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Gates Claims PC Era Not Over Yet 307

An anonymous reader writes "Bill Gates has collaborated to pen a response to the Wall Street Journal's recent claim that we are at the end of the PC era. From the article: 'The reality is a little different. The truth is that the model which has fueled the incredible popularity and affordability of the PC will continue to drive innovation and choice in the burgeoning area of personal devices such as cell phones, digital players and mobile PCs. As such, the PC is becoming more important and popular as a key enabler for these new digital scenarios in every corner of the world, from Indianapolis to Istanbul. If anything, it is, to paraphrase Churchill, perhaps the end of the beginning: the end of the first phase in the life of a young and evolving technology that is just now becoming as ubiquitous as the TV or the automobile.'"
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Gates Claims PC Era Not Over Yet

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  • by zappepcs ( 820751 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2006 @12:10AM (#15348207) Journal
    But why should we trust the predictions from a guy, with more money than god, who can't even get his own company to produce product on schedule?

    Yep, slamming Bill is often a passtime, but I have to admit, he's making this one easy... so easy, its not even fun really. If Bill or MS tells me that the sky is falling, I logically realize that we have 2-3 more years before it begins to fall, and there will be several false alerts before it actually does fall.

    Wow, just wow
  • What PC? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Mr. Picklesworth ( 931427 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2006 @01:02AM (#15348405) Homepage
    What PC is the author talking about?

    My Personal Computer could be pretty small, but it's still a personal computer.

    In fact, I am hoping to eventually give my very small PC the capabilities of a cell phone... which brings up the question which is the purpose for this rambling thread that I've made:
    What is better? A cell phone attempting to be a PC, or a PC attempting to be a cell phone?
    I suppose that question calls for an analogy: Remember that dumb movie called Armaggedon? Wouldn't it have been more intelligent to send astronauts trained to be oil drillers to the moon to deal with the asteroid instead of sending up oil drillers trained to be astronauts?

  • Re:Ubiquitous? (Score:3, Informative)

    by LordLucless ( 582312 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2006 @02:30AM (#15348699)
    I think someone needs to look up the definition of ubiquitous. It doesn't mean "everyone owns one", "necessities of life" it means "they're everywhere". Once you can walk through an American town without seeing a single car, then you can claim that automobiles are not ubiquitous.
  • by Paul Jakma ( 2677 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2006 @04:38AM (#15349117) Homepage Journal
    look at ... how many years ago "Moore's Law" said a 4.5 GHz replacement should have been available

    Nit: Moore's law [] has nothing to do with clock speed, it's about transistor count. The "law" still holds btw.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"