Computing is cheap. Both by historical standards and compared to many other machines and services that we purchase. All of us appreciate that intellectually at some level. But, when it comes to thinking about which devices make sense and which don't, it often seems as if we're treating computing like it's a scarce and expensive resource.
I see this tendency again and again when discussions turn to new types of devices or software such as Google's Chrome OS. I often get asked when will a certain shiny-new-thing replace desktops running Windows or some other existing gadget.… Read more