The personal computer is going away. It’s being replaced by a whole bunch (that’s any number more than 5 or 6, in case you were wondering) of other types of devices. Phones, PDAs, Clothing and hell, even furniture.
Don Norman uses the analogy of an electric motor. Way back before computers, electric motors were invented. They were so cool, that really bright engineers attached them to everything (the motors, not the engineers.) After a while, the motors got smaller, quiter and cheaper. Soon, the fact that a device contained an electric motor was not even considered. It was just a device.
That’s what’s happening with computers. It’s gonna get cooler.
While this is happening, we’ll need something to happen with our data. This infoworld article has a few thoughts. I think they’re right.