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    Windows 8 spurs new touchscreen hybrid PC designs

    Microsoft's operating system features a touchscreen interface prompting manufacturers to restyle their laptops.

    HP, Toshiba, Dell, Asus and Lenovo are among those showing off new products.

    Efforts are split between models in which keyboards detach from screens, ones in which the keys remain attached but can be hidden behind displays, and traditional fixed clamshell designs.
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    Thanks again, Bill, for all these sources. You're posting the subject matter all in one place. Cool!

    Doesn't surprise me that the OEMs are jumping on the band wagon. This is the future of computing for sure. They are coming up with a lot of interesting designs. I am surprised, however, that they came up with them so quick. Weren't they just complaining about MS introducing the Surface?

    Microsoft and its partners have found an opening against Apple. That's rare these days.

    The Windows 8 touch screen is the first real change that has come to Windows laptops in a long time.
    I would put it right up there with the trackpad and, more recently, the MacBook Pro Retina display.

    And it's made more significant by the fact that Apple has rejected the idea of a hybrid device via Tim Cook's refrigerator-toaster analogy. Which gives Apple's less-nimble Silicon Valley neighbor, Hewlett-Packard, a rare leg up.
    That's a quote out of the article I presented above. I believe this is important to know. Now that Jobs is gone (God bless his soul. A great entrepreneur and innovator amongst mankind) and Cook has taken over, things are bound to change there. I think he's already made a mistake by making this statement:

    During Apple's second quarter earnings call this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook knocked the idea -- which was brought up by an analyst asking about Microsoft's Windows 8 -- calling such convergence a "compromise" to the end user.

    "Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about tradeoffs, and you begin to make tradeoffs to the point where what you have left doesn't please anyone," Cook said. "You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going be pleasing to the user."
    A organization will take on the personality of it's leaders, whether it be a company, church, schools, and even this forum as examples. Here Cook is doubting innovation. There's no way of stopping that.

    I don't know about anyone else, but if I'm looking into buying a PADD (or a lappy), I'm thinking I'd rather have a physical keyboard option to go along instead of just an onboard screen keyboard. Besides, without studying the specs of all these yet, they are most likely more powerful machines than just a stand-alone PADD.

    I'm wondering if those that own an iPad (or any PADD) or are looking into buying one, are or will be thinking the same.
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    The hybrid tablet/laptop is what appeals to me. I don't own a PADD at the moment, or a smart phone for that matter. Its all new to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The hybrid tablet/laptop is what appeals to me. I don't own a PADD at the moment, or a smart phone for that matter. Its all new to me.
    Really!!? I under the assumptiom you were IT pro. No? But you've been at computers for a while, correct?

    It'll be a while before I buy anything, but I've had my eye on the Surface. The hybrid lappy might make more sense, though. There's going to be a whole lot of choices for sure.
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    I've been around computers for a while yes, but I'm no IT Pro. I'm an Electronic Technician by trade. I worked for about 8 years doing installations of communications, and navigation equipment used for civil aviation here in Canada. Radio Beacons, Instrument landing systems, radar, etc. When I got tiered of all the traveling I transferred to the maintenance side of things. A lot of the equipment is at remote sites and is monitored and controlled by some form of computer. Some of them are custom one offs, and some of them are off the shelf PC's. I had to maintain and repair those as well as the equipment connected to them. That's where my PC background comes from. Along the way I learned some basic networking but I wouldn't begin to call myself an IT pro. Needless to say I build my own desktops and have no problems installing software and hardware. I was forced into an early retirement due to back problems. As a result of that my income isn't what it used to be so I don't get to buy a lot of high tech toys. That's why I don't have a smart phone, I don't have a cell phone at all. There are times I wish I had one but its not on my "must have" list.
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    I see. Interesting work, no less. Sorry to here about your back problems. Working construction for 40+ years put a toll on mine, although I'm far better off than most guys. I guess I was lucky. I was a weight lifter and wrestler in high school, so I learned early how to pick up weight with the legs. But the trouble with that it wore out my knees. Can't win for losing sometimes I guess.

    I started early with a bag phone, a brick, then a razor, now a Droid X2. I haven't had a land line in 12 or so years. I get to write the phone off through the business. They are expensive.My screen went out lately which is common for that model. They sent me a replacement under warrantee, but it really isn't up to par either. I'm up for my new-in-2 in January. I'll most likely get a Windows phone this time.
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    Some of the technology is pretty cool, especially when you get into stuff like Instrument Landing Systems. The big thing I miss is the interaction with fellow workers. Some aspects of the job I miss some I don't. One of the things I don't miss is being called out in the middle of the night, in the middle of a snow storm, to try and put some equipment back on the air.

    I have good days and bad days. The irony for me is that when I was working I didn't have the time to site in front of a computer as much as I'd like to. Believe it or not but sitting is one of the worst things you can do if you have a bad back. Now I have all kinds of time to actually sit at my PC, but I can only tolerate it in short bursts. The other thing that some people might find hard to believe is, the novelty of sitting around doing nothing wears thin pretty quick. After about a month I was getting shack wacky. I'll still do things that I know will aggravate my back but mentally it makes me feel a whole lot better.

    My step daughter has gone though countless phones for various reasons. Dropped on the ground, dropped in the tub, keyboard wore out from texting, etc. For her its a must have item. I don't know what she's got now, its some touch screen Android smart phone. The one before that was a Blackberry. She's the one that's buying them so more power to her.
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    Wait, I'm not old enough obviously to know what a bag phone is, but I think I've once seen a backpack that contained the guts of the phone and hand piece out of it, is that what you're talking about Hippsie? I'm impressed that you haven't had a landline for 12 years, well done! I personally hate land lines, don't really know why...


    I don't find the hybrid laptops all too pleasing to me. It just don't like the bulk of the keyboard and trackpad. The Surface Pro does a better job of it I find. It's the ideal tablet hybrid.
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    Yes. A bag phone. You probably saw a military phone if it was in a backpack. A bag phone was the size of a purse and had a hand piece with the dialer on the inside of the handle. It broadcasted at about 5 watts if I remember correctly. Never ever dropped a call. Today's phones are at about 1 watt. The brick phone was about 3.

    No land line for 12 years. I did have what they called pure DSL for a bit. I'm sure you know what that is. It replaced dialup. No need for landline no mo! Dialup was as slow as an inch worm. It seemed like 1 byte a second. Now we talk gigs! Then connections got lost. Ugh! Glad it's all behind us now.

    When 5G comes out I think most everything will go cellular. It'll broadcast on what they call super WiFi. It'll change voice to digital just like online phone systems do except in a radio wave. Sometimes I wonder what all these waves we create do to our bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Wait, I'm not old enough obviously to know what a bag phone is, but I think I've once seen a backpack that contained the guts of the phone and hand piece out of it, is that what you're talking about Hippsie? I'm impressed that you haven't had a landline for 12 years, well done! I personally hate land lines, don't really know why...


    I don't find the hybrid laptops all too pleasing to me. It just don't like the bulk of the keyboard and trackpad. The Surface Pro does a better job of it I find. It's the ideal tablet hybrid.
    Thats the whole beauty of the different designs, you buy what you like. A lot of the hybrids add more than just a keyboard and track pad. In some you'll find a second battery, additional USB ports, etc. I would think it would be a lot easier to use a hybrid with the keyboard dock attached, on your lap like a laptop than the Surface. In tablet only mode they'd be the same thing but different.
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