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Death of a Salesman: Enough with the marketing already

Mike Campbell 1
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Roll back the clock - not a chance !

It seems to me that companies today are run by accountants rather than sales folks. Only interested in the numbers for each quarter. Let's not sell more but fire a few thousand employess; after all they are only our biggest asset !. MD/CEO leaves after 18 months with a big cash bonus & a knighthood. Moves to another outfit & repeats the one trick pony. Or they go for a big merger eg. Compaq & HP, fire more thousands, walk away with millions & leave a complete shambles behind. Little wonder that Enterprise IT Mgrs are a bunch of hard nosed cynics.

Few companies provide the IT /Salesmanship/Management Training of the '60s/'70s given by Olivetti, IBM, HP, Burroughs, ICL, NCR etc before salesmen were let anywhere near a customer.

Happy days consigned to the history bin. But, hey, that's progress............

As an aside, Apple's Watch is a classic pre-announcement to buy time & stop punters parting with hard earned cash for competitive products. FUD rules ! Works everytime.

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

I'm "thrilled, happy & proud" to be in the 99% category.

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

And not forgetting my native Android Tablets - which I did !

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

>> limited my hardware options<<

Harold Mac was right: "We've never had it so good".

(Applies to most IT today).

My Kindle eBooks read choice today is:

Any Browser on Mac or PC or Chromebook

Kindles, Kindle Fires, iPhones, iPads, iPod touch etc

However, I won't be adding an Amazon Phone.

Then there are all the Zinio Mags, PDFs, iBooks, Digital Music etc ec

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: Even free isn't cheap enough

Do I worry about losing hundreds of Kindle eBooks if Amazon go down the toilet ? No.

Do I worry about losing hundreds of printed books if the house burns down ? No.

The latter is more likely.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

Mike Campbell 1

Groundhog Day

Just like the AT&T/NCR robust Windows Pen Computer from 1995 & many others which were built like tanks. On reflection sales also tanked......... (groan).

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

Mike Campbell 1

Re: Whatta load of bs!

In my experience Gartner & other research companies couldn't forecast Christmas !

As for Walmart, that may very well be true, but educational establishments, government & corporates who buy in hundreds & thousands aren't doing it via retail channels. So the bulk of the iceberg is hidden.

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We wait & we wait !

Months go by from the pre-announcements to availability.

I would buy a Samsung Chromebook 2 with HD 13" screen today or the new equivalent Acer (just announced). Ditto an Asus Chromebox (available at Amazon UK from German sources). I won't buy yesterday's models from PC World or elsewhere because I already have an 18 month old Chromebook which has given sterling service (complementing PCs, Macs, Tablets).

Hopefully we'll see the latest models within a couple of months.

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iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

Mike Campbell 1

Re: iCan't Wait

Granted they have made a better stab at it than many but they won't be getting my money just yet.

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iCan't Wait

If the old square iPod nano had had Bluetooth I'd have gone the TikTok route from Lunatik.

https://www.lunatik.com/products/ipod-nano/tiktok

Want 32GB music capability with BT & various watch faces & straps.

Uninterested in other functions, of which they'll be many, no doubt.

Not a treadmill gym rat but want to see an analogue watch face when riding a mountain bike.

Have allocated £249 from my modest OAP Morale Budget for this device.

Don't expect the iWatch to be cheap as chips but there is definitely a market for the "right device".

So far nobody has hit the mark at the right price & functionality with a decent battery life.

Roll on Sept/Oct. Let's also have a 160GB iPod classic replacement at half the size, half the price & solid state storage. Dream on.........

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Massively leaked iFail 5S POUNDS pundits, EXCITES chavs

Mike Campbell 1
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Pedantry Rules

Unless I'm very much "misteaken" Alistair & John Wright mean "regaled".

Both iPhone models will sell well.

My iPhone 4s is in a bright yellow Spigen SGP case.

Will be replaced in January with a 64GB 5s probably in another bright SGP case; if they are still in business.

And yes, I really am colour blind but at least all my devices are scratch free.

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Intel reveals new Haswell-based Chrome OS kit from old, new partners

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Re: NSA Approved

>>ChromeOS stores everything in Google's cloud: the lack of local storage = lack of privacy<<

Well mine doesn't ! I can use anyone's Cloud storage but rarely do so.

Use SD Card, USB External Hard Drive & Seagate's Wireless 1TB Drive.

Many Apps can also run offline.

Plenty of documentation & eBooks on Chrome OS.

Will certainly be getting one of the new models before Xmas.

Cheap as chips.

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

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Re: same old same old

The more storage offered the better. High capacity built-in or SD Micro are always welcome but check out:

Seagate Wireless Media 1 TB (Excellent device & works with everything - Android, iOS, Mac, PC & Chromebook).

SanDisk Wireless Media Drive & Wireless Flash Drive are other options (just announced).

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Re: Nice but...

The more storage offered the better. High capacity built-in or SD Micro are always welcome but check out:

Seagate Wireless Media 1 TB (Excellent device & works with everything - Android, iOS, Mac, PC & Chromebook).

SanDisk Wireless Media Drive & Wireless Flash Drive are other options (just announced).

Think Asus, who make the Nexus 7s, recently announced a new tablet which includes SD Micro to replace existing models.

No shortage of choices.

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

Mike Campbell 1

Re: I'd almost take the Acer

AJ

I understand & agree with you. Comment about Ethernet Adapter was mostly to inform the total audience.

Vendors should include all the usual "bells & whistles", plus non protuding SD Cards etc. However, your usage scenario implies that a wireless solution would be ideal. The less cables & clutter the better.

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Re: I cannot believe....

There you have it. Democracy & free speech in action. Very erudite.

Will probably change my real name to "self worthless".

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: I'd almost take the Acer

Plugable's USB Ethernet Adapter at £18 works fine. No drivers to install. WiFi at 5GHz & 2.4 works great with better range than iPad 4 or iPad mini. Rock solid.

The perfect mobile device has yet to materialise.

For me, the Chrome OS concept is proven & works but horses for courses.

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Mike Campbell 1
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Met all expectations

Samsung Series 3 joined a stable of PC/Mac/Android/iOS devices three weeks ago. To date very impressed. Fast on & completely silent.

Has handled almost everything flawlessly. Bluetooth Motorola Xoom K/B & mouse. Logitech wireless mouse. Read/Write to SD Cards & external hard drives via USB (FAT32 & NTSC). Dell 30" monitor via HDMI. Only failure has been a Samsung monitor with HDMI/DVI but displayed in low resolution.

Run Multiple Accounts. Zero updates & maintenance. Have yet to try some of the offline stuff for Gmail & Docs.

Will buy the original Chromebox at £249 next week to hang off the Dell monitor as main Web & Email device. Flip to PC as required.

As mentioned in previous posts, there are excellent Kindle eBooks on all of this from Tony Loton (C H Rome) & Michael Miller. Masses of web articles & Google's own sites. Not for everyone but worth a look & dirt cheap.

HP 14 Pavilion Chromebook looks interesting, apart from black fingerprint finish & large vent, presumably connected to a fan. Availability & price in UK to be determined. If ever.

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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

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Looking Even Better

Have had a chance to play some more. As an academic exercise I was able to Read & Write files to an SD Card, USB Stick & 120GB Hard Drive via the built-in File Manager. Able to Drag & Drop to Google Drive. Chromebook users are given 100GB free for two years. I use cloud storage for transitory, non confidential files & will never pay.

Screen captures went straight to a Downloads Folder.

Movies played without hassle from the USB External Hard :Drive.

Power cord is very long & made of thin flex. Charger brick is very compact.

All in all it's been a doddle so far. Very impressive.

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Mike Campbell 1
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Looking Good (So Far)

Samsung Chromebook WiFi arrived this morning from Amazon UK at £229.

Ten mins later signed into Google Account.

It's well built, light, decent screen & K/B, & SILENT (no fan).

Logitech wireless mouse worked immediately.

Instant on.

Joins an extensive portfolio of PCs/Macs/iOS & Android devices.

Tired of the Sisyphus loop of updates for Apps, Operating Systems & anti Virus/Spyware crap.

Expect ZERO maintenance.

This device is for my wife & some R&D on my part.

Will be hanging a Chromebox off a second port on a 30" monitor.

Flip flop between Dell PC & Chromebox.

Full details of Chrome OS & Chromebooks etc at Google, Samsung sites etc.

Yes, there is some offline capability but who cares ?

Three inexpensive Kindle eBooks by Tony Loton (C H Rome), Michael Miller & Minute Help Guides.

Cheap as chips & worth a punt.

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Use a Mac? For actual work? Evernote Business has arrived

Mike Campbell 1
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Horses for Courses

Big fan of Evernote. Used the free version on PC, Mac, iOS & Android devices. Now on Premium, via Moleskine notebook code, which means that my stuff is stored offfline as well as online.

Evernote Business is for small outfits who don't have techies, servers etc

Worth a serious look & trial. Masses of material to look at on their web sites.

Don't see Evernote as a serious competitor to Google Docs or anything else for that matter.

Evernote Clearly on Chrome browser grabs web articles for immediate filing & is a huge time saver. Every piece of text is searchable across all Notebooks.

This software works well & gets better with every announcement.

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A history of personal computing in 20 objects part 1

Mike Campbell 1
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Olivetti P101 - World's First Desktop ?

Nostalgia Rules.

Fond memories of the Olivetti Programma 101/203/602/652 Family of the late '60s/early '70s.

Olivetti P101 regarded by many as the world's first desktop computer.

Some great products with superb design but never made money.

Around that time HP & Wang introduced competing products.

HP Salesman used to drive around in flash Audis.

We've come a long, long, long way since. Quite a party.

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

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Re: Got a kindle Fie HD yesterday, gave it to my girlfriend....

How can you possibly turn this to your advantage ?

Birthday this weekend..............

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Mike Campbell 1
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Paperwhite - First Impressions

39th anniversary gift of Paperwhite with Amazon's leather cover in fuschia, for my wife, arrived yesterday.

Give it 9 out of 10.

Text looks crisp. More Font choices. Portrait or Landscape modes. Page turns very fast. Displays complex PDF diagrams very well with contrast turned up. Looks great in the dark with some mild shadowing towards the screen's bottom.

Advertising on Home Screen in Cover mode. This disappears when viewed in other modes. Have Home Screen set up in Collections mode. WiFi turned off in Aeroplane mode,

Installation a snap. WiFi sets up quickly. On screen K/B a joy. Screen very responsive to fingers, thumbs or stylus. Downloads from Amazon Cloud in seconds. USB link to PC very quick & easy.

Unit snaps into the back of the Amazon leather cover, available in colours for boys & girls. Magnetic closure. Turns Paperwhite on & off, shows page being read. Easy & light to told. Cover turns back on itself. Would fit easily in cargo pocket, small bag, zip folder, backpack etc.

Overall an excellent product. Will buy another for myself. Highly recommended.

Big user of digital text since STAIRS but still buy some paper stuff.

Amazon, Playstore, Zinio, you name it.

Five Kindles, Sony eReader, iPads, Androids etc.

Yes, will order iPad mini today.

This stuff just keeps getting better.

Writing a free multimedia eBook on swimming (iBooks Author, Kindle & PDF formats)

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Argos flyer confirms incoming 32GB Nexus 7

Mike Campbell 1
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Nexus Media Importer

32 GB is good news.

For those who don't know, it's possible to add external storage via the USB Micro port on several Android tablets.

Inexpensive adapters or straight plug-in with NMI software.

Not elegant but works & works well without rooting.

Full details at:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.homeysoft.nexususb.importer&hl=en

Roll on next Tuesday.

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Happy birthday, Compact Disc

Mike Campbell 1
Pint

Re: time flies ...

>>Does anyone else feel absolutely fricking ancient right now?<<. Err....... Yes !

My younger brother had an 8 Track stereo system in his E-Type Jag in 1970.

I've always hated my brother...........

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Amazon unveils new hi-def Kindle iPad-killers

Mike Campbell 1

Re: Kindle Fire 7" HD - What's not to like ?

Well that's your privilege but if you don't try, you don't get, nor do you learn new skills. It's your call.

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: I just want...

Plenty of waterproof cases. Try Proporta

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: I hate paying for ads

I just hate ads, full stop. My understanding is that they appear only on the Home Screen or Screensaver.

I guess the jury is out until they ship. If enough customers moan then there may be a change of heart.

Always possible to turn WiFi off, as a last resort. Or just don't buy the product.

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Mike Campbell 1

Re: Kindle Fire 7" HD - What's not to like ?

On a good day I can find my way around the sofa without a compass, map or iPhone..................

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Mike Campbell 1
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Kindle Fire 7" HD - What's not to like ?

Having read every word at Amazon UK there's something for everyone.

Own requirements are for a really fast, colour, eBook & PDF reader, own movies, plus wide range of file formats.

Especially like the Browser "Reader View" & Wi-Fi Dual Channel.

Knocks the Nexus 7 out of the park which up until yesterday was the "bees knees".

Google need to get all their Content to the UK, ASAP.

Samsung line looks very dated (have the original 7" with no updates).

My Motorola Xoom is also dated & slow, even with ICS.

HTC Flyer 2 is doomed before launch.

So it's now between the big boys for the consumer:

Amazon v Apple v Google (with Microsoft in the wings: lacking product & content).

Kindle Fire HD 32GB now on pre-order using Oct's "morale budget".

PC World/Currys Android Tablet "fire sale" post Xmas ?

Bargains for all.

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Mike Campbell 1
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Overall it's good news

Things are finally looking up in the Tablet/eReader world. Strong competition will help to drive prices down & features up. With luck we'll see the Android Tablet/Smartphone vendors ship the latest version of the OS. Wide choice equals confusion for many consumers. Amazon will sell tons (no Paperwhite in UK ?). Let's see Google respond with a Nexus 7+ shipping with a minimum of 16GB, plus price drop.

Of course, we wait with bated breath for "you know who" to announce shiny new toys in Sept/Oct.

Plenty of bargains for Xmas & New Year but caveat emptor.

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Review: Samsung Chromebox

Mike Campbell 1

Google have some Offline capability

It is possible to view Documents & Calendar offline. Fairly sure I edited a Calendar offline when I was toying with this stuff. Some of this is still in Beta & clearly it's a moving target. Adding USB Drives etc to a Chromebox/Chromebook must give additional offline capability. Anyway these are all things I'll be trying once I get a Chromebox.

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Mike Campbell 1
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Repeating myself, repeating myself.........

>>For those with a genuine interest in Chrome OS there are two excellent eBooks via Amazon Kindle Store:

- My Google Chromebook by Michael Miller (he has many IT Books)

- The Chrome Book by C.H.Rome (this is really Tony Loton who also has a good book on ePublishing)

Some good stuff in both books.<<

Above posted 29/06/12

These guys have used the earlier Chrome devices & go into considerable detail.

Worth £14.

I'll be getting a Chromebox just for the hell of it.

I see them in use as additional family devices, reception areas, libraries, airports, internet cafes etc.

Definitely concur with Tony Loton's remarks in the opening pages of The Chrome Book.

Sick & tired of fixing other people's PCs.

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Qantas gets rocked by Amadeus

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Re: Qantas

Crikey ! A tad pedantic. Their logo is all upper case. However, in just about everything else it's Qantas.

I checked all my Qantas business cards from 20 years ago, plus Annual Report. But frankly, who cares ?

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Dixons and Best Buy start selling Google Chromebooks

Mike Campbell 1
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Re: Punters will want to told one simple thing

Well I thought Google articulated the benefits very well. Masses of stuff at their web site. Some of them I cover in my earlier Post & are also featured in the recommended eBooks. Of course, it's not for everyone but I'm going to dip my toe in the water & give it a go. Chromebox first.

All Register readers will be very IT literate. I suspect many spend hours of their lives "fixing" PCs for family & friends who are too ignorant or lazy to update their AV etc. Chrome OS fixes these hassles at a stroke. 90% of users use their PCs for Web Browsing & Email 90% of the time.

Think of this stuff as an IBM 3270 on steroids, at a fraction of the price, with a huge mainframe behind it. Provided nobody cuts through the broadband connection........

It merits serious consideration.

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Mike Campbell 1
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And I failed to mention...........

For those with a genuine interest in Chrome OS there are two excellent eBooks via Amazon Kindle Store:

- My Google Chromebook by Michael Miller (he has many IT Books)

- The Chrome Book by C.H.Rome (this is really Tony Loton who also has a good book on ePublishing)

Some good stuff in both books.

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The case for the defence

OK, I'm going to stick my neck out on Chrome OS & current devices (Chromebox & Chromebook).

My preference has always been for masses of local storage on PCs, Macs & various notebooks.

Will never be a big "Cloud" user.

However, I think there is real potential for Chrome OS & I'll be buying a Chromebox soon.

This will hang off a second DVI port on a 30 inch monitor.

I'll either power on the Chromebox or the PC, depending upon what applications I wish to run.

Also will very likely buy a Chromebook soon in preference to a MacBook Air, not that I need yet another laptop. Give it a few months for the price to fall by £50 - £75.

I'm attracted by silent "instant on" with no application or operating system updates.

No anti-virus & spyware worries. In other words, pretty much "hassle free" computing for web, email & videoconferencing. Plus there's some local storage & USB connections.

Getting really bored with gigabytes of updates on PCs, Macs, iOS devices.

Now that I'm in my twilight years I want to spend more time doing & less IT maintenance.

This is an appealing proposition for everyone but especially schools, sports clubs, internet cafes & for the less expert users. No more IT support required for the IT illiterate.

I'll comment on my experiences in a few months.

Don't much care whether I buy this stuff on Amazon, John Lewis, Dixons or PC World/Currys.

Will also be getting a Nexus 7 in preference to one of the smaller Samsung tablets or Toshiba 7.7 (yet to ship). Vendors need to ship quickly to multiple Channels, post announcement. So kudos to Google.

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Vapourware & Pre-Announcements

AD hits the nail, squarely on the head.

Samo, samo. Nothing ever changes in this crazy business.

An endless Groundhog Day loop of "smoke & mirrors".

I'm open to offers on my Fujitsu Stylistic 500 with Windows 3.1 plus AT&T EO440.

Cost an arm & a leg but never (or rarely) crashed.

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Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality

Mike Campbell 1
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Reality Check - I don't usually whinge but............

Big fan of tablets with two iPads, two Androids tablets, several Windows pen computers.

I take anything that Apple says with a large dose of salt. PC or Mac will always be the "digital hub" connecting an array of devices, for me. iTunes is a key element in the connection of various Apple devices, on a big Dell workstation (XP SP3), backed up to external hard drives. Use Macs for other stuff, mostly movies or web site creation.

Watched the entire Keynote as an iTunes Podcast & what a bunch of scruffs (rich scruffs). No attendee at these events has the balls to interrupt or ask questions (except The Register who are persona non grata). eg. why is web hosting discontinued with MobileMe ? Ditto Web Gallery. If iPhoto is part of iLife then why isn't iWeb (part of iLife) also available on iPad. Thousands of businesses & individuals are dropped in it once again because Apple's pulled the plug. They do this on a regular basis. Won't be going the iCloud route any time soon.

Moving Web Gallery to SmugMug & may stay with iWeb or go RapidWeaver/Sandvox/Freeway route.

Now for specifics, & this is why you need fast wired broadband. Big updates to iTunes, Pages, Numbers, iPads, iPhones etc running into multiple GBs. Latest versions of Numbers etc require that the iPad be updated. This process took several hours & failed ! I'll sort it out but it's a real pain. Will then need to repeat on second iPad & iPhones. To Apple's credit these updates usually go smoothly. Other vendors are just as bad or worse. Never put all of your eggs in one IT basket, always, always, always back up, and particularly with Apple - the devil is always in the detail.

Will I be getting a "new iPad" ? You bet, but later in the year once the initial & inevitable manufacturing glitches are resolved. Android stuff is also on the "wish list".

That's the IT industry for you. Don't we just love it ??!!

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Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N 13.3in Ultrabook

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Re: Over priced & Under spec'ed - Correction

Should have read:

>>'ll be very surprised if the iPad 3 doesn't max out at 128GB, costing an arm & a leg in the process !<<

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Over priced & Under spec'ed

I've always liked Toshiba & have one of their netbooks somewhere. However, am I the only one who thinks that these Ultrabooks & entry level MacBook Airs have too little storage ? At these prices 256GB is the minimum for me. Of course, I could connect an external drive, USB memory, access a network drive or go the streaming route. But why bother ? Far better to have a 500GB or 1TB hard drive for "my stuff" of the moment. At these prices there's really only one option & it won't be running Windows. I'll be very surprised if the iPad 3 doesn't max out at 256GB, costing an arm & a leg in the process !

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Toshiba releases 'world's thinnest' Android tablet

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Good Stuff & About Time

Am I the only one Excited by this ?

One of the few large Android tablets from a reputable vendor with built-in microSD extra storage.

That said, I'm in no rush & will wait until 2Q/3Q for Android 4.0 pre-installed, plus price cuts.

Full specs at Tosh UK & available from them at about £480 for the 32GB Model.

Tosh had a fine range of pen tablet computers first time around in the early '90s.

Have always liked their products & good experiences.

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android Tablet

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Zinio is fine on my TF10

Neill

Many thanks.

Excellent.

Mike

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Zinio Mags & PDFs display speed ?

Alun

I guess you like it. Now we're cooking - maybe.

Have you tried reading a Zinio Mag or a colourful, complex PDF document on it ?

These display virtually instantly on the iPads.

However, on Motorola Xoom (Android 3.2) & Samsung Galaxy Tab 7inch there is a distinct delay in rendering the page images. Hence rapid page "flicking" is impossible. This could be because the hardware, graphics engines or software are just not up to it or the Zinio Android App is inadequate. Or all of the above.

This is real life stuff irrespective of how pretty the device is or how fancy the specs.

Notwithstanding, things are improving.

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Apple iPhone 4S grabs back ground lost to Android

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@Paul 135 RE: The Swiss - good for them

Big fan of most things Swiss.

New iPhone 4S White 64GB is the perfect accessory for Rolex Explorer II (purchased '80 at Bucherer, Geneva. UK Customs taxes paid !). Also have Burberry scarf somewhere.........

Wear Casio watch on mountain bike.

Latest watch is a Citizen Eco which is apparently powered by something called "the Sun".

iCloud sync to Frankfurt nuclear clock.

Isn't this stuff wonderful ?

Retired iSheep

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Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition Android tablet

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Echo your sentiments

If the Xoom Media offered 64GB at £350 I'd buy one. With 16GB & no external storage then no way. Samsung Galaxy 8.9 also lacks external storage & is way overpriced.

Have several 32GB Micro Cards which I flip flop between the original Xoom & a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Inch.

The Xoom with Android 3.2 does have Write capability to the Micro Card.

Streaming is not an option for me.

Both the Xoom & SGT7 have poor reproduction of Zinio mags. Mags open as a blurred images & then sharpen. Consequently they are too slow & not fit for purpose. Kindle eBooks & PDFs are pretty much OK. Contrast to iPad, iPad 2 & 4S which are instantaneous in all respects.

Await Android 4 for Xoom which may give improved performance.

Hopefully by mid year we'll start to see some decent Android Tablet offerings with the right balance of features, performance & pricing across a range of screen sizes.

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iPhone demand strong months after 4S release

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Herd Instinct

Renewed O2 contract last Wednesday. Two white 64GB iPhone 4Ss arrived Thursday. Outstanding.

Now fully loaded with Apps, Music, Photos, Movies etc. Makes six iPhones in total we've had. My wife is thrilled. Superb screen, camera & video camera. We might also use them for phone calls.

Complement two iPads, two Macs, eight PCs.

Plus Android Motorola Xoom & Galaxy Tab 7" bought for R&D (Conclusion: Android is very much a "Work in Progress" but getting there slowly).

Baaaaaaaaaa

(Sheep with cashmere wool)

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Acer Aspire S3 Core i7 Ultrabook

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When ?

Wile

Well said. I'm with you on this. Most laptop K/Bs are inadequate & you really have to search for contoured keys. That said, you can always compromise with an external K/B since you write a lot. But why should you ? Chiclet keys should have died with the PC Jr. Even Apple are knocking out cheap & nasty K/Bs.

Laptop's Nov issue reviews many laptops & gave high praise to the Lenovo ThinkPad X1's K/B.

And at 1,300 bucks I should think so.

Overall, the reviewers at The Reg/Macworld/Engadget/Pocket-Lint et al are far too generous in their praise for devices that are scarely fit for purpose. Sharp edges that cut off your hands, poor K/Bs, low storage, trackpads which don't work, craplets etc.

Get the fundamentals right & then focus on looking pretty.

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Amazon revamps E Ink Kindle line

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Paul

I have a Kindle Graphite WiFi & Kindle DX. Both stuffed with PDFs. Have never emailed files to Amazon for conversion.

Announcement material lists the supported files.

Have pre-ordered new entry model at £89 (a steal) with ETA of 13th Oct.

No music files or headphone jack on new basic Kindle.

Mike Campbell - UK

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