* Posts by mmeier

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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And the most important questions:

Does it also come in Green?

Is there enough of the green variety or will we get Soylent Riots every Tuesday?

Do we want to know what the green version is made of?

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Re: @ Paul 87

The question is "do I care"? Company box has no live account and runs on the local AD, uses local Sharepoint etc. Sure, that is "da law".

Privat units use a MS account, OneDrive, Sharing and since recently even Office365 with all the gadgets. Yes, that means MS can "read my mail". But I do not have anything in that box that I could not publish in the local newspaper so it simply does not matter.

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Re: Why free?

Win10 is equal or even slightly less memory/power hungry than Win8.1. And that is smaller than Win7(Upgraded a few W7 boxes) So any decend 2010/2011 hardware capabel of running W7 should be able to run the stuff. And driver support for W8 works in W10 and is quite extensive.

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Re: Windows vs Linux

Linux might be considered for the desktop IF they ever get the necessary software working AND offer a better price (Why switch if there is no benefit). Currently that is not the case for

OneNote in a "privat cloud/Sharepoint" mode (EverNote is "other peoples cloud")

LightRoom (Darkroom is not on the same level)

Photoshop (Sorry, GIMP is NOT in the same ballpark and that comes from a miser like me)

Outlook/Exchange (okay Lotus/Domino does but it costs the same)

Games (No, I will not mess with WINE, why add more work)

Induktive Pens (Support is "as mouse" for Wacom, worse for NTrig)

Miracast (Very useful privat and on the job)

PowerPoint with all the bells and whistles

Various commercial software packages

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No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

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Given the amount of "Win10 baaaad" articles here on the Reg, including even a piece of Troller Potts, Win10 will be a HUGE success and W10/mobile will rule the phone market by the end of the decade

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Re: Phones and tablets are not PCs

For me both their tablet pc (Surface/3, Surface/Pro) and phones are just fine. Using a full sized OS with a full sized CPU solves a lot of problems I had with Android tablets including "Wannabee", the Not10.1 "I want to be a tablet pc". Even the Atom powered Surface/3 (heck, even the old Samsung Ativ 500) where a lot better in handling complex documents (and more than one of them). Where the No10.1 was desperatly pedaling with all its poor lil cores the Intel units always seemed a bit bored and task manager seemed to ask "that's all".

Same with Lumnia Phones. For my use I have all the apps I need on a stable platform with good offline navigation (useful in the border region I live in) that does not reboot itself twice weekly. That the 99€ L535 even feels a lot sturdier than the Not2 is another strike against VEB Plaste and Elaste Korea with their Confederated Airpuck.

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Re: Windows phone

Some see that different. I actually ditched a Samsung "Security Leaks" Not2 for a Lumnia 535 and despite the lack of a stylus (I still do not like touch) the overall useability of my smartphone has VASTLY improved for me. No more "Reboot tut gut" random reboots, a considerably better voice capability, smoother UI, useable offline navigation, a decend chance to get updates and bugfixes and as a bonus an integration to the company Exchange (and a company paid data card).

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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

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Re: Can't imagine why anyone would bother

Try Miracast on a W7 box for example. Or use one that connects through WiFi to a network storage. Two improvements that for me where enought to ditch ole clunky W7 for W8 and 8.1. Well okay, the ritual sacrifice of Aero alone was reason enough. Danced a little jig on it's grave, saltet the earth it rest in and finally watered it.

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Sorry but wrong. I can postpone more often than that on my (sadly still grandpa W7, at least without the Aero shit) company desktop. Typically "updates warnings" come in when I start the workday and that is "8h+Lunchbreak" so I do this at least trice (start, around lunch, once later).

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Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

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Worked fine with a totally unimportant thing named X Window System

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/10/x_window_system_bugs/

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Computers and OS are tools not bands

One chooses a tool set that does the work efficiently with the least effort and the smallest amount of different tools necessary. That can be Solaris for reliable, long term stable servers, Oracle for handling large amounts of data and reliable data replication or Windows for a desktop that runs the business and privat software with no fuss, no third party tools, no extra configuration. Or something else for whatever reasons.

Fan(atict)s are are problem and what they praise is best avoided

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Re: It's the same Trident crap

OneDrive is nice. Better integrated than DropBox and easier in sharing pictures than Amazon. And with MS you are still the customer, not the trade good.

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Given that 15+ year old bugs have recently been found in some much used Open Source has

I doubt that it really matters. The "Million Eye Army" is, for a number of reasons, a myth.

Reading other peoples code is difficult enough if the work in the same company and use the same naming/coding/documentation rules that you use. Reading other peoples code, even worse from multiple sources and standards, is something most people simply do not do.

There is a reason most long term stable OS software is backed by a single "big player" that sets the rules and does the major contribution. And another why "we rewrote much of it" is more common in OS projects as well.

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Actually I consider Linux the "Granola OS"

All the nuts and flakes in one pot. And Toe Cheese!

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The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

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Re: I think too many journalists are Apple Fan Boys

Having had the pleasant experience of a Lumina 535 recently and almost ditching my Not 2 for it (1) I would love to see an NTRIG equipped Lumnia to finally clean out the last Android.

(1) In the end my love for my father won out and I allowed him to use the fast, stable phone with good telephone component, great navigation and a chance for patches and updates twelve month from now. Even if that forced me to keep the Not2

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Re: @AMBxx - where's the new hardware

Try an S/P3, you might be surprised what the pen and One Note or Journal can do for creating content. I rarely use a Keyboard for mine and actually never bought the cover. If I need one at the desk I plug in a USB dock and normal Keyboard. Rarely happens and never in mobile use. Writing and drawing is easier and 92+ percent of the desktops can read the produced files.

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Re: @AMBxx - where's the new hardware

I just replaced my old Asus E121 with a Surface Pro 3. Well actually the EP replaced a Note 10. 1 because even an old Windows tablet pc that due to a four year old battery need to be on permanent AC power is a LOT more usefull than a high and Android as soon as working with multiple complex documents and printing becomes part of the job. The Note barely handles showing two complex and graphics heavy PDF where the EP takes half a dozen without even switching the CPU to full power. And adds stuff like commenting that just work.

Same for Note taking, WACOM beats on screen Keyboards and there is still no equivalent to the full scale One Note Application or even the full capabilities of Journal. Or for drawing etc. And then there is Lightroom. Works decently on a core i5 and an external SSD drive and makes it a nice tool for quickly developing a few RAW.

Oh and being able to simply run a Power Print without having to think about compatibility and using stuff like external links is very useful. Again the ability to write on it addsfunctionality as does Miracast

The S/P3 is even better since it basically is A4in size and great for reviewing and commenting documents be they PDF or word

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank

Actually the Sovjets had them till the 1980s, the latest was/is the Sprud, basically the 125mm gun from the T80 complete with fire control computer and the ability to fire missiles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprut_anti-tank_gun

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Re: Why now?

Even there you are not correct. I legally own a Mauser 98K military rifle for sports shooting (Ordonanz-Schiessen). The only illegal weapons are fully automatic systems and:

Halbautomatische Langwaffen, die einer Kriegswaffe ähnlich sehen UND bei denen die Lauflänge kleiner als 42 cm, oder die Hülsenlänge kleiner als 40 mm, oder die der Bullpup Bauweise entsprechen sind vom Schießsport ausgenommen

Semi-Auto rifles that resemble a military service rifle AND have a barrel of less than 42cm or a cartridge length of less than 40mm or are a Bullpub-design (like the british SA80/L85) are not allowed for sports shooting

So if I get my hands on a HK91/HK41 I could legally own and fire it (granted, NOT in Ordonanz competitions, those have additional rules). since it fullfills all the above rules

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Re: Why now?

In short: You are wrong!

A properly disabled military weapon CAN be owned by privat persons in germany. There are some special rules for "active military weapons" i.e I could not own a de-militarized G36, but those do not apply to the tank or AA gun. A good example is the "Technikmuseum Sinsheim" that also owns a Panther AND is a privat museum.

The steps necessary to disable a weapon are massiv and have been getting worse over the years, i.e for a rifle multiple caliber sized holes must be in the barrel. So the objects in question may no longer fulfill that rules. But THOSE rules we have due to "political correctness" and "anti gun craze" because the older variants (bolt welded IN the barrel) worked just as well.

Now I am off, polishing my pistols and rifles.

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Re: Yes, that's why I thought they'd have difficulty moving it

Let's be happy about this. Because a Panther without the weak final drives VERY closely resembles a Leopard 1. (Weight, Weight/HP ratio, armoring, speed/mobility concentration(1)). And would you really go up against that in a Sherman?

(1) Very late Panther even had stabilized optics and IR night fighting gear and a turret that could take the 88L71 or even a "in the work" 105mm.

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Re: So, good performer in heavy snow then?

One? Many! Sadly all in 1:35 scale :)

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Re: Indeed

He was investigated due to (potential) involvement with "Art from the Nazi era", that typically means stolen art. Thats why the police turned up at his place. He had a shitload of other weapons and now they are simply checking if everything is properly disarmed.

Until then it is locked down. After all you do not want a (right wing?) nutcase with a gun that can kill anything short of an MBT at 500+ meters.

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Re: Why now?

If one reads the german article there are connections between the owner and (quote from the SZ)

"Im Zuge der Ermittlungen um nach Jahrzehnten wieder aufgetauchte Nazi-Kunst waren die Behörden auf die Spur des Norddeutschen gelangt."

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/panorama/nobelviertel-bei-kiel-alter-mann-hortet-panzer-in-seiner-villa-1.2547493

So the initial investigations where along re-apperaing art from the 3. Reich (most likely stolen art) and then the officials found the tank, an 88mm Anti Aircraft gun, a 533mm Torpedo and lots of other weapons. They have been confiscated and will be checked if they are properly disabled/disarmed. Until then they are removed to an official place for lockdown to prevent illegal use if NOT disarmed.

A 75L70 still is a VERY potent gun, punching through anything short of a modern tank after all. (The 88L56 AA gun actually is less capabel in that job)

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But the thing in the movie was supposed to be a "Bunker, Mobile, Model 6" aka Tiger. Not really a tank, more a self moving emplacement.

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Ah, the german greenies will find a reason. Liklely "oil pollution" since the HL230 engine is known to leak oil.

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Actually the german Panzermuseum at Munster has a working example of that type (SdKfz 171 "Panther") and model (A G from the maschine gun) that is occasionally even shown on the move. Panther 801 "Ulrike" is actually a post WWII build jokingly labeled a "Auf. G zu spät" build by MIAG under british orders.

IIRC the French in Saumur also have a working G. The Littlefield Collection in the US had a working Panther as well, not sure of the Version, IIRC an A (that is the SECOND version, the first version was the D)

Panthers are resonably common in museeums due to the fact that the french army used them well into the 1950s and so quite a few survivors are in museeums. The number of working ones is lower due to the tempramental final drives but there are some as well.

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Re: So, good performer in heavy snow then?

So-so. Packed snow/ice is not the strong side of the old MAN since it has no ice cleats (unlike say the Leo 1). Add in the tempramental final drive and it is not really a winter tank.

Heating is decend from what I have been told and the engine has a "cold weather starter" rated for "Russian Winter"

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Assange™ celebrates third year in Ecuadorian embassy broom closet

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

No sentence and deportation to australia would be the equivalent to the death penalty for Assange

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Re: What prison sentence would he be looking at if found guilty?

Strangely he voluntirily was in Sweden to apply for a stay and work permitt when he was accussed of rape(minor). If Sweden is in league with the big devil - why did he go there in the first place?

And when running from the law - why of all european countries go to GB, Americas best ally? Why not back home to Australia, maybe via Frankfurt?

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Windows 8.1 market share grows, Windows 7 slips, Windows 10 lurks

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So to get this right:

A version of Windows that came out around midway in the leasing cycle of most IT departments and while a stable, well liked and sttill 5+ years supported "parent" version was in common use in professional IT STILL manages to get a larger market share than MacOS and Linux combined?

Yup, seems like Win8 is really a failure

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

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Re: Windows fan, but...

Use a tablet pc like the x86 based Surface units instead of a tablet. The pen is THE key to the systems. OneNote with a pen leaves the Andy version in the dust and with the pen and HWR desktop software is quite useable.

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Re: question I've never got an answer to.

Well just the tablet pc

Lenovo Helix (2)

Fujitsu Q904

HP has some tablets that do it as well

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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

Asuming one of the x86 Surfaces - he/she is using it wrong. The unit comes with a beautiful pen and very capabel handwriting recognition. Anything resonably doable on a train can easily be done using the x86 units without a keyboard.

When I go to have my eyes checked (getting a medication that blurs the vision for a while) I even use the voice synthesizer / voice recognition build into Windows to "read" emails over a BT headset.

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Re: Too expensive

We have currently three customers, each with triple digit number of devices deployed, that went x86 because of the pen. The use Lenovo TPT10, Dell Latitude 10 and Lenovo Helix respectively. Not the cheapest boxes and the Lenovo comes in a cheaper penless variant as well. Wasn't even considered by the customer.

So it clearly is a "it depends" situation.

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Re: Too expensive

The Venues are basically nice. Their weak point is the pen. While a proper (inductive) pen it is not (yet?) up to the quality and precision of Wacom and NTrig. IF they fix it (or move back to Wacom, traditionally used by DELL) the Venues would be mighty fine systems with their changeable batteries and nice size.

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Re: re: this comes with a year's free Office 365

If you do not like Office 365 - do not use it. After all the Surface is just another Win8.x box so install what you want. And the pen allows you to use it.

Oh and Win/x86 tablet pc are produced by a number of companies (Lenovo, Fujitsu, HP, Dell,...)

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Re: Tablet or Netbook?

Win7 has full pen support build in. Not sure if it runs on a Surface/x86 unit but that would give the (IMHO irrational) Win8 haters their XP feeling

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Re: How does it compare

This is a tad more than a "touch only" system. The pen and the software behind it is the key to the system.

And the "killer app" for this type of unit has been around for quite some time:

OneNote

It is the "can use the cloud" notepad app. You do not want cloud - it does not need the cloud. Use a local (company run) Sharepoint instead.

As a long time sufferer of the Note (N7100(1) and Note 10.1(2)) I can tell you that they are nowhere near the capabilities of an Atom powered Windows system. Even MS Journal (included in the OS since at least Vista) beats SNote hands down and challenges Evernote. Same for the Handwriting-Recognition and the rest of the pen support, lightyears ahead of the Samsung stuff.

(1) I do not use touch only phones so sadly a Note is currently a "must use"

(2) Tried it as a replacement for a Win7 tablet pc for 6 month. Gladly went back to the x86 unit despite bigger weight/less endurance. Heck, I'd rather lug my company T902 around rather than the Note 10.1

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I have the comparison between a Lenovo TPT10 and a Note 10.1. The poor lil Penguin fell on his back, made a strange sound and died in shame. Even with the same digitiser (both have a Wacom) the upper class Android can not compete with a Baytrail Atom. And the iPad won't do any better.

Even if I leave the pen out of the equation, something that no one who used it for a while will do, the system is a lot faster when handling stuff like complex PDFs, can easily handle multiple documents with fast switching and uses the same software as the main box.

The Pro series is another step upward and may or may not be what one needs. I do not use a private notebook (Company "notebook" is a Fujitsu T902, that does not count) but found that I use my tablet pc most often as a "electronic legal pad" (with OneNote etc). and for such uses a Surface/3 is "good enough" with the benefits of "less openings in the hull" and "USB charging"

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Re: Why Why I always asked myself for Surface

When my dad got a new box for his 75s birthday I spend 30min max setting it up. That includes the "standard file associations". And BINGO - no Modern UI apps appear.

Metro was only involved in the sale of the box, we got it from Mediamarkt, that belongs to Metro.

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Re: An approach to doing business that..........

The problem with Linux is the lack of (good quality) drivers for WACOM/NTRIG pens and, even more important, the software equivalents to Journal/OneNote and the Handwriting Recognition that Windows has since the days of XP Tablet Edition. Without them the Surface/x86 family runs on half an engine since the very exact pen IS a key component to use desktop software on a tablet pc.

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Re: An approach to doing business that..........

Actually MS would LIKE if you do that. But no one is forcing you to USE the bundled subscription.

The beauty of the Surface/3 is that it is just another Win/x86 system. So if you want local Exchange, Sharepoint etc - just use a standard office installation and be done. If you prefer Notes/Domino/OpenOffice - use that instead.

No walled garden, no app-store only software installations. If it runs on Win7 or better - it will run on the Surface/3 (1)

(1) Within the limits of 4GB and an ATOM.

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Missed all the important points. That the thing is a speed wizard compared to the ARM "powered" units was clear even without reading the tech specs in detail. The current geneation of Atom CPUs (Baytrail and beyond) are vastly more powerful than the current gen ARM. The interesting questions would have been:

Battery endurance

Pen and pen capabilities

Miracast capabilities and quality

SSD speed

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Re: Pricey

Well, it is a tad more than that. Depending on the use case the maschine is nicely priced actually.

IF you want/need a tablet pc with an inductive pen that WORKS (so choose Wacom or NTRIG), can handle all the standard office apps and has all the support software for pen use (choose Win/x86) than your choice in the 10''/Atom class is basically Fujitsu, Lenovo or MS. Fujitsu and Lenovo have the previous Atom generation at higher (Fujitsu) or similar (Lenovo) costs.

IF you do not need the pen than a notebook will be a better choice.

I'm waiting for the LTE version and then get one without keyboard since I will use it as a "electronic legal pad" only just like I do with my current one.

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Re: We've been giving one a go at work

Sure that you have a Surface/3 and not a Surface/PRO 3? The S/P has a 4/64/core i3 version that fits a lot better to your description

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Re: Glass half empty view.

Actually he seems to have a knack for choosing the most useless IT kit for the job.

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Re: Wrong Tablet

Well, Chrome on Win8 is known to eat battery. Otherwise a working solution

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Re: Wrong tablet

Or the i3 version of the Surface/Pro3, or most likely the Surface/3, or...

Basically any 4GB Baytrail or better x86 tablet pc should do the job. The rest is "what screen size do I want" and "how much storage do I want" and maybe "how much can I spend". The Surface/Pro (and S/3) offer some choice at around iThingy prices, same for Lenovo, Dell and HP.

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Oh x86 based tablet pc with a full-sized OS (Meaning: Windows since no other company supports pens and handwriting on that level of capabilities) can be quite useful. Depending on the job a Baytrail or a core i unit will do nicely for all non-software development jobs. For SD jobs one might prefer a convertible.

Properly supported with a dock (and a notebook needs one as well for office jobs(1)) they combine ease of portability for meetings and good keyboard/monitor for normal work, run all the standard software, integrate in the company network just like any notebook etc.

Network admins LOVE them since they require no "Extrawurst" treatment.

(1) A pure notebook would be illegal as a permanent "computer workplace" in germany due to the "non adjustable distance/viewing hight of the screen" among other things

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