The new wave of operating systems is, if not useless, at least pointless without the internet. Believe me, I’ve tried. I couldn’t set up a Nexus 7 without connecting it to Wi-Fi, Mountain Lion isn’t sold on DVD or even thumb drive, and Windows 8 without the internet is basically Windows 7 with a bizarre, pointless, fullscreen Start Menu. Every app wants a log-in, needs to be married to some cloud service, longs to share, hopes for updates, bathes your computer in push notifications. This is a wonderful thing.
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Desktop 2.0 and the future of the networked operating system