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Old 07-29-2013, 09:52 AM
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Define "desktop" - yeah, sure, someday we won't have the giant black boxes we have now but we will always have desktops.... places with tactile inputs and a large display or 4.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:00 PM
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For many jobs, desk top computers are the only way to go. How fast can you type up reports on a smart phone even if you use a tiny bluetooth keyboard? For home computer, I like a desktop. With smart phones and tablets, surfing the internet is easy. I'd like to buy a cheap desktop and set it up without an internet connection. It would be used for home finances and other things I don't want hackers to access. No internet connection, no hackers.
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:15 AM
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PC aren't going away anymore than cars are. Cars evolved to address the needs of customers. PCs are doing the same. Now the PC is just as likely to be a tablet or smartphone as something under the table or on top of it but it still performs computing tasks for you.

The tag line about the death of PC is something the media came up with and lots of people seemed to buy into.

If someone said cars were going away because in the near future more and more of them would be hybrids or electric, most people would say that was crazy and they were still cars. Really? They don't use gasoline (electric ones), they have LED lights instead of filament bulbs and all sorts of other changes.

Well, PCs are just like that. It is called a personal computer. What isn't personal computing about a tablet or smartphone? You aren't using it to do computing tasks or is it something different? Just because now you might use apps instead of programs doesn't mean anything, they are still computing tasks and underneath it all, just code running on a computing platform.

The death of PCs is marketing, nothing more. See it for what it is, an evolution in the device you use but the basic thing you do is the same, like getting into an electric car and switching on the power instead of starting the engine. You still go from point A to point B.

You still call it a car even though it resembles a Model A about as much as you typing with an on-screen keyboard or tapping an icon as using a mouse of physical keyboard.

As for "desktops", with the advent of streaming services from most mobile devices, where do you think your tablet or smartphone will spend most of its time in the near future? Probably on a desktop, sending it's video to a big screen and connected to some type of keyboard or just using the on-screen one or touch. Full circle.
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Old 07-31-2013, 12:32 PM
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Are we really in the post-PC era?
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