The Death of Hardware

July 12, 2009

Studied the world of open source all the way back home. Another door gradually opened for me. I feel enlightened that so many things I didnt know or has known, such as web 2.0, open source, copyleft and cloud/ distributed/ grid/ parallel computing, are all actually conveying the same spirit- that is global cooperation.

The basic working principle can be summarized as ‘put the data online and let the rest of the world do the computing’. Take cloud computing as an example. We rent the capability of computing and the data centre can decide how much resource to be distributed to your request. It’s such a brilliant idea to draw parallel with an electricity plant. Each of us dont have to buy electricity generator for ourselves, we just use electricity derived from the plant and pay for it.

As to say open source software and OS, they can be freely copied, modified and re-published. So we can see efficiency, fast upgrade, low cost and security. LInux has been a great success of this kind. And to my proud as a genuine google fan, just after the study, google announced its own chrome OS based on Linux Kernal on its blog! It initially aims at netbooks (naturally). As we put more and more on the internet, use web application rather than traditional desktop app, requirements for hardware are lowered. I’m almost over-excited just by thinking how fucking cool it will be that I can play any games I want without worrying about my laptop’s deposition. So, that’s why we say open source sentenced hardware to death lol!!

As their inner nature, google and IBM are borned to be open source advocators and pioneers. Google turns everything into service; IBM, an already existing data centre with its power of making super computers, as is. Both of them plus various Linux kernal OS distributers, have proved to be commercially successful under the flag of seemingly un-profitable open source. That finally makes Microsoft turns out to be such a greedy devil! And well on the other hand as I doubt the necessity of keep my loyalty to the entire sery of microsoft product or service. I have google app to replace office, Gtalk to replace MSN, Gmail to replace hotmail… However I fall into such a paradox. Apparently it’s no easy thing to give up all these I’ve been so used to. Will I ever desert my Live Space? The fact is I saw some traces indicating microsoft is reaching out for its lost customers. First they provided skydrive as their first step. The more glorious second step is they give up bunddling IE8 into their new Windows 7 OS, although it creates confusion among public that how to install a new browser without a browser-_-b. Anyway, I might try google app and even choose a Redhat Linux operation system in the near future, but I’m glad to maintain some habits. Great fun sitting here watching these big companies fighting in this overwhelming trend. I’m so happy with them competing with each other (google will win) and this competition bring us that fascinating open-source vision near o/

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July 12, 2009 @ 17:55

关于那个用来说明开源思维的高效率的电厂比喻,又引申出了另外一个问题.这是在昨天看了一下午Asimov之后出现的.它同样是社会分工精细化大背景下的一个方面.而The Caves of Steel又一次传达了一种讯息,社会分工精细化使得人类团结协作程度加深,效率提高,相互倚赖,其负面影响便是这种精细结构平衡运作所需条件愈加苛刻,也就是说平衡异常脆弱,一旦被打破,损失也越大. 当然这早不是什么新鲜论调,因为在高中生物课里早就做过题目,只不过说的是一个生态系统的复杂性罢了.但是本人由于正电子脑的思考模式机械化不晓得使之社会化地加以思考…言归正传,所以或许Dr.Han Fastolfe的提议是对的,过剩人口就应该被转移到外星上去拓荒. 每一颗星球上人们可以民主地表决怎样拿捏效率与整体稳定性的百分比,就好象以色列的各个定居点可以民主地选择自己的风格,特点和规矩一样.往后要移民的人只要根据这些不同点选择自己的偏好就可以了.

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July 12, 2009 @ 17:55

我发现你有时候挺“忧国忧民”的亚。。。。

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July 13, 2009 @ 17:55

其实是经常

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September 27, 2009 @ 17:55

受益了,你对开源的理解实在是太强大了。 even choose a Redhat Linux operation system in the near future Redhat停止个人发行版支持了,其后继版本是Fedora,当然现在以Ubuntu最流行。还有一点,我认为,Chrome OS出现最大可能不是M$ Windows会被冲击,而是其它各发行版的Linux……

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September 27, 2009 @ 17:55

M$ -_-b…
那也不要緊,反正chrome也還是linux kernal的, 一家人嘛
thanks for the info bout redhat, the book i read is out

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