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Desktop: “The report of my death was an exaggeration”

In the past year I have listened to a chorus of mobile device users telling the rest of the world how everyone will soon be getting rid of their desktop computer. The rest of the world usually does a good job of not responding. Whether it’s because they are insecure about their own understanding of technology trends or because they just aren’t sure, I am certain many people aren’t speaking up who don’t feel the same way. Well, for the rest of those tech users out there, I am going to have to stand up and say, “it just ain’t so”. Mobile computing will definitely grow. But it will not replace the desktop as it is used today!

Before the iPad fanboys have a conniption, let me explain. There are some issues with the actual physics involved in humanity’s current technology that prevent the mobile processor from performing at the level of demands of the desktop. Our processors are, unfortunately, still based on electricity. This causes heat. The smaller those little wires are made, the more they heat up. At the computer capacity of the dumbed-down cell phone, this is not a problem. As long as computing demand remains low, you won’t need the increased power required to dissipate that heat, which must be done to prevent chip meltdown.

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