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Postby guy » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:58 pm

nelz wrote:Good point, although I think our expectations were lower back then

Rather the opposite - the wafer-thin flat-topped cack that passes for cool functionality today was cold-shouldered back then as next to unusable for serious office work. I rather suspect that people today just love any opportunity to quit typing while on the move.

Hmm, something the size of a Series 5 running Android would be rather nice.

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Postby Rhakios » Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:46 am

guy wrote:Hey, what's the opposite of a troll? Something that beguiles the reader into wistful burbling. A fairy queen maybe?


Hmm, don't know how many people would want to be publicly branded a fairy queen. :roll:
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Postby wyliecoyoteuk » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:25 am

I actually got to use one of the original tablet pcs.
It was dreadfully slow, even running win98.
The battery life was pretty short, and you had to use a heavy metal caused pen thing.
It was a compaq . It also came with a rather rubbish detachable keyboard.
And if you think a transformer is heavy, that was about 3 times the weight.
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Postby nelz » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:38 am

Surely the definition of a portable device is that it is used out of the office. You still can't beat a desktop PC with plenty of screen and input space for real office work.
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Postby AndyBaxman » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:04 am

nelz wrote:Surely the definition of a portable device is that it is used out of the office. You still can't beat a desktop PC with plenty of screen and input space for real office work.


Actually, you can.

We use docked laptops with full sized keyboards, mice and external monitors. Gives me two screens in the office, but the portability to go onsite (with the "office" via VPN).
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Postby nelz » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:12 am

A "docked laptop with full sized keyboards, mice and external monitors" IS a desktop machine.
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Postby Ram » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:04 am

nelz wrote:A "docked laptop with full sized keyboards, mice and external monitors" IS a desktop machine.


Urm.. I have one of those and one not docked but sharing full keyboard , a mouse and external monitor via a switch with the docked one.

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Postby AndyBaxman » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:33 pm

nelz wrote:A "docked laptop with full sized keyboards, mice and external monitors" IS a desktop machine.


Except you can't undock a full sized machine and take it on the road.
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Postby DavidMcCrossan » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:31 pm

Further to Nelz
¨the definition of portable..¨ from my RAF days that used to mean ¨can be loaded onto an aircraft carrier¨.
Those were indeed the days!

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Postby nelz » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:35 pm

AndyBaxman wrote:
nelz wrote:A "docked laptop with full sized keyboards, mice and external monitors" IS a desktop machine.


Except you can't undock a full sized machine and take it on the road.


But then it's no longer a docked laptop, and has lost some of its usefulness for "office tasks" - although it has gained other usefulness in being converted from a desktop to a laptop.
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