I just saw an ad that depresses me:

> Streaming. Gaming. Sorting family photos. Hunting for an affordable laptop that can do it all?

Really? Those three things constitute "do[ing] it all"?

What about:

* Creating and revising documents
* Analyzing budgets or other numbers
* Recording and editing video and audio content
* Building your own programs and tools
* Connecting with strangers across the globe

Computers have gone from "anything machines" to another consumption appliance :(

@codesections many people don’t know how empowering a computer can be.

while it's probably not how they meant it, you could also read it as "do it all" being in addition to the aforementioned activities, rather than a summary of them.


Home computers have *always* been consumption appliances first and foremost. That’s where the money is.

The production aspect (beyond what you’d usually do with Office, anyway) is a bonus side effect.

On the plus side, it means economies of scale are on your side, producing cheap devices that are easily converted to powerful creative tools.

@codesections I remember someone warning of this when ISPs started phasing out static IPs for customers. Too bad the prediction came true.

What gives me hope is the recent crop of tools and distros specifically designed for self-hosting. Maybe as those tools mature we’ll see things shift in the other direction.


> I remember someone warning of [computers becoming consumption devices] when ISPs started phasing out static IPs for customers. Too bad the prediction came true.

Interesting. I don't really know that history—was there a time when ISPs routinely offered residential customers static IP addresses? When did that change?

My sense is that, recently, ISPs have gone to "soft static" IPs—they aren't guaranteed, but don't seem to change nearly as often as they used to

@codesections As I recall it started not long after we got commercial ISPs. Previously a networked computer was usually sitting at a university and wired right up to the net. Yahoo initially had a address because it ran on Jerry Yang’s office computer while he was a grad student. My first couple DSL connections had static IPs. I ran my own DNS, Sendmail, and webserver at home. By 2000 only “business grade” connections included static IP.

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