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Originally Posted by chopin1810 Computer companies could save oodles of cash by not having the tech support people, who after all of their certifications still don't have a clue. I'm ...
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- 08-11-2005 #11Originally Posted by chopin1810
- 08-11-2005 #12
Well, the nice thing about Apple, is they have specialized/proprietary hardware and software, so I would think that limits that amount of issues they would ever have to deal with (theoretically, at least). So, to me, that makes a lot of sense.
I have been saying this for years, but I view the use of a computer, no different than a carpenter using a hammer. It is simply a tool and should be thought of no more than that. Sure, there are a ton of electronics and stuff, but do many of us really get down into the transistors and circuitry? I wouldn't think so. So, I think the better analogy is that of a TV. It is a seemingly complicated device, but one that doesn't break all that often. You can connect other components to it and you have software (ie onscreen menus and such). Does anyone that watches TV NEED to know how to fix one? No.
So, same with a computer. To many people, it is an applicance. It is not what is inside, it is what they can do with it that matters. And at some point down the road, computers will be so common, cheap and powerful, they will truly become an appliance and the days of upgrading, troubleshooting and the like, will be about the same as someone today trying to mod their TV:)
- 08-11-2005 #13Originally Posted by deek
Though I think it stupid that most all OEM's now only provide a restore disk vs a full fledged operating system installation disk. However froma tech support standpoint it makes it easier for the OEM as most problems come from the customer screwing up their install by installing programs loaded with spyware or virus/worms because they don't take the time to update the programs as well as opening email attachments from people they may or not know. The restore disk can return the system to shipped from the factory state in 30 minutes.
- 08-11-2005 #14Originally Posted by deek
- 08-11-2005 #15Originally Posted by techieMoe
- 08-11-2005 #16
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- 08-11-2005 #18
Well, I agree, hacking won't go away, but I do think computer will turn into appliances in the near to mid future. Maybe the TV analogy was not close enough to what I mean. It is probably closer to cell phones/PDAs. People can still hack those and do a lot of cool things with them, but that is certainly not the norm.
Give the PC another 15-20 years and I think you will see how appliance-ized the computer has become. That is the road we are going down. You can already buy a decent computer for $300, complete. Except for the true die-hards, why would someone go out and put a $500 graphics card in a $300 computer? It just won't happen...
But alas, those are just my thoughts. I know I will always be tinkering and making sure I have the knowledge to fix my own systems at home, but as time goes on, it will be harder and harder to do with basically disposable computer systems being the norm!
- 08-11-2005 #19
- 08-11-2005 #20Originally Posted by cheetahman