when I see projects like the Raspberry Pi and others like that. Just remember what Apple (and NeXT and others) hardware was in the 80's... most of it custom. Apple only survived by commoditizing its own hardware. Now I see no way to commoditize the components of these new devices, being as they are so tiny and differentiating themselves on shape and size, constantly. I want my white-box desktop... I want to tinker, to have myriad of choices for every single component, and I want to be the one who replaces the parts. And I want the barrier to create a newer-better component to be as low as possible.
Commented Oct 2, 2012 on
The PC is Over
The PC is Over
MG Siegler writes: The PC is over. It will linger, but increasingly as a relic. I now dread using my computer. I want to use a tablet most of the time. And increasingly, I can. I want to use a smartphone all the rest of the time. And I do. The value in the desktop web is increasingly an ...
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