This article is more interesting for what it tells you about...
.. the circle the author moves in.
"A few weeks ago, I gave one of my occasional lectures at the University of Sydney, a class on the history of virtual reality and art."
Mark, I read that and I was interested. Virtual reality and art is something that has been, slightly it has to be admitted, an interest since I first saw an example of VR as a kid in the 80s. Then the next sentence read, "...thanks to Oculus and Google Cardboard."
Erm, if the lectures you are giving are that influenced by the latest fashion in IT, are they really lectures or just a fashionable discourse to tickle the ears of the iPhone weilding crowd and not considered serious?
If that sentence annoys you, then that is exactly how, I would suspect, the majority of the Reg readership felt when they read:
"The desktop has been dead for some years, resurrected to an afterlife of video editing and CAD. Laptops keep getting smaller and more powerful, but we’ve now reached a moment when they’re less useful than our smartphones."
Because my statement was just as inflammatory and based on little investigation into what your lectures consist of as your statement which just seemed to regurgitate whatever tech section of the "quaint" newspaper you read.
Not for any other reason than this is just re-cycling the same, tired rhetoric that gets pumped out. Usually, this is by the people who mainly use iPhones and iPads. However, all there was was a re-adjustment of the laptop being the main used tool by those who *can* use an iPhone or iPad for their work, or play. The Laptop itself replaced desktops for those who *can* use a laptop for their work or play. So the distribution just re-distributes itself.
I *could* use a bluetooth keyboard and a tablet for all my ssh and text writing needs. I probably will if there is an emergency and I have that handy. I won't, because a laptop is so much better for doing that when I am about. I am writing this on a laptop keyboard because I can type, and hopefully proof-read, this so much easier than a tablet. If I could type as well on a tablet, that would be *in-spite* of being on a tablet. Not because it is the best tool for the job.
i am not alone. Multiwindowed use, with decent *readable* screen real estate is a massive factor in what I use. I am not alone. I use, in a day, terminal/command shells, SCiTE, Libreoffice, copious webpages, Google docs, skype, Thunderbird and whereas i *could* do all that on a tablet, i would want to smash it against a wall because it would slow me down.
If I didn't do all that, required only a few pages open at a time, didn't need a few sources to check whilst doing some work on that, I could use a tablet. Or even just my phone.
So, I would actually be interested in seeing a lecture of yours. But I wouldn't hire you for an analyst.
Which is, I suspect, how you would want it too.