Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Sep 2012 22:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems If there's one over-used buzzword currently making the rounds in the technology industry, it's 'post-PC world' - or the notion that desktops and laptops are a dying breed. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP's printing and personal systems group, thinks this is a nonsensical notion - and he's right.
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post-PC doesn't mean PC-is-dead
by jared_wilkes on Thu 20th Sep 2012 23:51 UTC
jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

Apple's post-PC narrative has never proclaimed the death of the PC. However, it's foolish to claim "work" is the umbrella for these markets. Smartphones will likely be one of the few markets the size of (if not greater than) the entire population of the planet, utterly dwarfing PCs. Tablets, 3 years in and with few successful products outside of Apple, will soon skyrocket past PCs (although not as ubiquitous as smartphones). We work less than 1/3 of our life. Even then, the majority of work tasks can be done equally well, if not better, on a tablet or smartphone. (Heck, even jobs that are computing intensive can be augmented and improved with a supplemental smartphone or tablet.) Moreover, we are also doing non-work during work time (personal research, entertainment, communication, social networking). Most old school PCs spend the majority of their cycles on entertainment and tasks well-suited to smartphones and tablets (browsing, games, social networks, messaging, passive media consumption). Now... traits like instant on, long battery life, power efficiency, size, simplicity of hardware and software are compared against the exemplars created by the post-PC devices. Most consumer-facing (and even enterprise) software development efforts are primarily driven by the new mobile devices or the cloud.

Yes, the PC will preserve a role for a long time and for most users, but it will be a small fraction of developers's and users's time and investment. It is already so. And we are in a post-PC era. For that to be true the PC does not need to be dead. (That's like saying the 90s wasn't the Windows era because graphic designers still needed (preferred) Macs.)

(I wouldn't want to speak for your experience, but, yes, many people I know already do more "computing" on smartphones and tablets than computers. A far, far greater number certainly do more "personal computing" on the smartphone and/or tablet. And in many cases, people I know who did not use a computer at work (or barely so) are doing NEW and MORE computing by augmenting non-computer work via the smartphone or tablet where the PC was otherwise superfluous. But I guess others see the world as all work, in front of a desk?)

Edited 2012-09-21 00:01 UTC

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ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

but it will be a small fraction of developers's and users's time and investment. It is already so. And we are in a post-PC era.


No you have bought into post-PC hype.
http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vs_desktop-ww-monthly-201108-2012...

Most code is still in-house and corps don't care about tablets for normal office workers. So no.

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skeezix Member since:
2006-02-06

Hear hear; I like what you have to say. I never thought of the term 'post-PC' as meaning the slow death of PCs either; in the web development world, I think that it means something more like 'the PC has lost its monopoly and it's a multi-player game now'. It presents new challenges for those of us who create content -- especially (but not exclusively) on the web -- but they're fun challenges.

So I agree: the post-PC world is not about the death of PCs, and I don't know who actually uses the term in that sense. The post-PC world is about a confusing but healthy polyculture of computing devices that let you do what you need to do -- devices that speak the same linguae francae (the Web is chief among those, but standard file formats are important in that regard too).

Edited 2012-09-21 04:40 UTC

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