* Posts by mmeier

1366 posts • joined 31 Jan 2013

Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: Software is the real problem

Should be doable. It is a Notebook after all and Win8 certified so you can disable secure boot. Win7 has all the support functions/software for the stylus (HWR recognition, MS Journal etc) at (almost) the same quality as Win8. Only question is wether the NTrig stylus used has a W7 driver (NTrig drivers for W7 exist since the Q702 and Q550 used NTrig)

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I have been using tablet pc and convertibles since 2004. And I have yet to crack a screen. The pre "Gorilla Glass" screens developed scratches over time but even that is a thing of the past. Basically any cracked screen is a sign of planned abuse, hostile neglect or an insurance case.

Faulty HDD on an S/P won't happen. They all have SSD. If that fails => guarantee case.

As for the "multiple devices": Have fun keeping the data in sync. It is doable between Windows units using OneDrive or Sharepoint. Between Windows and Android/iOS it quickly gets more hassle.

And a notebook speced similar to a S/P3 + a decend tablet should cost at least the same.

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Re: I'd love one, but

Strange, I considered a core-i Windows unit with NTRIG digitizer and all a proper maschine. Can do anything short of massiv programming. And the 8GB / 256GB unit should handle even that

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Re: Surface

If you take the price and compare it to units with a similar capability that BUSINESS will buy, the S/Ps are actually in the middle of the price range. Business buys Lenovo, HP, Fujitsu and a comparable convertible or 2in1 from those companies starts at the 1000€ tag.

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Re: I'd love one, but

Actually they target the same market as

Thinkpad Yoga

Fujitsu Q902 (and the 704)

HP Pro x2 612

and similar units. It would be interesting to see how the S/P compete there.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

No they have not. Otherwise they wouldn't need all those Citrix systems, Windows servers and WINE crutches. Ordering a Linux version of the software packages would have been very costly and LiMux preferred to hide most of the extra costs in ther personal budget instead of showing them in the software budget.

Other cities like Freiburg where smarter and checked the software costs BEFORE the migration. After the costs where tallied - they went with the solution that was cheaper.

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

We are talking

FULL time staff in germany! Where the taxes/healthcare etc. can easily be as high as the money you pay out to your employee.

Still having to pay for Windows/MS Office/Citrix because they can not get rid of it

Maintaining their own distribution

They are definitly NOT saving money. What little they saved on licences (and no 1000+ units customer pays list price) they more than spend on personal.

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As for chicken&egg: WHY should a company spend considerable manpower on writing software that no one asks for. We are NOT talking MS or SAP here, more the 50-500 employees range of software houses that offer "general base package + tailoring". So as said before:

IF München wants a Linux version, than München has to order it and pay for it as well as for the additonal maintenance requirements. I am sure if the money is right the companies will take the job. Granted, it WILL cost a lot more than the MS Licences for Office up to Office 2033 and therefor may NOT fit in the LiMux plans.

And if München wants that software to be general available - put that in the contract. The software houses LOVE that. One customer to pay for dev and every "extra" however (un)likely is a bonus

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

Yawn. Those companies did offer that software because - CUSTOMER DEMAND! No companie that want's to stay in business and earns it's money through software would do stuff "because somewhere in the 1.4 percent user base one might be interested".

I am not doing .NET as my main job, 80+ percent in the last 10+ years where JAVA, quite a bit J2EE. But if a customer is paying - I can do C# as well. Or PHP. Heck, I even do Fortran if I am payed. Mercenary all the way.

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

We are not talking "mass market" software here but specialist packages for city jobs. Those have a small licence base and are programmed based on customer request and profiles. If 99 cities say "Windows" and one says "Linux" the latter has to pay for each and every change it needs. And if the software needs certifications/checks - you pay fully for those as well unlike the other 99 who "share" the costs at least partially.

And that assumes the software is written in a language that runs on Linux. Let's face it, if my main customer base is "Windows" there is no reason NOT to use the latest versions of C# and .NET (and no, Mono is NOT a substitute since they are n, n > 1, versions behind). I did some work for power companies and they demanded "native Windows software". Well, I programm what is payed and since Windows software is payed well, I do that.

And all that is before we add the "financed by others" (OO) element and the "let's hook the trade goods so we can rip of their data" (Chrome, G-Stuff) elements.

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

Actually they DO run Windows. Tons of Citrix clients, WINE and other crutches because a sizeable amount of the needed software does not run under Linux.

There is a reason they have double the permanent IT staff of compareable german cities

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Couldn't the UK and Swedish police solve all this?

Why should they make a special deal with a fugitive criminal? He gets treated by the book that is ALL he can expect. NO specials!

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Re: Couldn't the UK and Swedish police solve all this?

That rule applies to the court (maybe, not all systems use it) not to an individual!

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Re: How can any lawer keep a stright face

Because under swedish law the normal way is a final hearing and THEN a charge!

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Except that outside of Sweden the swedish court can not force a blood test / DNA sample from him. And THAT is a critical demand of them. One that St. Julian has refused before. As he did an offer to be interviewed in the Swedish embassy (That is - Swedish territory, see DNA sample)

Makes one wonder what he has to hide...

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Re: Er, timing?

>No crime in the UK carries a death sentence. Removal of such statutes is a requirement for EU >membership.

It may be now but it wasn't in the past. France is a founding member of the EU but only abolished the death penalty in 1981. GB became a member in 1973 but the final abolishment of the death penalty was 1998 (for cases of treason and piracy)

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Re: Er, timing?

The UK has "next right of trial" on St. Julian for skiping bail. So once the Swedes are done with him he goes back to the UK for that and possible some civil law trials from the persons putting up the money for the bond.

AFTER that whoever else wants him can have the bodyparts.

Hmmm - I have heard that "screwing the PoWs wive" still carries "hanged, drawn and quartered" in the UK. Any chance we could get Assange to do that?

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The funniest element in the Martyrdom of St Julian

is that until mere days before the swedish judical system became interested in his sexual behaviour he was trying very hard to get permanent resident status in Sweden.

Can one of his followers explain to me WHY the wise, all-knowing St. Julian would try that in a country that is obviously evil and just waiting to deliver him to the hands of the great satan (aka USA)?

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Re: Er, timing? @ mmeier

Depends on wether there is a little extra coming in like "Having unprotected sex while carrying an STD". THAT does carry a much heavier punishment in many countries. The whole "blood/DNA sample refusal" makes ME wonder about it. Not to mention that some of his character traits and the Syph match nicely...

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Re: Er, timing?

If he goes to trial he gets the worst possible punishment he can imagine:

Fair trial

Possibly a time in jail with no events

Deportation to Australia

And THAT would finally show St. Julian for what he is - a self absorbed POS

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Re: This Makes Me Want To Shout (In 72 Point!)

As has been explained to the followers of St. Assange a few hundred times:

1) The swedish legal system demands a hearing before arresting him

So by interviewing him in London Sweden wouldn't have changed the problem

2) The Swedish court also wants a blood test / DNA sample

That Assange steadfastly refused. Makes one wonder if he had some health issues

3) Assange is a known fugitive => no longer trustworthy

Skiping bail and leaving his "supporters" with the bill

I still have hopes he gets the maximum possible punishment:

NO extraction to the USA

NO stay in Guantanamo

Just a fair trial, possibly(1) a sentence

Declared "Persona non grata" and deported to Australia

(1) My guess is he had an STD while having unprotected sex. And THAT is a serious offence in many European countries. Would explain all the fuss about the blood/DNA test nicely

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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So how is the poor agent

That opened the file titled "Hot nude pictures" and found a set of shots from a nude 450pf midget? Have his eyes stopped bleeding?

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

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The critical questions are

+ Quality of the phone part in both speach and connection quality

+ Quality / Endurance of the battery (Bonus points for user-changeable ones)

+ How long will it get bug-fixes/patches (Full Upgrades are a bonus)

+ How often does it self-reboot per week

If it can beat a VEB Plaste and Elaste Note2 there, we might have a winner

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Microsoft gets the hang of funky devices: Xbox magic for enterprise

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Re: Praise Gates!

Tried the Thinkpad Yoga? That was the first unit in years that made me consider giving up my T902 convertible when I tested it recently. A bit short in the memory department (only 8GB) but otherwise a fine book that might replace both units with one.

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Re: OK, so you like using this stuff

What's wrong with the S/P2 as a tablet? A tad to small for my liking (I am used to 12 and 13'' units) but otherwise? As far as I know even touch works if one prefers that.

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Re: . . . or not

That is the beauty of the Win8/x86 tablet pc - choice in hardware!

From 8''/Atom to 15''/core-i - It is all there. Wacom, NTrig or the latest Atmel - you choose. I prefer at least 12'' for my maschine since that is closer to A4 / US Legal and 10'' is a tad small for me. You prefer 10. And we both will find a decently priced device.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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It is from germany

It deals with technology more complex than "Elve shagging knothole"

It bashes on the "Evil Amis"

It appeared in "heute"

=> It is definitly NOT True

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Lower CO2 emissions maybe

Oh I saw them do that. Even ON the premise of a mine. Until the activists had a run in with the 6:00-14:00 shift coming out of the mine and where "persuaded" not to come back in a not so gentle but easily understood way

Police tried to get a description. But "was wearing standard miners clothing and had a black face"(1) didn't help

(1) German miners get their work cloth from the company so they all "look the same"

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First iOS, now Android to get fondleslab Office ahead of Windows

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Re: Of course Android will come before Windows

Until the user needs to run that company standard PowerPoint presentation and it does not work or at least not properly. Same for that Macro-heavy standard Excel sheet, the Word-optimized RTF document....

Privat use MAY work, company use more often than not does not work. And many people use privatly what they use in the company. Because computers and software are tools for reaching a target. Any why learn a second set of tools when I already know one that works and isn't all that costly?

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Both Surface and Surface/Pro already have an Office. Can not say for the RT version how good/bad it is since I consider RT "waste of resources" but Office 2013 runs just fine on all tablet pc and convertibles I had a chance to test it on. There are limits on how many of the components you can run on a "CTrail" Atom due to the memory limit. But running one component + Outlook at a time worked fine. Typical "netbook" problem.

But 4GB Baytrails (Fujitsu Q) and all i-Series (Lenovo, Fujitsu, Acer. Samsung, Asus) with 4+GB worked fine no matter what generation or spec (M/ULV/Y) of i-Series CPU we used and how many of the components.

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Re: yes of course

More likely because the main target for MS Office (Business) did buy Windows tablet pc that can make use of MS Office 2013 quite easily because they come equiped with WACOM/NTRIG/Atmel stylus. And THAT is supported in Office since XP times in a way far supperior to what any touchy toy can offer.

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

The Mk XXIV does have four tracks not two. So this must be a lower Mark...

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PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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Re: What purpose does a tablet serve?

8GB/256GB SSD and an i5 series ULV are not the "top end" but pretty close. May I ask what notebook you are using?

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Re: Surface Pro no different than Palm Pilot...

"Manager" desktops are often notebook + dock + 1 or two external Monitors. With the same ULV series CPU as used in the S/Ps

Easily done with an S/P. With 8GB/256GB SSD it also has the needed storage for company use. Actually a lot more for many jobs outside programming since for "document work" the network storage is a better place

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Re: Not so fast

Stop and try to READ for a moment. If I do not care for a stylus - why pay the extra MONEY for a stylus equiped unit. There are quite a few Haswell equiped non WACOM/NTrig units that are all cheaper than an SP.

THAT was the question, nothing else

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Re: Probably good

Depending on use case the S/Ps are better since they have a working stylus (Wacom, NTrig)

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Re: Ultrabooks are the future of business computing

Screen on a hinge = fixed distance between keyboard and screen = bad

Screen on a hinge = fixed choice of keyboard = bad

Balancing on the lap = unneeded since in cramped condition i use the stylus

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Re: Dare I say differentiation

NTrig :) The S/P3 is using NTrig Duosense 2 instead of Wacom. The two "old ones" are close in quality (2nd gen Atmel seems to shape up nicely) and have both their pros and cons but the big "problem" (Support in CS) for NTrig has been solved recently

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Actually at least one OEM (Fujitsu) already sells a compareable unit with the Q704. Lenovo has proven it can (and is regularly pestered to build a Helix with a current gen CPU and the TP Yogas screen). The new Baytrail units from Lenovo, Fujitsu and HP with 4GB and 1920x1080 (or better) screens look interesting as well.

The S/P3 is a not to the DIN A4 fans that prefer a 12-13'' unit as their "one and only" unit and disliked the S/P so far for the too small screen. I would not be surprised if both S/P2 and S/P3 remain available.

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Re: What purpose does a tablet serve?

"Small DELL" is either the Latitude 10 or the newer Venue. The Lat10 had a 1280x800 screen so there is a chance the ERP screen does not work on that. 2GB/CTrail Atom add more problems.

The S/Ps have at least an i3 (i5 in the available versions), 4GB and 1920x1080. If the ERP does not run on that - it is NOT designed for a notebook but for a dual screen WS / a notebook + dock. S/P2 can do that as well.

And if that is not enough - tablet pc with 16GB, i7 and 13'' have existed / do exist for some years now. Fujitsu T902 will do the job.

As for the "touch" strawman - roll up tight and inject where the sun does not shine. x86 tablet pc like the S/P have a extremly precise stylus and accept mouse/keyboard for tasks that require them

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Re: Late to the party?

When it comes to tablet pc that integrated seamlessly into the typical business environment than Windows units with inductive stylus have been and are still the only choice. Thy stylus allows usage of all Windows software and the OS allows sharing of all those VB(A), .NET, SWING UI and other "does not run on Android or iOS" solutions

That is where the S/Ps are aimed and that is where you find them. They are NOT designed to kill an iThingy or Fragmentdroid in the same way a combat boot is not designed to crush an ant.

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Re: Not so fast

Okay so you wipe the OS that can actually use the 100€+ inductive digitizer for one that can not use it (NTRIG support is even worse than WACOM support), has no support software for it and you do this because???

There are cheaper tablets around to run that DIY OS.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Re: NO WIFI, LTE OR 4G: Not enough Battery!!!!! RTFLOL

Actually a battery powerd MIFI in the attache case/backpack is even handier than the USB dongle that sticks out IMHO. 3G units sell at 40-80€, LTE units at 100+ currently. Being able to place them at a convenient spot helps as well.

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A tablet pc gives you both. It can take notes a lot better than most tables (Note series is a so-so exception, software still lacks compared to Win7/8) AND is a notebook in mere seconds. Actually more flexible since I can choose keyboard/mouse to my liking and set distance etc.

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Re: Limited window of opportunity

If you are with Lenovo, wouldn't the TP Yoga or TPT10 fit better / get you better prices? If you talk "200 units" I bet Lenovo makes a nice price on those. Or maybe a Helix if battery life is not the main factor.

I would sell my neighbours grandmother for a (Has|Broad)well equiped Helix "12.5". The combination device was still the best I have seen, sadly it came out when the CPU was already outdated

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Re: Microsoft really have no clue

Okay tell me WHAT i-Series Lenovo with WACOM/NTRIG digitiser exists or is announced that is cheaper than a comparable S/P3?

The TPT10 - is Baytrail and the tablet pc versions are costly(1)

The TP Yoga - costs about the same, is a convertible (heavy!) and has less battery life

The cheaper Lenovo units - are tablets not tablet pc

Same for other devices. They either use a sub-standard stylus (DELL), have technical and support problems and/or low battery life (Sony Tab/Flip), are VERY costly (Fujitsu), are lower powered (HP) or bigger and less "mobile" and more "transportable" (ACER R7-572).

If I use a S/P2 (or any other tablet pc) in cramped conditions - I do not take out the keyboard. I pull out the stylus. That's the main selling feature of tablet pc compared to touch only tablets(2) the very mature software supporting handwriting and handwriting recognition (Bonus: The offline speech recognition of Windows is quite capabel as well)

(1) Possibly worth the money if you insist on 3G/LTE on board

(2) Oh, the S/P3 is not a penabled device since it is NTRIG not Wacom

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Re: Boot Camp, y'all?

How much for the WACOM or NTRig equiped convertible MacBook?

If one buys a tablet pc / convertible than one wants/needs the features of both a full powered OS/CPU and an inductive stylus. Since Apple sadly does not offer that - the MB is NOT a competitor.

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Re: "Among tablet pc users"

Actually that is EXACTLY the market MS is targeting. Price, capabilities, presence of MS in tablet pc oriented discussion groups/forums etc. all show that. The S/P3 screams "affordable alternative to Q704" and "more power than similar priced/equiped Baytrails".

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Re: Still roaming challenged

Depends on the phone. Smarties can do it easily (WLAN Hotspot on) but featurephones often have a slow sharing / low data rates.

For me the MIFI is all about getting rid of the smartphone. I want/need one with an inductive pen and those have quite a few issues when it comes to long term (> 9month) support. The ones with LT - do not have a pen.

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Re: just not interested...

The i3 unit is interesting if compared to the Lenovo TPT10 and Elitepad 1000 units. Smaller SSD but it is faster, bigger screen and more powerful CPU. And the price is "close" while build quality on the S/P series so far was good (Back/sides attract scratches but that's it)

And the bigger models compare to the Thinkpad Yoga price wise. Better than the Q704 and lighter than the Lenovo.

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