Death of the PC: Born to Die

Weekly Rant - Death of the PC: Born to Die

Created by Chet Gladkowski at 01 Jun 2013 @ 11:17

Numerous talking heads, blogs and articles have been debating for some time whether the PC is dead or not. In this weekly rant, I give the definitive and authoritative answer to the question - is the PC dead? Yes or No?

Additionally, we'll talk about how the PC is like all other technologies - born to die. We cannot hoist our futures on a technology that will inevitably be replaced by yet another technology. Something more must differentiate our products, services and organization.

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Geoff - you are definitely not too old! You're actively participating in Market Luminaries and have lots to offer. The good news is that there are a variety of technologies, tools and techniques to "get the job done" so you can pick the one that suites you best. I'm more ADHD so I like "new bright and shiny objects" which distract me to no end. I also use dictation software a good bit for blogging, texting and short emails. But I don't use a cordless phones in my office nor a Bluetooth earpiece with my cell phone. We are all walking contradictions, looking for someone to make sense of ourselves and life. But technology will not give us the answer to this question.
Maybe I'm too old, but I like the simple "old stuff" that still works. It took me a long time to start using a PC back in the day, but now I can't live with out it (from a business perspective). And I think that is not likely to change no matter how many new gadgets come out.
I like the next, bright, shiny thing as much as the next person Emma. I have a desktop PC with 2 very large screens, a laptop with 3 very large screens, a high-end Android smart phone and an iPad. I'd buy something but I'm not sure what it would be.
I think we like new gadgets so much that we won't settle for appliances. We want the latest and greatest new stuff.
You are right Randall, and so has the mainframe (operating system, database, utilities, etc.) Perhaps that's what differentiates an "appliance" in that it works as delivered (phone, microwave, toaster.) It does what it does, does it very well and that's it. No upgrades, no enhancements. What do you think?
PCs have always had some level of built in obsolecence to force you to upgrade to the latest/greatest.
Samantha - yes, they will be around (like calculators) but their role and importance will do nothing but diminish. The only possible thing that could stem the tide would be for someone to be able to give them away.
Alex - I think all technologies are "born to die" eventually. Some definitely morph way beyond what the original idea was. For example, I doubt if Henry Ford nor Louis Chevrolet would connect the dots to today's engines (but I bet they could make sense out of the engine in my 1965 Mustang.) The basic fundamentals (pistons, transmission, spark plugs) are still in place. The hard disk is another - it still basically functions as originally designed, but newer technologies have replaced them in cars, tablets and notebooks.
I'm not sure it will ever go away completely. It will probably just keep morphing into a skinnier device.
I also agree that all technologies are born to die, or at least born to be replaced by the next great technology.
I like the term "anorexic client".
Title Death of the PC: Born to Die
Creator Chet Gladkowski
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Created 01 Jun 2013
Updated 01 Sep 2014