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Windows 10S — Microsoft tries locking down again

At first sight Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and Windows 10S launch is all about education. That was the company’s emphasis at the product roll-out in New York. Yet there is more at stake here than putting computers in school bags. The announcement outlines a strategy for the next stage of personal computing. If Microsoft pulls this […]

Today’s technology is not expensive

Sometimes digital technology feels expensive. By historic standards, it is anything but. In the 1980s a business microcomputer cost close to the annual average take home salary. In the 1990s most workers would need to toil for months to buy a basic PC. According to Statistics New Zealand the average weekly household income in the first […]

Future of personal computing: Where Chromebook fits

After reading I have seen the future of personal computing Darrin Lim asks: https://twitter.com/darrinlim/status/692171682711277569 Lim is right: Personal computing’s future is cloudy. The trend is towards something we once called thin clients. I call them: thinner clients. I didn’t mention Chromebooks in the earlier post because they belong to a separate class. They pose a different threat to Windows laptops. […]

Let them (NZ government workers) use Chromebooks

Writing in the National Business Review, Chris Keall reports Clare Curran’s comment that 40,000 government computers are still running Windows XP (no longer online). If true, and give or take a few machines it is, it is a ridiculous state of affairs. Put aside for a moment the security risks and the NZ$2 million paid to […]