Tuesday
Jul032012

The End of Upgrading and Repair

A lot has been written about Apple’s latest MacBook Pro with Retinal not being easy repaired or upgraded, but the fact that other manufactures have made the same move has not been brought into the light.  While Apple is a larger target that the fact that there is a movement toward users wanting more out of their laptops in overall performance is pushing this movement.  The average end user wants a longer lasting battery and a faster overall system, while reducing the system's weight and size for portability. This means that manufacturers need to find ways to reduce the weight and size, while still providing the performance increases that today’s users are wanting.  Microsoft announced it’s own new “tablet”  Microsoft Surface on the June 18th.  Surface looks like a tablet, but from reading spec’s and reviews of the new device it is closer to being a Windows 8 Ultrabook designed by Microsoft.  The form factor leads itself to not being user serviceable.  Asus and HP have also started creating portable systems that are following this trend.  It is now rather apparent that computer manufacturers are moving in the direction of the automobile industry and creating systems that will need to built to order with the user knowing that they will be replacing that system  down the road.  In most cases the manufacturers are giving you the ability to add more RAM, hard drive (including SSD), and upgrade from the base CPU.

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Wednesday
May232012

The Slow Death of the PC?

Dell drops over $2.00 a share after earnings call...

Michael Dell says "touch screen products will certainly cost more" and "Corporations are still adopting Windows 7 so we don’t think there’s going to be a massive adoption of Windows 8 by corporations.."

Don't look for earning to increase this year.  Dell will be playing catch with Apple and trying to find a way to keep SMB's and corporate customers happy.  While Microsoft wants to push everyone to Windows 8.  PC makers are having a hard time evolving to the new trends in how the average user now interacts with technology on a day-to-day basis.  Most users check emails, check Facebook, and cruise the web.   For those activities you did not need a a traditional computer.  Most average users are willing to switch mobile computing devices that in general offer an a better user experience, instance on, over ten hours of active work time, lightweight, and mobile connectivity.

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