After getting linked from HN and Reddit, I’ve gotten a bazillion comments that boil down to “You should have updated Office.” Yes, if only I could have figured out how. Since this post went live, Microsoft has explained how to get it:
For Windows RT Surface users, the update can be had by:
- Head to the Control Panel version of Windows Update, not the Metro-accessible version that you use for more everyday settings changes.
Two different versions of the same functionality, one of which is semi-hidden. And that’s the one you need to use to do a very necessary thing. Windows 8 – or at least the Metro/Old Style combination – is looking more and more like a failure every day.
This tablet hardware doesn’t just compete with the iPad – it bypasses the iPad in many ways that are significant and valuable for me.
I plugged in my USB presentation remote and it just worked.
I plugged in a 64GB micro SD card with all my presentations and files and it just worked.
So far, so good. But wait!
I popped out the kickstand and started typing and it just worked. Well, almost – if there’s one significant compromise in the Surface RT, it’s the kickstand. You get two and only two positions for the kickstand: open and closed. There’s no adjustments. I think the kickstand angle was designed for airplane use by short people, because the screen hardly goes back at all. It’s probably perfect for Danny DeVito when he puts it on the seat back tray in coach class, but for me on a desk, it’s too steep.
The built-in front-facing camera for Skype is angled so that it’ll work great when the kickstand is open, but again, only for Danny DeVito, or maybe for people who want to show off their chests in Skype.
Microsoft has taken the spec sheet approach to hardware design. Adding a kick stand is good, because you can put it on the spec sheet and that’s another plus point. But it’s basically unusable (unless you’re vertically challenged), which reduces it from a plus point to a meaningless feature.
“The only Windows desktop software that the Surface RT runs is Windows Office. That’s it.
There are over 4,000,000 applications that run on Windows. The Surface RT falls 3,999,999 applications short of being an adequate notebook PC. And that’s really short of ideal.”
Much as I’d applaud Microsoft for trying something different, Surface has all the disadvantages of Windows without the advantages of running pretty much every application you’d ever want.
Apple’s entry price for its upcoming smaller iPad is between the base model of the new, fifth-generation iPod touch ($299) and the currently shipping WiFi-only 16GB iPad 2 ($399). According to our sources, the base model of the smaller iPad will likely be priced at a minimum of $329 in the United States.
(Via Daring Fireball)
If that’s correct (and Gurman has good sources), it’s high. That’s not to say they won’t sell by the barrow-load, but not getting under $300 is painful.
Also worth noting: that price would translate in the UK to between £249-£279, making it quite a bit more expensive than the competing Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire.
“‘I posted at least one doomsayer rant after each (developer) beta, and I wasn’t alone,’ a developer with three iOS apps in the App Store told CNET. ‘The mood amongst the developers seemed to be that the maps were so shockingly bad that reporting individual problems was futile. What was needed wasn’t so much an interface for reporting a single point as incorrect, but for selecting an entire region and saying ‘all of this — it’s wrong.””
Maybe Apple thought they were just kidding?
“Please stop. There’s nothing more important to a business than profits. Stop talking about:
– market share without context. – how much profit you’re going to make in some distant, undefined future. – how much you’re making from some undisclosed and undiscoverable content, advertising, data gathering or other nebulous activity. – how your business model is different and it shouldn’t be compared to other companies. You’re wrong. Every company’s profits can and should be compared. Profits are the great equalizer.
The proof is in the profits. If you don’t the have profits, you don’t have the proof. And if you don’t have the proof, then please, just stop talking.”
I’ve often wondered how much money Google actually makes from Android. I suspect, even if you factor in mobile ad sales, it’s peanuts.
Ecuador’s laws restrict freedom of expression, and government officials, including [President] Correa, use these laws against his critics. Those involved in protests marred by violence may be prosecuted on inflated and inappropriate ‘terrorism’ charges.
Impunity for police abuses is widespread and perpetrators of murders often attributed to a “settling of accounts” between criminal gangs are rarely prosecuted and convicted.
Spurious criminal charges were brought against human rights defenders, including Indigenous leaders. Human rights violations committed by security forces remained unresolved. Women living in poverty continued to lack access to good quality and culturally appropriate health services.
The willingness of radicals on both left and right to embrace vile regimes when it suits them continually sickens me.
It touches on a wider issue in the world of sports journalism – what Walsh describes as journalists as “fans with typewriters”.
“There was a time when it wasn’t cool to be a fan with a typewriter. When you went to a stadium you went as a journalist, and you didn’t express any partisanship for one team or another.
“Because the Armstrong story was deemed to be so good, so remarkable, an inspiration to countless millions, who wants to rain on that parade? Who wants to be the one to say, ‘hold on, it may not be what it seems’. Journalists then begin acting like fans with typewriters.
For “sports journalists” read “tech journalists”. Whether they’re following Google or Apple, we have way too many “fans with typewriters”.
It’s okay for anonymous Redditors to post upskirt photo after upskirt photo, but a huge violation of privacy for a journalist to report on the men who post them? How does that make any sense?
Can’t really argue with that one.