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Death of the PC: The authoritative guide to the decline of the PC and the rise of post-PC devices [Kindle Edition]

Matt Baxter-Reynolds
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Book Description

Can we survive without the PC?

We can all tell the PC is dying. Sales have been in decline. But are we ready for an era in which technology is changing so fast the stalwart of the tech revolution has its days numbered?

Surely we need our PCs -- but these new devices, smartphones and tablets, are not toys. They make us laugh and let us cry. They become woven into our lives and become something we can t live without. But why?

In this book Matt Baxter-Reynolds -- author, columnist, and technology sociologist -- will take you through why post-PC devices speak to people and how they change their work and home lives. Importantly, he ll show you how the enterprise PC industry will still let technologists make a living despite the chaos of change.

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A computer professional encourages his fellow technologists to understand the real-world impact of smartphones, tablets and other devices that represent the next generation of computers.

Baxter-Reynolds draws on his experience writing for the Guardian and other general-interest publications to explain why computer technology is entering the post-PC era and what that means. Post-PC devices, for Baxter-Reynolds, are the easily portable devices we carry that offer a constant connection to the Internet; they focus mainly on one task at a time and are "relationship-centric"--e.g., for accessing Facebook and Twitter. 

The book encourages those who are more accustomed to dealing with desktops and servers to understand that post-PC devices fall into a different pattern of use, one less appropriate for work tasks but ideal for broader use. Central to Baxter-Reynolds' explanation is his somewhat-convoluted contention that post-PC "devices are designed to support another activity as the primary activity, relegating whatever you're doing on the device to just being the secondary activity." 

On the whole, though, Baxter-Reynolds offers a well-reasoned analysis of the current state of the computing environment and the possibilities it offers, although a few of his statements--like the claim that "Angry Birds" has earned a place in the history books--may raise eyebrows.

A concise, competent evaluation of computing trends, written for a technologist audience.

Product Details

  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 173 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0957177844
  • Publisher: The Platform (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FZ3CUQ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,806 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of PC, birth of post-PC world... December 1, 2013
"Death of the PC" by Matt Baxter-Reynolds is an interesting book that speaks about apparently imminent slow death of the PC industry while being slowly substituted with some new technology trends.

We are all witnessing that nowadays everyone including ourselves are increasingly using different mobile devices, which although not as powerful in terms of graphics or processor power gradually took over the market, while crumbs were left for PC industry.
Therefore Baxter-Reynolds discusses birth of the "post-PC" world comparing main characteristics of PC devices and their "post-PC" successors and in order not to make a book just for technology geeks author avoided discussing about component specifications, like processor types, screen size or number of cores.

Author emphasizes that in "post-PC" world no one will talk about the specifications of the individual devices, but about the possibilities for social interactions offered by particular device.

The book only drawback, though not so serious that it affects the overall quality, but something author should pay attention, is grammar and spelling, which isn't unusual for publications issued by the authors themselves.

Overall, this book can be recommended to all those interested in the vision of the not too distant future we're actually already living the last few years, and considering the author's style book is easy to read and will be interesting even to those who are not highly technically educated.
But what is the most important quality of the book is author's clearly indisputable knowledge about the book subject that makes the book recommended even if you don't agree with everything he wrote inside.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Navigating Through the Technological Change November 1, 2013
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Personal Computer (PC) is probably one of the most important and momentous inventions in history. This is particularly true in the fields of technology and electronic devices, where PC has almost single-handedly been the symbol of the entire industry. For about three decades – from the late 1970s until about four or five years ago – PCs rise and dominance seemed unstoppable. And then, in a span of just a few years, it all changed. Today, the tech pundits and the public at large are in agreement: PC, although not definitively dead, is on its way of fading into the background of the technological innovations, much as did the radio, TV, and record player in the past.

This short book is a probing and in-depth look at the advent of the “post-PC world.” Matt Baxter-Reynolds takes us on a tour of the main features of both the PC and the post-PC devices. He tries to distill a few salient features of each of these categories of devices and based on those come up with the lessons that are worth pondering. Today, more than ever before, a book on technological change is poised to become obsolete within months of its publication, and in order to postpone this obsolescence as much as possible, Baxter-Reynolds tries to keep device-specific discussion to a minimum. You will not find much in this book in terms of screen sizes, chipsets, peripherals, etc. – the usual fare of topics you get from your favorite consumer electronics blog. Since Baxter-Reynolds’ background is in tech consulting, a fair amount of space in the book is dedicated to the considerations that tech professionals and managers will have to deal with in the course of their professional lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title scare you November 12, 2013
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PC sales have so far dwarfed the sales of iPads and tablets, and will continue to do so for a while. What the title means to imply is that we're at the end of the PC-era, which of course is mostly true. I really liked this book from a non-geek standpoint, because it doesn't intend to cater just to techy people like myself, but also to people enthusiastic about technological or societal changes. I think the people who would most like this book are folks in charge of computer operations and expenditures (CxO's). It could help them understand what the whole value of using non-PC devices is in the real world.
The reason I'm giving the book only 4-stars is because of some of his opinions I disagree with (I'm slightly opinionated, BTW), and he presents them more like fact. But most people wouldn't care I suppose, especially about our nitty gritty dissensions. I like Matt as a writer and as a tweeter so I have to give him props for this book, it really is a fine product of fine work. Well done.
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More About the Author

I help CxOs and entrepreneurs understand what's happening to the computing industry, and society in general, as we transition to a post-PC world.

Because post-PC is about life and not about work, it's a shift that's as much about sociology as technology -- we all have to become "technology sociologists".

I write books, blog on this site and at ZDNet, run workshops, and consult. In the real-world, I live and work in the UK. In the digital world, like everyone, I'm global.


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