Caution : this post contains pedantry!!

According to this article -> http://asmarterplanet.com/blog/2011/08/ibm-leads-the-way-in-the-post-pc-era.html, an interview with one of the original computer guys at IBM the end of the PC is nigh.

Well as far as I know PC stands for Personal Computer and at least in the beginning it was a term used to define a (usually) single user, multi purpose machine of small(er) size as opposed to a multiuser mainframe/server system.

Quoted from linked article:

I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet. When I helped design the PC, I didn’t think I’d live long enough to witness its decline. But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing. They’re going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs. PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device—though there’s plenty of excitement about smart phones and tablets—but by new ideas about the role that computing can play in progress

Replace PC with Desktop Computer in the above quote and it makes abit more sense although I still disagree.

I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well. My primary computer now is a tablet.

Actually that tablet computer IS a PC just in a different form factor!! I guess what is being touted in that quote is that the DESKTOP form of computer is dying out, since a tablet form computer is still a Personal Computer as is a smart phone and a laptop or netbook.

But, while PCs will continue to be much-used devices, they’re no longer at the leading edge of computing

Again replace PC with desktop computer and the sentence is more accurate. I bet that the people that designed all those cutting edge devices used desktop machines, be they IBM Clones or MACs, and probably will continue to do so because they need a system with a decent size screen and good processing power that doesn't need charged every couple of hours. Desktop machines are easier and cheaper to upgrade, you want a more powerful tablet/better graphics capability, added connectivity? tough! WE decide what YOU get for your money. Try spending 8 hours working on a tablet and tell me it is more convenient than a traditional form of a laptop or desktop computer. Sure you might be able to use it if you get the external keyboard and mouse and the little stand so you can prop it up but for all that extra stuff you need to carry you could just get a laptop and put the money you saved towards that nice holiday.

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