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Octavean
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reply to NotTheMama

Re: Reddit: The Desktop PC is Ready for a Rebirth

I disagree with that notion. I agree that my relatively old Core i7 920 / ASUS P6T Deluxe system is still going strong and showing no signs of obsolesces (for my use case). However, there are a class of computer users that would gladly use something other then a computer to do basic tasks like reading, writing, communicating, simple gaming and more.

Tablets and smart phones started in such a way as to be virtually useless without a computer,......right out of the box there were just bricks. However, many tablets and smart phones are fully functional (or mostly so) without the need of a computer which is a significant inflection point.

So now the scarcely computer literate have found a reason not to improve their skills in an area they may care little to nothing about and can still get things done.

Make no mistake about it, there will likely be many generations to come where the earliest experience with technology will be with a tablet or a smart phone,.....not a traditional computer.


NotTheMama
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I didn't say that other computer "formats" weren't useful, nor did I mean to imply that. But a desktop was designed for everything except mobility, and simply making it smaller and self-contained (laptop/notebook) was not necessarily the best alternative. Sure, the touchy, little devices are best for their intended purpose--taking it with you (only the next room or everywhere else); but I don't want to take it with me, I want to leave it on the desktop. I can't think of anything worse that always being constantly in touch with everything and everyone and vice versa. However, just because other devices can take over those things which they do better (personal preference), that never meant that the desktop was "dying". Frankly, I think it's the keyboard that really differentiates them; if you never need that kind of input control for extended periods, then you really don't need a desktop/laptop.
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Octavean
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I guess what I was trying to say is that there was a segment of the computer community that bought and used computers but didn't really want to buy and use computers. Given an alternative they would gladly take it and those that were previously counted among such users effecting PC sales may no longer be counted in such a way,...if they changed their buying habits

Some people are afraid of computers driven by a lack of understanding and or unwillingness / inability to learn. Simple solutions are a godsend for the quasi technophobe,.....

Desktop, All-In-One, laptop and so on,.....not everyone wants a computer. not everyone wants a tablet or smart phone either but for some people these dumbed down devices are all they are willing to manage.


NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

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said by Octavean:

Some people are afraid of computers driven by a lack of understanding and or unwillingness / inability to learn.

So, you've met my sister.

said by Octavean:

...for some people these dumbed down devices are all they are willing to manage.

Ahhh, yes... where would Apple be without them.
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