(Editor’s note: First it was notebook computers replacing desktops PCs. Now it’s tablet computers replacing notebooks. Every device has advantages and disadvantages. It’s always up to the user which device(s) are best.)
If the rumors are to be believed, 2013 will be the year that worldwide sales of tablet PCs overtake notebooks. The second half of 2012 saw increasing demands for tablets as new screen sizes and price points were introduced. In fact, tablets have already outsold notebooks in China and North America.
So, where does this leave notebooks? When notebooks first entered the market, their mobility was heralded as being a technological breakthrough. These days, mobility is more of an expectation than advancement. Once tablets hit the market with their smaller-than-notebook size and almost-as-powerful-as-a-notebook processors, it was just a matter of time before the line between notebooks and tablets began to blur.
Even though a worldwide reduction in demand has caused shipments of notebooks to slow down, don't count them out just yet. The latter half of 2013 will see new processors for notebooks that will allow for more tablet-like PC features and longer battery life.
But if you're a business with a mobile workforce, you're probably not concerned about best-selling trends; you're concerned about which technology is best for your business.
Sure, it's enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?
They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.
Some of us are natural planners. Everything we do is on a schedule and planned well in advance. Others are not. The last minute or beyond is good enough. We've found that keeping computer technology up-to-date is good for your productivity and security—as well as the bottom line.
April 1st – the day when all sorts of jokes, stories, and elaborate hoaxes are played on the public by venerated news organizations, manufacturers, the government, and of course from the Internet. Our friends at Google launched a fantastic new product based on Morse Code. NOT!!
However, this past April, an issue that has been around for a while created quite a media stir and wasn't a joke. Apple Macintosh computers getting viruses or more precisely a thing called a “Flashback Trojan Horse”. Thousands of words were written about over 600,000 Mac computers being attacked by malicious malware code. We had quite a few clients call us and bring-in their Macs – just to check.
So, is this real, a big deal, or not? Some facts and suggestions:
The first thing to understand is yes, this particular issue is real. However, the infection of 600,000 computers is actually quite small. There are literally millions of Apple OS X licenses out there. Not as many as PCs, but as these things go, this infection is pretty minor. Our shop checked a number of client Macintoshes and we checked all of The Computing Center’s own machines. Not one of them had the Flashback Trojan.