Thursday, August 21, 2014
The tablet runs Windows 8.1 and is in essence, a miniature laptop. Because it runs Windows, I find that the mouse is essential to my experience. Although the touch features do work on the tablet, I run enough "desktop" applications in my use that I find the mouse makes things better. It's battery operated and goes a long way on the batteries. It gives me the precision I need on the small device, especially with my touch-challenged fingers.
The keyboard is another necessity for creating content like this blog. It folds in half and is rechargeable. It does a good deal of time between charges and can easily last several days with my usage. Although I can use the on-screen keyboard, I find it less than adequate on this and other devices. This keyboard can also pair with my cell phone in case I want to go extra tiny. The feel is not as adequate as a regular keyboard and I can't type as quickly as I can on a laptop or netbook, but it works adequately for the use.
The last component are the glasses. I have just purchased these and they give me three ranges of magnification for my tired old eyes. Although I like the tablet, I find that the type is often just too small -- like trying to read the instructions on the pill bottle. These glasses give me the magnification I need to make things better. I actually see pretty well up close for consuming content, but, I don't see all that well when I use the keyboard or put the computer on the table.
And, speaking of the table, you need one to use the complete set up. The tablet case stands up the device, but it can't hold the keyboard. This makes a flat surface an essential component of content creation.
So what do I think? All=in=all, a pretty good set up. I sometimes think I should have gone with a larger tablet with a keyboard,but, for the cost, I am reasonably satisfied. Since I consume more content than I create, this set of tools is quite sufficient for my use.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Oh well I don't visit this site often and, now, maybe less.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Just because someone is famous, do I really care what they think? This lady comments crassly on fashion, after all. What possible news worthiness is her opinion on international politics?
And why does the number of people viewing something affect it's news worthiness? Looking at the reality television that is popular, I don't have a great deal of faith in the judgement of most people.
OK, I'll turn the rant off now...
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
What "places" do you visit when you first get up? My routine has changed and involves places on the Internet and devices rather than newspapers or other physical things delivered to the house.
Do you check your e-mail; look at Facebook, Google+, Twitter or other site; or check your work e-mail? How has your routine been affected by technology? What device do you check first. Do you turn on the television, listen to the clock radio, or check your smart phone?
I'm sure the "places" you are in the morning has changed over the years. I know mine has. One a weekday, for example, I first look at my work phone -- yes, the fact that I even HAVE a work phone is a change. I'm on-call and want to know that things that ran overnight actually ran. It's a cursory look, but it IS the first thing I do. I get my news, almost exclusively from the web. I don't turn on the TV in the morning mainly because I get up earlier than the rest of the family and don't want to disturb them. On a weekday, I'm a "quick our the door" kind of guy and don't spend any time at home before going to work. On the weekends, holidays, and vacations, I spend more time -- again, on the Internet.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
She has spend literally thousands of dollars on purchases -- we have twin boys, so two of everything -- and, completing the circle of shopping, I have taken back literally thousands of dollars of clothes.
I am on a first-name basis with at least one clerk at a brick-and-mortar store because of my returns and the UPS guys know our house pretty well. Through out this entire experience (yes, we actually found a couple of "keepers") I have observed some things.
First, we shop at online retailers associated with brick-and-mortar stores in our area -- JC Penney, Macy's, Old Navy. This makes returning merchandise easier as they are a short drive from home. It seems much better than having to repackage things to return to online only retailers. Brick-and-mortar stores replaced by online only operations? I sure hope not. They should be augmented by online operations.
Returning things to these retailers was easy. The ease of this helps the retailer by making us more likely to use them again in the future. It can even help the physical store. On more than one occasion, I have picked up something else at the store while returning something from the online component.
Keep up the circle and retain the physical stores to make returns easier.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The performance does seem to be a bit better than it was also. But, I'm not really sure about that. I still like the Dell and, in general, am OK with Windows.
I think, here, I should mention something about my philosophy about computers. I don't use them for the operating system. The operating system is a home for the applications that I run. It needs to get me to the applications and stay out of the way. That's it. It's OK, if it looks good and works elegantly, but, I don't do ANYTHING there except start the applications I'm interested in. And, oh yeah, it needs to connect to the Internet and the devices I want to use. It needs to do this as consistently and with as little mucking around as possible. In this way, I think that Apple has it together. Don't bother me with configuring, running jobs or whatever, just do it. When I want to print, find the printer and print the page--that's all.
Both systems seem to have it together in that respect, so I'm OK with them.
Well, now that I know what operating systems I'm using, perhaps I'll have more to say about them later. Right now, they are out of my way and I'm doing my thing...