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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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Offices too?
by ebasconp on Tue 6th Jul 2010 16:54 UTC
ebasconp
Member since:
2006-05-09

Sorry, but I cannot imagine a corporate office with all employees working in their iPads instead of using their desktop boxes...

or I cannot imagine Internet being served through web servers running on iPad servers...

or I cannot imagine all developers in the world programming in such obnoxious virtual keyboards...

or movies being rendered in iPad farms....

or hospital servers or financial centers... or... I do not know...

come on Steve! Your iPad is an amazing product but would be nicer if you would keep your head in heaven, but your feet on the ground.

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RE: Offices too?
by beowuff on Tue 6th Jul 2010 16:59 in reply to "Offices too?"
beowuff Member since:
2006-07-26

I think you misunderstand...

PC = Personal Computer. That is not a server.

Most of your arguments are about replacing servers, which is not what Jobs was talking about.

Not that I agree with him, however. ;)

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RE[2]: Offices too?
by ebasconp on Tue 6th Jul 2010 17:03 in reply to "RE: Offices too?"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Though you are right (sorry because the misunderstanding)...

the employees in a company DO use PCs and I think such computers will never be replaced by other kind of devices.

Edited 2010-07-06 17:03 UTC

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RE[2]: Offices too?
by BluenoseJake on Wed 7th Jul 2010 13:52 in reply to "RE: Offices too?"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Not really much difference between an x86 server and an x86 pc, especially in the single socket category. Similar cpus(x86), similar ram (entry level servers use the same ram, ddr/2/3) same buses (pci, pci express), same nics.

The real differences is in management and software. Hardware wise, pretty much the same.

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RE: Offices too?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 6th Jul 2010 17:33 in reply to "Offices too?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Webservers and intense movie quality rendering jobs are not typically done on desktops. They are usually rack mounted servers, using a different type of processor ( Xeon or opterons), using a different operating system ( RHEL, SUSE, Windows Server, ect).

Of the remaining reasons you listed, the only one tat stands out as a niche tablets won't tackle over is the developer one. Tablets can be docked to allow the use of a keyboard/mouse, but you'd probably want more screen real estate and horsepower as well. By the time you'd beefed up a tablet to do all of that, you could just put the dang thing in a box and call it a PC, because you wouldn't be using it as a tablet any more.

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RE: Offices too?
by ovigui on Tue 6th Jul 2010 19:31 in reply to "Offices too?"
ovigui Member since:
2007-01-31

PC stands for Personal Computer.

All your examples are:
- workstations.
- render farms.
- servers.

If computers are relegated to those uses, that would mean the end of the PC era.

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RE[2]: Offices too?
by ebasconp on Tue 6th Jul 2010 23:44 in reply to "RE: Offices too?"
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Calling PC to the computer that is on top of my desktop and calling "not-PC" to a computer with similar hardware (a lot of times older than the desktop's one) that is in a rack on a data center seems too artificial to me.

Anyway, interpreted in that way, Steve Jobs would be saying that the desktop metaphor with its applications is being rendered obsolete (though such metaphor is being used on servers with Windows, KDE, Gnome, Xfce or any GUI)... and it is far from reality as well.

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