What kind of computer is your sci-fi franchise?MARCON this weekend, and in preparation, I wanted to share this revelation with you. It came to me while I was watching a mashup video using video from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
They were using iPads.
Or at least, something a lot like it. And that got me to thinking. The iPad is primarily a content consumption device. By all accounts, it's great for reading books, magazines, and comics on. It's wonderful for video and generally watching media. But it's not so big on the content creation side of things. Touch typists, for example, have griped about the onscreen keyboard. The lack of expandability can make it (more) difficult to use for creating artwork or video than a traditional computer.
But that's just like Star Trek.
I mean, really, who besides Scotty (or the Chief Engineer of your choice) is anything besides an end user? Barring deus ex machina, nobody shows any desire (or competence) with being a hacker or maker. And that got me to thinking about other franchises...
- Apple: Star Trek, specifically TNG and the reboot for reasons mentioned above. I can so see Data downloading implants from the iPersonality App Store. God help him with the DRM. So does this make Enterprise the original Mac OS? Or is it better to talk about the hardware here - with the reboot being the iPad and so on? Discuss.
- Microsoft: The Empire (Star Wars). I mean, really. Look at the Death Star. One critical flaw and the whole thing crashes? In multiple versions? Which Windows version corresponds to which Death Star? Discuss.
- Linux (pre-Ubuntu): The Rebel Alliance (Star Wars). Tinkerers who built efficient and useful ships that outperform the standard (see: Millenium Falcon, X-Wings), but are not quite as polished or require constant tweaking (see: Chewie repairing the Falcon on Hoth). Which distro corresponds to which craft? Is Puppy Linux the Millenium Falcon of distros? Discuss.
- Ubuntu and derivatives: The Old Republic (Star Wars). This isn't a slam on Ubuntu - the Old Republic ships are frequently much more advanced than the Rebel Alliance ones. They're polished, often sleek and pretty. And often have somewhat unusual color schemes.
What do you think? Put your thoughts below, and have a great weekend.