Jules Richardson wrote on "Digital Archaeology of the Microcomputer, 1974-1994
Curt - Atari Museum
curt at atarimuseum.com
Thu Jan 18 11:36:45 CST 2007
How true, you look at all of these internet terminals that you see
people hacking. Many are hardwired to a service - like the Virgin
Altantic internet terminals which need to have the BIOS replaced and you
install your own embedded OS on to make then a vanilla system again.
Sierratel wireless internet is another one that comes to mind. Imagine
all those blackberries out there that could've become useless had RIM
not worked something out.
Al Kossow wrote:
> > A couple of decades down the line I think we're going to have real
> problems -
> > not just with computers, but with all sorts of modern gadgets
> We don't even have to wait that long.
> All of the consumer devices tied to backend services are a perfect
> of devices that are absolutely useless once a company fails.
> revenue models based on this model are on the increase.
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