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[2]: Comment by ssa2204
by cerbie on Sun 11th Apr 2010 07:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ssa2204"
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HDMI plugging into...what? This DVI port here? That DVI port there?

Until one of the other new ports finally, "wins," I'm sticking with DVI, which is on all my current hardware, and likely to be on any future hardware,

200GB doesn't even cover CDs (hyperbole: it's about 230GB, right now). I'm not average, and I'm OK with that.

Processing power I agree with. Drivers are a far more important issue (and the reason we don't have good ARM devices around). I have all the processing power I need in a PC that's a few years old, and we're still getting faster and adding more of those still-faster cores.

I think you will give up hardware upgrades. Based on what AMD is doing just next year w/ LLano, once we can get high-speed RAM (like DDR5) into PCs, the equivalent of $100 video cards today will not be needed (just as non-Intel IGP has replaced the need for a card to have a decent display and decent 2D GUI performance). Then, you'd need to plug in storage and RAM, with maybe one or two internal PCI-e slots.

Add another decade, and those slots go away. It's a box with plenty of peripheral I/O options, that might have upgradable memory. Think Mac Mini, but w/o Apple's minimalism.

Eventually, a PC at a place where you sit down will not be about hardware features so much as being able to sit there, with a mouse, keyboard, big display, and big storage (NAS for everyone is like thin clients--neat sometimes, but it doesn't work out so well for most people in the long run).

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