The PC is dead? ZDNet turns stupid.

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Summary: PC shipments are expected to decline for the first time in over a decade. Is it the economy, or a post-PC evolution?

This is the kind of article that makes me wonder if the people who write them live on the same planet I do. Have they never considered that most of us have enough computers, so we are buying devices we don’t already own? Are they seriously so stupid and out of touch?

Do they think I’m going to write my next novel on my telephone? Or an iPad? Or edit my photographs on anything but a large high-definition screen PC with a lot a memory and a hell of a big hard drive? I might use a Mac rather than a PC, but it won’t be any kind of mobile device. No one else who is the least bit serious about their art would ever consider using any of these toys to do real work.

Sure they are fun, but they aren’t serious machines and remarkably, there are still people who actually take their work seriously. It makes me wonder whether these so-called writers actually work for a living. It makes me wonder how they got a job writing about technology since they are obviously ignorant and not particularly bright.

Oh, and if they think I’m insulting them? They are right. I am.

ZDNet used to be an intelligent source of information. These days, they are blatantly in the pocket of whoever is buying the most advertising.

Credibility? Facts? Another classic example of a kind of stupidity that has taken over the media. That so many people actually believe this crap is appalling.

Plug back into reality, ZDNet. Or just shut up.

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4 replies

  1. ZDNET used to be a regular read from me, however I have found that it has become a source of what i call speculative wishing by many of it’s writers. I quit reading on a regular basis when certain writers would do a review of a product type, just before Microsoft was releasing a new version. Windows 7 was less than a month away when they did a review of OS sales, which of course showed MSFT sales slower, as everyone waited for the new version. Just recently they released a look at tablets, rather than waiting till the Surface and other Win8 tablets hit the market.


    • Yes. They are no longer working for their readers. They are working for their advertisers. Which makes it that much more difficult to get genuine information on technology. I used to do this kind of writing for a living and I recognize “puff pieces” when I see them. The authors aren’t writing the articles; they are slightly reworking corporate PR releases. Aside from being annoying, it’s dishonest.


  2. I got involved with the distribution of the very first IBM PC, a computer without a hard drive. I was working for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis in 1980. The company was looking for volunteers for an initial task team to train their 45,000 employees. The initial problem was that nobody had any idea what the thing could do. A year later and there was a waiting list for training and everybody had a PC at home due to an employee purchase program sponsored by McDonnell Douglas & IBM. That was 32 years ago. My IBM C with (2) 5 1/4″ floppy drives, 256K of RAM memory and an RGB 13″ monitor was $4800.

    Before retiring from Intel Corporation two years ago I work through the recession where business got so bad the company only made $250,000,000 profit. That’s $250 million dollars. Poor Intel! Every quarter after that slump the company set record profits giving its employees and stock holders huge bonus checks and dividends. Intel crushed tiny rival AMD by slashing prices so low all of AMD recent defectors to their technology returned to Intel. So much for competition.

    I feel the death of the Personal Computer is highly over-rated. Moore’s law is the observation that over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. Computer have gotten smaller and faster with the advances in technology. As a chip maker for Intel I had first hand experience with the advances in chip design. I’m retired right now because my factory, known as a fab, became obsolete and needed to be replaced. Long live progress & the PC.


    • We have 9 computers in this house. They are mostly high end and relatively new. It’s going to be a LONG time before we need another. So we are not going to buy another one and even if one breaks, we’ll fix it. I suspect this is true of most people. That’s what happens with products. It happened with color TVs, with HD TVs, even with refrigerators and microwave ovens. How many of anything do you need, really? What are they thinking? That we are going to run Photoshop our our cell phones? Really?


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