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[3]: I don't think so
by strcpy on Wed 7th Apr 2010 05:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I don't think so"
strcpy
Member since:
2009-05-20

How many people use computers to do real work? I've noticed that most people who have computers just mess around on facebook and play flash games. Given a few years they might not be buying a desktop. Then it will get harder for you to buy a desktop too.


Practically every single white-collar worker?

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RE[4]: I don't think so
by isaba on Wed 7th Apr 2010 09:02 in reply to "RE[3]: I don't think so"
isaba Member since:
2006-12-30

"How many people use computers to do real work? I've noticed that most people who have computers just mess around on facebook and play flash games. Given a few years they might not be buying a desktop. Then it will get harder for you to buy a desktop too.
Practically every single white-collar worker? "

And I am one of them since many years ago. What do we do mostly at office?
- email > could be done perfectly with a service like gmail for instance
- archiving files > box.net
- design and/or use some spreadsheets > I find editgrid or zoho almost as useful as the 'standard spreadsheet' most often used in offices...
- perhaps every month or quarter preparing a presentation? > google docs would be enough for us here at work
- word processing > see above for all kinds of solutions
...

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RE[5]: I don't think so
by strcpy on Wed 7th Apr 2010 14:00 in reply to "RE[4]: I don't think so"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Good luck suggesting that to your employer.

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RE[5]: I don't think so
by twitterfire on Wed 7th Apr 2010 18:36 in reply to "RE[4]: I don't think so"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

"[q]How many people use computers to do real work? I've noticed that most people who have computers just mess around on facebook and play flash games. Given a few years they might not be buying a desktop. Then it will get harder for you to buy a desktop too.
Practically every single white-collar worker? "

And I am one of them since many years ago. What do we do mostly at office?
- email > could be done perfectly with a service like gmail for instance
- archiving files > box.net
- design and/or use some spreadsheets > I find editgrid or zoho almost as useful as the 'standard spreadsheet' most often used in offices...
- perhaps every month or quarter preparing a presentation? > google docs would be enough for us here at work
- word processing > see above for all kinds of solutions
... [/q]

Perhaps you are so kind to help me find online services that will allow me to: use Visual Studio, Photoshop and play Crysis and Dragon Age: Origins. And some ocasional 3D Max rendering and encoding HD movies.

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