Patrick, I simply don't understand why you guys and your editors have to spin your articles simply to drive the level of drama up!!! Knock off the overstated speculation about the demise of a whole side of computing.
The tablet is definitely here to stay. Has it found it's niche yet? I don't personally think so. What's wrong with it on the whole. You still need to prop it up and use an external keyboard to make it efficient for most applications. Sure you can "view" things, and you can create an email using the onscreen touch keyboard, but is it efficient... hardly!
So what does a tablet with a stand to prop it up and a keyboard to use for inputs equal? Simple it's a laptop! Right now the next best thing to the tablet for portability is the netbook type computer and they're not my fav either.
So is there going to be a "demise of the desktop", not hardly. Right now we have 4 categories of mobile computing. The cell phone, tablets, laptops (netbook/notebook) computers, and the time proven desktop.
Each of those type of "computers" will settle deeper into their own niche of usage and sales potential. That is a given. Will the desktop experience a "demise"? I don't see that happening unless the technology changes drastically with something new that would make tablets, laptops, and desktops obsolete all at the same time.
So please quit with the "drama" headlines posing a situation that you know isn't gonna happen anytime soon, just for the sake of misleading readers to what you've written.
Tech Republic used to be a great site to come to for the purpose of reading what's going on in technology. In the last couple of years the headlines and articles themselves are more like what I'd expect to find in the Star "magazine" found on store checkout counters with all the drama you and your editors are implementing. From a member and readers perspective, please cease and desist.
Nuff said... those are my thoughts on your article!
Keep Up with TechRepublic