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 allanregistos on Fri 21st Sep 2012 07:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Trickle down"
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"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.

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[5]: Trickle down
by moondevil on Fri 21st Sep 2012 12:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Trickle down"
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The problem is that the OEMs are trying to go back to the old integrated model, because it is the only way out of the almost non-existing margins they have to face nowadays.

So the trend is to go back to the Spectrum, C64, Atari, Amiga days, where OS and Hardware were deeply integrated.

Apple is the only one that managed to keep alive using this model, and now due to the thin margins, everyone wants a piece of the cake.

In the long run, buying off the shelf pieces won't go away, but it will become very specialized field, the same way like trying to build a car on your own is nowadays.

My last desktop was bought in 2001. Since then I've only owned laptops.

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RE[6]: Trickle down
by jackastor on Fri 21st Sep 2012 21:55 in reply to "RE[5]: Trickle down"
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I'm not gonna lie, I would look forward to having an all-in-one comp with the A1200-like form factor, even though I admit that brings with it some logistical and practicality challenges.

That said, if it's forced upon consumers because of some CFO's bottom line rather than from an architectural design of making a well integrated product, then I doubt the nostalgia will outweigh the headaches of crappy worksmanship.

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