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 jal_ on Fri 26th Aug 2011 08:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too much misinformation"
jal_
Member since:
2006-11-02

Good grief, not this again.
What in your opinion, will we use in the future for:


Though I agree with your general gist, we could very well be using work stations for that, by which I mean more dedicated, more powerful, versions of the "home PC". It may well be we will see a split between consumer devices (tablets) and more professional devices (work stations). I'm not saying we will, but we could.

I can't wait to see the very fancy tablet to accomplish these tasks!


No need. Most of those tasks will not be performed at home. And when talking about Microsoft, they get a large share of their profit from home use. So it may be an important shift.

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Ultimatebadass Member since:
2006-01-08

(...)we could very well be using work stations for that, by which I mean more dedicated, more powerful, versions of the "home PC". It may well be we will see a split between consumer devices (tablets) and more professional devices (work stations).


I sure hope not. I am where I am right now education/work-wise specifically because there was not much functional difference between "home PC" and "workstation" when I was a teenager/student. If all i had available to play with were, for example, a game console and some web-device (like a tablet) for emails and whatnot i would have never tried my hand in programming, 2d/3d graphics and all the other awesome creative things you try out on a regular pc. If the market is split again between content-creation (expensive/professional) and content-consumption (cheap) devices i think our industry (in VERY general terms) will lose many future creative people.

Edited 2011-08-26 10:03 UTC

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Dr.Mabuse Member since:
2009-05-19

"Good grief, not this again.
What in your opinion, will we use in the future for:


Though I agree with your general gist, we could very well be using work stations for that, by which I mean more dedicated, more powerful, versions of the "home PC". It may well be we will see a split between consumer devices (tablets) and more professional devices (work stations). I'm not saying we will, but we could.
"

We ran Silicon Graphics Onyx and O2 workstations in our CAD department for years - they cost a small fortune.

The advent of 3D acceleration for the workstation-class PC changed the business forever. For the cost of every single SGI box, we could deploy six Windows NT systems.

I fear the scenario you describe above might bring us back to this sort of era - consumer grade devices being cheap and "professional" equipment costing an arm and a leg.

I would consider it to be a massive retrograde step!

(Please note: I loved the SGI's to pieces, but they were simply not competitive towards the end...)

May you live in interesting times, eh? :-)

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