Linked by snydeq on Tue 6th Jul 2010 15:19 UTC
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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RE: I have one and...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 6th Jul 2010 20:02 UTC in reply to "I have one and..."
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

... can't do anything with it. It feels like you are using a locked-down computer kiosk. Try typing a 3-page essay on my iPad? No thanks. What about organizing my documents? There isn't even a file manager/explorer! No USB ports to plugin external devices either. What am I supposed to do with it?

Well, if all else fails, you could use it as a paperweight or a nice shiny stand to put stuff on. Or buy a pack of those plastic clips they sell for bags of chips, clip it onto the iPad, and start using it as a glorified clipboard...

Then go back to a machine more capable of producing such an essay like, oh I don't know, maybe a PC.

They can try all they want, but there will always be situations where a mouse and keyboard prevail in usefulness. Touchscreens aren't for everything. And their locked down "computer device as an appliance" policy sure a hell aren't for everyone, either.

Edited 2010-07-06 20:09 UTC

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