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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RE: iPad is a start...
by vodoomoth on Wed 7th Jul 2010 15:42 UTC in reply to "iPad is a start..."
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The pc won't completely disappear, but for home use it is possible that most people won't have one anymore in a number of years.

What do you call "home use"?

You mean playing the excellent 15 year-old Descent I using D1X-Rebirth? Or editing photos? How do you do that without a mouse or other pointing devices more precise than a finger? Or, ripping a CD from my collection into mp3 files I can listen to on my mp3 player? These are things the average user does. And I'm not even talking about things I do like coding, encoding videos.

If "home use" means browsing the web and reading emails or ebooks, then you're right. If it includes anything else, I don't see how people can avoid having a PC (or Mac for the matter).

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