Sunday, August 09, 2009
So, why am I still angry. Because tech writers are still waxing enthusiastic over netbooks, or complaining that they aren't big enough. Most netbooks now ship with Windows and they are priced at $300-400. They are growing in size because consumers want bigger displays. The market for them has shifted from the poor to the comparatively rich. It is not worth it for someone to buy a netbook unless they are giving one to a student. You can get almost the same functionality from your smartphone, and for $200-300 more, you can get a laptop that has more storage, a bigger display and a larger, more comfortable keyboard. But all of this is lost on most people. It's kind of sad really, how two tech giants have successfully killed a charity and transformed a low power, secure, and cheap educational laptop for children in poor countries into a pricey, cramped, crippled, insecure, and power hungry laptop for kids and everyone else.
Labels: Greed will do us in
Its a bit like when motor companies in LA bought the bus and tram services in the 50? and 60?then closed them down - to promote what is now LA's car dependence.
But Microsoft/Gates are folk hero darlings of World and American new age capitalism so can't be touched much.
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