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 Post subject: The PC (As We Know It) Is Dead - story
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:13 pm 
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"The rapid rise of cloud computing, coupled with a slew of increasingly powerful mobile computing devices, is killing the PC faster than analysts had predicted.

In fact, some now say, the desktop PC is essentially dead – an immobile zombie that's already irrelevant to many consumers and soon will be to businesses, too.

Yesterday's announcement of Apple's iCloud, which will store content online and synch all of a user's Apple devices wirelessly, is the latest in a series of nails being hammered into the PC coffin. Smart phones and tablets have given rise to a new consumer demand for immediate information at our fingertips, which John Quain, industry expert and longtime technology writer, said has made the desktop computer defunct.

"We don’t need PCs anymore," Quain told BusinessNewsDaily. "They are dead."

 Post subject: Re: The PC (As We Know It) Is Dead - story
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:47 pm 
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These types of stories are funny in my opinion.

If we are to move to cloud based computing, ISP's need to figure out the proper way to deal with bandwidth caps. It's not going to get easier. If I store all my videos and such online, I want to be able to access these videos at any time. I understand the other devices have storage, but not enough for an entire collection.

And if I'm going to move completely online, the device I choose must have some type of wireless internet that can be used anywhere. We aren't at this point yet (at least without the 5GB/month cap and as more users come online, the caps may get worse).

As for the sales figures that everyone likes to throw around, computers are lasting longer and people are buying new computers less. If a computer from 4 years ago works just as a new computer would, why upgrade? We are at the point where computers are just good enough.

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