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Dood, Too much sharing

Filed under: Discussion points — rchurchill @ 10:26 am

I watched (and shared) a video a few days ago on on “the internet of things”, the idea that the internet is moving from  a collection of documents on servers, to a network of things (computers, mobile phones, room thermostats, even curtain openers) that all talk to each other and share information.  You want to pay for your parking, no problem, just pull out your mobile (it knows where you are) and it will allow you to pay  for your parking to electronically.  Handy if you  need to top up the meter without having to return to your car.

This fashion for sharing has me wondering, do we think enough about what we share?

We get worried when large corporations tell us they are collecting information about our shopping habits. On the other hand we happily share with our Facebook/twitter/… “friends” that we are off on holiday for two weeks (so the house is empty then), who our mother is, what our date of birth is, home town, favourite place to holiday when we were children,  pets in chronological order;  you know, the answer to virtually any security question, our banks, credit card companies and online payment sites have on us.  I have a few aquaintances on social media sites that share so much information, that in a few hours, I could put together a file on them, so detailed it would have taken the CIA many men days 40 years ago.  So my question is, are we sharing too much? Are we worrying about the wrong things when we do think about what we are sharing?  Share you answers here or on Facebook or Google+

What is a Tablet PC?

Filed under: General — rchurchill @ 10:14 am

By Richard Churchill – First Published August 2012

The Tablet PC is the first truly new concept in computer design in decades, the idea is simple, no dedicated keyboard, no mouse, just a very light touch screen computer. This makes them more intuitive to use than a PC, if you want to use an app, just touch it. When you need to type in some information, an on-screen keyboard appears.

The first Tablet computer, Apple’s iPad, was release in the US in March 2010. When it was announced, most “experts” (myself included) wondered what the iPad would be used for. In the two years since its launch the iPad has become a top selling product for Apple and changed the way we think about computers.

What makes the iPad and other tablets revolutionary is they have finally make the internet truly portable, mobile phones have been browsing the internet since the late 90’s but they are small and fiddly. Tables combined smart phone ease of use and portability with a screen that was large enough to make reading easy.

So how do Tablets compare to PC and (smart) mobile phones?

Tablet computers are essentially very large smart phones, they run the same software, and use the same apps (app – program specially designed for mobile phone or tablet). The only difference is you can’t make phone calls on them or fit them in your pocket.

A Tablet works best in situations that make use of its screen size and simplicity, so if you want to do things like looking at a web site, check you bank balance or watch a video over the internet, by using a Tablet you will normally have finished, before a computer has even started. If you want to write letters/reports, edit pictures, or compose a long email, it is possible on a table but it will be much easier on a PC.

Should you buy one? If you mostly use your home computer to go online, a tablet could be the only computer you need. If you use your computer to edit your holiday pictures, or do a lot of admin work on it, a tablet may be a handy extra but you will still want a PC.

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