Wishful Thinking In Wintel: M$ Will Innovate…

“Perhaps the product that caused the greatest stir at Asus’s press conference was its Memo Pad FHD7. It wasn’t the tablet’s Android OS or ARM-based processor that wooed the crowd, but the price tag, which starts at just $129. That’s difficult for a Windows PC in any form factor to match.

Still, Intel believes tablets in their current form remain secondary devices, for content consumption rather than creation. And through its new Haswell chips, Intel says its partners will offer full-powered laptops — and tablets — that can be used for editing video and other demanding tasks.”
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Face it, Wintel. The 80/20 rule applies to multimedia creation. 80 percent of people mostly absorb the content produced by 20 percent of the people. That means 80% of us are just fine with a small cheap computer. For example, I can blog, browse, play media, run tickr (ticker-tape news reader), update all the software on all the PCs in my home (there are a lot of them) and run databases and web-applications with something no more powerful than a quad-core Atom. Really, the meter does not get off the peg until I build the latest kernel… Who really needs your latest bloated notebook running a hair-drier just to keep M$’s OS running all its malware?

Of course, I run Debian GNU/Linux so my PC does what I want it to do, not what M$ and its “partners” want it to do, generate $billions per quarter in revenue for them.

With this kind of thinking, OEMs are really going to get squeezed. They are getting fed up paying M$ for licences they can’t sell. OEMs, M$ is the source of your problems, not the solution. While the world has discovered and produced hundreds of millions of small cheap computers, your profit margins are tiny and your market shares are dropping. Get a clue and go with */Linux, software that works for you and not against you.

It’s a great year for FLOSS.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Wishful Thinking In Wintel: M$ Will Innovate…

  1. bw says:

    “two operating systems awkwardly bolted together and difficult for users to navigate”

    I, unlike most here, have been using Windows 8 for several months now and I find myself working in two basic modes, depending on circumstances. My “casual” computer is this laptop that I use for things like personal email, volunteer correspondence, admin stuff pertinent to personal activities, games, social media, and the like. I like the Windows 8 tile and have gotten used to dragging the mouse to the bottom left for the metro screen popup and to the right for system settings. Once you get used to it, it grows on you. Having the full screen with nothing using up border real estate make things like the new blog layout easier to use with less scrolling necessary.

    For “traditional” work, though, the desktop mode, augmented by the StartIsBack app that I got for a buck per machine, is where I leave my desktop computer parked. It is not really any different from using Windows 7 in that regard. All the stuff I use there works just like it did with Windows 7 and I got the Pro features added for $39 total so I am happy as a clam.

    I think that the fussy folk who write these pieces are just trying to stir up the rabble who always seem to want something to be smug about and register comments and complaints that they think show their erudition. I think that it just makes them look pompous and silly.

  2. dougman says:

    “Almost every reviewer has said the same thing: Windows 8 is two operating systems awkwardly bolted together and difficult for users to navigate”

    https://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/open-letter-microsoft-about-windows-red-219661

  3. bw says:

    “In the real world, I have never met anyone who stated “I love M$””

    Hey! I positively LOVE Microsoft. So there.

    “That hatred was inspired by the move from XP to “7″.”

    You should try an experiment that makes a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user go back to XP. Then see who screams. I have occasion to do that since an agency that I volunteer for has XP computers that they are too impoverished to replace and continue to use. There really isn’t much difference for most things, but the XP look is so dated.

    “As a computer teacher I was blessed because I always had the latest and greatest software and data for what I was hired to teach.”

    They hired you to teach Linux? And you quit to be able to harangue people here?

  4. dougman wrote, “80% of M$ users know Windows is junk, 20% will freely troll

    ….it endless.”

    Chuckle… I would bet the numbers are a bit different, perhaps 99% to 1%. In the real world, I have never met anyone who stated “I love M$” but I have met many who state “I hate Windows”. The last time I heard that was at the last place I worked. That hatred was inspired by the move from XP to “7”. People hate change and hate forced change. Those same teachers loved the move to GNU/Linux because sluggishness, slowing down and malware were eliminated from their lives. Most people don’t particularly care about the technology but what it does for them. In the North computers are wonderful because the cost of freight and the isolation limit what teachers can do. Teachers with networked computers are Titans compared to teachers with a meagre inventory of other hardware. As a computer teacher I was blessed because I always had the latest and greatest software and data for what I was hired to teach. I really enjoyed sharing that wealth. Students and teachers appreciated that help.

  5. dougman says:

    Pareto’s Law:

    80% of the web is run by Linux, 20% other junk

    80% of smartphones and tablets are iOS and Android, 20% other junk

    20% of malware, cause 80% of damage on M$ Windows

    20% of developers, create a 80% majority in software

    80% of M$ users know Windows is junk, 20% will freely troll

    ….it endless.

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