re: PC Market Hasn't Hit Rock Bottom Yet
Thanks for the even-handed common-sense remarks about the PC. I've been hearing the PC doomsday prophets pontificating about the "death of the PC" at least since I started using one in 1974, and it is way overblown IMO.
It is true that the PC is a mature technology and is not for everyone, so the growth of alternative devices such as the tablet, iphone etc for ordinary services such as emailing, web browsing, and texting are understandable. We obviously don't need a massive box and monitor to do those things.
But I predict that the PC (defined as a machine with a large monitor screen (at least 19 inches, prefer 23 or more), a huge memory of at least 8 gigabytes, and a full-size keyboard that allows FAST typing (not hunt and peck) will be around for many many years to come. Tablets and even laptops without full-size keyboards are great for some things, but not power computing needs that requires the ability to quickly enter data.
And even when the day arrives (which may not be far away) when tablets and smaller devices have the same ability as PC's to power through tons of data quickly, the shortcoming that will always prevent them from replacing the large machine setup (whatever you call it) is the soda-straw size screen and the mickey-mouse keyboard.
Until the age of 3D computing arrives that will allow a mobile device to visually project a full-size keyboard that will allow you to manipulate the keys manually (think the Star Trek NG) as if they were real and you will think they are, AND a 3D projection of a full size screen that will allow you to see as much data as you need to, the machine with a full-size keyboard and screen will remain the only option for power users, period.
I'm typing this at work on a dell laptop mated with a setup that connects to a full-size screen (about 17 inches) and a full size keyboard. No "PC" here, but it proves my point: the big box isn't necessary, even for power computing, but the full-size screen and keyboard are.