So my Windows drive died this morning. Great, now I need to replace it, reinstall Windows, reinstall all my favorite software...
Or do I? Everything important or that I cared about is backed up to the cloud. Pics are on Flickr. Music? It's on Google Music, and I can always use Spotify or last.fm. Web browsing? My 4G phone is faster than the majority of wi-fi, and I've got unlimited data. Typing? I typed this whole post on that phone, and I can get a Bluetooth keyboard for nothing.
Netflix through the Wii, Youtubes on my phone. Hell, I bet there's a way to output this display to something else.
Basically, I only need a desktop for Steam, and even then, I'm sure a 360 would fit my needs.
So why should I care about my desktop? Are we beginning to enter a truly post-tower era of computing? That is, is this becoming the norm? Cybermancers and netrunners with their decks, jacked in all the time.
I could see a time in the next few years when the smartphone will be the sole computing device, filling multiple roles.