Originally Posted by grizy
We're in a strange place now actually. Windows 7 actually eats less resources than Vista, slowing down the need for RAM.
There is another layer to this... software development has shifted to devices with a lot less RAM (aka, XBox, iPhones and iPads). This will also slow down the need for more RAM for the forseeable future.
'another layer' is the wrong term exactly, more like 'divergent evolution' heh
As it is an iPad has what, 1GB?
This is *plenty* of memory for the significant majority of what people actually do with "the Internet". What the OP talks about basically. If it some how isn't, the presence of an SSD or other NAND storage device will act as memory should the device need to 'swap'. This is key. SSD may not be as fast as RAM, but its significantly faster then a physical hard disk so swapping to an SSD is a lot less noticable then a HDD.
There will always be power users who fall outside the norm. Developers, graphic artists, design engineers etc.
I'd be willing to bet you could swap a majority of peoples computers for a tablet type device and they would be just as happy. Right now I'm on my laptop sitting watching TV (yah, my Friday nights are awesome) but frankly theres no reason for it to be a full laptop - even at work it doesn't need to be - it just needs to have a high enough resolution.