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Offline nick65go

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Disrupting technology, mobile phone versus PC/laptop etc
« on: May 17, 2020, 07:19:54 AM »
As Rob Landley, the developer of toybox (a busybox replacement), has said long time ago
(in the dead for now project) http://landley.net/aboriginal/about.html
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Make Android self-hosting (musl, toybox, qcc).
Smartphones are replacing the PC, and if Android doesn't become self-hosting we may be stuck with locked down iPhone derivatives in the next generation.
Mainframe -> minicomputer -> microcomputer (PC) -> smartphone
Mainframes were replaced by minicomputers, which were replaced by microcomputers, which are being replaced by smartphones. (Nobody needed to stand in line to pick up a printout when they could sign up for a timeslot at a terminal down the hall. Nobody needed the terminal down the hall when they had a computer on their desk. Now nobody needs the computer on their desk when they have one in their pocket.)

Each time the previous generation got kicked up into the "server space", only accessed through the newer machines. (This time around kicking the PC up into the server space is called "the cloud".)

Smartphones have USB ports, which charge the phone and transfer data. Using a smartphone as a development workstation involves plugging it into a USB hub, adding a USB keyboard, USB mouse, and USB to HDMI converter to plug it into a television. The rest is software.
And now we could see it in action with a Chinese mobile phone (very portable) in a small docking station (all mouse/keyboard, HDMI TV, USB 3.1 storage, etc) for 25 euros! WTF, linux for ARM seams the future for END USERS. Small size, less power consumption.
https://www.wish.com/search/hdmi%20adapter/product/5d36e35bb6f3ed1a4ffae203?source=search&position=2&share=web

[Baseus USB Type C HUB Docking Station For Samsung S10 S9 Dex Pad Station HDMI Dock Power Adapter For Huawei P30 P20 Pro]
« Last Edit: May 17, 2020, 07:22:20 AM by nick65go »

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Re: Disrupting technology, mobile phone versus PC/laptop etc
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 03:29:30 AM »
(in the dead for now project) http://landley.net/aboriginal/about.html

just ftr   , aboriginal ---> mkroot

https://github.com/landley/mkroot -
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This project is a successor to https://landley.net/aboriginal/about.html
and shares most of the same goals, with a much simpler implementation.

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Re: Disrupting technology, mobile phone versus PC/laptop etc
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 04:29:51 PM »
https://landley.net/notes.html#20-05-2020
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Starting around 1970 minicomputers kicked mainframes up into the "server space",
then starting around 1987 the PC kicked the minicomputer up into the server space.
Around 2007 the PC got kicked up into the server space, this time the process has a marketing budget and was called "the cloud"

Intel and Microsoft are PC companies, and the PC is big iron now.
having a PC does not make you a "better" developer, because there's nothing you can ONLY do with a PC that you can't do (possibly more slowly) on a phone.