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Software Upgrades & Innovation Exhaustion
This month we run Part II of “What killed the PC?” Our list of suspects expands to include software’s new role as an upgrade agent, and the public’s exhaustion with constant innovation. As PCs become less popular, tablets become more so. Below is a link to an infographic about the adoption of tablets by business. Many think the recent decline of sales of the PC harkens a keyboardless future. As we ponder the user interfaces of tomorrow, we take a look at the past. We link to an interesting photograph collection of antique, eccentric typewriters. Normally we reserve stories about unmanned systems for our OCU PROs newsletter (see sample here). However, we think the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robot System (AEODRS) program has implications for everyone involved in Defense acquisition, so we reprinted an article about it below. See you next month! Quotes of the Month                                                                  Linus Torvalds, pioneering software engineer, is known as the driving force behind the Linux kernel.  He is also famous for colorful statements. Here’s two of my favorites: “Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free.” “Some people have told me they don’t think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph. They’d be a lot more careful about what they say if they had.”

-Linus Torvalds

Executive Briefing Did Smartphones & Tablets kill the PC? Part II Software Upgrades & Innovation Exhaustion PCs are still utilized, but end-users are not buying new hardware the way they once did. Read Here Infographic The State of Tablet Adoption at Work Are the tablets the primary or secondary platform at work? What’s the most popular OS for business tablets? This infographic answers these and other questions. Read Here One The Web The Curious Evolution of the Typewriter, in Pictures QWERTY was not inevitable. Read Here Bonus Briefing AEODRS, Sequestration, and the Wisdom of Lego If you are in a Defense-related business, you better think long and hard about interoperability. Read Here
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