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Back to the New Year
January 9, 2013 – 11:14am

PC is the acronym for personal computer… and what would be more personal than a computer that stays with you 24/7 like a PocketPC (aka ‘smart phones’, ‘super smartphones’, ‘i_______ ‘).

Apple Dictionary (2.2.3 build 118.5) describes the term personal computer as “designed for use by one person at a time”.  Ironically the image attached to the Wikipedia version of the term is a desktop computer (how nostalgic).

In the past mobile OS’s all suffered from the same historical fate – lack of continuity.  In example it has been very difficult to move the same file format between mobile and non-mobile OS’s.  Microsoft is stumbling to resolve that with Windows 8 (proving once again that if you throw enough money at a problem and force people to use it, adoption is imminent … or so the dogma goes).  Apple is too profitable to care.  Android was the logical counter solution to Apple fascism.

However, Ubuntu may be able to solve the desktop-mobile bridge with an open universal OS… the Linux way.

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Given consumer taste for quad-core ‘supersmart phones’  (aka pocketPC), I see this moment as the historical opportunity for convergence (communications and digital information) and extension (storage, processing, and peripherals) to PC.

Welcome to 2013, year of the – pc –


If glasses HUD can be moved to market soon, then convergence of visual experience with digital information will be realized with the pocketPC.  Hence you will never need a desktop computer for general purpose applications.

Steve Swettenham January 9, 2013 – 11:14am

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Samsung Tablets – GPS more accurate than you believe
August 21, 2012 – 12:16pm

If you have ever used a hand-held GPS or a vehicle GPS, you will notice that it is not spot on with respect to your exact location due to military built-in wobble (zone of error).  However, with the Map App on the Samsung Tablets with built-in GPS, the location IS SPOT ON.  For how long this will last, I guess depends on how the military will react to such ‘features’ of the Android tablet.

However, for now the recent generation of Samsung tablets that have GPS…are spot on…. even as you move.

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Who’s running Samsung Tablets anyway?
August 21, 2012 – 10:31am

Why would a customer pay premium prices for old tech that has less memory than the much older tech?


However, that is exactly what Samsung has done with the Galaxy – Tab 7 Plus and Tab 2 (7.0).  Both 7 inch tablets are the same price but the old version (Plus) has 16 GB Storage while the new version (Tab 2) only has 8 GB.  This move by Samsung to protect the 10.1 Tabs from being undersold by 7.0 Tabs defies the technological progress of providing more features with time.

Therefore it looks like newer is not better…. good thing Samsung didn’t subtract cameras along with storage… then I would start to think they were completely cutting off the 7.0 market.

This tech spec game that Samsung is playing will not improve my confidence in this company…I guess it could be worse… the black slab of death….black-be-rr-y.


Ref: Bestbuy – $249 for old or new versions

Steve Swettenham August 21, 2012 – 10:38am