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11 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008

Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

ROC
Pint

Re: Moto Lapdock..

I still have a Lapdock with Bionic (Vzw version of Atrix) as a backup for my Razr HD. I can attach the Razr with extension cables for USB and HDMI, but it is clumsy, and without Webtop (thinking Google applied some pressure after they took over Moto to help their Chrome OS?) it is ugly to boot. I could tweak the DPI resolution to make better use of the 11" screen, but it would still be a phone UI instead of the more elegant Webtop (3 - 2 was kinda cool in a different way, but buggy, and got upgraded to 3 when Moto went from GB to ICS). I keep considering going back to the Bionic/Labdock combo since that could let me travel without a personal PC (but still having to tote the ball-and-chain unit for my job, though).

This Asus unit could be a lot more interesting if one could dual boot to Linux in tablet mode, or switch Android to a a more desktop type UI ala Webtop. CyanogenMod or Ubuntu Phone could also be attractive options. Add in a close-fitting keyboard cover like those for iPad Mini, and put a trackpoint on it (no space-wasting, twitchy touchpad, PLEASE), and I would be all in (well, add a Vzw model, altho my T-Mobile account should be able use the AT&T radios, right?).

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Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

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Alien

Do they really need to waste helium on this?

Considering the ever-decreasing supply, and its vital uses (MRI scanners being a notable example), this seems wasteful for that last iota of performance vs a more common gas or putting the effort into increasing SSD capacity and performance (probably need helium to manufacture SSD's anyway, but maybe more TB's per helium unit?).

For a "status report":

http://www.decodedscience.com/helium-shortage-situation-update-one-year-later/42314

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

ROC

Re: Enjoy Your Cruise!

This seems to be the financial form...

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

ROC
FAIL

Re: Note to laptop manufacturers...

Higher densities used to be handled easily by WinXP. I am typing this now on an old Dell Latitude D800 that my brother-in-law cast off in my direction since it was dead. I thought to put a new motherboard from eBay in it, and sell it for some "mad money", but once it lit up with the new mobo, I was blown away by the 1920x1200 (16:10/8:5 aspect ratio) screen. I had no idea a 15" inch screen on a 10-year old notebook could have such a high resolution.

The default density was a bit tiny for easy reading, but setting it 125% scaling helped it a lot. Most of the time though I run Linux (Mint 9 based on Ubuntu 10.04) on it, and that works quite well, too.

Then I "go to work" on my employer's shiny new HP Elitebook 2560p, and its 12.5-inch 1366x768 screen feels so constrictive I have to use external monitors to get any use out of it. That replaced a Latitude D630 with 14-inch 1280x800 screen that I would go back to in a heartbeat for actual "mobile" use when no external monitors are readily available.

What's annoying about the work PC situation is that the corporate decision-makers seem to be clueless as to what hinders/facilitates PC productivity. I could have gotten a 14-inch Elitebook (forget the exact model), but it also was restricted to 1366x768. However, my research on HP's site showed there was 1600x900 screen option, and if I got that, and dropped the useless (to me) optical drive, it would have knocked off $100 from the total price for a win-win situation for me and the company, right? NOT - that was not on the buying contract optons list, so no go, and I opted for the smaller HP to at least save my back if not my time. The big corps(e) perpetuate the problem with clueless contracts like that.

I could do a lot of biz work from a tablet now (just not my essential Solaris server terminal sessions), and get higher res, but that is not so nice on smaller screens when the goal is to have as many windows as possible, and big as possible.

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Hmm, I think I'll order an iPad Mini on Amazon ... Oh no I won't

ROC
Meh

Re: Both products are a big fail.

Yeah, I wonder sometimes if I wasted $125 on my Android 4 iPad MIni .... er Archos 80 - about same screen size, same resolution, microSD slot, micro USB, full USB, mini HDMI. Granted it is about twice as thick/heavy, but I can't hold anything that big for long anyway without getting my carpal tunnel aggravated, and it does not matter much since I can prop up the Archos on its trademark built-in kickstand. It does all I want from a non-true tablet - not sure what I would do with a "true" tablet that is bigger and harder to hold, and locked down to Apple's walled garden and costs over 3 times as much. But for the price (even times 2 - got the wife one, and that is all she has taken on several trips now to check email/FaceBook/etc), I don't feel enough pain in the wallet to care about it.

YMMV

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Microsoft opens Windows Phone 8 dev kit to world+dog

ROC

If MS Wants their phones on my employer's network

they have to be remotely manageable like WinMob 6.x was, and like iOS and Android 2.2+ are now - about anything but WP 7.x. And that's 100K employees around the globe.

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Surface RT: Freedom luvin' app-huggers beware

ROC

A Step Up from Chromebook?

Interestingly, on my wanderings yesterday, I tried out both the new Samsung 11.6 " Chromebook (tethered it on my phone with WifiRouter quite easily since it would not connect to BestBuy's store network), then the RT at a MS pop-up store at a nearby mall. I have read a lot of criticisms of the Chromebook concept for its dependency on network connectivity to be of any use, and I have to concur. If I could not tether it, the CrB would be useless on the go.

The RT is almost in that situation, however it does have enough built-in apps to offset that restriction quite well, and, if it can be tethered (need to see if I can grab one long enough at the mall, and not have a crowd looking over my shoulder...), then it does what the CrB can do, plus a lot more (provided the RT version if IE plays nicely with Google's cloud apps).

And I did like the Surface hardware better, especially the clicky keyboard vs the fuzzy keyboard (neither of which will stay closed over the screen on their own per my test and confirmed by the MS "attendant" - Fail!).

Now if I could figure out a way to put an ARM Linux distro on the Surface....

YMMV

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ROC

Re: Useful features

No, no, no - Apple has patented WINGS, not mere wheels.

What were you thinking?

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ROC
Megaphone

Re: What happens.....?

Pretty much like doing that from a Linux PC (which is what I use for personal use on the Web - no Internet Exposer for me, thanks) - you learn to look out for Win exe files, and skip them. No Big Deal.

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ROC

Re: "Office everyday"? @ Big-nosed Pengie

I think it used to be called MS Works ;-)

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The OLPC XO laptop

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Go

Read the "Case Study" of Arahuay Before Opinionating

As posted by "Jansen":

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Peru/Arahuay

I find it impressive in detailing the XO's impact, but it also highlights the importance of structural preparation and support within the country receiving the XO's. There has to be some kind of educational infrastructure and context in which to integrate the XO. These machines cannot just be "thrown" at the students in hopes something magical will happen - it does take supporting effort, and it seems Peru is making that effort, as well as providing valuable feedback to OLPC to improve the XO, which it seems to have taken seriously.

My wife teaches first grade at a North Carolina inner-city school, and had her eyes opened a bit as to what "underprivleged" means in a non-American context. She has kids on welfare with no parental interest (or often even presence) who would be considered "wealthy" by the Peruvian kids who have received XO's with a great deal of gratitude and keen interest.

I doubt a number of her students would be nearly as appreciative or motivated by an XO because they have been spoiled by ready access to technology for purely entertainment purposes even if they don't have decent housing/clothing/medical care/etc by (US "standards"). It is all a matter of context.

We have ordered an XO with the "Give One, Get One" program to see if it could be of use in her context. I can provide the Linux support, and she uses Mint Linux at home on an almost constant basis (strictly as a "Gnome end-user" ;-), so it should be "interesting".

Think outside the box, but focus on the objective here of bringing the enabling technology to those who have not had any such exposure before. The Arahuay example is very instructive in how much can be accomplished when done right. It remains to be seen how sustainable the effort is, and how well it can be replicated in other locales. It needs CONSTRUCTIVE criticism to succeed, and not just nay-saying based on pre-conceived notions.

ROC

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