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  • Where are the 7 inch Windows 8 tablets?

    , Harlequin wrote

    I just don't see the point in "tablets" that small. Phones are starting to creep past 5 inches already. I'm hoping to grab the Surface Pro this Friday, and this will be the smallest I would ever go for a tablet PC form factor. Maybe if I were to go smaller it would be a Kindle or something for reading...

    I think putting quotes around 'tablets' was really the way to go, actually. I think at this point, what we call these things is slightly a bit off anyway. We're trying to call something which does more than make phone calls a phone by throwing the word 'smart' in front of it to make 'smartphone' -- and calling anything bigger a tablet, but now we have the form factors meeting up somewhere in the middle around 5-7". It's really all the same thing now except for one little thing -- the one thing that's left, other than size (which IMO is meaningless now), that really distinguishes a "phone" from a "tablet" --- the appearance of a line item on your bill that says "voice." 

    What happens when we're all using Skype/Facetime/VoIP for all of our calls? Moving toward that trend, at some point, when we're all using VoIP to make a regular calls, the one remaining vestige of "voice service" will probably be the ability to make a reliable and instantly traceable 911 call. It won't be called voice service anymore since we'll all be using VoIP for our calls, we'd only be using their "voice" service for emergency services. So it'll end up being called "emergency services" on our bill.

    So at that point, will we distinguish between a "phone" and a "tablet" based on whether you can call 911 on it?

    I think we should just call them all PDAs with different sizes for different purposes, small, medium, large, grande, venti, whatever.

  • full flash on metro....

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    *snip*

    Yeah nothing like releasing a beta as production...  Perplexed

    Yeah, and that's why we get into situations where "Vista was fine after service pack 1" .. but the thing is, no one cared and they waited for 7 because to them, "Vista sucked" because it came out of the box that way on computers that shouldn't have had a "made for Vista" sticker on them and selling "upgrade" retail boxes as if there were XP computers at the time capable of running it.

    It's as if first impressions are not even a consideration when selling a product as well as the apparent belief that the general consumer nowadays will put up with the same crap computer geeks put up with ten years ago -- e.g. unfinished products being sold to them.

    It is the most misunderstood aspect of consumers of Apple products -- they don't buy them because they're sheep, they buy them because they appear and function like a finished product on the day they're released.

    But back on topic -- I'm happy about Flash being included, as long as I can turn it off too. I whitelist flash-enabled sites in Chrome, so I only get Flash in browser when I deem it necessary.

  • Where are the 7 inch Windows 8 tablets?

    , Bass wrote

    @Craig_Matthews:

    That has to do with Android's UI/threading model more than anything else. (Eg: in iOS, UI updates preempt all other threads. Which is not the case in Android. So UI updates can seem more sluggish, especially if there is a lot of stuff going on in the background).

    I think the best out of the pack are the Samsung Galaxy devices (although, funnily, not the original Galaxy tab), as they seem to me to be the "least laggy" but it's still noticeable -- at least to me -- some say I'm too sensitive to those kinds of things though -shrug- Big Smile

    edit: corrected stupid spelling mistake.

  • A new SimCity

    Sure. Although I bet most small businesses within the price range of an Office 365 or a CrashplanPro/Carbonite or Windows InTune have about the same negotiating power as your average SimCity player.

  • Where are the 7 inch Windows 8 tablets?

    Definitely interested in this if the price is right. I want a 7" tablet and there's no way in hell I'm buying anything Android based because I don't like UI lag. Every time I use anything Android based, I think 'yup, this sure as hell is Linux" what with the crappy response to touch gestures.

  • Microsoft Fined $731 Million over 'browser choice' mistake.

    , elmer wrote

    *snip*

    The time to have fought this was before negotiating a settlement, but having done so, they have an obligation to live up to their end of the settlement agreement.

    Exactly this. The case against MS, IMO, was stupid, but Microsoft agreed to the settlement. I can't imagine Microsoft would be happy if a big company kept using a 120 day eval of Windows Server for years and said company said "oh, it was just a technical error." Microsoft would have the BSA shut them down.

  • Can't Sign in with Chrome

    All good here too both Chrome/OSX and Chrome/Windows. Awesome, thanks for getting this fixed!

  • A Roku Channel for Channel 9

    I watch C9 videos and have two Roku 2 XS devices. There's a Channel 9 private (not on the Roku store) channel already: http://tinyurl.com/bcfpy34

    However, this channel seems not to have all of the content -- for example there are only three episodes of The Defrag Show listed when I browse the content on my Roku.

    I'd also be interested in a Channel 9 channel for Plex Media Server (plexapp.com) The Roku would pick this channel up too if you have Plex Media Server installed on a PC via the Plex channel on the Roku .. and the bonus would be that, in addition to Roku devices, it would make it available to any DLNA terminal in the house (provided a Plex Media Server is present with the C9 channel installed).

  • Microsoft Fined $731 Million over 'browser choice' mistake.

    , itsnotabug wrote

    my iphone didn't present me with an option either.

    The iPhone has had a "browser ballot" built in for quite some time called the App Store and there are web browsers in it, both pay-for and free, and it's on every single phone.

    That said, it was Opera's fault and not Microsoft's that no one wanted to use their browser, and Google & Mozilla's involvement in the situation by supporting Opera's position in the matter, which in no small part helped bring about the ballot screen, was complete BS since both companies had just finished bragging about how everyone was switching from IE to their browsers.

    That said, a "technical" error that removed for seven months the browser ballot that MS agreed to is also BS, and they deserve to be punished. If they didn't want to comply, they shouldn't have agreed to the terms of the settlement.

  • Gotta wonder what Microsoft thinks of apps like this...

    Great. Now maybe someone can come out with an addon that let's me have Aero back so I don't have to look at this crappy flat-* Atari 1040ST color scheme in the desktop.