Linked by Neolander on Sun 2nd May 2010 12:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y When computers--evolutive machines which may be reprogrammed at will--became widely available, it generated a well-deserved buzz. Some (scientists, banks, insurance companies) felt like they were dreaming, others (like some SF writers) rather thought of it as a nightmare. Today, like it or not, they're everywhere However, part of the individual-oriented computers are going rather far from the original programmable machine model. They rather look like usual tools, with a fixed use. Their customizable internals are only accessible to the people who engineered them. Is there no market anymore for general-purpose personal programmable machines, able to do about anything? I'll try to answer this question, taking into account two major trends in the personal computing market : touchscreen-powered devices and cloud computing.
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RE[3]: I'm not sure...
by routitz on Sun 2nd May 2010 17:05 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'm not sure..."
routitz
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2010-04-23

"I know a very popular site which houses an online video player, if only I could remember its name.


The video content is online but the player itself is installed locally.

Most websites like youtube need Flash, Silverlight, Quicktime or any number of other plug-ins installed and even the HTML5 sites with tags need to run on web-browser that are installed locally (and lets not forget that many of these browsers also depend upon locally installed codecs too)
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First, sorry for my poor english ;-)

I don't think the facts that you pointed out really matters as long as portable machines can also run the players smoothly. Portability is a nice advantage and desktops should be able to compensate for our giving up portability to be competitive. Do they? I'm not so sure.

I believe that portion of desktops will shirink as the technology advances and handheld machines become powerful enough. But, still I can hardly believe that this means the death of desktop computing. There are always some areas in which the performance is much important than the portability, so the performance of handheld machines can never be "enough".

Edited 2010-05-02 17:12 UTC

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RE[4]: I'm not sure...
by Laurence on Mon 3rd May 2010 10:04 in reply to "RE[3]: I'm not sure..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

Some people don't need portability though so they're not giving anything up.

However, if power and portability is really an issue then there is this crazy new invention that I predict will become popular one day: it's called the "laptop".

Hell, even some netbooks are as powerful as 4 year old laptops these days - and lets not forget UMPC either.

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