Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The PC Is Not Dead; Long Live PCs

Filed under
Hardware

It seems like once a year an article or blog gets posted re-igniting the debate on the future of computing devices. Because I often speak about the future of technology, the topic is of great interest to me — especially when it comes to the future of PCs.

First, let me pose a question: Why don’t other industries have the same black/white mentality?

* Mutual Funds are dead!
* The car is dead – SUV’s will take over!
* The toaster is dead!

Looking at some of the sources of the “PC is dead” mantra, it is usually a new technology that inspires the prediction:

* Internet in 1994
* Thin Clients in 1996
* Smart phone in 2002
* Virtualization in 2005
* Cloud in 2007
* Netbook in 2008
* Slate in 2010

Interestingly, none of them have taken over.




More in Tux Machines

The Internet Without Connection, Free Endless OS For Emerging Markets

There are four billion people on the planet without PCs or access to affordable personal computers. That figure should surely be tempered with some contextualization i.e. not everybody actually wants to have an Internet connection and many traditional, native or bucolic ways of live do still exist on the planet. Regardless, there are a batch of global initiatives in existence which seek to give computer access to every man, woman and especially child. Endless OS is one such project. The free operating system has been designed explicitly to work in the expensive or restrictive Internet data conditions that often exist in emerging markets where fabulously affordable broadband has yet to arrive. The software itself is built to provide useful information and educational content, with or without an Internet connection. Read more