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Windows 7: IBM Declares the End of the PC Era


12 Aug 2011   #21

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fseal View Post
I don't even know how IBM gets off saying /anything/ about the PC buisness.

They created and immediately LOST it, struggled forever to keep up, always losing, finally giving up and selling off their entire PC buisness.

They reall never "got" PCs even being the inventer of the modern "PC".

So how do they know enough suddenly NOW to say it's over? I think you can pretty much take everything IBM says about the PC buisness and invert it and have a better stab at the truth
That be the truth!

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12 Aug 2011   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Cloud computing realistically isn't going to happen until at least next decade when people are sold on its reliability. A couple weeks ago, one of Amazon and Microsoft's cloud computing centers in Europe was apparently struck by lightning and it took almost two days for everything to get back to normal.

When the power goes out here, I can probably use a laptop to kill some time and catch up on random things. And when it comes back, it takes 30 seconds for my desktop to get back to normal.

It's strange how apple's giant itouch sparked off this idiotic tablet fab, but Microsoft and HP tried doing the tablet thing and it didn't work simply because no one really needed a tablet then since laptops were becoming the next cool thing. I don't see tablets becoming a fixture like the laptop has. Not at least until the first Windows 8 tablet comes out...
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12 Aug 2011   #23

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I think we are more likely to be nearer to the end of the Steve Jobs era, and are definitely in the post IBM era
I think we were out of the IBM era the second there was more than 5 computers being used worldwide.
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12 Aug 2011   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
Not at least until the first Windows 8 tablet comes out...
Or, at least, until the next Win 8 laptop comes out with the opportunity to attach a real keyboard and mouse as well as a few additional monitors.

Long live PCs!
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12 Aug 2011   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
The end of the PC?

Steve Jobs, the major competition, thinks so.

IBM, the company that made the biggest business gaffe of the 20th century, thinks so.

Mmmm. Do I see a pattern here?
I wonder what platform the tablet software is developed on? I can tell you categorically it ain't on the tablet!

-Max
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12 Aug 2011   #26

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikedl View Post
Try running AutoCAD 2012 on an iPad. You can't. Try running PhotoShop on an iPad. You can't. All an iPad is good for is playing games, checking email and getting immersed in social networks.

The PC dead? Hardly. Not for a long time to come. Maybe once we all get 100Mbps internet, perhaps. Still, what happens if your connection goes down?

Cloud computing is an esoteric endeavor but it will be a while before it becomes even remotely ubiquitous as PCs.
These marketing people are really one-dimensional (dimentia?) in their thinking. Just because the tablet form-factor exists and addresses a particular market they all-of-a-sudden think that the other market is now dead.

That's a little like saying "watch out, Airbus came out with the A380, now all GA aircraft (Cessna, Beech, Mooney, etc.) are now in mortal danger!" Nonsense.

Tablets are very cool devices. My iPhone4 is a cool device. I love using them. Replace my desktop and laptop machines for software development and high-volume input? Gimme a break. That simply ain't going to happen.

One other thing. Anybody else notice this constant back-and-forth thing between centralized and localized computing? I've seen it cycle back-and-forth at least a couple of times in my 35-year career as a developer. Now they're calling the central computing model the "cloud". Before that it was called the "web". Before that it was called "time sharing". Nothing new here!

-Max
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12 Aug 2011   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
It's strange how apple's giant itouch sparked off this idiotic tablet fab, but Microsoft and HP tried doing the tablet thing and it didn't work simply because no one really needed a tablet then since laptops were becoming the next cool thing. I don't see tablets becoming a fixture like the laptop has. Not at least until the first Windows 8 tablet comes out...
I've played with the iPads. They're not enough different from my iPhone4 to warrant having an extra device. Oh yeah, the larger screen is cool but I've got my iPhone4, laptop and desktop machines here. I can't find where the tablet machine would fit in yet, it would just be a vestigal piece of equipment cluttering up the house.

I've considered getting an HP Touchpad to play with but, OTOH, do I want to spend $500 for another toy to sit in the garage?

-Max
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12 Aug 2011   #28

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Who's talking about iPads, if anything Android and Windows 8 tablets will replace PC's.

Apple had a good 2 years head start and all they've done is made a bigger iPhone.

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12 Aug 2011   #29

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Hm, to mock those incompetent fools, "lol wut?"
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12 Aug 2011   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nemix77 View Post
Who's talking about iPads, if anything Android and Windows 8 tablets will replace PC's.

Apple had a good 2 years head start and all they've done is made a bigger iPhone.

And it sells like gangbusters. I'm not an Apple fan by any stretch, but they currently own this market segment. Everything else is simply an alternative to an iPAD.
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