Am i the only one here who feels the masses are misusing the consumer tech?
No, more like they are not utilizing what they are buying.
You see, these days everyone and their grandma have a laptop, the laptop has atleast 4 GB of RAM, a quad core i3 maybe, 500 GB of HDD that they'll never use, and probably an Intel HD Graphics, which still is a beast.
And what do most of the people use their laptops for? Web browsing, some light media watching, checking their mails, or using the word processor or excell sheet?
These all tasks comprise 95% of all consumer tasks, a very small minority actually uses their laptops for anything other than these purposes.
Clearly, these machines are bulldozers, but they are being made to drag a paper boat. I dont have people anything against people buying whatever they want. They can buy the latest Razer laptop for all i care. But what bothers me is, that if they wanted to do something that simple, they should have bought the cheapest laptop. And dont get me started on iDevices. People use them for video editing at best, but do not realize that their consumer tier laptop which is cheaper has a better GPU to edit videos.
If the processor was running on an ondemand governor, i can bet that the third and fourth core will never be used, the HDD wont go over 250 GB mark, no way, and the best that the GPU will probably ever render is a cat video on youtube or an highdef movie.
In short, the masses are very very uninformed.
Anyone else who feels so?
And this is where Apple shines. GPU? Nah. Powerful CPU? Nah. FANS? NAH. Let's just make a tablet with a keyboard, extra battery, and sell it for $1200. It's not like the regular consumer needs to do heavy processing anyways.
You know what actually matters in a laptop? Screen quality. Battery life. Stuff that Apple actually gives a fuck about. But enjoy your $500 1366x768 Acer turds just because it has a "Core i7" sticker on it.
My girlfriend has a macbook, she uses it for browsing the internet. Nothing else, nothing at all.
Why would anyone buy such an overkill device to do menial tasks that can be done by a less pricey machine? I just dont get it.
My mom has a 15 inch dell XPS 15. Its al whole lot better than my Pentium 4 PC.
All she uses it for is watching videos on youtube, checking mail and everything that OP post minus the movie watching part.
I am not even autistic but it bothers me so much...
/g/ should make infographics to educate people as to buy machines with what specs according to their requirements...
>don't need to do much on a computer
so this is the power of the sperg
So what do you suggest if Aunt Beryll wants to buy a reliable computer with a warranty? Low spec computers have shit build quality, and used doesn't come with warranty (and is a lot more hassle than going to radiomart/walshack).
It's easier for a lot of people to buy a decent computer for 3 years than a shitty one ever year.
>don't need to do much on a computer
>still buys the 9000$ laptop
yeah thats real smart why not just buy a tablet eh? Its cheaper and you'd be actually utilizing its hardware properly. Tablets are made for browsing the internets and tablet + keyboard combo is pretty dank
if we poured all of the wasted CPU time that humanity has amassed over the past day alone, just imagine the kind of shit we could have calculated. i mean, just even unused smartphone CPU cycles alone could be used to answer serious problems that google and IBM have been using superclusters to figure out. i dont even want to think about all of the fucking wasted TOTAL computer power. think about all of the GPUs that fagboy m4st3r r4c3 computer gamers buy. all of the PS4s, Xboxes and other shit. think about every computer that has been ditched, every game console, even a NES can crunch numbers. if every computer produced thus far was operating at full capacity, what could we do with it? we could run any computation we want. but we don't. we're more interested in sending naked snapchats of ourselves and browsing dank meme`s than actually doing work. we, as a species are retarded, and this is just one reason why, because we are _so_ fucking bad at looking at things with any perspective at all.
If we could send the most brilliant minds from the past our everyday consumer grade technology + internet, would they be 1000x more productive or would they fall victim to our modern day information overload?
well windows machines come so full of bloatware these days that you can easily waste 8gb of RAM and start slowing down the system.
There are tons of people that are too dumb to do a clean install of windows and they let startup programs pile up on top of the bloatware as well. Once they do, they blame it on the computer being "old and slow"
Are you guys saying the should sell slower computers? Computers with 1GB RAM? 100GB disk space? Just to fit the average Facetweeter? Fuck that, you guys are all looking at this incorrectly.
Don't they already? New Chromebook vs. some $300 best buy laptop. "Pre-built gaming PC" vs. some other piece of shit.
These options already fucking exist, its not like only the latest supercomputer is on the shelves.
but people have to understand their needs and buy these instead of wasting money on hardware too powerful for their needs.
This is a FOSS alternative to chrome OS not many people know about. I stumbled across it on distrowatch, though i'd share it with you people
most consumers don't look at letalone understand the specifications
if they can't afford much, they'll get what they can afford, if they can, they get something more expensive because more expensive is better, right?
they'll also replace capable computers once they start running slow, even if it's not a hardware issue (just full of shitware)
it takes some knowledge and experience to know what specifications one actually needs, and how to maintain it to keep it performing adequately
it's reasons similar to these that tablets have taken off recently, mobile hardware has passed the point where most basic tasks can be handled by them, and the software is basic/locked down enough that it's harder to make a mess of things (so they stay running well longer)
>dual core, no turbo boost
>shitty intel graphics
Um, no. Yes, they are enough for browsing, but try anything more and you are stuck. They are not powerful, at all.
basically the idea of making computers commercial is shit. Every commercial business model make inventions a joke. Imagine when people are not told about computers , only computing machines they have is calculators.
>most consumers don't look at letalone understand the specifications
Is this true? I can say that my mom did not, while buying her touchscreen dell but aren't people these days tech savvy? I mean not REALLY tech savvy but looking up RAM, or processor and then making a decision is no biggie, right?
>Am i the only one here who feels the masses are misusing the consumer tech?
No, but there are lots of idiots.
There's a whole school of thought in HCI that says your design is user-centric. The notion that users are using it wrong is plainly retarded. They use it however is appropriate for them. If you wanted it not to be used in any way the user wants, then you shouldn't have created affordances for people to use these things creatively.