The trend remains the same

Computers or for our purpose consumer grade computers Have followed a predictable trend from their introduction till now. The computer you and I use is smaller, cheaper and more reliant on non attached services than previous models. Design improvements have been a boom and bust for computer users depending on the type of user you are. Design improvements or refinements have given devices more usefulness while actually reducing hardware features. Tried to find a modern laptop with a 9 pin serial port. Design has moved consumer computer hardware into the 80% – 20% model meaning 800% of the people will never need features not available on the device.
The term post PC has for years been a catch phrase, and actually most of us are in the post PC works. What is there that you do on a daily basis that you could not do a non PC device? This blog and two other sites are ran off of a 7″ tablet with an 11$ Bluetooth keyboard. Most of my personal work is done on this platform. However my work is still reliant on a full featured computer. As with everything lessening the ability of any device means that for certain functions there will be operations or functions that will have to be done by other devices. in the Android – iOS model this is storage. This distribution of service makes network availability the utmost concern. Post PC portable devices are driving cloud use for the normal private computer user, Original visions of the iPhone and it’s function showed a reliance on web based applications over device hosted apps. quality of service issues with cellular data has moved current operations models to device hosted apps. Still hosting and running apps locally requires more storage and processor power than running device hosted apps. With per device price pressure always present I look for a return to web based apps as connectivity improves worldwide.

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Mini keyboard first impressions

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This keyboard is small however it does have great advantages over on screen keyboards. the least of these advantages is tactile you can feel when the keystroke happens. Yes I will admit that most of my tablet use requires little typing and that is inline with the design and purpose of a tablet. however the small size means I have my tablet with me most of the time. When the need or desire for actually entering text happens anything more than a text or quick email tends to be a chore.
This is a trade off device a full sized keyboard would be a lot nicer to work on and would more likely than not be at home and not with the tablet. There are some interesting folding keyboards, one design in particular I liked as a Palm attachment years ago and it’s Bluetooth descendant was tempting with a full size keyboard, however at four times the price I decided to try something new. This may not be my final keyboard. however I am now a big tablet fan and I can foresee the need for a keyboard as long as there are tablets. I will check in from time to time on how the keyboard is doing for me.

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All settled in

Though when I first got the tablet my main concern  was that text input would be awful, in truth it has been a learning curve though not at all as bad as I had first  imagened. The lack of good portable Bluetooth keyboards  is a concern they all fall into three groups the fold I half with huge gutter, a the silicone   flexible or the fold in quaternary boards. Of the three the   fold I  quaternary boards are the best though expensive. These get my vote for typing feel and size when carried. I went witha roll up silicone  keyboard at about one fit the price.

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I hope that with a keyboard I will be able to stand this tablet for all but the most serious  sessions.
Now that the keyboard is on the way a stand seemed like an obvious next move, however I hope to be able to use the Outter  Box Defender case and lid stand. This stand works great on landscape orentation, however it leaves much to be desired in portrait  orentation. I will let you know next week after I have hade some time to evaluate the setip.

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