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4/12/2013 11:38 AM EDT
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Peter Clarke
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Re: Win7 anyone?
Peter Clarke   7/31/2013 11:53:34 AM
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I have experience with WinXP Win7 and have used Mac.....I am more of a PC person than Mac person....

 

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Tom Murphy   7/31/2013 11:03:54 AM
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Rick, Peter: Are you both Mac guys?  I ask because I found XP to be very stable and Win 7 was an effortless upgrade. I know the press has given Windows 8 a hard time, but I found it incredibly intuitive when I tried it on a tablet.  I realize I'm playing the devil's advocate here, but perhaps the media has scared off many would-be buyers.  Just sayin...

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Peter Clarke   7/31/2013 10:38:08 AM
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I am very content with Windows 7

It seems to have been rock solid compared with earlier Windows iterations. 

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Win7 anyone?
rick merritt   7/31/2013 10:25:59 AM
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I'm still trying to get over the pain of a move to Windows 7.

And I;m in therapy for abuse from WinXP ;-)

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Re: Windows 8 jacking the price
Peter Clarke   7/30/2013 5:06:29 AM
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I think the computer sales channel was trying to break out of the price war and heavy discounting that had become prevalent in the Wintel PC space; trying to reset expectations.

The trouble is they increased the distance between themselves and tablets at the bottom end and narrowed the distance between themselves and MacBook Air at the top end.

No doubt the discounting will come back in

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mcgrathdylan   7/30/2013 12:30:24 AM
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@Patk0317- right, and that's a really good point. You can get by doing basic stuff on your phone or tablet, but when it comes to really intensive applications, the kind of stuff people used to (and still do) use workstations for, I don't think either one of those devices are going to cut it. That said, there are really not that many people using design tools, or doing things like professional video editing where you need all of that performance and memory.

To KB's point, I've actually thought for a long time that eventually your phone will be your PC, and you will have something like a docking station with a monitor and a keyboard for when you are doing things like work processing, etc. It's only a matter of time before a smartphone has the processing power required. Some already do.

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Patk0317   7/29/2013 11:49:05 PM
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Another factor is that with so many choices, people are not updating their laptops at the same rate they did a few years ago - there has been no real advantage. I have a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone. Of the three, I use the phone the most, but when I have to use an application like a design tool, it has to be on the laptop. These tools do not run on tablets or phones in most cases.

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Tom Murphy   7/29/2013 5:38:13 PM
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Thanks on both counts, KB.  My sense talking to peers is that people who used to fear Wintel at the turn of the century today wonder why Apple is charging so much for phones built by people who are paid so little.  With technology changing as fast as it does, they may be worried more about Google next, or something else.  But I suspect you and I will both be surprised what the dominant worry is a decade from now. And, yes, it's nice to have choices.

 

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KB3001   7/29/2013 5:35:37 PM
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@mcgrathdylan, I think what you really need is a large enough display and an easy user interface for typing, that does not have to equate to having a PC, it's an overkill. 

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KB3001   7/29/2013 5:32:24 PM
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As of estimate, I would say within the next 10 years.

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