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  1.    09 Dec 2014 #1
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    How to make Windows tablets a success


    Until very recently, Windows 8 tablets were a huge missed opportunity for the industry. Before Microsoft dropped the licence fee for Windows on small devices, the OEMs didn't come up with innovative designs to take advantage of what Windows 8 could do on small screens and ignored them in favour of the race to the bottom in Android tablets.
    How to make Windows tablets a success: Stop PC makers getting security wrong | ZDNet
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  2.    10 Dec 2014 #2

    Hi there

    The days of "Tablets only" devices are IMO limited -- it's a dead end route.

    Convertibles such as the Surface Pro 3 are the way forward -- and in this case the base OS can provide reasonable security -- in any case over 80% of domestic (i.e home) computer frauds are done by methods that NO SOFTWARE system can prevent - such as phishing, fake web sites, bad email links and general poor computer behaviour of the user population.

    Most uninformed people for instance if they were to get an email from what looks like an official website saying they are (or even might be) entitled to an income tax refund would unthinkingly click on the link. Same with Banks etc.

    No amount of computer software can prevent people from falling into these traps. Viruses these days are a fairly trivial part of the problem --people have moved on to other (more financially rewarding !!! ways of scamming people unfortunately) and these considering the general standard of education in most communities are much harder to defend against.

    adware and zillions of pop ups are the most common annoyance these days as far as software is concerned and as some of these can behave as normal windows applications it's also almost impossible for AV software to defend against these either -- these generally get loaded on to your machine when looking for a download and you click the wrong button -- some sites are deliberately designed this way hiding the real download in between zillions of green arrows and "offers" !!!!.

    The best thing to remember as I think an Irishman said " The price of Education is expensive but the price of Ignorance is Astronomical".

    (amazing how many interesting sayings emanate from "The Emerald Isle !!).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  3.    29 Dec 2014 #3
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    The 2-in-1 and convertible form factor I can see being the new form factors of the Windows PC going forward. Tablet only is kind half-cocked for a Windows PC. A tablet only and a stylus however, that makes more sense to me as now that's a perfect note taking device.
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  4.    29 Dec 2014 #4
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    Yea, I think the whole "tablet thang" has pretty much run its course. Not saying tabs will disappear, don't freak out. But, IMHO their use has peaked and is in decline. 2in1 things, with the twistable screen but attached keyboards may well rise in their place. Hell even I would consider getting one of those...

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  5.    29 Dec 2014 #5
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    Poor Will!
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  6.    29 Dec 2014 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Yea, I think the whole "tablet thang" has pretty much run its course. Not saying tabs will disappear, don't freak out. But, IMHO their use has peaked and is in decline. 2in1 things, with the twistable screen but attached keyboards may well rise in their place. Hell even I would consider getting one of those...

    Fire at will...
    I didn't think I'd ever want an 8 inch Windows tablet as I thought those were just too small for anything, but with a Wacom stylus it's actually quite awesome. The on screen keyboard is very well laid out so I can type on it like on my Windows Phone landscape mode.
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  7.    29 Dec 2014 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
    Poor Will!
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  8.    29 Dec 2014 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
    Poor Will!
    You haven't heard that old chestnut before? Heck, it's way older than me and I'm pretty old.
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  9.    30 Dec 2014 #9
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    I have a Kindle Reader (old style), and at the moment that seems to work for me. Would like a Surface 3 Pro, albeit just can't figure out what to do with it. Heck I haven't even used My Laptop in over a year.
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  10.    30 Dec 2014 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I have a Kindle Reader (old style), and at the moment that seems to work for me. Would like a Surface 3 Pro, albeit just can't figure out what to do with it. Heck I haven't even used My Laptop in over a year.
    I also have a Kindle, the El Cheapo modle with no keyboard, no PaperWhite screen, Wi-Fi connectivity only, and ads for screen savers. I got it for one purpose: to read books. And it works very well for that.

    The only other thing I would want to use a tablet for is grocery and other shopping lists and directions I can read while working on a project (both of those needs currently being met by the use of paper—3x5 cards and letter sized; it's a whole lot cheaper than buying a tablet and I don't worry about breaking paper when I drop it or get it wet).

    That said, if I ever get a tablet for anything other than a specific purpose, say using it as a remote control, it would be a Surface 3. The main downsides to the Surface 3 or my current notebooks are limited data storage and less battery life. The advantages are a real keyboard (kinda sorta), the ability to use programs I'm already familiar with, and more portability (my notebooks get pretty heavy after a while). Of course, a good smart phone could meet many, if not most, of my portability needs other than the inconvenience of the tiny screen (keep in mind I'm spoiled putrid by my three 24" monitors at home).
    Last edited by Lady Fitzgerald; 02 Jan 2015 at 15:29.
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