Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jul 2012 22:27 UTC, submitted by Piet Simons
In the News Interesting charts by Horace Dediu: "As a result the Mac began to whittle down the advantage Windows had. The ratio of Windows to Mac units shipped fell to below 20, a level that was last reached before Windows 95 launched. It's as if the Mac reversed the Windows advantage. This was an amazing turnaround for the Mac. But the story does not end there." Too bad Dediu didn't include Android devices in his charts. The picture would change dramatically, and would downplay the important of either Windows or Mac/iOS. We're in a three-horse race - not the two-horse race Dediu paints.
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Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 6th Jul 2012 16:33 UTC
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

I wish people would get it through their head that tablets are not replacements for desktops. While they may share similarities, they are not the same type of device used for all the same tasks. My work would simply be impossible to do on a tablet, yet for some insane reason you see people on here actually suggesting desktops are becoming a 'niche' thing.

You also hear the argument that tablets are "projected" to outsell desktops in X amount of years. However, those people completely ignore the fact that desktops are still selling in the hundreds of millions per year, hardly slowing at all as this `tablet takeover` is supposed to be happening.

In all honesty, it's hard not to laugh at some of this stuff. As integrated as computers are in our lives and society, how can people be so blind?

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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by moondevil on Fri 6th Jul 2012 16:43 in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

In all honesty, it's hard not to laugh at some of this stuff. As integrated as computers are in our lives and society, how can people be so blind?


They are fashion victims.

Tablets are the new TVs, are mostly good to consume only information while costing more than a decent netbook.

People really like to waste money.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by bnolsen on Fri 6th Jul 2012 17:06 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

There is the potential to dual purpose tablets to become productivity machines when configured as such. It's just that the hardware isn't quite there yet. Probably the most successful one so far is the asus transformer family, but by no means is it all the way there yet.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by mkone on Mon 9th Jul 2012 22:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

Fashion victims hey? This superiority rubbish can really grate. I suppose you are the superior human being who is unswayed by these fashion. It's one thing to not like something. It's quite another to dismiss a whole section of society buying something as essentially stupid.

Tablets are useful for people. I was on the plane today. I got my iPad out, went on to ft.com. It proceeded to download todays FT edition onto the tablet, and I was able to read the FT on the plane without requiring an internet connection. Try that with a normal laptop. Ever tried using a normal laptop on a plane even? I have, it's absolutely awful. Too heavy, the base just gets in the way.

Tablets are the future, deal with it.

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