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  1. #71


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    Think about it, you have a touch screen that has multi-point input and you can use your finger for general navigation. But for the more precision based programs like Excel, a stylus (digital pen for me as I'd like to write down notes on the fly) you literally have a mouse pointer type of precision with touch. Simple. And as touch screens get even better and coding gets better, a stylus won't be needed, but maybe for designers. Now of course, this would be great for tablet PCs, for desktops; you'd need the screen closer obviously. But I bet touch AIO PCs will be already setup for the screen to be a foot away from the user.

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  2. #72


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    If you like to call it a Phone OS ...
    Answer the Phone ...

    Or not.
    Last edited by mdmd; 21 Aug 2012 at 23:08.
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  3. #73


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Think about it, you have a touch screen that has multi-point input and you can use your finger for general navigation. But for the more precision based programs like Excel, a stylus (digital pen for me as I'd like to write down notes on the fly) you literally have a mouse pointer type of precision with touch. Simple. And as touch screens get even better and coding gets better, a stylus won't be needed, but maybe for designers. Now of course, this would be great for tablet PCs, for desktops; you'd need the screen closer obviously. But I bet touch AIO PCs will be already setup for the screen to be a foot away from the user.
    A little older article, but he presents some good points along your lines.

    All-in-One PCs With a Touch of Style | PCWorld

    Screens are technologically getting better so far as saving on the eyes also.
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  4. #74


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    Maybe 8 is a monster hybrid version 1.

    But 100's of Linux distributions versions are
    MUCH WORSE.
    Comparison of Linux distributions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Compared to UNIX,
    8 is ... ( )
    Last edited by mdmd; 22 Aug 2012 at 01:12.
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  5. #75


    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    Hipsy Gipsie, IMO it's smart strategy from Microsoft all these amrtphone stuffs (just W8 for Desktop is terrible but ok, I'let that for a moment) But every one has their own need and wishes. Personaly I realy don't need and DO NOT WANT a computer that I carry with me all the time and certainly not a cell-phone sized computer. The reason is that I don't want to carry it with special care, I don't want to break it, to hae falling in water, being stolen or forgotten in some place. I have no such a device. My mobile phone doesn't even display colors and I'm very happy with it. And I don't need it. In fact I save a lot of time not bothering with yet another gadget or instrument. But I need a desktop PC which stands always on the same place, don't risk of falling on the floor or being taken away by the kids. It has a large keyboard, a mouse, a large monitor. I realy need double deck DVD burners and I realy need two HD, which I can replace at any moment if one fails. I cannot imagine a computer where I cannot quickely replace the DVD drive or the HD, or where I don't have two HD and two DVD drives. I hate laptop keyboards and cannot work with a mouse. Even the mouse is the minimalist pointing device since I'm used to using a A4 sized drawing tablet. If one part fails on a laptop it's only a question of luck if a repair shop can fix it. Usualy after 3 weeks usualy your get a call from the guy telling that they can't. Either they don't find the part or it's so expensie you better buy a new laptop. With a desktop PC you can fix anything yourself in a matter of hours. Laptops have their use when you realy need to carry all your works with you on a daily basis. But it doesn't make life easier all the time. If I'm away from my computer, I take paper and a pen and write things down. It's much easier than carrying an electronic device all the time with me. Paper beats smartphone by a long shot, IMO.
    Yes, everyone has there wants and needs. As a builder with carpentry as a forte, I buy and keep on hand at least two of every tool I use, especially hand tools, for they get broke or lost more often. It's my professional tools. If I were a Pro as a computer user in any field of tech, I would have at least one backup of whatever I use.

    You can use a pen and paper -> That's cool. I prefer to use a note app with reminders or voice recording on my Droid. I realize some will die as dinosaurs.
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  6. #76


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    If you like to call it a Phone OS ...
    Answer the Phone ...

    Or not.
    Good way of putting it, mdmd.

    BTW, are/were both your parents or you and your significant other both MDs? mdmd
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  7. #77


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    Initials repeated.
    No doctors in the house.
    I like symmetry.
    I am 60 years old, tired, and do not have the energy
    to analyze the specifications of a hex nut or its threads.
    Used to be a programmer in C++, COBOL, Pascal, BASIC, RPG, and Assembly.
    Now I get headaches.
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  8. #78


    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    Initials repeated.
    No doctors in the house.
    I like symmetry.
    I am 60 years old, tired, and do not have the energy
    to analyze the specifications of a hex nut or its threads.
    Used to be a programmer in C++, COBOL, Pascal, BASIC, RPG, and Assembly.
    Now I get headaches.
    I see -> The initials keep it simple. We're about the same age. I'm 61 and nearing retirement. I still have to retain my hex nut and thread sizes. That's a lot of languages! I have trouble with my native tongue! Headaches? Do you suffer from migraines?

    BTW, I like the modern action-ized Ying Yang avatar. Very cool!
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  9. #79


    Coke, it's very difficult to click and moreso to doubleclick with a stylius. Also more difficult to select by leting the left button pressed.
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  10. #80


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Please don't underestimate touch, for it's here and will continue to advance in the future. Would you agree that it is the fastest way to navigate? Faster than a mouse, stylus, etc.?
    Touch is fine, I use it on my phone. I still prefer a physical keyboard on my phone for typing though, I'll be honest.

    I would not agree that it's the fastest way to navigate. Not in it's current implementation. Take this forum for example and this thread, to get to page 7 or 8, there is a very small link that I have to select to hit this page. Now, with my mouse/trackball/touchpad it's a piece of cake. Using my finger on my tablet or phone...it's a crapshoot as to whether I will hit it or not. Take any application that has a dropdown list box, and try to select not only the arrow to fly out the box, but the selection that you want in the box. And don't get me started on hover over mouse flyouts on websites. Those are hard enough with a mouse, let alone a touch interface.
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