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Old 23. Aug 2013, 02:45 AM   #121 (permalink)
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I see your point, Metro is made for touchscreens after all. As an OS, I don't think it's lacking, and you can downgrade to Windows 7 or use x86 *nix on the Windows 8 Pro tablet. It's harder, but not impossible.
Touch is made for touch screens and is implemented in Windows Phone, 8 and RT.

Metro does not address touch because it is a set of design rules that covers typography, graphics, etc. It does not specifically address touch screens. Microsoft has another set of design rules for each interface which apply to Windows 7, 8, RT and Phone. So we have Touch, Keyboard, Mouse/pointers, Pen and Accessibility interfaces.

Microsoft Metro first implemented in Windows Phone 7 is one of the few end-user accessible Microsoft documents that references the term.
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Old 23. Aug 2013, 05:52 AM   #122 (permalink)
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MC, that is interesting. Is it worth a Tech Tip?
I think so. He's certainly feeling the wrath of many parents who have spent twice the cost of a desktop on an i-whotsit only for it to get dropped. They then have a go at him when he says he can't fix it.
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Old 27. Sep 2013, 08:15 AM   #123 (permalink)
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Default PC shipments continue to fall in the fifth consecutive quarter

"PC shipments fall nearly 11 percent in Q2 2013. This represents the fifth consecutive quarter of decreased shipments."

Bucking the trend is the Chromebook. "It has gained 20 to 25 percent of the U.S. market for laptops under $300 in just the past eight months. The PC seems to be snagging market share and sales while the rest of the market is slumping."

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Old 27. Sep 2013, 11:17 AM   #124 (permalink)
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Interesting, somehow I always forget the Chromebook in Linux discussions.
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Old 28. Sep 2013, 08:32 PM   #125 (permalink)
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Chromebook has nearly quarter of the sub-$300 laptop market. Uh, the laptop market essentially begins at $299, not counting Chromebooks. And, I wouldn't count Chromebooks, because all it's good for is running the Chrome browser (no small thing, but still not enough).
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Old 29. Sep 2013, 12:00 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Not for netbooks, but you're right about the lack of laptops in that price range. Actually, you can't dismiss the Chromebook even if that reason is true. Offline apps like Files, Google Docs, and Angry Birds are more than just browser extensions. Also, there's a whole other side of Chrome OS because it's built on Linux: the Terminal.

It's speed and security (+ probably stability) would've attracted me to purchase it if my netbook stops working. I can share it with anyone, it's extremely difficult to tamper (with multiple accounts) and very easy to restore to default (you'll be back to before in no time with syncing). Lastly, you can dual-boot like any other machine, although that may be more difficult with the ARM version.
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Old 29. Sep 2013, 12:01 AM   #127 (permalink)
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Security on a cloud-based system?
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Old 29. Sep 2013, 08:04 AM   #128 (permalink)
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Security = Privacy? No.
Backup =/= Security? No.
Cloud AV =/= Security? No.
Cloud = Insecurity? Not necessarily.
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Cloud = your data on third persons' servers = no reliability on security.
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Old 29. Sep 2013, 12:46 PM   #130 (permalink)
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So you don't use third-party storage for anything? Still a privacy argument instead of actual reliability, unless you can prove that Google's server farm won't last longer than your HDD.
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