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Windows 7: I HATE Tablet "Computers" -- am I the only one

10 Jan 2011   #11
macgyver2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I had an Archos 7 Home Tablet and liked it for what it was and what I was using it for, email and watching videos on greyhound during our move. I have been following this trend and really think the Blackberry Playbook will be something I get my hands on for a little mobile gaming, watching movies while my wife shops or checking email while out. the 7" size fit fine in my levis pockets and my cargo pockets of my BDU's anything over 7" I think will be to big. As this is a new and still evolving market as seen for CES android is coming out with a tablet OS as the only real OS ready for tablets is Apples at the current time. RIM has an OS in the making for its Playbook which from my point of view will be the best but only time will tell. I think these devices will be bigger then netbooks, laptops and smartphones combined. Gaming and general web and email will be the main reasons for them and the movie watcher too. I would rather take a 7" tablet then a netbook or laptop when hitting the beach or some other semi local travel. If only they would put GPS in these they would make great things to take on visits to cities like NY and Boston for day or weekend trips for people who don't live in those cities.
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10 Jan 2011   #12
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wkt View Post
Can you by the way give me some information about the connections you use for the access to scientific literature ? I am especially interested in programming literature.
I would like to try whether VPN works with my netbook also outside the home network.
I have access to the scientific literature through my employer, a university. They have bought access to various scientific publishers' catalogues, so if I VPN into the university I can then browse those databases. It's only available if you are a member of staff of the university, I'm afraid.

Having said that, some journals do offer free access to older articles. You could try going to the website of a publisher or journal that you would like to access and give it a go - nothing to lose
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10 Jan 2011   #13
LADYPINKtomato1

Windows 8 - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
I'm not into the tablet computing phase (as it stands) either. I had an iPad for a couple of weeks at work before giving it to somebody else to fool around with.

My complaints against the iPad are as follows: no flash support, no camera, too bulky, I don't like touch screen devices and typing on the device is simply annoying, screen fingerprints way too much, i have to get it working via iTunes, and I don't like surfing the forum sites (which is mostly what I do) via touch screen devices and such as it seems that when I flick on the screen to scroll, I end up clicking on links, posts, etc. Also, it's annoying that there is no USB port or card reader, so I cannot upload pictures to facebook and such using the device.

I looked into getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon. It solves some of the issues that I have with the iPad...but I simply cannot justify $499 for the device. I'd say $299 is about the most I would be willing to spend on a device that's just like my phone...only bigger. To me, my money is better spent on laptops or netbooks which offer tremendously more functionality.
I too, bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab .. when it arrived..
( I had to go on line to set up their 2 year contract to get a $300 dollar rebate.. off a $ 700 dollar item.). only to find out there is no service by the carrier in my area... So I'm returning it ..with a pre-paid label from the carrier.. ( I had to request the pre-paid label... no service in my area)..took almost 2 weeks to arrive so it's going back tomorrow.. by way of FED-EX.
I liked it.. couldn't justify the cost however, without the rebate.

I did call ATT.. ( they give no discount on this item )..they would activate it for me ,with a monthly fee for $25 dollars. ( I could drop the monthly fee if I chose.. then take it up again... same monthly fee when using it.).. that part was nice.. on months when not needed / or using it.
I'll wait to see what's coming out from the Electronic Show in Vegas this week... these should drop in price... need an anti-glare screen/ no smuge screen / back lighting screen. Just to name a few .
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10 Jan 2011   #14
z3r010

 

I have my viewpad 10 win7/android tab which I do quite like but it's a little heavy, I think I'll pickup an archos 101 in the next few weeks when my local suppliers have them back in stock (angry birds here i come).
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10 Jan 2011   #15
LADYPINKtomato1

Windows 8 - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joules View Post
I hate small stuff my fingers are to big to monkey around with small buttons, but their just right to pick my nose with!
Would this be with a kleenex or without one ?
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11 Jan 2011   #16
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi all
Thanks for some interesting remarks on this topic.

E-readers are another issue --the Sony PRS daily edition is just about large enough to be USEFUL as an e-reader without needing eyesight like an Eagle to be able to read the screens and small enough to be carried around easily.

I really don't need to be able to surf / access email etc on it either so the whole wifi thing for an e_reader IMO is a waste of time --this one has a USB port / memory cards so it's easy to upload your e_books too without having to use a dedicated application like amazon's kindle.

For the rest of my mobile computing needs an acer netbook works just fine with a PROPER keyboard, mouse etc.

Just try manipulating complicated Spreadsheets via Touch screens ---ugh !!!! or touching up Photos without a pointing device. Try also when designing databases to draw links between fields etc in a typical database "design view" using touch screens -- no proper "drag 'n' drop.

There's much more to computers than just surfing the Internet.
Thank goodness Windows has no plans to replace the traditional keyboard and Mouse.

For me 2011 TABLET devices R.I.P

I think a lot of people who buy these will soon realize the shortcomings of them and the devices will fade away into obscurity. Not everybody wants to watch the latest Soap on a small screen travelling in a crowded commuter train.

Cheers
jimbo
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11 Jan 2011   #17
wkt

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clunkfish View Post
I have access to the scientific literature through my employer, a university. They have bought access to various scientific publishers' catalogues, so if I VPN into the university I can then browse those databases. It's only available if you are a member of staff of the university, I'm afraid.
That is bad. I think your employer should be ashamed.
In my opinion Scientific Knowledge should be accessible to any citizen.
Is it a private university ? This is against (good) old German scientific tradition, I think.
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11 Jan 2011   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
E-readers are another issue --the Sony PRS daily edition is just about large enough to be USEFUL as an e-reader without needing eyesight like an Eagle to be able to read the screens and small enough to be carried around easily.
My wife and I both own Amazon Kindles and I am very happy with them. I carry mine with me in my laptop bag daily. And I have to carry my work laptop back and forth daily...so I almost always have it with me.
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11 Jan 2011   #19
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

This is off-topic so apologies to Jimbo who started this thread about tablet computing. I just want to counter the suggestion that my university should be ashamed about paying for access to scientific literature:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wkt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by clunkfish View Post
I have access to the scientific literature through my employer, a university. They have bought access to various scientific publishers' catalogues, so if I VPN into the university I can then browse those databases. It's only available if you are a member of staff of the university, I'm afraid.
That is bad. I think your employer should be ashamed.
In my opinion Scientific Knowledge should be accessible to any citizen.
Is it a private university ? This is against (good) old German scientific tradition, I think.
You have the cart before the horse. The publishers require us to pay for access, so we pay - if we don't pay, we can't read the latest work. It is nothing for my university (which is not a private institution) to be ashamed about , it's the way of the world - in Germany as elsewhere.

Ideally, all scientific literature would be freely accessible, but someone would still have to pay for the upkeep of the databases. Some of the open journals which have sprung up in protest at the restrictive practices of traditional scientific publishers charge a lot for you to publish in them - last month I had to pay well over US$1500 to publish my work in an open-access journal. You can now read that paper for free, but only because I ponied up the cash
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11 Jan 2011   #20
PwnFrnzy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

The day I will go to tablet devices is the day Netbook/Laptop/Desktop computers are banned and pried from my iron grip.
I hate Tablets, the most useless pieces of junk I have ever seen.
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