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The future of computing?

Postby henke54 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:52 am

It seems that more and more the smartphone/tablet is gonna 'replace' the desktop PC :
http://www.intomobile.com/2012/02/22/ub ... computing/
What do you think ?
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby Hagar Delest » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:30 pm

I think it's a wrong good idea.
At work there are still laptop for very professional use. Of course, before you had big Unix hardware with a 21" monitor and now it's just a heavy laptop. But it still needs some good hardware that is not ready to fit inside a tablet.
You can also have some security devices to protect your laptop and you do care when you have it during transportation. What if you lose or break or have your tablet/smartphone stolen? You lose your whole office data, not just your contacts. Or you have an online backup solution running real time. But what about the confidentiality/security of your professional data (both stolen and online)? That's another cost to evaluate.
And finally, how far are we ready to let our professional life enter our personal life at home?
But well, perhaps I'm already old minded...
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby acknak » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:52 pm

I wouldn't want everything on a tablet (or phone) but I'd love to be able to transparently work on my PC remotely, using a phone/tablet.

Maybe the thin client idea will finally take off.
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby robweir » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:23 pm

Tablets are great for some tasks. But it comes down to productivity. Try this test: write a report, create a spreadsheet, and a presentation. Try it on a desktop PC, a laptop and a tablet. Compare the effort/time and the results.

For me, laptop and desktop are pretty similar. But on a tablet I am far less efficient. I get less work done. And isn't that the purpose of a computer?

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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby RoryOF » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:44 pm

I write best on a desktop with a big (or two) monitors. I use a laptop for presentations, and very rarely travel with a netbook. If I really, really need the Internet when away, as it might be to check a train time or flight details, I can get it on my Kindle (very clunky, but it works!).
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby FJCC » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:04 pm

From my limited use of tablets, I think they are best for the consumption of information. One can read emails or look up web pages comfortably. Since that is what many people do a majority of the time, I can see why they are popular. If one is producing substantial information, a report or the analysis of a large data set, a tablet isn't a a very good tool, as Rob points out.
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby Villeroy » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:20 pm

The more people carry their graphic terminals with them, the more will modern computing look like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRwPSFpLX8I
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby henke54 » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:44 pm

robweir wrote:But it comes down to productivity. Try this test: write a report, create a spreadsheet, and a presentation. Try it on a desktop PC, a laptop and a tablet. Compare the effort/time and the results.

Yes, but if you see this demo from Softpedia , ... all you have to get is a TV , smartphone (with docking station) and a (wireless)mouse , and your 'desktop' is (almost) 'complete' , because a keyboard should also be 'necessary' me thinks ... :mrgreen:
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby jessy27 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:26 pm

I work 8-10 hours a day on my desktop, I only use my laptop when I travel. Doing everything I need to do on my computer, I don't see
how I would get half of it done on a daily basis from my Ipad. There handy for some things but not with my work load :)
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Re: The future of computing ?

Postby Hambright » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:56 pm

Hagar Delest wrote:I think it's a wrong good idea.
At work there are still laptop for very professional use. Of course, before you had big Unix hardware with a 21" monitor and now it's just a heavy laptop. But it still needs some good hardware that is not ready to fit inside a tablet.
You can also have some security devices to protect your laptop and you do care when you have it during transportation. What if you lose or break or have your tablet/smartphone stolen? You lose your whole office data, not just your contacts. Or you have an online backup solution running real time. But what about the confidentiality/security of your professional data (both stolen and online)? That's another cost to evaluate.
And finally, how far are we ready to let our professional life enter our personal life at home?
But well, perhaps I'm already old minded...


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Re: The future of computing?

Postby rudolfo » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:04 pm

I use a smartphone (not a tablet) so typing texts is a pain. It is still good if I want to quickly look up something in the internet or check my mails. But there is a conflict when checking mail with the smartphone: It's good if I just want to make sure that some mail hasn't arrived and I can calm down again, because no more action is needed by me. But if I am waiting for a mail that I want to answer (or must answer) and the answer would not just be a one liner, I nearly always start to miss my keyboard and immediately feel that I am not productive because typing takes so long.

BTW, I haven't answered any of the threads here via the smartphone. And I don't think that this will be changing in the next 2 years.
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby floris v » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:22 am

What I found interesting is that you can have two different OS's run simultaneously on a smartphone, which raises the question why you can't have that on a laptop or PC.
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby rubyclaire » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:24 am

henke54 wrote:It seems that more and more the smartphone/tablet is gonna 'replace' the desktop PC :
http://www.intomobile.com/2012/02/22/ub ... computing/
What do you think ?


No, it is not possible. At workplaces it is must to have PC's and it is not possible to do work on tablet!! :D
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby peterroots » Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:54 pm

or you prop the tablet up on a docking station, add a keyboard and mouse and then you can use it, even if the screen is a bit small. So, add and external monitor as well. Mind you, are you then really 'using' a tablet or one masquerading as a desktop PC that you can take out of the office and loose, sit on or have stolen with all your data on it?
(First person to call me cynical is not passing on breaking news :-) )
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby kingfisher » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:24 am

If you want to be wrong, predict the future.
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby peterroots » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:34 pm

or argue with your wife
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby sukhdev » Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:38 am

I see only Calc/ spreadsheet facility being the only need and the mobile could well be just a very efficient terminal sensor
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Re: The future of computing?

Postby henke54 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:25 pm

Mozilla's director of research Andreas Gal didn't mince his words when asked what he thought of Windows Phone 8, Apple's iOS, and Google's Android at a demo of the Firefox OS in September. "Microsoft will be the last to experiment with proprietary native code. It will either fail and make Apple and Google the only two to have successful private systems, or it will succeed and it will take longer for them to go away."

http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-57 ... irefox-os/
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