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12/19/2012 05:01 PM EST
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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   12/31/2012 5:47:21 PM
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A couple of years ago, WIRED magazine had an article on 'Good Enough' technology. It went on to explain how certain technologies become favorable to the masses based on convenience despite being a step backwards technically. (i.e. MP3's are a step backwards in audio fidelity, but the convenience of not carrying around Vinyl wins out) Compared to a desktop computer, tablets and smartphones are 'good enough' technology. The experience of entering text into the address bar of your browser did not improve on the 'phablet' ... it became much, much worse, but the convenience of being portable overshadows these shortcomings. As an engineer, I consider the adoption of 'good enough' technology to be a serious tech blunder ... however, the shareholders tells me otherwise. Profit will always trump technology for the modern day industrialized man and that, my friend, is the biggest tech blunder ever.

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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   12/31/2012 5:47:21 PM
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A couple of years ago, WIRED magazine had an article on 'Good Enough' technology. It went on to explain how certain technologies become favorable to the masses based on convenience despite being a step backwards technically. (i.e. MP3's are a step backwards in audio fidelity, but the convenience of not carrying around Vinyl wins out) Compared to a desktop computer, tablets and smartphones are 'good enough' technology. The experience of entering text into the address bar of your browser did not improve on the 'phablet' ... it became much, much worse, but the convenience of being portable overshadows these shortcomings. As an engineer, I consider the adoption of 'good enough' technology to be a serious tech blunder ... however, the shareholders tells me otherwise. Profit will always trump technology for the modern day industrialized man and that, my friend, is the biggest tech blunder ever.

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chrisshore   12/24/2012 10:25:08 AM
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Not dead, no. But definitely no longer the focus of the market. Even 5 years ago, if you wanted to do pretty much anything online (think web, mail etc) you needed a PC or a pretty good laptop. Now, you can do 99% of that on a phone or a tablet. Yes, there are things you still need a laptop/PC for but they are not the things which are driving volume growth in the industry. The PC format will become, is becoming, a niche in a much bigger market. It won't die but it will get much smaller in the great scheme of things. At home, we have a desktop. Three years ago, we acquired a tablet. Overnight, use of the desktop plummeted by 95%. There is almost nothing (short of high-end games and things like music notation) which we need that much power or screen real-estate for. At work, I use a laptop and used to carry it all over the world with me. These days, I do short trips with a pad. My laptop is still on my desk but it is no longer used for everything I do. That's the change that is happening and it will affect the market enormously. It will change the balance on processor choice, form factor choice, OS choice, connectivity choice etc. PCs aren't dead but they are losing their dominance. Merry Christmas Chris

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chrisshore   12/24/2012 10:25:08 AM
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Not dead, no. But definitely no longer the focus of the market. Even 5 years ago, if you wanted to do pretty much anything online (think web, mail etc) you needed a PC or a pretty good laptop. Now, you can do 99% of that on a phone or a tablet. Yes, there are things you still need a laptop/PC for but they are not the things which are driving volume growth in the industry. The PC format will become, is becoming, a niche in a much bigger market. It won't die but it will get much smaller in the great scheme of things. At home, we have a desktop. Three years ago, we acquired a tablet. Overnight, use of the desktop plummeted by 95%. There is almost nothing (short of high-end games and things like music notation) which we need that much power or screen real-estate for. At work, I use a laptop and used to carry it all over the world with me. These days, I do short trips with a pad. My laptop is still on my desk but it is no longer used for everything I do. That's the change that is happening and it will affect the market enormously. It will change the balance on processor choice, form factor choice, OS choice, connectivity choice etc. PCs aren't dead but they are losing their dominance. Merry Christmas Chris

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ttt3   12/24/2012 5:36:39 AM
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Sorry, "does my laptop see a lot LESS use..."

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ttt3   12/24/2012 5:36:39 AM
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Sorry, "does my laptop see a lot LESS use..."

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ttt3   12/24/2012 5:35:13 AM
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While I agree with you in general, I still find web browsing to be quite acceptable on tablet and smartphone. Many people used to use their pcs for web browsing; this is no longer necessary. It's simply much easier to pick up a smartphone or tablet than it is a laptop or desktop if all you want to do is catch up on the news, etc. Would I get rid of my personal laptop? No. Does my laptop see a lot use in my free time since my tablet and smartphone have entered the fold? Absolutely. I don't think pcs will go away, but I do think their replacement sales will be much less frequent from here on out.

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ttt3   12/24/2012 5:35:13 AM
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While I agree with you in general, I still find web browsing to be quite acceptable on tablet and smartphone. Many people used to use their pcs for web browsing; this is no longer necessary. It's simply much easier to pick up a smartphone or tablet than it is a laptop or desktop if all you want to do is catch up on the news, etc. Would I get rid of my personal laptop? No. Does my laptop see a lot use in my free time since my tablet and smartphone have entered the fold? Absolutely. I don't think pcs will go away, but I do think their replacement sales will be much less frequent from here on out.

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Galaxis   12/23/2012 9:00:52 PM
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Well said! This whole PC bashing doesn't make any sense. Few people will trade in their home PC for just a smartphone or tablet. It's just the industry who can't get stellar profit margins on a commodity product.

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Galaxis   12/23/2012 9:00:52 PM
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Well said! This whole PC bashing doesn't make any sense. Few people will trade in their home PC for just a smartphone or tablet. It's just the industry who can't get stellar profit margins on a commodity product.

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