Originally Posted by Diffident
I doubt it. The new generation does everything on a phone. It's been 2 years since this happened but, I was doing a lighting retrofit in an office building one night and I saw the Windows XP screensaver running on one computer. When I told the two young guys I was working with, they looked at me like I was speaking Chinese. Phones are the new PC's.
We just took on a contract for a customer that has PBX phone systems and emulates IBM mainframes. The guys in the field are going absolutely mad because "this stuff is too old"
That's actually the most common complaint I would hear in the field.
"Yeah well if we could get some new equipment. This stuff is from like the 80s." - referring to devices designed in 2015/16, manufactured in 2017, and deployed in 2018. That's pretty "bleeding edge" for the environment if you ask me lol.
It's a sad state of affairs. The market has become stagnant, competition between the involved parties has become nil so there's no push for further advancement. I never thought I'd see a day where storage technology was advancing faster than CPUs. I know we're just in a low period of activity, it's not normal for the advancements to come year after year like they have for the last decade and a half.
Software seems to be healthy still, and so are other technical fields (3d printing, ai, etc.) just not the mainstream PC world. Linux keeps moving forward, sometimes at a shocking rate... but the recent moves by microsoft to aquire various linux-related things and implement linux-like featuers has me concerned.