Will the next generation use only tablets and smartphones? This desktop-hating expert thinks so

by Knowlton Thomas

Desktops were the first way computers entered the mainstream, enabling everyday consumers to utilize the immense powers of these legendary devices.

Nowadays, they're getting kind of stale. They're a bit big, a bit clunky, and certainly not mobile. Laptops are a little cooler; you can tote them around in a bag, flip open the lid and—wait. Flip open the lid? Sounds like a flip phone, AKA dumb phone. And where's the touchscreen, man?

Indeed, these days the trends orbit around tablets and smartphones. Of course, desktops and laptops still serve many valuable functions and aren't anywhere near extinction, but you wouldn't know from Asok, who dubs Dilbert's PC a "granpa box" and calls laptops "nineties."

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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