[LINK] Great but not as a computer? [was: iPad]

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Jan 29 13:26:18 AEDT 2010

Stilgherrian wrote:
> On 29/01/2010, at 11:25 AM, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>> As for the premise that the iPad is not the computer that we want it to be, I'd wager that this device is moving into a space which hasn't been successfully exploited to date: a computer that can be operated without technical assistance, for the masses who know very little about DLLs, drivers, software updates and the like.
>> Current computing OS's are too complex for the average person: and it's not just Windows and Linux: Mac OS X is also too complicated for people who just want to access information or create some content and share it.
> What that man said, just then, is spot on the money.

Not really.

the average person isn't supposed to 
deal with operating systems. The average 
person deals with apps, which deal with 
operating systems, which deal with machines.

Dedicated hardware in harmony with an 
app is the way to go. I am a little 
mystified about this obsession with 
changing operating systems from the one 
that ships with the hardware (yes I did 
it in 2004 - but that was because you 
couldn't buy Linux preinstalled).

One of the reasons Linux and Apple 
struggle is the variety of apps 
available to run on MSWindows. In 1988, 
I would have said a turnkey system 
offering email, wp, ss  and presentation 
software was sufficient....now perhaps a 
browser is sufficient.

The problem the I-Pad may have is it is 
too big to fit into a pocket, too small 
to replace your television and too 
limited to replace your computer or 
DVD/CD player and recorders.

Marghanita da Cruz
Tel: 0414-869202

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