I've been saying this for a while now, and I'm looking forward to it.
Despite all of its attempts at other markets, Microsoft's revenue is still all about Windows and Office, two products whose relevance is declining, and which have utterly failed to penetrate any other markets (particularly mobile, which is where all the interest is right now).
Consider the absurdity in today's world of syncing a mobile device with a single desktop PC.
That's why I like my palm.
I can make phone calls on it, and I can sync it with my home PC which since I work from home sometimes I spend enough time at to be useful.
Soon will come a time (basically when palm OS is no longer a viable option because the software wasn't kept up) that you won't be able to do anything useful unless you have a data pan.
Right now I can download all sorts of free games onto my palm via my PC for free without a data plan. For free.
But the powers that be are going to make sure that's not possible as soon as they can.
And this (say it with me brothers) is Progress.
I want to prepare an omelette in my data pan.
There's a hole in that line of thinking, though.
The idea of syncing a phone with an individual desktop is going away because it *is* quaint and outmoded. But you still don't need a data plan.
Any smartphone worth its salt is capable of performing all of its online activities using WiFi. I could cancel my data plan tomorrow and still use my G1 with the Internet connection in my house to sync contacts and calendars, read/write email, surf the web, install applications on the phone, and do pretty much everything the phone is capable of doing, except talk on the phone. And even that isn't totally true; if I installed Skype or SIPdroid I could talk while connected to WiFi without any mobile network at all.
This isn't likely to change, either. Some current-generation devices (such as the iPad) are even available in WiFi-only models.
a pan? wasn't that an elvish creature brining the dreams?
whats a data pan then?
...maybe a greenish pan with positron matrix brain brining dreams of eectric sheeps to androids? ;-)
It wouldn't surprise me if google made everything store-only and you couldn't just mount the gizmo as a drive and copy programs to it.
I read last week that AT&T has disabled this button in some of their phones, but that's AT&T's doing, not Google's.
As for the "mount as a drive" you can do that, too -- if I wanted to, I could take the microSD card out of my phone, plug it into a computer, and copy stuff to/from the card.
Android is quite deliberate about being open where Apple and Microsoft are not. I think you can count on that continuing to be the case because the Android revenue stream doesn't depend on locking users into a walled garden.
Google encourages carriers to stick with the official build by offering a split on the ad revenue, not by forcing the phones to always behave in an approved manner.
Yes, yes, I'm still waiting for the emergence of the Red Hat monopoly
that you announced a decade ago. :)
yes yes, well I'm waiting too.
I'd like to point out that every other pundit in the world is wrong most of the time and nobody ever gives them shit about it. I'm right ALL of the time, except for that one case. :-)
Admittedly I think I'm getting overzealous with my detriment of google.
I had a few good points and I've sorta been running on the moment.
1) they say they aren't evil. Well if that's true then they're ignorant because you can't be a nice big company.
2) google web toolkit: proves that you can be too smart for your own good. Sure it does what they say, but it's a beast and it may be open source but it's lock-in as good as MS ever dished out because it's too complicated to touch.
I think those are my two biggies, everything else is extrapolation.
Doesn't mean I'm gonna be wrong though.
Ford (and red hat isn't exactly a complete bygone yet. apple looked pretty hurtin a few years ago, (before the second coming of jobs) and look at them now) ][
Ford (and red hat isn't exactly a complete bygone yet. apple looked
pretty hurtin a few years ago, (before the second coming of jobs) and
look at them now) ][
Quite a few people believe that the *real* reason Bill Gates retired is because he wants to make a "triumphant comeback" in a few years to "save the company" just like Steve Jobs did.
That's the Microsoft we know, right? Always copying Apple...
Does anyone else think Windows 7 is teh sux0r? It took me a half hour just to get a damn MAC address of the wireless card. All the stupid wizards were getting in the way of setting up the connections too. Reminds me a lot of KDE. (Did I just go too far?)
Hopefully this 8 core Mac Pro lasts a while.
Mo Jun 28 2010 22:51:18 EDT von the8088er @ UncensoredI really dislike the "decline of the desktop" and fear that eventually I won't be able to even buy a powerful desktop computer that lasts me several years.
Hopefully this 8 core Mac Pro lasts a while.
one of these number: the death of the desktop is overrated by magnitudes.
Does anyone else think Windows 7 is teh sux0r? It took me a half
Windows 7 sucks less than Vista. That really isn't saying much. It's still Windows, it still sucks, and they still keep moving things around so that you want to kill someone when you can't figure out how to perform basic system operations.
one of these number: the death of the desktop is overrated by
The fact that we are entering "the post-PC era" does not mean that desktop computers are going to go away, any more than the "PC era" caused mainframes to go away. Mainframes are still alive and well, but they no longer are the platform that leads the direction of the industry. Similarly, in the post-PC era, there will still be PC's -- many of them, unfortunately, still running Microsoft garbage. However, they will not lead the direction of the industry anymore.