Linked by snydeq on Tue 6th Jul 2010 15:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 10 reasons why the PC is here to stay despite Steve Jobs' recent pronouncement that the iPad signals the end of the PC era. 'Depending on whom you ask, the iPad will save journalism, rescue the book publishing business, transform the movie industry, change the way we communicate, and make the perfect omelet. But there are plenty of reasons to suspect that at least some of these predictions will prove overly optimistic. Even more dubious is the idea that the iPad signals a true sea change in computing,' McAllister writes. Chief among the reasons the PC is not dead yet are desktops' comparative cost-effectiveness, the lack of versatility of mobile devices, the fact that desktop and mobile OSes don't mix, and limitations inherent to tablet devices' dependencies on the cloud.
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Where iPad could help is making online purchases more standard, easier and more convenient than before. Unfortunately it is merely following the model of Amazon's Kindle, which is exactly as proprietary, convenient and DRM'ed as iPad.

How are purchases inconvenient?

You know most people don't care about the DRM that exists on devices like the iPad. Oh no you can't access a local movie rental file and send a copy to your friends. As if anyone in the real world actually cares.

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