[Chugalug] Raspberry Pi on track to sell more units than Apple II computers
stewartbenjamin at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 15:14:27 UTC 2013
One problem with the Surface is that it CANNOT function as a LAPtop. Sure,
it has a keyboard and trackpad, but they flop around freely, so there's no
way to prop up the screen while holding it in your lap.
Phil, I really like your idea of a tablet that switches to a desktop mode
when you connect the keyboard! Sounds just like those Moto lap docks, but
with a tablet rather than a phone.
On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM, Tim Youngblood <timyoungblood at gmail.com>wrote:
> First, you said 'man purse' which is always funny. Beats 'murse' for
> comedic value, or does it?
> Phil, aren't you describing the Asus Transformer and dare I say it,
> Microsoft Surface?
> By the way, Google Drive editing on my 4" phone is actually amazingly well
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM, Phil Sieg <phil.sieg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Packing a printer and supplies is moving in the opposite direction from
>> what I am trying to accomplish. I want to board a plane to China with a 20"
>> carry on and a man purse containing my ipad mini and 2-3 other accessories,
>> and be able to function productively. I already have a MacBook air, which
>> is a hell of a lot easier to tote than a printer.
>> The real crux of my complaint is that tablets still do NOT have an easily
>> navigable file system that is made for drag and drop use. Can't be done at
>> all with an ipad, and is far from easy with a 'droid tablet.
>> Try making a real spreadsheet on a tablet. Just freaking shoot me now.
>> I love the "idea" of abandoning my laptop, unfortunately I believe we are
>> years from that reality.
>> The "killer" piece of gear would be a tablet/detachable keyboard combo
>> that operates with a Tablet interface when it is "sans" keyboard, and
>> operates with a desktop interface once keyboard is attached.
>> Phil Sieg
>> SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn®
>> phil.sieg at seniortechllc.com
>> Phone: 423.535.9968
>> Fax: 423.265.9820
>> Mobile: 423.331.0725
>> "The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with.
>> It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."
>> Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
>> On Nov 7, 2013, at 9:26 AM, John Aldrich <jmaldrich at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> > 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
>> >> 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
>> >> 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
>> >> 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.
>> > Phil:
>> > 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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