Some time ago — in the pre-iPhone era, no less — I was asked on two separate occasions for an idea for an automotive product. In both cases my response was the same: an iPhone-style computer for cars, one that can accept clever applications from anywhere. Neither company took my advice.
I see that Ford has implemented this idea with an in-car computer. I can't quite determine if the computer is in production from the news articles, and certainly it does not seem to have the world on fire just yet. (In a remarkably annoying blunder that also keeps search engines away, Ford's home page is completely dependent on Flash, which means I won't bother accessing the Ford web site; I'm left to wonder how software developers will be enticed into working with Ford.) I personally don't hold out high hopes for this computer because it depends on a Microsoft operating system: to my mind this means lack of security, bloated software, bugs, and annoying applications.
Still, I admit that it's nice to be vindicated, and I look forward to the next release of this style of computer, perhaps something that runs on Linus or the Android operating system.
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