I was just telling someone yesterday about how terrific it would be if every car, instead of a 'check engine' idiot light, could communicate with your smartphone and tell you what it needs. What if car manufacturers all had their branded app? ... In a SOPA et al. free world we could even imagine third-party apps that would let you gas-miser your GMC truck and, I dunno, overclock your Nissan
Remember RISC/Unix workstations? No? Kind of my point. They were "producer electronics" that were replaced by desktop PCs... the lion's share of development will be going to tablets and other "lightweight" clients.
(Side note: People do *not understand* the revolution of HTML. A programming language that didn't crash? Especially when asked to do graphical things?)
That's the problem, exactly: the thin client world is not a dream, but a nightmare, where everything you do is subject to the control of some giant unaccountable corporation. The ipad is a tragedy precisely because it makes that dystopian world the most appealing one for most people.
I only ask because some of these comments are downright Baghdad Bob-esque.
Agreed. The idea that you can only send out small sentences on a phone is silly. I don't type as well on my iPhone as I do on my mac, but I type well enough for email, small blog posts, etc. I type well enough that I never think 'I need to wait until I get on my mac'.
So, yes, it is possible to write more than a "sentence" on a touchscreen tablet/phone, but I'd say my rate at least 75% slower compared to a full keyboard. Shrug.
You know, I thought about that, but I want the last six inches: You don't have to go press some little "Airplay" button. You just turn on your t.v. and it knows your Brain is there and uses it, with an interface appropriate to a t.v., so your experience is a seamless blend of your content and whatever's "on t.v." Sort of like what we have with AppleTV right now, if you tell it to talk to your laptops or desktops to share your libraries, but maybe without the added artificial "Mike's Mac" and "Al's Mac" menu entries.
In five or ten years, in the unlikely event that the market for PC type computers is a tenth or twentieth the size that it is now, they will still be commodity items sold in extremely large numbers. If you want to run your own server at home, it will be an expensive proposition, just as it is today.
Your stuff might live up there, but something has to process it locally and people seem to want that something to come in a number of form-factors. That's what the Brain's for. It's a CPU, GPU and enough local storage to keep you from needing to constantly hit the cloud. It's "any device," but you can also use "any car" to get on the highway: People still prefer to choose their cars based on individual preferences. I'm sure there will be gaming brains, business-class brains, entry-level brains, premium brains, etc.
What's going on: people who can't type or figure out how to set the clock on a VCR finally have computers they can get tight with.
All this nonsense reminds of when marketers were trying to sell the wisdom that "ZOMG PDAs are dying!" as if the smartphone was some separate alien thing.
The likelihood of me not updating my desktop in a few years to take advantage of more speed and more storage for production work on a large screen is about the same as me loving Nickelback.
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