Linked by kloty on Tue 6th Apr 2010 21:22 UTC
Editorial A few years ago I wrote on OSNews several articles (1,2) about workstations. After three years I had to stop, because there were no workstations left on the market, they became legacy and were not sold any more. Now with the rise of mobile devices with touchscreen and wireless network connectivity virtually everywhere, the question becomes valid, what will happen with the desktop computers, are they still needed, or will they follow the workstations on their way to computer museums?
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RE: Comment by ssa2204
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 7th Apr 2010 08:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by ssa2204"
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Sure the PC will be dead, the day they figure out how to:
1.) Connect your little toy device to a screen that is actually readable


2.) Provide the storage capacity to rival what a desktop could theoretically have.

How much space do you need? Most people's music collection fits on a 30 gig ipod. ID estimate that they'd need close to 150 gb for movie collection. So once they hit 200 gb of storage, it will be close.

3.) Provide processing power to rival that of a desktop

For what? A desktop of what era? today's? Yesterday's ? tomorrow's? Its a moving target describing what? People want to do things other than add integers and floating points. That's what matters. The nexus is more powerful than the computer I had four years ago.

4.) Of course provide a means of input, and now the little on screen keyboards just do not cut it.

You mean a doc? like the Ipad keyboard doc?

Get the point? No, the desktop will be with us for years to come. Of course innovation and advancement will occur. When the future cell phone has a 5Ghz quad core CPU, while impressive, let's not forget that the what the desktop will have!

I think you've done a good job convincing me that the article isn't that far off. I don't care what form the desktop takes. Just that it has the features you listed above. Plus maybe hardware upgrades. No crappy non serviceable battery.

Edit: But maybe I could be persuaded to give up hardware upgrades if the price was right.

Edited 2010-04-07 08:13 UTC

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