The Commoditization of Computers

Refrigerators, televisions, and computers all cost about the same amount. You can get a good one for $2,000; a decent one for $1,200; or a cheap one for $300.

Computers stopped being cool once they started selling them at Walmart and at furniture stores.

People see computers now as just another appliance. They aren’t something to be experienced, just something to get the job done. Nobody cares how a refrigerator works, they just want their food cold.

I remember when computers had mystique. When it was something special to know how one works and to have the ability to build, fix, and modify a computer. When people used to have computer hobbyist clubs. Now, computers are built in boring factories in east Asia using slave labor, and they’re serviced by clueless drones at Best Buy.

These days, it seems like nobody cares. I have almost no emotional attachment to my home computer. I can’t even remember the processor speed, what kind of video card it has, or how much RAM is in it. The fact is, it doesn’t matter anymore. When it starts to get slow, you just go out and buy a new one. Ho hum.

There seems to still be some magic left in software, at least.

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