... time to talk about some techie stuff.
Those of you who have read me for a while know that I do computers for a living. In fact, I've been making at least some of my income from computers since 1982, although I really got started with PC's in 1979. So I've been at this for a while.
Over the years I have seen software, hardware and operating systems come and go. When I think about where the Personal Computer was 31 years ago, and where it is now, I am amazed at the progress that has been made - in hardware, software, and operating systems. And their prices.
I have never been a fan of the software mega monster known as Microsoft. And since 1994 I have evangelized the Linux operating system when and where the opportunity has presented itself.
Linux, like everything else, has its failures and disappointments.
My real and ongoing disappointment with Linux has been the failure of the Linux community to develop a usable, intuitive, stable Desktop System that just ANYBODY could install and be immediately productive. ESPECIALLY since Apple has been able to port its operating environment over to BSD Unix (an older operating system from which Linux took some of its inspiration) and IT WORKS. The MacBook I'm composing this post on is PROOF of the efficacy of their system.
But. (last one, promise) Linux is sneaking up on you whether you're ready for it or not. And the distribution's name is Android. Soon, Android based phones are going to outsell Apple's iPhone. Because every phone network in the country is going to be able to sell an Android based phone and Apple's is only available on AT&T. Motorola, HTC and Samsung, among others, sell Android based phones. Only Apple makes and sells iPhone. And Android (Linux) phones WORK. Now, if we could just get the people working on the Linux Desktop to take their lessons from Google and their Android development team. Because their stuff works like an operating system SHOULD work. And you don't have to be a unix expert to run it. Which is the way it should be.
Maybe Google will port Android to the Desktop. Maybe. We should be so lucky.