Michael Dell and Microsoft take Dell private for $24.4 billion

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Big news today as Michael Dell and a group of companies have bought Dell for $24.4 billion which means the company will be private again.

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Michael responded to one shout-out: “No, I’m not going back to PCs LIMITED, either. I think the market has enough limits without putting my L-T-D on it again.”

PCs aren’t selling because hardware caught up to software a long time ago. Even PCs from 3 years ago are more than adequate for 95% of what people do. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or need the horsepower (video conversion, Photoshop), most people don’t feel the need to constantly upgrade.

Duke, “caught up with” and, truly, HW specs haven’t changed significantly in years. Multi-cores are the rage but the prospects of 128-bit OSs died out a decade ago, after the rather quick ascension of 32s then 64s.

I want to believe that we’ve reached some CPU-hardware limit - perhaps cooling issues - and that’s why we haven’t seen 6 and 8gz CPUs by now. We hit 4gz years ago with old Pentium single-cores (was it the 478 sockets? I get too many model numbers in my head to recall).

And that because of this hardware limit, Intel & Pals decided to opt to multi-cores since they couldn’t wring out substantially more speeds without meltdowns using the current substances. (“Melts in your socket, not in your hands” was a slogan, I understand, that Intel refused to take public. Odd, huh? Gee - I heard some notebooks had no such problem melting in your hands, though. Ah well, that’s a different story.)

It will be interesting to see what MS’s angle is in this deal.

[QUOTE=DukeNukem;2676333]PCs aren’t selling because hardware caught up to software a long time ago. Even PCs from 3 years ago are more than adequate for 95% of what people do. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or need the horsepower (video conversion, Photoshop), most people don’t feel the need to constantly upgrade.[/QUOTE]in my little office, we have taken to the idea of just upgrading hdds/ssds for our desktop machines, rather than replacing the entire pc.
Apart from the rare psu dying, and semi regular hdd dying, we haven’t had any major hardware breakdowns in the 10 years I’ve worked there.

I’ve only had to make a few hardware changes to my PC, but for the most part, nothing’s changed. Heck, the slowest part of it is the HDD, which is no slower than most modern disk-based hard drives.