Makes you wonder what he could produce for $50
I've got one and am waiting delivery of the second... It isn't a "handheld computer" - it's a very small (call it) PC Mobo with Arm V6 SOC, 256Mb ram, interfaces to HDMI, USB, Ethernet, direct logic control interfaces, and you load the Linux OS via SD card....fascinating object.... and people have got Windows XP running on it under an Emulator. Won't run Win8.
It is in my view DANGEROUS for the general public to not have at least a modest understanding of how technology actually works, the mechanicals of the software if you wish.
I honestly fear for humanity if only a small circle of people truly understand the continually advancing technology that certainly DOES more and more control our lives.
You know, I've once pondered this myself. Back then, YOU HAD to know your stuff to fix the computing technology. If you didn't, you called an IT person and said some prayers and did some other voodoo to make sure your broken puter can get fixed. Nowadays, a broken puter gets fixed within hours usually. But software wise, yeah, the simplification of it does seem to make one think that by the time sometime, the need for IT people like us will be next to nothing. But, what kind of reassures me is Star Trek of all things! In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the engineer guy is ALWAYS on top of the technological issues with the Enterprise, whether it be the engines or even the massive computer. Even though we think technology will come to the point where it's so simplified that a drunk can fix it, there will the times and instances where that drunk can't fix it. Take for example, the Reset and Refresh feature. I find that some people won't know what to do with as they've never done it before. Probably in a few years, it won't be something many people fear doing as it's simple and easy. Disregarding software for a moment, I can tell you that right now with laptops being the new desktops, hard drives can and will CRASH. I've already come across a few just this past two weeks and had to do data recovery on a couple and another one that was in an external enclosure is a genuine lost cause unless over 700 dollars is involved. Do you think the common person with an ounce of knowledge of how to use a smartphone OS and think they're all cool and whatnot because they can get a simple OS working faster can recovery data and transfer data over and do a complete system reinstall? As of probably this whole decade, I give it a resounding NO.
But, it is a good thing that technology is becoming more user friendly, as that's just the natural evolution of technology in general. When the automobile was invented, you had to hand crank it up to get it going. Now, on many new cars, it's a simple push of a button. Back in the day with Windows 95 and previous ones, you had to know DOS to get Windows to work correctly or to get a piece of hardware working. It could had taken days to get a new piece of hardware to work back then. Today, you throw that piece of hardware in the correct fitting port and turn on the machine and Windows will install a driver for it. It's all about adapting to the changing tide. Many PC manufacturers might tank if they don't adopt the tablet PC. Some places like best buy might see less and less virus issues to deal with as time goes on because of built in anti-virus in Windows 8.
Simply put, cheer up! Go to your local best buy and talk to the sales people about Windows 8. See how much more you know about it than them.
Ok. I see. I wasn't quite sure how old you were. Well, now we have two things in common.
Although this is a extreme example I can tell you that the hand cranked car COULD be fairly easily fixed by someone with very little knowledge because it is very simple and straight forward, sure it took some muscle to turn that crank but it WORKED, it was reliable for the most part and when it broke it was CHEAP and easy to fix with mostly some mechanical aptitude and common hand tools.
That super easy to start car with the push button although it appears simple is exceedingly complicated, and when that electronic system fails, which on automotive systems they do over time because of the harsh environment there is NO way in hell a shade tree is going to repair it UNLESS it is the mechanical push button that is the failure, and I can tell you that button itself almost NEVER will fail.