Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Quote of the day II

John C. Dvorak:
When all is said and done, the computer is good for a limited number of uses. These include calculations, entertainment, information retrieval, image manipulation, and word processing. That's it. Everything is a subset of those Big Five.

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So if we are going to really boil down computers and try and project the future, it turns out to be rather simple. They get faster and faster and faster but not really any more useful (except for the fact that they are faster).

I think Dvorak underestimates the increasing usefulness of computers. A decade ago only expensive computers could edit photos and video editing was on specialized machines. Now, every computer can edit still photos and most can, more or less, edit video.

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