SOUND OFF! DIY Mobile
By Van Smith
Date: August 6, 2002
We think it is high time for the computer industry to come around to establishing do-it-yourself (DIY) mobile standards that enable end users to put together notebooks just as easily as we assemble our own desktops today. In fact, with the modular mobile technologies already in place now, DIY mobile standards should be able to facilitate even simpler, more idiot-proof system assembly.
Can't quite find the perfect notebook because none of the bone-headed, jack-ass OEMs have the common sense to put the right components together? Want a laptop, but are afraid to make the sizable investment in a device that crashes in value almost immediately because it is obsolete in only a matter of weeks and has limited upgrade paths? Wouldn't it be nice to easily change out your notebook's dated XGA screen for a lovely new UXGA? How about swapping your glacial SDRAM-based Celeron notebook motherboard for screaming Hammer/DDR setup? Or wouldn't it be sweet to transform that aging battery-guzzling, gizzard-frying P4 notebook into an icy C3/CLE-based system with a seven hour battery life? Just bought a P4 and then weeks later -- DOH! -- Intel comes out with Banias that is much faster than your chip and runs twice as long away from the plug?
Comprehensive, open DIY mobile platform standards could address issues like these and many more. Establishment of a DIY mobile market could even pull the computer industry out of its current malaise.
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