OT^2: Marketish fever [was: Reflowing GPUs and the fruit company (was Re: Resurrecting integrated circuits by cooking them.)]

Tomasz Rola rtomek at ceti.pl
Mon Jul 29 14:00:00 CDT 2019

On Mon, Jul 29, 2019 at 09:21:34AM -0400, Ray Arachelian via cctalk wrote:
> Overall though I think the $40 I spent to get another 1.8 years out the
> machine was worth the trouble - not that it's performant or anything
> like that, but because it is the last of its line. Supposedly next year
> they'll make a 16" one, but I won't be buying it unless they add in DIMM
> slots, replaceable batteries, standard M2/NVME SSD drives, a headphone
> jack and multiple ports (not just two measly USB-C ports), and a
> keyboard with real travel so it doesn't feel like you're typing on a
> screen. And I know that won't happen, so that's why two years ago, I got
> a high end laptop (17" 4K display, 1070GPU, i7, 64G RAM) and put Linux
> on it - and it cost about the same as a 15" MBP with half the specs. I
> don't think I'm going back. 

Few years ago I was looking to buy some simple, inexpensive cellphones
for two. In a store, there was about dozen of cheap Nokia models, all
different in names, colors and shapes, but mostly very same for
innards: a 128x128 lcd, vga camera, java (i.e. midp) and about 500kb
of ram. Or something like this. Not a single model with just nine/or
twelve/ keys and 2x16 lcd, without half baked low-end whistles which I
never intended to use. I spent quite a bit of time browsing
javascripted shop and clickingmoreforspecs and ended a little bit
enraged. I think not many people noticed when some time later Nokia
finally flopped and I cannot say I was sorry for them. I suppose the
story of rise and gutting-in-the-air of flying cell phone giant would
make an interesting movie, but I am not holding my breath. At a time,
it appeared that their management went totally nuts.

Tomasz Rola

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