I’m not quite ready to give up my keyboard and my comfy office chair. I keep thinking that for real work, PCs will still be No. 1. Then again, I was talking to a salesman in our lunch room. I noted he had an iPad and no laptop.

Apple is selling more iPads and smartphones than computers. HP is thinking of dumping its PC business. Microsoft’s new Windows 8 is all about phones and tabs –– It still supports PCs, but only as an afterthought. Tablet sales this month were to eclipse PC sales. And so it goes. Thanks for the memories, PCs. Here’s a tissue, and get the heck out of here.

You’d think PC processor makers Intel and AMD would be sweating in their jeans, but no. A lot of PC parts are going into the new tech. In a way, our PCs are not going away; they’re just morphing into new, handheld formats.

Still, the new systems require a complete rethink of computing, and No. 1 is always software, I mean applications. The handhelds work with minimal onboard programming, called apps. These most often call up a website that contains the real programming. We run it by remote control.

Years ago, we called this “distributed computing.” Today, it’s “cloud computing,” meaning all the heavy machinery resides in a god-like server someplace far, far away, leaving us with just a modem, screen and keyboard.

Even the newest of the new in PCs, the Ultimates, are following the cloud drill. Their hard drives are solid state. They are small, often 125 gigabytes, only because software and storage is firmly dedicated to the cloud.

While computers mostly are machines to attach to other machines, the handhelds are remarkably independent. Their portability ends the hegemony of desk and printer cable. It makes a lot of sense to centralize all of your computing chores, phones, messaging, apps and games, in one device. That is until your drop it into a toilet.

I’m not quite ready to give up my keyboard and my comfy office chair. I keep thinking that for real work, PCs will still be No. 1. Then again, I was talking to a salesman in our lunch room. I noted he had an iPad and no laptop.

“Our company converted everything we need to apps. I’m never going back,” he said.

Poof, there goes that theory. If tablets and phones take over industry, the PC, indeed, is dead. Some of us will cry, “It just cannot be so.” It is so, so shocking.

Our grief will hit dead ears, as the youngsters now are in control. To them, a smartphone and an iPad are as natural as playing Angry Birds and Sim City on the floor of an airport.

Calling hours for the PC are 7 to 9 p.m. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to the Bill Gates Charitable Foundation. A computer-generated card reading, “Thanks for the memories” is in order.