>Up until 2008 I was hoping Western countries would develop a somewhat mainstream culture of anonymous online discussion like Japan had.
I had held that hope up until mid to lateish 2007.
But well, by that time myspace type things were already crazy popular. And the rise of both fagbook and the iPhone (Computers for the rest of us! Integration is revolutionary!) seemed to add to that beyond belief.
Through that, the value of posted content fell wayside to the value of posters themselves, for whatever reason.
A sad time and sad outcome for sure.
But yeah, I do love the longstanding monolithic software platform that x86 and Windows have built up. Even if they're both giant clusterfucks with excessively complex functionality and APIs respectively, carrying a ton of legacy support. They're amazing for amassing such a large library of software.
But I'm really not sure how much they can squeeze out of it.
ARM is a lot more efficient for electricity cost and heat production. Though not nearly as powerful.
It's just that without the massive library of software from x86's absurd legacy, it can't really take hold of the "power for power's sake" market and make strides there. Though an x86→ARM compatibility layer could help that, and Microsoft is working on such a thing with Windows 10.
I have hopes, of some sort, for the future there. Moreso than mobileshit is providing.