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Wilco1
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Re: finally
Wilco1   12/14/2013 5:00:58 AM
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PC's will certainly continue to exist in the workplace. However desktop PC's are way too slow for serious engineering work. All of the real work I do is done on large clusters of servers that sit in a room on the other side of the world. I often keep 20+ expensive servers busy for hours on end... My laptop is simply used for typing, so anything that can connect to a keyboard would be good enough.

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garydpdx   12/13/2013 7:46:18 PM
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Word!  In another thread, someone mentioned that this year's Black Friday computer specials involved costlier but higher performance machines.  I feel that reflects how tablets and smartphones have been displacing low-end PC's, not mid-level and high performance (or business) PC's especially laptops.

This is even reflected at Apple, where the plastic-cased Macbook was ended when the Macbook Air came out, and they kept the Macbook Pro.  (Disclaimer: I use a BYOD dual boot MBP with OS X and Windows 7, for personal and work respectively, and can travel for business with just one computer!  And I run ESL SystemC simulations on Windows 7.)

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past logic of main frame
_hm   12/13/2013 5:36:58 PM
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This same logic was also true for past main frame and minis. However, there is difference with wish and inevitable future.

However, at some point in near time, this will change suddenly. Reasons can be lower demand, higher price and not much difference in performance.

 

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finally
krisi   12/13/2013 3:42:38 PM
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Finally someone is recognizing that you can't do engineering work on a smart phone or tablet...Kris

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