Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 21st Oct 2012 16:13 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows "I've been writing about Windows for almost 20 years, and I feel like I've kind of seen it all. But for the past several days, I've been struggling under the weight of the most brutal email onslaught I've ever endured over these two decades. And if my email is any indication, and I believe it is, the majority of people out there have absolutely no idea what Windows RT is. This is a problem." When even Paul Thurrot is worried, you can be sure it is, actually, a problem. We're going to see and hear about a lot of frustrated customer who can't load up their 1997 copy of Awesome Garden Designer 2.0 Deluxe.
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Welcome to the reality people
by Dekonega on Sun 21st Oct 2012 16:35 UTC
Dekonega
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Rude wakening for the people: Welcome to the world where every single consumer device is a PC. Even the devices which you don't call or usually think could be PCs, and in most cases, definitely are PCs.

For a long time I've really hated that people who say "PC" only mean 100% IBM-PC compatible personal computers running Microsoft Windows. If the computer is running GNU/Linux, or OS X, it's not a PC any more for those people. Or if it has slightly different hardware it's not a PC any more despite having the same OS. (facepalm)

PCs are huge category of devices which includes work and gaming devices like the Playstation 3 (even the NES is a PC), tablets inc. the iPad, various desktops and workstations like the Amiga and the Macintosh branded PCs (doesn't matter what architecture m68k, ppc, or x86) running latest iteration of the (Mac) OS X, Smartphones (which are PCs with a phone feature) (arm, intel, what difference does it make?), and not least the generic hardware of any sort running for example any sort of GNU/Linux which is intended for end users but hidden so that end user doesn't know he is using GNU/Linux, etc.

The sole reason there won't be a "Post-PC Era" soon is that there cannot be "Post-PC Era" in the first place with the current level of consumer technology available. The "Post-PC Era" might happen after the "Personal Nano Computer" revolution happens in next 50 years or something.

And the joke in "PC v.s. Mac" ads is that both machines are one and same hardware. Only difference is operating system, which all can and do suffer similar problems at times no matter what environment you're using.

Edited 2012-10-21 16:44 UTC

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