Wired posted an article about the unveiling of Windows 10 today in which it hedges its qualification until the OS can prove its compatibility, and furthermore, revolutionize, all “internet of things” devices which power up most of our digital world in the year 2015.
Conversely, the internet of things, by nature, disqualifies the relevance of the normal, “archaic” desktop of yore. Who would have ever thought, just 20 years ago, we would be speaking of desktops in such antiquated terms. That they would become such digital dinosaurs?
From the article:
Meanwhile, IDC, another market research form, reported an 11.8 percent drop year-over-year, down to 66.1 million PCs shipped. To put that figure into context, the number of iPhones Apple sold over the holiday quarter—74.4 million—blew the entire PC market away.
Yes, people will continue to buy PCs, and businesses, in particular, will continue to run Windows on those PCs. Gartner noted that the number it posted in its latest report might seem small because businesses might have waited to upgrade their PCs in anticipation of the Windows 10 debut. But we’re far from the days when a desktop OS ruled the computing universe.
According to a recent report from analytics outfit comScore, 61 percent of total digital media time in the US is now spent with smartphones and tablets, while 39 percent is on the desktop. And the biggest players in tech—Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook–are all putting their considerable resources towards mobile. Windows 10 will not change this.
We’ve come a long way, baby. I was 30 when the home computer and internet gelled into this digital highway that has exponentially gutted industry and society in the 20 years hence. I’m a senior citizen in the matters of computing. I rely entirely on a desktop, and occasionally, one of them portable computer laptop objects.
All kidding aside…the internet of all things is clearly not for me.
I remember when life was simply made up of isolated, unconnected, disjointed events and locations. You left the house and you left life. I loved this and it was how I grew up. It suited my misanthropic, asocial spirit. Now, you can’t be asocial any more because society wants to be up your ass 24/7.
I just can’t do it, man. Internet of all things. Screw that. I don’t use a smart phone, a tablet, 4G anything. I don’t care to take my digital reality outside the house. That world is the wild yonder, and none of this computer shit belongs there. I’m fully capable of affording and using internet of things paraphernalia: I just don’t want to. I snub my nose at your smart phone tools, so wrapped up in your screens. Dense robots of the new age.