A home computer is by far the most complex item that an average consumer is likely to own. Unfortunately, many of the possible uses of the standard home computer require a level of technical understanding that the average user does not have. Also a computer requires a level of routine maintenance that is more than many people can or will deal with. Security problems abound and require a vigilance that many do not exercise. Further, the economic interests of the computer industry usually do not coincide with the best interests of the consumer. For these reasons I say that home computing is currently a mess.
I have given several presentations of a talk discussing the state of home computing and the slideshow from that talk can be viewed below. I may enlarge on various points in future posts.