I hear ya! I was thinking of getting an Ipad2, a friend at work has one so I talked to him about his. I found out there is no flash and video has to be quick time, that's a deal breaker for me. I think I'll give one of those Kindle Fire's a try for web surfing and keep my beefy desktop for everything else.To paraphrase a famous person, "When I die, they will have to pry my Microsoft Mouse out of my cold dead hand".
I missed the actual "PC" but got on board with my first homemade computer, the "XT Clone" and it's been a love affair ever since.
But like with every love affair, there are good days and some NOT-SO-GOOD days.
I look at the new phones and tablets like they were all made by "Mattel". Toys, not to be taken seriously.
Even laptops (and I own four of them) are seriously lacking in pure "POWER". Their only saving grace is their portability.
By no means will people stop using personal computers. Rather, how they use them, and for what purposes, is always evolving and changing. The need to buy a desktop has fallen away for a lot of people, who choose to store their data and do their daily business on laptops -- both at home and in the office environment.As our computing lives move onto the cloud, raw computing power becomes less and less important. The intense computing is happening on the server side and not on your home computer.
This is indeed turning our computing world upside down. But in an ever more interconnected society, is it all that surprising?