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2011/3/12-4/20 [Consumer/CellPhone, Computer/HW/Laptop] UID:54057 Activity:nil
3/12    I am curious what others think of tablets like iPad. They don't seem
        useful to me, but I use my computer for more than web browsing,
        Facebook, and Twitter. Why would I buy one instead of a laptop?
        They seem like a disabled laptop to me, but at a higher price.
        \_ You are most likely a coder.  iPad is not for coders.  They are
           what you get your non-technical friends.  Or musicians.  Look at
           the amplitude app.  Saves a tonne of gear shlepping.  Wolfram Alpha,
           etc: http://csua.org/u/sr0 and http://csua.org/u/sr1
           And i'm not even going into how i used mine to replace a shelf of
           technical books that I realized were kinda annoying without an
           automated grep mechanism.  But to write code on?  never.
        \_ http://csua.org/u/sr2 - this is a replacement newspaper for upper
           management.  The guys with the families, with the mistresses the
           100k/yr golf memberships etc.  EG. not you.  They would like to
           replace their daily printed reports with the latest in male jewelry
           and hey if they can get interactive graphs showing your coding
           teams' productivity whilst on the golf course in real time
           so much the better.
           \_ Lol i remember reading these 70s fiction books about "electronic
              clipboards".
              \_ Upper mgmt read those too, as twenny somethings.  Natch, they
                 want ipads now.
        \_ I am curious what other think of cookers like the microwave. They
           don't seem useful to me, but I use my oven for more than heating up
           leftovers, boiling water, and making brownies. Why would I buy one
           instead of an oven? They seem like a disabled oven to me, but at a
           higher price.
           \_ microwave owners would trade good tasting food for a quick meal.
              if you're making fun of the poster not understanding that
              different users have different computing needs I'm right with you
           \_ Interestingly, I don't own a microwave either for exactly those
              reasons. I don't find it useful for cooking anything I would
              want to eat. It's an unnecessary expense and takes up
              counter space. Mine (received as a gift) broke a few years back
              and I have no desire to replace it. I would buy an iPad if
              it cost a lot less than a laptop, but it costs the same.
              Would you buy a microwave if it cost the same as a range?
              \_ define what you want the ipad for? and what you want the laptop
                 for?
        \_ Here, these popular programs might show you who wants to use iPads:
           http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/12/ipad_for_work
           http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/07/apple_ipad_as_business_device
           http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/09/top_ten_free_ipad_apps
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Free whitepaper - The Register Guide to Enterprise Virtualization Either you just bought an iPad and you wallet is now depleted, you're thinking of buying one and you'd like to know how you can stuff it with apps for zero dollars, or you're simply curious about how free iPad apps compare with free iPhone apps. Or you're merely intrigued by the whole media-fed iPad hysteria. We installed and tested dozens of the most attractive - and free - iPad apps available on the iTunes App Store, and chose the ten that best show off the iPad's advantages over its smaller-screened sibling. Some - most, actually - are apps that already exist in iPhone form, but which have done a fine job of exploiting the iPad's expanded acreage. In addition to our top ten, we also picked a dozen runners-up. You may - you will, if you're a true Reg reader - disagree with our top ten, but you may find something of interest among the also-rans that you can promote into your own personal top-ten list. Distimo claim that Games is the largest iPad-app category. The reason for this omission is simple: we're not gamers, and for us to rate games would be as silly as, say, for someone who has never used an iPad to have strong opinions about it. Bloomberg Bloomberg iPad app Apple must be doing something right Bloomberg's iPhone app is among our daily go-to sources of info, and its iPad app is a notable step-up in presentation quality. In it you'll find continually updating news, equity indices, bond and commodity info, current rates for 25 top currencies, and audio podcasts that you can listen to while navigating around the rest of the app. A My Stocks feature lets you set up your personal portfolio and track its health, or simply keep an eye on companies you're interested in. For example, as we're writing this on Friday morning, Apple's stock is up 077 per cent and Google's is down 027 per cent. Business PCs powered by the 2nd generation Intel Core(TM) vPro(TM) processor family deliver performance you can see-in maximized hardware-assisted security, easier remote PC ...
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On Demand Webcast : The realities of SaaS and security Comment It hasn't taken long for the iPad to be seen as a bit more than a pointless and expensive luxury lifestyle accessory. Just nine weeks - and in that time the hardware spec hasn't changed at all. But last week's iPhone 40 preview, which isn't due on the iPad until autumn, already makes it look much more attractive as a netbook or laptop replacement than it did on Wednesday. When the first models emerged at least they had their size going for them. Now they're bigger and more expensive, but mostly dog slow. Size and weight matters to me, and the iPad has had these advantages from the start. The disadvantages of an iPad over a laptop were many, but the lack of multitasking was the biggest. That's been fixed now - at least well enough so most people don't notice. Lack of a physical keyboard is another problem, but iPhone 40 gets proper third-party Bluetooth keyboard support. Apple's official keyboard accessory, the 'iPad Keyboard Dock', is very unlike-Apple. It can only be used on a flat surface, and doesn't look toddler proof: it places a lot of strain on a fragile connection. The Apple Wireless Keyboard will work, but it's a generic device. It doesn't make typing on your lap practical, as a custom-designed keyboard might*. Apple_own_ipad_case Even with the sleeve, it's less obtrusive than most laptops But the iPad has gained VPN support and crypto, two strong candidates for grown-up computing. ssh clients can now sprout standard features such as port forwarding remains to be seen. I have no fear of jailbreaking to get at such raw features, but plenty of people quite understandably do. Apple's version of multitasking may almost be good enough. I liked the observation that "if you see a stylus, they blew it. True, but Apple's method gets weary and RSI-inducing very quickly. Remember that most of us, most of the time, switch between just two tasks. Dragon Dictation iPad app Our Rik tries out Dragon Dictation But I think with the OS update, the iPad will be finding its way into potential buying decisions in a way it didn't at launch. Give me real USB In January I had three good reasons to dismiss it as a laptop alternative: price, multitasking and the lack of a USB port. I consider the latter an essential gateway to a wider world of hardware such as cameras, card readers, controllers and things we haven't thought of yet. Well, USB obviously isn't going to be fixed in this year's model, and may never be. It clashes with the purity, or puritanism, of the Steve approach. The price for UK users still hasn't been revealed - so that's a variable. Obviously I'm not going to be writing a book on an iPad. But quite unexpectedly, it's looking like a useful bit of daily computing kit. Each time, against my better judgement, I thought it might work. This white paper explains why such protection is necessary for corporate networks and provides a technological overview of the detection methodologies used by BitDefender solutions. This white paper looks at Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), which is the Microsoft implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), an initiative to establish standards for accessing and sharing management information in an enterprise network.
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