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Thirty years ago today, the IBM Personal Computer changed the way businesses and homes operate. In that time, the PC, its cloned and evolved format, radically changed the way most of the world spent both their working and leisure time. Mark Dean, currently the CTO for IBM's Africa and Middle East division, was one of the engineers who worked on that first and several subsequent IBM PCs. To celebrate the big three-oh, Mr. Dean posted on IBM's Building a Smarter Planet blog an entry with the title IBM Leads the Way in the Post-PC Era (1). That is right: the PC's birthday card came with an announcement that we were now post-PC. This is a bit like a Valentine's Day poem reading: Roses are red, Violets are blue, There's someone else, The packed bags are for you.
Maybe it's a gag card and if we open it we'll see the blog was just teasing the PC. "Little did we expect to create an industry that ultimately peaked at more than 300 million unit sales per year." Wait: "ultimately peaked?" That carries a lot of finality. Nothing happens after the ultimate. It goes: everything from before, then penultimate, ultimate, then done. And, peaked in the past tense?
Is Mark Dean really no longer enamoured with the machine, no, life changing tool, he helped create 30 years ago?
"I, personally, have moved beyond the PC as well."
Wow. It sounds like he is really over you PC.