Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thoughts on Today's Technology


Today, Apple unveils it's next generation of iPads, and probably announces the public release of OS X Mavericks, along with the new iWork suite and the date for the Mac Pro release.  Tablets are a hot ticket item right now.  I love my iPad.  I've had two - a first generation and a third generation one.  I also love my Microsoft Surface (first generation).    

I've never fully understood why the Surface has had such a tough time.  It's a solidly built piece of hardware and I've found it performs wonderfully.  It's a cinch to program apps on it, and it runs MS Office.

The public on the other hand seem less than enamoured with them.  I can only assume that most people don't understand the concept that Windows RT is designed to run on ARM processors - which is what's inside the Surface.  It's not the machine's fault if it doesn't run your Intel/AMD designed software - that's like complaining that it's your cars fault for only using diesel not petrol like your other car.  They are different things.

Whilst we have come a long way in the past ten years to eradicate the mystery of computing and make it accessible to the masses, it's things like this that make me realize that we still have a long way to go.