Re: Serious Question Mk II
It's prior art for this so called "design patent" that Apple have been throwing around. It doesn't matter that it's a mock up or stage prop, just that it shows that Apple weren't first over the line with it.
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You'd be getting the one without internet at my college then. Old building to scare away the nasty mobile data demons and a wifi policy of "Internet access for students? IMPOSSIBLE!"
I can live without the DVD, I rely on USBs mostly and have a dusty Sony external DVD burner from my old netbook that could see the light of day, but ethernet is an absolute requisite in any business that requires stability and security. Especially in a "pro" machine.
I would agree to some extent. The biggest barrier I've found to selling ultrabooks is that people look at the price and turn around. They'd rather have an Apple for some ungodly reason. The AMDs, sneaking in with plastic casing and maybe a slightly higher-capacity HDD, along with the APU setup, that sounds like a winning formula to me.
When I'm not dangling dangerously close on the retail ladder to a used-car-salesman, I'm studying. I don't really give a crap about battery life, I'm not going to wave it around on the bus, but lightness is a priority and as long as the resolution is decent enough to have a few things on screen at once, I'll be happy. Also, it must play Diablo 3.
Boohoo. Apple traditionally waited for something to work before implementing it into their hardware. Isn't that what Steve Jobs wanted? "Perfectly" formed craftsmanship on something that "just works." Standards are slipping at Cupertino, and only after you've invested shitloads into their application market.
Vista got people oohing and ahhing before people got to know it. The bloat wasn't even that big a deal if your machine was fairly decent for its time. My experience with Windows Mobile was limited to a Palm and a HTC Touch, but it seemed no more complicated than a current Nokia which has floundered me even though I sell the stupid things. (Hoping to have a play with one of the N9's we received yesterday to see if it's gotten better...)
I'm not saying each generation was necessarily a massive improvement, but Microsoft have at least made moves to reinvent their product and aren't afraid to risk failure.
To quote http://www.telstra.com.au/mobile/phones/smartphones.html (under Software Updates tab just down the page)
HTC Desire Android 'Gingerbread' update HTC will no longer proceed with a mass-market Gingerbread update for Desire due to the memory requirements of Android 2.3
I've just educated myself on the backflip HTC made that Ausdroid reported on June 24th and rather than spare myself the indeterminable date for such an update being made widely available through Telstra, I'd have gone custom firmware anyway. I'm happier with more control of my phone regardless.
I forget, did uDraw for the Wii require optional hardware? Likewise, there are Kinect exclusives on the 360. I get what you're saying, but with the latest batch of consoles "must have" accessories are becoming a standard theme. And if they're selling the consoles at a loss, I can hardly blame them.
Don't buy tablet > Don't make apps for it > Why buy tab if there's no apps for it > ad infinitum
Can I have widgets on an ipad natively? Can I pick my browser? Are there restrictions on where I may purchase apps without compromising the system?
Personally, I'm glad Toshiba aren't trying to clone the iFondleslab. Usually their machines are quite excellent and I'm not gay for minimalistic design, so this would be fine for me. I don't particularly care if it's heavier, it'll stop me waving it in people's faces incessantly like a giddy schoolgirl.