Alexander: Better tablets won't replace small laptops

  • Article by: STEVE ALEXANDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2012 - 6:52 PM
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EbuddyMay. 23, 1212:47 PM

"Your salesman's prediction of new tablets that can run the same software as a netbook refers to the pending introduction of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system, which is expected to result in tablets that run more PC-like programs." This is patently incorrect. Windows has a "tablet" version of all it's versions going back to XP. You can purchase a tablet today that has dimensions similar to that of an iPad that is running a fully operational version of Windows 7 with compatibility with almost all windows-compatible software. As to how comfortable the user feels using a touch interface (more important, a "soft" keyboard) that's more of a personal preference issue. Finally, will it replace a laptop? Eventually it will because the form factor of a tablet is clearly popular, raw computing "power" in the tablet form factor it not much different that that of a laptop and technological developments in user input (i.e. soft keyboards, voice recognition, gesture recognition, etc.) will overcome the need for a hard keyboard.

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mallwittMay. 28, 12 6:04 AM

@Ebuddy - You obviously don't type a lot. I program and I can assure you that good as voice recognition may be in something like Siri, programming a complex SQL select statement is not going to happen via voice or soft keyboards. There are many applications in which tablets excel, but anything involving large amounts of input isn't it.

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mallwittMay. 28, 12 6:19 AM

In reply to ANTHONY GIOIA - As Mr. Alexander rightly states, you do not want to remove security updates from your computer. In addition to fixing security flaws, many also fix system performance and compatibility problems - from making Windows faster, to ensuring that your favorite game doesn't crash. However, there are some things related to these updates you can remove. 1) Double click on your 'My Computer' Icon to open a file window. 2) Click the 'Tools' menu and go to 'Folder Options...' 3) On the window that opens, select the 'View' tab. 4) Select the radio button labeled 'Show hidden files and folders' 5) Uncheck the option to 'Hide protected Operating system files (Recommended)' 6) Click the 'Apply' button and then the 'Ok' button 7) Open the 'C' Drive and then the 'Windows' (sometimes 'WINNT') folder. You will see a number of folders that start with '$NTUninstall', these are the uninstall files for all those security updates. It's unlikely (and we recommended not) that you'll ever remove them, so deleting these folders poses very little risk but can free up some hard drive space. If you are concerned about recent updates, right click in the window and choose 'view' then 'details from the sub menu, then simply don't delete any folders that were created in the last 2 months just in case a recent update needs to be removed. After you are done, follow steps 2-6 to re-hide the critical files on the computer so you don't fat finger something later.

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