Wintel is fighting back against those who think older legacy PCs are acceptable performers. Intel recently asked IDC to come up with evidence to support the idea that it’s time to replace older PCs. They surveyed US households…
Here are some issues they raised:
|Issue||The real problem|
|latency||Replacing the CPU won’t fix the problem of slow Internet connections nor slow hard drives. One can change both without buying a new PC… Older PCs might have 40gB hard drive with 40 MB/s transfer rates whereas newer drives transfer at over 100MB/s and then there are SSDs which do even better on seek-times and transfer-rates. The USA has very slow Internet connections compared to much of the developed world. Is that part of a plot to sell new PCs?|
|97% of households say the PC is their primary computing device||Later, they find 1/2 of US consumers spend 1/2 their digital device time on legacy PCs. What are they spending the other half of their time on? Define “primary”… This sounds like a survey seeking the answer Intel wanted.|
|83% of respondents say PCs are more productive for many tasks than smartphones or tablets.||Later, they measure “productivity” as used several times per month on 53% of newer PCs and 39% of older PCs. So, the age of the PC is almost irrelevant when it comes to productivity and households with kids get a bit more productivity, 56%…|
|Why people buy new PCs||latest technology, 28% – best price, 33% – speed, 33% and the winner is “old PC malfunctions”, 38%, so the greatest flaw in Wintel is its greatest reason to replace with newer technology. Is this like the popularity of divorce in USAian culture? Does anyone think that if your head hurts you should keep pounding it against the floor? Is it not really about “productivity” after all?|
|THOSE WITH NEW PCs ARE EVEN MORE LIKELY TO
BUY ANOTHER NEW PC WITHIN A YEAR
|That’s addiction, not rational behaviour. This is more about describing dysfunction rather than a rational basis for buying legacy PCs. Time after time, I have shown that the resources of a new PC can be shared with other users of thin clients and everyone benefits from a single acquisition.|
|IDC’s findings from this study demonstrate that those who own new PCs believe they are more productive and satisfied and are even more likely to buy another PC in the coming year.
With 30 million consumer PCs forecast to ship in the US this year, IDC believes that as Americans learn the benefits of new systems, the upgrade cycle will continue to deliver better and better experiences.
|This wasn’t true in the 1990s when M$ and Intel were trying to sell Lose ’98. It’s not true now. People may be fooled but fewer people are being fooled now than ever before. The people using nothing but smartphones or tablets know. Everyone using a smartphone knows that they can be entertained, educated, communicated, etc. without touching a legacy PC. The productivity part is largely about monitors, keyboards and mice. They can be attached to smartphones for much less than the cost of a new legacy PC.|
The biggest problems of this report are
- Intel sponsored it. He who pays the piper calls the tune. They should have called me to make some phone-calls. It would have saved them a bundle.
- The USA is not a typical country. The wealthy there do most of the buying and think nothing of throwing good money after bad. The rest of us want money and PCs to last. That means keeping them running, not scrapping them. So, while TFA might be relevant to USAians keeping up with their neighbours, it’s only reinforced my thinking that Wintel is not the right way to do IT. I like */Linux on ARM and it seems even USAians do. They buy more than anyone per capita. Is my legacy PC my productivity machine? You bet, but 75% of the usage of PCs in the developed world is about entertainment, not productivity. The developing world is just fine with smart thingies because they are small and cheap, just what people need, not just what they want.