That is absurd and false.
I guess that in your world there has never been a recorded instance of:
- Fanatics gaining control of a government, executing "Dissidents", instituting "Death Camps" and starting wars.
- Corporations being found guilty of acting illegally or unethically.
In the early 1970's your choice was: use a dumb terminal to connect to a mainframe.
Currently you have the choice: use your PC and/or the "Cloud".
Corporations exist to maximise profits.
There seems to be a concerted push to return computing to the 1970's, because that would maximise (certain) corporate profits.
If this push is successful, in the future your choice will be: use a dumb terminal to connect to a mainframe.
BTW, we currently don't live in a Stalinist dictatorship.
"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."
- John Philpot Curran
Did Apple went out to turn their desktop OS into a strange hybrid just because sales of traditional computers could not be sustained? Of course not, they left it alone. Instead, they created touch devices that people actually would want to use and if they cannibalise their own products, so be it.
Microsoft is still trying to put Windows everywhere, and they're still trying to cheat their way into new markets by using Windows as leverage, instead of competing on their own merits.
Being almost three years late to the party does not help either, of course, but they're solely to blame for that. Did they really think that by forcing a touch environment on desktop Windows they would accomplish anything other than alienating their traditional customers? Did they really think that would make up for all the ground they've lost?
It appears they did think that. Bit of a misjudgment.Did they really think that by forcing a touch environment on desktop Windows they would accomplish anything other than alienating their traditional customers? Did they really think that would make up for all the ground they've lost?
Interestingly, Canonical are going to run Ubuntu and Android alongside.
If you want the top end pc/phone, there aren't many left at $625. Once they have gone, you will need to pledge a higher amount to get hold of one. If you want to just contribute a few bucks, you can also do that.
Ubuntu Edge | Indiegogo
edit : now sold out at $625. Next level is $675. When the $675 has gone, will be fascinating to see what happens.
I did, strangely enough. Assuming we're talking about the all-in-one desktop Apple with the lairy coloured monitor-case? I was given one by my brother, who had never used an Apple, and had NFI what to do with it.
It was certainly a pleasant enough little machine, had MS Office and a decent suite of programs installed and its performance was definitely adequate for what I was using it for (iTunes, some Office stuff, mainly PowerPoint, and a bit of video editing/conversion).
But, it just didn't 'click' with me, and I can't put a finger on just why. And its closed architecture was a definite disadvantage, for me. I ended up passing it along to a friend for her kids to use for their homework etc (she's not well-off, and could not afford a new PC for her kids), and it was still going strong last I heard, about 12 months ago.
See below. The comps on the shelf above are my C64 and My Amiga A500.
Those Amiga 500's had great games.
That they did, Lehnerus, that they did...