Galaxy, kindle HD fire, nexus 7, all still sub £200. last longer than the 'el cheapo'.
I wonder who will want a desktop in 5 years, they are practically dinosaurs now. True, a tablet being used today will be tossed out for another one tomorrow, but they will be as disposable as smart phones are right now. $75 tablets are already here.
And Im glad you brought up the current "disposable" electronics trend. It sickens me. Electronic waste is becoming a massive problem around the world and rare earth metals are becoming rarer and rarer. Not to mention the huge amounts of industrial waste that are made every year manufacturing electronics. People should buy things with an intention to use them for as long as possible, not with an intention to use them until they fall out of fashion or are "outdated" by a new product that has a different screen size and an extra gig of ram. I wish people would realize that they are being duped by electronics companies into thinking that they need the latest and greatest useless garbage. Its all advertising and people are falling for it everywhere.
If it makes you feel better, I've saved two desktops and one laptop from a landfill using Linux. I think we can and should save Windows dead computers with Linux and repurpose them. But I don't think that changes the direction tech is headed. My hope is that someday we will also be able to save some tablets from getting pitched as well with Linux, though Android is working fairly well right now.
I don't ever foresee this happening. Imagine all the jobs lost. Also, even if they are phased out on the OEM/Supply level I will keep making them out of random parts. Long live atx Lol.
As long as there are systems engineering hobbyists there will be the desktop tower. Ever tried to 'build' a custom laptop without calling Clevo?
<sarcasm style="position: ridiculous;">The days of the mobile device, the laptop and the Hollerith card reader are also numbered, incidentally.</sarcasm>
clear && echo paste url and press enter; read paste; (youtube-dl $paste) | zenity --progress --title="☠" --text "Downloading, please wait" --auto-close --pulsate && ans=$(zenity --file-selection); gnome-terminal -x mplayer "$ans"
Toting a netbook on campus is a hassle and a distraction. If I really need a keyboard, there are workstations for that. If I'm conferencing with a student and need to pull up a formatting guide, or if I need to respond to a student email from the cafeteria, or if I need to check something on my class schedule in the hallway, I can do those things, too. That's what the tablet's for.
And the time I waste on YouTube documentaries, Wikipedia, and you lot is unchanged. = ) It's just more comfy to read Wikipedia in bed this way.
Mrs kiwinz is a Senior exec for a major international OEM, she tells me that Desktop machines now represent a very small percentage of their PC sales. She also tells me that from her talks with other OEMs it is the same with them.
Whilst they will not disappear in the medium term they are becoming, in some cases already, a niche product.
Some OEMs that are currently producing traditional Desktop models are looking to change to all in one units or drop the Desktop entirely.
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