Subject: Sacrilege: I don't want an iPad
After trying out an iPad, all I can say is, it really isn't all that impressive. Yes, they've done a nice job -- they always do. But those of us who live outside of the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field are already seeing that it's not the universe-changing milestone of modern computing that the fanbois are claiming it to be. (Although I'm very amused that Apple is succeeding where Microsoft failed -- it's very satisfying to watch because tablets were Bill Gates' pet project. More on that later.)
I do like my netbook, though. Now you've got to keep in mind that netbooks were not originally intended to be "very small laptops" which is how they eventually ended up getting positioned in the market. They were supposed to be access devices, companion devices. Not full-blown PC's. That only happened after Microsoft started freaking out because people were actually buying Linux-based computers (oh no!) and because these devices were being manufactured by PC makers, they had the leverage to force them to lard up the hardware specs until they could (badly) run Windows XP.
What's really funny is that the same person who argued that I was wrong about this -- that people really do want a full-blown computer and not a simple companion device -- is now an iPad owner.
So what's next? I would say, look for some really slick new netbooks emerging in the next year or two. They're not going to be based around PC technology the way the current batch are. We're going to see netbooks with ARM processors running Android or a similar software stack. They're going to be made by companies who aren't as easily pushed around by Microsoft (think phone manufacturers instead of PC manufacturers). They're going to have insanely long battery life and relatively cheap price tags, possibly as low as $100 once they really get going. And a lot of them are going to be sold, many of them to people who won't buy an iPad, either because Apple's prices are too high or because they really wanted something with an actual keyboard.
As a side note, I've gotta say I'm really loving the Android software stack. My wife and I are now the proud owners of Android-based smartphones. It's a beautifully designed environment -- easy to work with, fast and snappy, flexible, and best of all it doesn't lock you into Steve Jobs' walled garden where you can only perform Apple-sanctioned actions using Apple-approved software. Long live the world of open systems.
reading into ajax push. Our Java guy pointed out this:
which seems to be a good startingpoint to get to know the basic idea, but... you guess it, java bloat scalable as usual: one box doesn't take it? use 10. Our Protocol And Solution? somewhat Opensource but be shure to check out our professional offer.
then from the probably commercialy buzzworded term 'Ajax Push' our designer was told by s.b. else to look at 'comet':
which seems to find two major clean open engeneered ways:
The xmpp guys: http://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0206.html (which might be ok for webcits webchat application but didn't look at it so far)
and the Dojo guys: http://svn.cometd.org/trunk/bayeux/bayeux.html (which seems to apply some REST patterns and find a clean word on it)
Both enlighten a more open protocol. now being a fan of nginx, I wanted to find out whether somebody applied the dojo comet approach to it, and found:
now thats a way down from JAVA, SERVLET "ENTERPRISE" TOMCAT FOO via some (nice)open specificatorheads down to the Heres 10 lines of C I handle the load of 10 BIG FAT XEON BOXES with java foo in one 486 with 32 MB ram.
noncomitters may be second class citizens, but why can't they commit to a branch?
I won't say more before I try git.
Everybody sings its praises, it must be just that wonderful.
Fleeb said something the other day though.
He was working on something and committing it on his local laptop so when he got back to the office he could sync and yada yada yada.
I don't know abuot the rest of you, but one of the big reasons I use version control at all is to get a copy of the source off my machine which I generally don't trust for more than 10 minutes at a time.
I'm not a big fan of losing work.
Stupid and simple idea.
How about you just thread the cord down the inside of your shirt next time.
Does there exist any hardware that allows you to hook a real phone up to the PC to use as a skype phone?
magic jack has a 30 day free trial so I ordered it, although it sounds like you have to run their softwar so e so you can see their ads, but that's what a vm is for I guess.
we're all individuals! - Me not!
I realize that no self respecting company would be caught dead not paying a forklift to a database company, but from down here in the trenches it looks like a really really stupid idea.
I thought about getting an older 12 inch instead of a netbook but decided no. Here is what I am looking for in a netbook:
- 10-11 inch screen, ideally not 12.
- Longest battery life possible within reason. 7-8 hours or more ideally.
- Would love more than the usual 1024x600, if possible.
- Matte screen if possible.
- 2+ gigs RAM
- 250G hard disk, would accept less if everything else was what I want.
- Trackpoint?? Only on the Lenovo.. would like it tho.
- Bluetooth would be nice.
And.. I would like to spend under $400. But if something was perfect, I would spend a bit more.
Right now the most tempting option is the Asus 1005PE.. it does not have everything I want.. 1024x600, glossy screen, tiny trackpad. But it does have 2G RAM, 250G disk, one of the better feeling keyboards, bluetooth, and a 6 cell battery with promised FOURTEEN hour battery life. Even if it turns out to be a real 9-10 hours that's awesome. All for only $367.
The Sony VPCW211AX is a more expensive one.. $439.. but it has higher resolution and in every way very lovely machine with a nice keyboard. But the battery life is I think 6-7 hours. And it's still glossy. Tempting, but I think it is too much to pay for a computer that I plan to tote to parties and whatnot (plan to use to run my sound system and to DJ).
Sony has a lower model VPCM111AX.. again very lovely all around.. with a MATTE SCREEN :) But specs wise it is similar or less than the ASUS, and the battery life is half the ASUS. For $379. So basically for the same price I would be trading half my battery life for a matte screen. It is tempting but I think I would rather have the battery.
The Toshiba NB205 was my top pick until I started looking around and realized that although it is a nice machine and gets great reviews, so does the ASUS, and I like the ASUS keyboard better. In short it is a good machine but doesn't really stand out enough to win over the ASUS.
So those are the ones I took a really close look at. The others that I need to explore more are the Lenovo and the HP Mini. The HP Mini has the higher resolution and a great keyboard, but moderate battery life. If I was not on foot or public transport so often I think I would get it though.
The Lenovo initially did not look worth it for the money especially as they don't include the trackpoint on all models. But now I see they have a few models some with trackpoint and I am seeing some decent prices, I have to give them another look before I decide.
I'm gonna definitely make a purchase in the next 3 weeks...
I have one of these on order: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10173
Looks fun. Just what I need, another hobby.
It works fine but when you turn it on it instantly starts making this high/low octave alarm and doesn't stop.
Thankfully I found the problem. There was this piezo electric buzzer soldered on the board. Now that I've broken that, everything is functioning normally.
mounted inside a PC case made of transparent plexiglas.
Transparent aluminum... duh!
So what? RAM is cheepo.