13 Aug '11, 9am

PC going the way of the typewriter

LONDON - The days of the personal computer are numbered, a leading IBM designer has claimed. Dr Mark Dean, who worked on the original IBM PC, the 5150, wrote in a blog post commemorating its 30th anniversary, that "they're going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandescent light bulbs". Dr Dean argued that PCs had created the environment for a new generation of devices, ranging across different form factors and uses. You only have to compare the 5150 with a top smartphone of today to see what he means. Three decades of creativity has led, he claimed, to an environment in which technology allowed new ideas to flourish, without individual items being a barrier to between users and what they want to do. He wrote that "PCs are being replaced at the center of computing not by another type of device - though there's plenty of excitement about smart...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/TechandDigital/Digital/EDC1108...

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