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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RE[2]: Trickle down
by earksiinni on Fri 21st Sep 2012 00:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Trickle down"
earksiinni
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2009-03-27

But they didn't and don't offer nearly the same breadth of software.

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RE[3]: Trickle down
by darknexus on Fri 21st Sep 2012 04:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Trickle down"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

But they didn't and don't offer nearly the same breadth of software.

Not yet, but that situation could change. That's like saying Windows could never one-up the Macintosh back in the early 90's, because it didn't offer nearly as much software.
I think, eventually (and I mean probably twenty years or more) the PC will be supplanted. I do not, however, believe we will see the demise of the traditional PC input methods (keyboard and mouse) nor will we see large screens die off. I think what we'll eventually see is a modular system where by you dock your tablet into a larger workstation. The tablet is the control (the tower, if you will) and you have keyboards, mice, monitors and external storage.

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RE[4]: Trickle down
by leech on Fri 21st Sep 2012 04:52 in reply to "RE[3]: Trickle down"
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2006-01-10

I'll have to disagree with you for one reason, and one reason only. Lack of the ability to upgrade.

The funny thing is, the reason the "PC" exists as it does now is for that very reason.

The reason that we still don't have Atari and Amiga computers is because IBM had opened up the specifications for their BIOS and expansion boards, and the birth of cheap clones came about.

Tablets (and the new Macbooks) are going backwards in time to the days when you had a closed off hardware platform that would only run the operating system that it was intended to run. The ultimate lock-in.

Unless Tablet hardware does an about face and starts allowing expansion capabilities beyond just external storage, a video output and keyboard / mice inputs, then they'll still remain throw-away devices like printers generally are.

"Oh look the new shiny Tablet8000! It's so much cooler than my Tablet7999! Well, guess I'll eBay that one, 'cause the new one has 1 iteration of coolness more! I guess I'll have to sell off all my accessories too so I can have ones that fit the new cool port!"

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RE[4]: Trickle down
by allanregistos on Fri 21st Sep 2012 07:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Trickle down"
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2011-02-10

"But they didn't and don't offer nearly the same breadth of software.

Not yet, but that situation could change. That's like saying Windows could never one-up the Macintosh back in the early 90's, because it didn't offer nearly as much software.
I think, eventually (and I mean probably twenty years or more) the PC will be supplanted. I do not, however, believe we will see the demise of the traditional PC input methods (keyboard and mouse) nor will we see large screens die off. I think what we'll eventually see is a modular system where by you dock your tablet into a larger workstation. The tablet is the control (the tower, if you will) and you have keyboards, mice, monitors and external storage.
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That's the problem of tech futurists. PC will not go away. Why?

1.) As discussed already above, I can buy just a motherboard and a CPU or a GPU, and I can build everything and anything under the sun a computer, a super computer a high computing machine, just using an off-the-shelf components.

I cannot do this with the current tablets.

2.) I need a high-end machine with GPU power. Think about Hollywood(Film industry), Graphic designers, Video editors, Packaging companies, etc., etc. They will not go away in your future time.

Ok, in the future, computer hardware(CPU/Motherboard/GPU/Memory/etc) will morph into smaller devices so that these hardware com
ponents can be stacked together so that they will fit to the same size of a 10-inch tablet. Imagine what will happen to the "real" tablets.

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RE[4]: Trickle down
by earksiinni on Fri 21st Sep 2012 21:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Trickle down"
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Not yet, but that situation could change.


Agreed, but that's immaterial. I was making a historical point, both that iOS had the first widely successful walled garden general purpose app store, and that it was that app store which made its way onto a semi-PC like environment (i.e., iPad) with a screen large enough to do real work. The success of that combination has shown the way for everyone, and I see Windows 8 as a natural next step.

Should Steam get productivity apps, for example, they would certainly be emulating Apple's/Google's/Nokia's/Microsoft's app stores at this point in this regard even though they pioneered the technology way before Apple or those other players. (Well, I'm not so sure about Nokia...)

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