other stuff: start adding resolution and density independent ui elements. you know, so that you wouldn't be so fucked as apple is with osx.
I beg to disagree: in theory resolution independent user interface elements should be a lot better than Apple's approach of only allowing double densities. Practice however shows, that if you have a resolution independent UI API, a lot of developers are lazy and do not adapt their layout to different screen sizes, or do not correctly use the APIs.
As an example, the windows experience on high-res displays is significantly worse than the Mac OS X experience: the majority of Windows applications simply do not work correctly on a Mac Book Pro Retina display, since only parts of the UI elements scale correctly, resulting in a complete mess.
Android fares somewhat better due to a better API, but the fine-tuned user interfaces for different resolutions on iOS (tablet/phone) usually make for a better user experience. On Android there is too little incentive (return on investment) for developers to fine-tune their user interfaces to different resolutions.
Companies like Samsung and various Chinese manufacturers that blatantly copy from US and European companies are partially responsible for moving a large number of tech jobs to Asia.
So as an IT person, if you root for Samsung you are essentially saying: well you can have my job, but please continue to sell me a cheap smartphone.
I don't like the patents that were used by apple in this case, but they used the existing patent system (*) and a win for Apple sends the right message: don't copy, do your own stuff. Apple is at least doing most of the design in the U.S and manufactures chips in Texas.
(*) and yes the patent system should be somewhat reformed but as a realist I don't see that happening any time sone.
For those of us who wanted a real computer, the kind you can get into and tinker with, we built one from parts.
Ahhh..... a real computer is defined by being able to tinker with it.
And silly me thought a computer is a tool to get work done.
In the future, you're going to get computers as prizes in breakfast cereals. You'll throw them out because your house will be littered with them.