Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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RE[3]: Too much misinformation
by M.Onty on Fri 26th Aug 2011 07:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too much misinformation"
M.Onty
Member since:
2009-10-23

...I could go on...


Or I could. How about word processing which, it seems to be forgotten, was one of the primary selling points of PCs? As far as I can tell there's been no improvement on this front in this so-called post-PC world.

PC's are not dying or becoming irrelevant; they are finding their level, helpfully assisted by smartphones and tablets. Desks with computers on were never the best place to watch videos, or read magazine articles, or socialise, because its not comfortable, its too formal and tends to render one temporarily miopic.

They became used for these things; now they will be used less for these things and more for the things they were intended for---writing, compositing, analysis, Civilization games---things for which one wants an upright sitting position and the proper focus of staring at a big screen.

We will see a small decline of PC usage then a leveling out. PCs are currently overused, but will prove to be the best tools for most jobs, as opposed to most luxuries. Jobs like playing Civilization, for example.

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RE[4]: Too much misinformation
by jal_ on Fri 26th Aug 2011 08:51 in reply to "RE[3]: Too much misinformation"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

How about word processing which, it seems to be forgotten, was one of the primary selling points of PCs?


Tablet docking stations? Word processing needs very little processing power, so there's no full blown PC needed for the task.

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RE[5]: Too much misinformation
by M.Onty on Fri 26th Aug 2011 10:30 in reply to "RE[4]: Too much misinformation"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

Yes, I suppose so. But then you're at a desk, emulating a desktop or laptop*. I suppose my point was no so much about the specifics of hardware, but about the situation in which it is used. For many activities the desk will remain ideal, and on it the smartphone and tablet has no inherent advantage**.

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*Laptops when not used for those activities better done on a tablet, such as browsing the web on the sofa.

**Aside from power consumption, but there really is no reason other than screen size for most PCs to run at a significantly higher power than tablets most of the time any more. Its just poor design.

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RE[4]: Too much misinformation
by dsmogor on Fri 26th Aug 2011 12:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Too much misinformation"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I would rather say PC's (at their time) where quite lucky to expand their market from profesionnal information workers to casual consumers. The post PC era in my view about the consumers fleing the all in one PC to specialized devices that do the job better with less hassle:

- content consumption
- WWW
- simplified media production and sharing (web 2)
- gaming

The full featured office productivity is one excepion but if you look at it from a perspective, what consumer does actually need that after finishing education? For last 10 years I (privetly) haven't created a document that google docs wouldn't handle.

The PC value proposition for consumer market is actually quite questionable once you have valid alternatives and is immune to vendor lock-in (cough * iCloud * cough).

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