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@Cryptnotic SSH/VNC/whatever does not count, that still requires a desktop. :P
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2012 on The PC is Over at Coding Horror
In a word, Nope. Again you've missed the ball here Jeff. It's a fairly easy ball to miss though. Yes the devices are becoming more common and PCs are becoming less common, but this has nothing to do with the PC and everything to do with who /was/ using the PC. For the past 20 years it has been everyone from every walk of life. You want to view the web? use a computer. You want to chat with your friends? use a computer. You want to write an email? use the computer. You want to watch a video? use a computer. Most of those people now don't need a desktop computer to do any of that, and they have no need for anything else. But now I will make a very important distinction, a desktop is a PC, a small computing device that is for personal use.. is a PC.. Most tablets and phones are NOT PCs, in fact most people don't even own them in reality. Sure they paid for the software and hardware, but they are licensing it. That iPhone you got? You are licensed to use the software on it, but if you go grab an android, you cannot then carry that license over and install the same software on the android device, you have to re-license it. Many games I play I buy once, and then play on linux, windows, and mac... because I have a broad license. You are buying in to the gated community that is iPhone or android. It is not a personal product, it is a licensed gateway to your software. There are ways around this, jail breaking, rooting, and what not... but these are hacks, and difficult for the average person. Most of these people will never even know what they are giving up. The PC isn't dead, but it does need to catch up. Some day soon I'm sure we will have PCs we can assemble, just like our desktop, made from smaller components that we can swap out at a need. Where we can choose to put ubuntu, windows, iOS, Android, or whatever else on it we want... At least that is my hope... And we can take it with us where ever we go, then plug it in at home or work to our docks.. with large storage systems and co-processors. Drop your tablet in, and suddenly you have a full on desktop, as powerful if not more powerful than we have today. I cannot write without a keyboard, I cannot do my 3d design without a mouse. PC is not dead. But I do hope it is changing.
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2012 on The PC is Over at Coding Horror
I am sick to death of short screen. I've got two ViewSonic 16:10 monitors, they aren't bad, though they don't even tell you anywhere what type of panel they have. Also they cannot be rotated and with the weird plastic backing you cannot mount it on something else easily.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2012 on The IPS LCD Revolution at Coding Horror
They seem to have forgotten that some people multitask. I frequently have a video or stream playing on one monitor, browser open in another... and chat open in the background or on a third. Also, they failed to learn the important lesson from apple. Keep your mobile and desktop interfaces separate. iOS sucks in my opinion, I hate it with a passion, but it isn't OS X. The apple desktop is a desktop, it isn't on their phone or tablet, it is tailored to its users. Windows 8 is a bastard of both desktop and mobile, one that feels broken and disjointed.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2012 on Betting the Company on Windows 8 at Coding Horror
To me two of them sounded quite good, the other three were okay, but didn't seem to have as much depth... but I couldn't really point out why. I flipped back and forth between them for a bit, but gave my best guess as to which was good/bad :p I am not an audiophile, and I have terrible speakers, so it probably didn't help much!
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2012 on The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment at Coding Horror
I have to disagree with you here in some respects. The tablet is very useful, been waiting for decades to see them come to fruition. Apple however hasn't yet won the game, nor are they likely to. Their operating system is piss-poor, especially in the UI department. (seriously? fields of infinite icons?) Methods of language inputting is a nightmare (on screen keyboards can GO TO HELL >:|) I type at between 80 and 100 WPM, I'm a writer and programmer. I talk at maybe 30-40 WPM so even if we get perfect speech to text it would be a pain. Not to mention punctuation and grammar through speech to text is a double pain. Also, I game, and I'm sorry the iPad nor any android devices out there are quite powerful enough to handle my favorite games. This is more a symptom of lazy and inefficient coding than anything else, but that has become standard. I admit, completely, that the ipad 3's display is amazing, crisp, clear, and high DPI. I've been waiting for a display like that for eons. However that isn't enough, they do not do enough with it. Not to mention trying to use your finger to touch many of those small buttons is a trial of patience. Not everyone has fingers that small!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2012 on Welcome to the Post PC Era at Coding Horror
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