Post-PC Hype: How many of you find it inevitable ?
For a significant portion of the last few years, there seems to be a unanimous push to killing off desktops for its own good.
I've not used much of those 'mobile' devices (other than a cheap android phone and an iPad ), but It seems that I'm completely missing the point.
Even putting the programmer/power-user mindset away for a while, I simple can't use them as a "media-consumption" device without serious issues.
Want to enjoy a movie with some friends at your home? ..the small screen can be a PITA.
How about reading an ebook (not all-text) or viewing a website ?.. the panning and zooming becomes cumbersome to me. (When mobile versions are available, they typically make things more difficult or impossible to do in exchange of a simpler interface.)
Writing something feels like playing an old typing tutor game !
Speaking of games, I tried out some free ones. (Much of the enjoyment came from Pokemon FireRed on an emulator, though..).
PEBKAC, PICNIC problems gain new degrees of freedoms with these modern devices.
I'm not into much music, so I don't have opinions about it, but that is the only field such devices seem to shine.
I think all this feels like unifying a toaster and a refrigerator into a single Chernobyl-made device. (can't remember where I heard that analogy.)
Adding to that closed ecosystems, mutually incompatible 'cloud' services and stores, the future looks dim to me.