once pandoras box was opened (by asus...) they got more sales here than the others, so they _had_ to do something.
there is a microsoft "os" running on ARM... Relative stable and ok. WinCE.
Though you won't get a fullsize office or a 'virusscanner' on that, it'd be sort of in the same (or even worse) position as linux: "its not windows"
and, while there might be some wince apps, they're mostly targeted at mobile phones. I don't know if there are still SPS frontends running under wince...
and, next to the 'desktop alien' Unix in the clothes of linux with X11 there paired with the ARM returning to the same space a dozend years after... interesting scenario...
I'LL BE BACK!
Consider how many people who aren't willing to spend $400 for a machine that's been fattened with extra memory and disk to run Windows, who might be able to swing the $100 for Skytone's "Alpha-680" running Android.
And the market isn't just for super-small devices, either. Set top boxes are on the way, for example the one Motorola has started building for the Japanese market.
Personally, I would love to own a machine with an ARM processor, the Android operating system, and a Commodore 64 form factor. The glory days of home computing revived! Plug it into your television and your home network ... for $100 it would really go far.
In the end, a monopolist whose business model depends on high margins and vendor lock-in cannot survive against commoditization. Microsoft has executed well so far in blocking threats to its cash cow, but with the hardware getting cheaper and cheaper, it can't last forever.
And remember the old adage: if you don't cannibalize your own business, someone else will.
Companies don't like to destroy their own businesses if they can avoid
it. Don't look for big drops any time soon.
The obvious counter to that is I better cannibalize my business before somebody else does, because that's what actually happens.
Personally, I would love to own a machine with an ARM processor, the
Android operating system, and a Commodore 64 form factor. The glory
days of home computing revived! Plug it into your television and your
home network ... for $100 it would really go far.
And I want to buy a mac. I kind of really do, but I just can't see spending a 100% premium becuase it has a picture of an apple on it. I just don't get how they get away with that.
In germany we have 19% "Mehrwertsteuer" which you have to pay on everything but food and animals ...
so you actualy pay more than 19% taxes.
And I want to buy a mac. I kind of really do, but I just can't see
spending a 100% premium becuase it has a picture of an apple on it. I
just don't get how they get away with that.
Unless you're used to buying generic PC's, if you're buying name brand, Apple really isn't more expensive than anyone else.
I own a bunch of Macs, and I couldn't be happier.
Anyway, anyone with commentary on other models? I'm not intending to buy any time really soon but maybe in June the time will be right since I am going away for 6 days and would love to have something small that can still run my sound software.
I'm waiting for one that has a an ExpressCard/34 slot. If that happens, I can use my cellular card, and I'll be very, very happy.
I have one of the Asus eee PC 900s on its way to me. It is running Linux. The SSD drive is only 4GB, but what all do I need on it? an MP3 Pllayer, Web browser, mail client since I don't use webmail. I have a large SD card to use as my home directory, and I can back that up to a USB drive in case the card goes bad. I'll post a review once I have had it for a little while an play with it.
Though I think I will be upgrading the Xandros to Ubuntu Easy Peasy.
Unless you're used to buying generic PC's, if you're buying name
I bought one machine in my life a 486/33 in 1992 when my gti was stolen, and I pounded out my NYTI BBS on it in the three weeks before I bought my bishi.
I paid $1200 (machine plus monitor plus drive) and I've regretted it ever since.
Now I pay $130 for a new motherboard when my current one fries every 5-6 years. I just can't see paying real money for a computer anymore. It depreciates faster than my z4.
It goes for about $100 on ebay. You need a small laptop, this is a good deal, Ithink.
Just wait -- things are going to get even worse if you're a monopolist who depends on OS preloads for revenue. Once everything goes virtual (and it will), a lot more people will want blank machines that they can just load a hypervisor onto and move their old machine's image over. This will start in the data center but it'll eventually find its way onto the desktop too.
By the way, Microsoft just announced that their new Windows is going to come with a virtualized Windows XP inside it, just like Apple did with OS 9 inside the original OS 10 (X). (The difference, of course, is that Apple needed to support a completely different OS architecture, while Microsoft is simply copping out on making two different suckage domains work together even though both are Win32.)
here we have another pointer on the truth our prophet RMS once pointed out:
don't call it win32, its w32, caus its not a win. and i'd say here its rather loose32, caus it should be going 64 bit for a while now.
Subject: Forgive me
Forgive me IG for I am about to sin.
My Employer is sending me to Tech-Ed (yes, Microsoft Tech Ed)
I'm trying to think of ways to vindicate myself. I was thinking Red Fadora, Perhaps a weeks worth of penguin shirts, or better yet, a bunch of shirts w/ RTOOS! across the front and back.
Any ideas? I don't think it would be appropriate to hire a stripper to take my place.. ;) <of the weird referance in case anyone is wondering>