What's that old adage? When you have a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail?
For some reason, that struck me as I read this blog post on TNW regarding Gartner's latest news about the PC market.
They reported that this was the lowest back-to-school quarter since 2008, and that WW PC shipments dropped to 80.3 million units in the third quarter.
That's an 8.6 percent decrease from the same period last year.
Lenovo led shipments with a share of some 14M PCs, followed by HP at 13M, Dell at 9M, and even Acer at 6M and change.
By my count, right there that's some 42M computers worldwide, which ain't exactly nothin'.
US PC shipments actually went up, by 3.5 percent year-over-year, and Apple actually lost share during the period (HP and Dell grew in mid single digits).
Gartner blames tablets for the decline.
"Consumers' shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption continued to decrease the installed base of PCs both in mature as well as in emerging markets," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner.
Kitagawa went on to blame a "greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets" which attracted first time consumers in emerging markets on the PCs continued market decline.
That's all well and good, and like I said previously, I'm really digging the Kindle Fire HD, which I co-opted from my fiance (I gave it to her last Christmas but it was beginning to collect dust).
But when I want to get real work done, I turn to my ever reliable MacBook Air.
It has this thing called a keyboard and a mouse. These are revolutionary inventions -- the keyboard allows me to enter text into the computer, and the mouse allows me to interact with the information on the screen in a fluid and clear manner.
But you can do all that on a tablet, the Tablet Masses will explain.
Not on the tablets, I own, I explain back.
That's not to say I'm a Luddite -- I've actually been exploring new avenues of interaction with my computer (voice dictation, for example).
I need to do more than ever faster than ever, so I'm looking for every edge I can get! Dictation is one way forward, and as fast as I type, I can talk much faster.
But dictation isn't 100 percent accurate -- not yet, anyhow — which means I still have to do some cleanup.
Which means I need my keyboard and a mouse.
And I'm not talking about those fuzzy little software keyboards on your tablet device.
Those are fine for typing one line email responses, or posting a quick tidbit on Twitter or Facebook.
But if I need to interact with a spreadsheet, or write a lengthy email or blog post, or... well, you get the picture — give me a good old fashioned PC.
It earns its keep, it doesn't require me to update its software five times a day (usually just at the moment I've got a deadline or am trying to finish something important up), and like I said before, it has a keyboard and a mouse.
Tablets are very high maintenance.
PCs just work.
Though they may be losing share more broadly, they're definitely not losing mine.