[Chugalug] Raspberry Pi on track to sell more units than Apple II computers

John Aldrich jmaldrich at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 7 14:26:40 UTC 2013

Quoting Phil Sieg <phil.sieg at gmail.com>:

> Ok I need to jump in to the latter part of this discussion regarding  
>  moving from a laptop to a ?tablet?, and vast number of consumers   
> doing this...
> I am trying to make this move personally. I have a maxed out iPad   
> mini with a fantastic bluetooth KB case from Zagg. Everything is   
> just lovely as long as I have access to fast internet.
> As a frequent traveler I often do NOT have access to quality internet.
> Here are just a few of the problems that occur:
> 1. I made a new hotel reservation that needs to be printed out. I am  
>  in a hotel and their printers are not ?air-print?. If I could just   
> get my email to turn into a .pdf and be on a thumb drive I could   
> then hand it to the hotel clerk and say ?print?. Try this process   
> with an iPad sometime and count the steps and need for an internet   
> connection. Sometimes these are hard to come by in   
> China/Philippines/Banana Republic etc?. And without a printed plane   
> ticket or reservation you may find it impossible to do things like   
> take a ferry from mainland China to the Airport in Hong Kong.
> 2. A real ?File System? where my hundreds of business docs, spreads   
> etc can be logically organized, and then easily accessed through   
> local storage.
> 3. a way to get anything onto my iPad with iTunes or the internet. I  
>  bought a wifi thumb drive from sandisk that is way cool and cheap   
> that helps, but is still problematic without an accessible   
> hierarchical filesystem that allows ?drag and drop?
> These are but a fraction of the reasons I am finding it impossible   
> to abandon my laptop.
> Since every flight I get to China is full both ways and I go 4 times  
>  a year, I do not think that business travelers such as myself are a  
>  minority.
> My iPad is great for reading and creating emails, and for ebooks and  
>  streaming video. If you need much more than that it becomes a LOT   
> harder to use than any laptop with any OS.
Just playing "Devil's Advocate" here, but why not buy a portable  
printer with a connection that your iPad has or bluetooth? Yeah, a lot  
of printers these days have bluetooth connections. Granted, we're  
talking the "ultra-portable" printers so trying to print on an 8.5x11  
sheet of paper is probably a non-starter, but at least you can print a  
boarding pass, etc.

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