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Why the Desktop Gets No Respect, and Should

Aug 02, 2010, 18:37 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Much of the conversation nowadays between two owners of an iPhone is about the apps. They are apps they seldom if ever use, but they are collected because they are free and kind of interesting. They also make a good conversation starter—with another user, that is. "Check this out, it turns the iPhone into a flashlight!"

"Meanwhile, we have more computing power on each of our personal desktops than probably the entire world had in the early '60s, when the seminal Burroughs B5000 was introduced. But we cannot find anything to do with it except surf the Web, check out Facebook and play the idiotic Farmville online.

"So what's wrong with this picture? Why are dipstick apps that really do very little except amuse monkeys getting so much personal attention?"

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