Published Oct. 17, 1991 in the Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg wrote, “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

Little has changed in the past 25 years. Linux based systems are no exception, still being designed by geeks for geeks.

Articles have appeared touting how Chromebooks are changing the nature of personal computers (PC). While Chromebooks might be easier to use than traditional PCs, they come with a high price tag — significant invasion and loss of privacy.

Like all Google products and services, data mining is at the core of Chromebooks. Do not be deceived.

Expect the same with the rumored Andromeda operating system, merging Android and Chrome OS.

“Will you come into my parlor?” said the spider to the fly.

That so many people are willing — perhaps eager — to trade privacy for convenience is interesting. Sad, but nonetheless interesting.

Posted: Category: Commentary, Usability Tagged: General

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