NYTimes recently informed the world (not just New York, if you catch my drift) that employers are stymied by budget concerns and playing with prospective employees as though they were cat toys. Between hoops, unreasonable expectations and the perfect employee, they just aren’t hiring.

I’m not saying it’s wrong, but it’s wrong. Okay, I’ll be precise: It’s misdirection. Words like “budget concerns” don’t put a finger on the truth. From whence do yonder concerns hail, do tell?

Yeah that gets right to my point. It’s not as though the NYTimes doesn’t believe it can’t affect public opinion. That is accepted fact. Many of us look to news media in its (hopefully) diverse publications to share perspectives and information we could not otherwise–or easily–obtain.

So who is that article a shill for? Is it to pacify the masses? “Well, I can’t find work today, but I’m not alone, so it’s not so bad.” Is it to soothe the employers? “Everybody’s budget is tight. I have to make money.” It sure isn’t for the unemployed.

Samsung gave Microsoft a slap upside the head, blaming them for the decline of the desktop PC. Even the article avoids the point. It’s not the decline of the desktop, but the decline of New PC Sales. Stamp. Done. Next.

Well guys you’re both wrong, and right. Windows 8 is not a good operating system. It doesn’t forward the cause of computer-to-human interfacing. That’s what an OS should be about.

Microsoft doesn’t pharmacy care that an Operating System is merely an interface. A tool. Yeah, I did say that. Unfortunately for us, Microsoft as a Corporation is NOT a tool. It’s a dictatorship.

How far afield do I look now? Don’t worry, I got this.

Computing has reached a pinnacle. The only pinnacle that matters. Hardware limits. Presently the market is embroiled in envisioning new and exciting accessories and widgets for our stuff. Sure they can improve the experience, but they aren’t essential to the task.

Just imagine a hammer with an earring in the handle.

So guys, after all the brand-warring and spec highlighting, we’ve arrived. Now a six year old computer can meet the needs of the average user. Flimsy power cords and old hard drives will not slow the adoption rate of “obsolete” hardware.

SSD hard drives bridge the performance gap and bring new life to old hardware, power cords are hackable, and repairable. Six year old hardware can run the latest release of Linux and do everything Windows can.

An empty wallet is enough reason for increasing numbers to get their feet wet. That’s just how it goes.

The point I’m making is that people aren’t spending money, companies aren’t making money, and you don’t have to be an economist to understand that. At this point it seems NYTimes is making a concerted effort not to incite the masses.

Can’t blame ’em.

  • March 8, 2013