History and the Failure of Tablets

This post is a comment I started to write in response to an article on the problem with Tablets. It is also related to another blog post I'm writing on why you should be looking at mobile. My response to comments on issues with tablets:

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The problem with PCs is that they are toys. They aren't secure, they have limited memory and they are disconnected most of time from each other. They will never amount to anything that will replace our mainframe systems. The mainframes are where the power is and thus where apps will continue to be.

Oops. Never mind. I meant to post this two decade ago.... Let me try again....

The problem with notebooks is that they are not full-fledged machines. They aren't secure, they have limited memory and they are disconnected most of time from each other and our key systems. They will never amount to anything that will replace our client/server systems. The client/server are where the power is and thus where apps will continue to be.

Oops sorry, still a decade off..... Let me try again

The problem with tablets is that they are not full-fledged machines. They aren't secure, they have limited memory and they are disconnected too much of time. They will never amount to anything that will replace our desktop systems. The desktops are where the power is and thus where apps will continue to be.

Maybe it will be true this time.....

NOT.

(Note: I never said the above things. Rather I worked with people that did. I was using the devices that were moving forward, just as I am taking mobile devices seriously today!)



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Bradley Jones

Bradley Jones can be referred to as a webmaster, coding grunt, developer, analyst, director, Editor-in-Chief, Microsoft MVP, and various other things. His focus is often in technology with a special interest in the area of the big "C"s -- C, C++, and C#; however, his experience includes development in PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, some Java, ASP, COBOL I/II, and various other technologies. He has authored more than 20 books including Windows Live Essentials and Services, Web 2.0 Heroes, Teach Yourself the C# Language in 21 Days, and an update of Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days. He is the founder and previous president of the Indianapolis .NET Developers Association which is a charter INETA group with membership of nearly 3000. Brad blogs at http://blog.codeguru.com/blog. You can often hear is ramblings on the CodeGuru.com or VBForums discussion forums.

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