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[4]: Trickle down
by leech on Fri 21st Sep 2012 04:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Trickle down"
leech
Member since:
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[5]: Trickle down
by kwan_e on Fri 21st Sep 2012 05:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Trickle down"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

IBM had opened up the specifications for their BIOS


I think you'll find IBM had it opened for them by Compaq. Further proof the non-existence of Intellectual Property is directly good for society. Also does more for the economy than allowing any single entity to control ideas, and I daresay, would do a lot for the single entity if it learned how to let go and move on.

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RE[6]: Trickle down
by leech on Fri 21st Sep 2012 19:53 in reply to "RE[5]: Trickle down"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I think I basically said that ;) Pretty much the spec for creating expansion cards were there for manufacturer's to make, and then it was more or less reversed engineered to create their own BIOS to emulate the IBM PC. If the other makers (Apple, Atari, Commodore) had opened themselves up for clones, the computer landscape would probably be VERY different today.

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