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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definition of a desktop computer
by wigry on Thu 8th Apr 2010 07:53 UTC
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If we are talking about desktop computer, then what everybody think, is a big screen or two or even more, full-size keyboard and comfortable mouse. Thats it. Well, that definition does not include the box, where the power is coming from.

That powerhouse used to be noisy ugly beige box made of cheap plastic and what all. That is changing and morphying all the time.

I for example us IBM T-series laptop as a source for computing power. I've attached big external screen and keyboard/mouse to it nad Im happy.

But what if we could get full-size picture out from our cellphones? Imagine a pad-like dock where you put your cellphone (or iPad if you wish) and instantly you have full desktop experience with your screen and keyboard/mouse attached to the dock. The desktop (experience) is still there, but now the computer is your cellphone and thats what is probably meant by desktop computer dissappearing.

The phone is just placed on that pad-like dock and communicates wirelessly. Or push it even further, the cellphone can remain to your pocket, like car does not need keys anymore. Currently we simply do not have good-enough mobile graphics chip and fast-enough wireless technology but that changes every year.

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