This Day in Blogging History: Backyard control-panels; 3D Printcrime illos; Stross on Mini-PCs


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Heheh, Charlie’s notes about mini PCs look so quaint, from the perspective of the smartphone era. :wink:


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10 year old link temporarily resurrected by public acclaim. You may now point and mock.

For some slightly less obsolescent prognostication, go here.


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Sadly, the one-year link is not simply defunct – the very domain is for sale. If anyone has a link to an alternate source, I’d be very grateful.


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Don’t feel bad, this is what Chris Anderson calls the “peace dividend of the smartphone wars” and we all benefit.

All the components in a smartphone — the sensors, the GPS, the camera, the ARM core processors, the wireless, the memory, the battery — all that stuff, which is being driven by the incredible economies of scale and innovation machines at Apple, Google, and others, is available for a few dollars. They were essentially “unobtainium” 10 years ago. This is stuff that used to be military industrial technology; you can buy it at RadioShack now.


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My first real smartphone was a Treo 600. It launched in late 2003 and didn’t make it to the UK until early 2004; I was a bleeding-edge early adopter of smartphones. You’ll note my article dates to May 2003, before I got the memo.


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Sure, the smartphone wars didn’t start in earnest until what, maybe 2010?

Oculus Rift and tons of other projects are peace dividends of the smartphone wars, too.


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