THE LAST TIME I USED a dedicated desktop computer was when I won an award from Damien Mulley in 2007 and started using a shotgun mic (in photo). By late 2007, I removed the hard drive from that computer and I've been truly mobile ever since.
I'm part of a demographic that Microsoft needs to attract in order to boost software sales in a new era of tablets, cloud computing and mobile gear. I want to make a standard practise of snapping a screenshot my screens because there's a lot to be learned from the icons that people give pride of place. My Windows desktop is as scattered as my daily workflow so it's significant that I've started cleaning up the icons, one by one. All of the icons have stories, if only stories about why they're now orphaned in my Recycle Bin.
But the biggest story of my desktop passing is in the process of shared cloud workspaces that evolved, far removed from the ethernet-powered silos that still remain under the desks of many of my work colleagues.
Bernie Goldbach lectures in the Honours Degree for Creative Multimedia at the Limerick School of Art and Design.