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: My reasons
by WorknMan on Wed 7th Jul 2010 00:46 UTC in reply to "My reasons"
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2005-11-13

3) A netbook can do everything the iPad can, plus a lot of other things (see point 1 and 2), while having a similar portability and screen size but with a real keyboard. And half the price.


The thing about the iPad (or even a smartphone) is that I can sit on the couch and surf the web or whatever, navigating the device with just one finger comfortably. Show me a netbook... ANY netbook that can do that. But I guess it's ok to have a netbook in your lap and trying to navigate with a sh!tty trackpad just as long as you didn't have to pay that much for it, right?

Look, I'm not a huge fan of iPads for the same reason that most of you aren't... but having had one in my possession for several days, I became a fan of tablets. I realize where they're useful and where they're not. While they can probably do 1/10th the things that most PCs can do, they still have their uses. Kind of like the difference between cars and bicycles.

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RE[2]: My reasons
by leech on Wed 7th Jul 2010 01:23 in reply to "RE: My reasons"
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2006-01-10

"3) A netbook can do everything the iPad can, plus a lot of other things (see point 1 and 2), while having a similar portability and screen size but with a real keyboard. And half the price.


The thing about the iPad (or even a smartphone) is that I can sit on the couch and surf the web or whatever, navigating the device with just one finger comfortably. Show me a netbook... ANY netbook that can do that. But I guess it's ok to have a netbook in your lap and trying to navigate with a sh!tty trackpad just as long as you didn't have to pay that much for it, right?

Look, I'm not a huge fan of iPads for the same reason that most of you aren't... but having had one in my possession for several days, I became a fan of tablets. I realize where they're useful and where they're not. While they can probably do 1/10th the things that most PCs can do, they still have their uses. Kind of like the difference between cars and bicycles.
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http://commercial.asus.com/product/detail/55

There ya go. It is even multitouch.

By the way this reply was handwritten on my old Fujitsu stylistic using Fedora 13 and cellwriter. Tablets are cool, but the iPad is just a toy.

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RE[2]: My reasons
by biffuz on Wed 7th Jul 2010 11:16 in reply to "RE: My reasons"
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2006-03-27

The thing about the iPad (or even a smartphone) is that I can sit on the couch and surf the web or whatever, navigating the device with just one finger comfortably. Show me a netbook... ANY netbook that can do that. But I guess it's ok to have a netbook in your lap and trying to navigate with a sh!tty trackpad just as long as you didn't have to pay that much for it, right?


Right. I'm not a fan of touch screens - not the finger ones, at least, I prefer the pen. And a netbook sits on my lap much better than a tablet can ever do, I don't have to hold it with an hand or watch at it in that very unergonomic way.

There are netbooks with multitouch displays, if that's what you want, and even those are cheaper than the iPad.
For the tiny touchpad problem, yes it's a problem. They should put some better kind of controller: a trackball would be a very easy, cheap, and welcome solution. But currently I have no problem using the keyboard for most things (being grown up on the good ol' DOS days), the only annoying situation is to click links on web pages, this is something the browser developers should look into.

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