Look At My Appliance

Recently I’ve written several articles on whether Windows 7 is worth the change, what will happen to XP, how bad was Vista? There is always interest in the latest about operating systems, but mostly I write about how to fix them, how to keep them working. I’m wondering how much longer this fascination will continue. It seems to me that we are right on the cusp of some very big changes in computing.

It’s impossible to miss the signs. The most obvious would be the use of online applications or cloud computing. The switch to online software has taken off like Gaga at the VMA Awards and is spurred on by the rise in Smart phone popularity. Because smartphones have limited storage, they require online applications and this is playing a major role in how we view cloud computing.

Today you can find software to do just about anything. Come out of a blackout wondering where you are? No problem just click your Google Map and then click Current location. Are you holding a crying baby and unsure whether to jiggle, rock, or heat up the formula? Don’t worry, there’s an app. for that. Why’s your Baby Crying App.? They do everything, go everywhere and they only cost a dollar.

The next big sign is the emphasis being placed on browsers. It only stands to reason that with the Internet dominating communication and online applications dominating software, browsers would be the big player in computing. It’s not the operating system that we like to use, it’s the browser.

Nobody gets a kick out of defragging their system, do they, or trying to figure out why their videos skip? Your TV doesn’t hang or lockup so why should your PC. It’s not often that you TV tells you it couldn’t find the station, or that it’s infected with spyware. Have you ever seen “Sorry NBC needs to close”? Do you really enjoy reinstalling Windows after a virus attack or unintended click? Should we really have to spend half a day trying to get our printers working? This is why one click solutions like PC Matic are so successful.

Want to remove all of the frustration felt by inept computer users? Get rid of the operating system as we know it. All that frustration is due to the fact that we’re inputting information, and on a basic level, trying to “program” our computers. We’re putting things on a hard drive instead of letting the people in a studio, or in this case, a server, handle it.

For the past couple of years people have been watching TV from their computers and computing from their TVs. Computing from their phones and phoning from their computers. So not only is the visual interface for the user changing but the appliance itself is changing.

Ten years ago I would never have considered that books could be replaced by electronic devices, but with the release of iPad from Apple that possibility is real. The advantage of iPad is that it can use your previously purchased Kindle or Amazon ebooks and give you a broader choice of books and apps. The iPad will run all the iPhone apps as well as exclusive iPad apps. It will allow you to watch video, browse the internet, and get your email. Now, thanks to a development team from The New York Times, you can even enjoy The Times on your iPad. As you would expect, this 1.5 pound 9.7 inch Apple device will cost you. I’m hearing somewhere between $799.00 to $999.99 is the magic number.

Today’s computing is at a pivotal point. The shape of computing is not just changing, it’s blasting through all current barriers and landing in the future.

Your new Appliance will come in every size imaginable. Some will have a battery and some will not They will all do everything. One Appliance will replace, phone, TV, Radio, CD/DVD player, Computer, Game Console, camera, video recorder, you name it and it will do it. Oh, and you won’t have to install or configure anything. Your operating system will be on a server somewhere, all you’ll have is an appliance and a browser. Just turn it on and click the icon. We’re right there, right now! Enjoy the moment because you’re seeing it happen.

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13 thoughts on “Look At My Appliance”

  1. Although cloud computing has its many pros, I would hold back from endulging until it has proven it has ironed out most security issues, in addition to ensuring guaranteed protection of sensitive data etc.
    I also don’t care for the need to log on to access software. Privacy will go amiss.

  2. I’m with Lester and Jim. The whole point of the personal computer revolution was to take the power away from the servers and put it on your desktop.

    History goes in cycles. The masses are being drawn back to the server. How long before the pendulum swings back to the desktop?

  3. I, like others won’t buy first generation anything. I have been using PC’s since the 1980’s, never an Apple or any of their products. Apparently my decision is correct given the advances since the first “smart phone”. Look at all the options available now. Also, look at the prices on the now “free” phones and loookup what they were at introduction-you will be inclined to adopt my decision. I’m still using my Samsung A900M which I have had reliability and ease of use, but no
    cool apps or any of that or touch screen, etc. but I can call people and they can call me, which is what I thought phones were supposed to do. Maybe ny 55 years has me fighting new technology or I am just happy being able to call people without using a pay phone which would be considerably less expensive, but not as convenient.

  4. When I opened this article, I was expecting to see a competent professional review of the iPad, discussing its strengths and weaknesses. Instead, I just read a rather biased rant about how cloud computing will save the world and end hair loss. Disappointing, to say the least.

    I disagree that cloud computing is the inevitable future of computers for one very simple reason. I live, like millions of other people, in a rural community where many of my customers are outside the range of DSL service and cable internet isn’t available at all. A fair percentage of them are still restricted to analog modems. When you have an internet connection that’s glacially slow at best and often unreliable, cloud computing isn’t an eye-opening solution, it’s a potential nightmare.

    Apple products? Pfft. Eye candy is all well and good, but I can buy a netbook for half the price of an iPad that’ll do everything it does and much, much more besides. The only thing it’d really be lacking is the touchscreen. If we were playing a word association game and someone said “Apple” to me, my answer would be “overhyped and overpriced”.

  5. The iPad may offer entry level tickets for only $499, but if you buy in at this level you’d better be happy with limited storage and no 3-G because you cannot later upgrade without buying a new iPad. No, you’ll need to drop $800+ for this iPod/iPhone on steriods. Wait. Forget iPhone… it doesn’t make phone calls. Skype? NOPE… no Flash.

    Just give Jobs your $$$ because it looks so cool.

  6. Agreed I got the iTouch first generation and compare to the new one it just suck, I mean it is ok but as Apple will put emphasis on the new hardware to take advantage of the new capability the old one is left behind inevitabily.

  7. “Some will have a battery and some will not”- Well if its Apple you can almost bet you’re bottom dollar that IF there is a battery it won’t be removable or replaceable by the user, so I suppose that it really an invisible one welded inside the kit?

  8. How far away are we from this scenario? Does the IPad give us these capabilities now? I’m a little hesitant to purchase first-generation i-everythings, based on past experience. Does anyone feel capable of indicating how quickly the next evolution be available?

  9. Hmm. I’ve been into computers since the CP/M days, and I don’t know how often I’ve heard this kind of propaganda. Computers will now become perfect. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  10. This reminds me of a discussion in PC Pitstop a few months ago about keeping information on a server instead of on one’s hard drive. It seems likely that technology is going along the road of remote operation, both in using applications and, eventually, in storing information on a remote server. It will be a big shift in the paradigm of traditional computer users. The next generation will not need to shift paradigms – they are already there!

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