when people want to sell something, they have to promote as new. And find not possible, at least they have to rebrand. That’s what they want to do with d word, PC.
On a side note, the comic is crap and unfunny anyway, even if the point it’s making is legitimate.
I think Fred nailed this one!…;) “The post-pc revolution…brought to you by the personal computer”…! Delicious. Was it Shakespeare who said, “A rose by any other name smells just as sweet”?
I guess im the only one who thought of this when i read Fred’s latest title for his comic.
I thought about that time Quagmire discovered the internet, as in “Quagmire, [b<]have you heard there are countless hours of free porn videos on the interwebz?[/b<]"
The joke is that old geizers and the great unwashed think the PC means a desktop computer meant to run Windows. In fact PC means as many stated personal computer, which means every little gadget that can be purchased and used by a individual (hence personal) and that has the components of a computer. And no, a computer is not the same as a desktop PC running windows, the computer is a programmable machine designed to sequentially and automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations.
The thing is, the word “PC” doesn’t/isn’t going to mean what it does now, in 5+ years. Just like PC doesn’t mean the same thing now that it did 25-30 years ago. PC now, to most people, means their laptop. 25-30 years ago, it meant a beige box with a small green phosphor monitor. We don’t KNOW what a PC will be in another 25-30 years. It may be built into your head. It may be your phone + docking station (thats already happening with the Motorola Atrix), it may mean a tablet with a wireless keyboard, who knows? No one.
Saying we’re in a “Post-PC” world is like saying “The King is dead! Long live the King!”
I think you need to be sent back to Cupertino. Your line of thought there highly suggests that Macs are also PC’s.
A Mac is not a Personal Computer? A Mac is a computer with an Intel CPU that I can run Windows, Linux, or OS X on. Are you suggesting that if someone runs Linux on their HP, its no longer a PC?
Okay, whooosh. I don’t get it either. Kindly explain.
no51’s comment was sarcastic (and all-around wonderful). Corrado did not catch the sarcasm and replied seriously (albeit correctly). A_Pickle commented “whoooosh” to imply that no51’s sarcasm “whooooshed” past Corrado’s head without Corrado noticing it.
“Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog, you learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it.”
I did get it … later. no51 isn’t a regular posted, so I don’t know his general demeanor, and my mind automatically assumes troll.
You are dumb, you are really dumb. For real!
We gonna find you… we gonna find you…
PC… Personal Computer… A smart-phone is a Personal Computer… PC, so it comes down to the human interface, Keyboard & Mouse Vs Touch.
Everything has it’s place, but causal users of old school Desktops are dying preferring the form of Laptops, my mom likes to use an iPad over a Laptop because she isn’t interested in typing at 60 WPM, just looking at the web and catching up on emails.
The “Post PC Revolution” is not an exodus away the PC but only the chipping away of what was once the only real choice for a Computer, today I can make do with a Smartphone for all my needs, if I had to… but I would still like my Laptop for more serious work.
PC = Serious Business
Smartphones / iPad = Casual with some business elements if access is limited or impractical for a PC
IBM had the idea in its pervasive computing studies. In the future you will pocket your environment in a tiny gpu/stores/io module which you plug into various mobile or deskbound screens while the OS reconfigures to the available UI. This is a logical endpoint of the industry’s drive towards miniaturization and scale and may lead to a holy grail of pervasive and seamless access if done right.
Windows 8 may be a step in this direction. One image to rule all uses.
If the post-PC era is anything like the post-modern-art era, then PC’s will be around indefinitely.
If that’s the case, I heartily await the deconstructionist PC era. Where’s my screwdriver?
Amusing to see everyone’s brand preference color their ability to get this joke. It’s not Mac vs. PC, I don’t think. It’s “PC” (of any OS) vs. mobile device.
Hmm… then why aren’t there any mobile devices in the cartoon?
*points* Do you see that, way up there? No, I didn’t think so.
That’s the point. Holy cats, this one really is over your head.
We supposedly live in a supposed post-PC world yet everyone is talking about it on PCs. That implies that the proclamation of the death of the PC is slightly premature. And it’s not funny anymore because you refused to think about it and get the joke, so I had to explain it. 🙁
Oh snap. Getting it now.
It’s funnier now that you explained it.
Comedian: I finally got around to reading the dictionary…turns out the Zebra did it (crowd laughs)
Homer: I don’t get it
Lisa: Dad, the Zebra didn’t do it, its just a word at the end of the dictionary
Homer: I still don’t get it.
Lisa: It’s just a joke
Homer: Oooh! I get it! I get jokes.. ahahahahahahaha
flip-mode is NOT on point today.
Because that’s was the whole joke… *facepalms*
I think I get it…people don’t realized Macs are PCs, therefore the Mac users look silly! VICTORY!
No. Try again, son.
Wow, I didn’t know so many aspies commented on Tech Report.
The whole comic is summed up in the last frame and people still don’t get it.
What does Cory Forsyth have to do with Malt Wossberg and post-PC era whatever thing? And who the hell is Cory Forsyth and why does your comic link to him?
Irony is sharpy bitter with this one.
Tablets and Netbooks are PCs, just under a different form factor.
What’s really happening is the next wave of miniaturization. The days of desktop form factor PCs are numbered. It will not be long until they are start to become “workstation”-only like the old irons are for enterprise users, datacenters and researchers.
Average Joe will use a portable form factors along a stationary factor form (All-one-System, SFF PCs) with cloud or some kind of SAN box for their storage needs.
The joke for us old people is the ‘old joke’ that this has all happened before and it will all happen again. I just hope to see what’s next.
[quote<]The days of desktop form factor PCs are numbered.[/quote<]
A sad truth as everyone willingly dumps their data into that new Cloud guy that says everyone should just trust him.
Awesome Irony Fred!
A post PC era isn’t going to happen. The only people who can get away with using a tablet and only a tablet these days are unproductive people.
Keep smoking that stuff. Phones will never be useful for anything but making calls too right?
People still make phone calls on smart phones?
As long as they’re leased from the phone company: yes.
All those White house staffers would disagree. Then again, they do get away with much cluelessness.
Irony and Tongue-in-Cheek humor appear to be juuust out of reach for a portion of the Tech Report readership.
Not that that’s a bad thing, there’s few things in life more satisfying than messing with the heads of literal minded know-it-alls.
Did people really got it? it doesn’t seem.
offtopic, no MSI users in the comic :/
Or Thinkpad users :/
If the PC actually goes away, then you have no one left to create the world’s software, graphics, 3D models, games, mobile applications, music, video etc. Try working with an SDK on a tablet, or editing a movie on a device the size of a phone. Yeah, that’s what I thought. You can’t carry an M1 Abrams through the air with a Predator drone, and in a world where content creation is becoming more and more accessible and affordable, a market for PC must remain.
Aside from content creation, PC is still ahead of the pack when it comes to gaming and other task versatility and no phone will match the current generation’s PC unless something as radical as the change to silicon/microchip circuitry happens.
The point is that most people don’t actually need the PC hardware – most users don’t do much more than watch youtube, hang out on facebook and handle their mail and pay their bills on the computer, and even most netbooks are technically overkill in hardware capability for those needs (excepting the screen and keyboard size, ofc).
Basically, what I expect to see happen is something similar to when the laptop first became capable and cheap enough for the “common man” and went from a neat gizmo to the larger seller by volume; if it matures a bit more a lot of people will be happy with just letting a device like a smartphone or tablet wirelessly send their image to a TV or whatever and communicate to peripherals the same way: have it in your pocket, sit down in the couch, do whatever you need and you’re good.
I expect the PC will be similar to what desktops are today: a lot of people will still use them, since their specific needs merit it, but they won’t be as many (as a portion of the market, not absolute numbers – I still think raw units shipped will increase).
For your M1 Abrams idea: you also can’t kill anything with a plane that can carry an Abrams. Different tools for different jobs, and smaller devices already have the raw power that is needed for “average joe” (that is, not us people who read this website), they just need to do a lot of work on how to actually make using it more easy and intuitive. If your tablet or phone wirelessly hooks up to a 50 inch HD-TV as well as keyboard and mouse, I expect you’ll not have any problem working an SDK or editing movies on it – but again, that’s specifically the type of power user that the whole “Post-PC” thing is NOT about in the first place!
EDIT: All from my perspective, of course. I’ve seen some people have very stupid ideas about “Post-PC” meaning things like everyone will suddenly stop using local storage or the absolute and total annihilation of the keyboard/mouse interface and so on, and that’s all a bit over-enthusiastic – or, tbh, just a gimmick to make people think they’re being cool and fancy when they purchase tablets with crippleware OSes. 😛
Apple may have led the way into the Post-PC era, but they’re hardly the sole innovator. I suspect Microsoft <WhateverNewOSName>9 will have a lot of influence in this new era.
I have a problem with the term ‘Post-PC’ anyway. It simply doesn’t exist yet as PCs are still predominate and will be for some time before they’re supplanted entirely by something new. Who will dominate in that futuristic ‘PC-less’ scenario? The technology is still immature and has notable deficiencies. Until these are thoroughly solved with a marketplace that has seen sufficient speciation and the dust settles, ‘Post-PC’ prognosticators are hardly better than premature ejaculators…
Fred, you live in a nerdy bubble. There is a place for the PC, absolutely, but it will no longer have the stranglehold it has had. IBM saw it. HP sees it. Apple is pioneering it. Do you really think your foresight is the wiser???
You didn’t get the joke. It alludes to the fact that an Apple computer is still a personal computer. Now even our phones are personal computers – they run applications, play games, do email and web browsing.
I don’t think that’s it at all. It’s coincidence that Walt Mossberg said we live in a post-PC time and he’s a Mac user, but the reference is clearly to tablets and phones supplanting PCs – Macs and Windows machines alike.
That may be – even though I don’t see any tablets and phones in the cartoon – but a good part of what I said above is that even our phones can now be considered personal computers.
I’m curious if the author thinks that people stopped riding horses when cars were invented?
Yeah, and did people stop using bows and arrows when firearms were invented?
Of course they did indeego; but thanks for keeping us informed. 😉
I kid I kid
You’re comparison doesn’t work, because in essence desktop PCs would be the firearms and bows and arrows would be tablets….
Exactly! Thank you!
Of course enthusiasts will keep using home-built personal computers. That is, unless the market dries up of course.
The point is that it’s both safer (would you rather fall off a horse in full gallop or be involved in a car crash in a modern car at 30 mph?) and generally more convenient (not to mention faster) to use a car. The horse probably wins in terms of overall environmental impact, though. Not sure you can say the same about current ATX -> mini-ITX homebuilt PCs.
Anyway, for us old geezers, that 40″+ flat screen on the wall 10 feet away is an awful lot easier to read without glasses than that tiny 4″ smart phone screen is up close.
Being able to connect your ‘Personal Computer’ (in whatever form factor and brand it may come in) to a stationary large display (using whatever technology is available) on your desk or in your living room etc. will stay useful for a lot of people for a long time going forward, I think.
We don’t need a comic to tell us Walt Mossberg is an idiot who doesn’t actually know anything about the computer industry.
Damnit, it only lets me click thumbs up once!
No, but we can still laugh at it. XD
This did not amuse me. 😐
Release the lions!
What about the dogs with bees in there mouth that when they bark they shoot bees at you.
I was just thinking that as time passes fewer and fewer people will get old Simpson’s references. The future is bleak.
You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!
Would you believe angry sea bass?
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