5. Pulse Audio - the two little words is why I dropped Mandriva years ago, I used to pay for power pack because I believed in Mandriva and their product, but pulse audio wrecked it for me.
6. Web Browsers - Amen - I use Chrome almost exclusively now, which is funny because I was an IE user a year and a half ago. It's getting better, but having three web browsers because each handles certain things better than the former is ridiculous.
11. Android - Seriously Google needs to have more control over update release. This three tier system Google to OEM to Carrier for any update, even security updates is just a bad idea and turns $500 devices into throw away tech. In comparison, I just bought a new laptop for $780 and I don't expect to be purchasing a new one for a few years.
12. ThinApp - VMware, give portable apps back to the masses, please. VMware Workstation is great, but sandboxed apps is better still, better yet, give us a VMware OS that uses ThinApps to install applications. ESX and ESXi is a great idea, implement something like that on the workstation level.
13. Laptops - specifically touch-pads on laptops. I don't know what the solution is, but I have big hands, and I am constantly having to re-position my cursor because I accidentally brushed my thumb against it, and now they are getting BIGGER to accommodate Multi-Touch. My new Laptop has a touch pad the side of my HTC Sensation's screen, that is about 4.3inch corner to corner. I like the functionality and Samsung was nice enough to put in a function that temporarily disables the pad, but I still think there could be a better way
The list could go on, but you get the general idea. I think we have some exciting years ahead of us, regarding technological breakthroughs, and I can't wait. I also can't afford to try and keep up with the changes, especially in cases where tech has obsolescence built in. Personally, I blame Open Source. I think OS is great, but I think the smart phone industry is a shining example on why Linux hasn't gone main stream. With so many hobbyists advancing technology, it's hard for the hardware industry to keep up. If there were across the board "standards" for Linux, then maybe it could go mainstream, but then we'd lose innovation. It's a double edge sword.
As a parting thought, technology, by its very nature, is easily broken. It's why most every piece of tech hardware comes with sturdy packing. So you can box it up and send it back for a repair or replacement. You don't see fancy packing for Number 2 pencils, because they just work The High-speed Internet is the worst/best thing that could have happened to the software industry, without it companies would release a more polished product, but then we'd also be waiting for the next version to hit the store shelves before we could fix bugs. Anyone old enough to remember DOS 6.2 and 6.22?
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