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Wednesday 08 May 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 46

I have a stiff neck, in that muscle that Star Trek:DS9 designers always flared out to indicate nasty aliens. Why do our bodies let us sleep in uncomfortable positions? You'd assume there was an evolutionary advantage in not waking up with a tingly arm or a dead leg, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

On the train home yesterday I overheard a woman negotiating with her husband to be picked up from Birmingham International rather than New Street. New Street, she said, was all changed and is in a bit of dodgy area now. Except for being, you know, in the same place it was before. It's early yet, but I find the new exit rather more pleasant than the old one which, in the evenings, involved running the gauntlet of smokers, drunks, and loiterers. I never saw or personally experienced any argy-bargy nor did I ever expect to, but hitting the wall of cigarette smoke was never nice and I imagine the whole thing could be a little nerve wracking for some.

Microsoft to redesign Windows 8 as PC sales plummet Meh. I doubt whether Windows 8 really has anything to do with PC sales falling. If you need a computer, you need a computer. You can't not need a computer because you don't like the look of the operating system. I suspect, based entirely on nothing except my own observation, that people aren't buying PCs as often as they used to simply because they don't need to. Most people's computing requirements are very modest and that laptop they bought a few years ago is still perfectly adequate. We have a laptop that's at least six years old in daily use. I replaced the harddisk last year, which I accept isn't something everyone would do, but unless it suffers some catestrophic failure I see no reason to replace it. You just don't need today's massively powerful hardware for a bit of web browsing, reading your email, and, erm, that's it. Isn't that the majority use for the majority of people? Computers - laptops or boxes with big screen and keyboards - are a utility purchase, not a prestige one (yes, this also applies to Apple). If the one you've got is fine, you don't need a new one. If the one you don't have won't be more convenient than a phone or a tablet when you're flopped on the sofa or out and about, and it probably won't be, then you won't buy it at all.

Bill Gates predicts iPad and Android users will switch to PC tablets: they can't create documents, they don't have [Microsoft] Office there. Where are all these people that Gates thinks want to create new Word documents or whip up spreadsheets? They're nowhere, because there aren't any. Nobody does that stuff for fun. There are no word processor weenies or spreadsheet nerds, nor will there ever be.

As I write, new New Street is being evacuated. Perhaps that lady was right after all.


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Jez Higgins

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