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OLPC, or not to be?
March 13, 2014 | 1:26 pm

olpcLaptopPDFgerrymWowioBlog Has OLPC jumped the shark? OLPC News seems to think so. In a recent (and controversial) post on the blog, Wayan Vota wonders if there’s any point to OLPC anymore. Vota contends that the XO-1 laptop is 7 years old—ancient technology in Internet time—and that Sugar, its operating system, is “history.” (Though he doesn’t mention the more recent XO-1.75 that came out in 2012.) It’s closed down its Boston office and its founder, Nicholas Negroponte, has long since moved on the global literacy X-Prize project. Yet let us be...

Why I am Buying a Macbook this Christmas
November 16, 2013 | 9:22 am

MacbookI wrote earlier this year about my upcoming need for a new computer. My aging Macbook is, well, showing its age, and I was no longer sure if the price premium on Macs was worth it for me given how much of my day-to-day work I have offloaded onto my iPad these days. I also wasn't sure if I would not be better served by ditching all the Mac gear and buying a tablet solution with a full Microsoft OS... Well, I have been doing a ton of comparison shopping, and here is my verdict---I am buying Mac again. Here's why: 1)...

Asus Transformer Book T100 Pre-Orders Underway For $400 A Pop, Shipping Begins October 18
October 9, 2013 | 7:09 pm

netbook Netbooks are dead, long live mini-laptops! It’s how we can describe in a nutshell the evolution of the ultraportable computer market in the past nine months or so, with virtually everyone that’s someone in the business dropping the “netbook” marketing term, but continuing to roll out light, sleek, portable and affordable little notebooks. The latest product to hit the niche is the Asus Transformer Book T100, though, as you can tell by its moniker, the thing is much more than a conventional, bland-looking laptop. Okay, maybe not much more, but more nevertheless, as it’s both a mini-notebook and tablet. And the cherry...

Tablets vs. Laptops: Which Are Better For Mobile Computing?
August 2, 2013 | 7:08 pm

tabletsThis past week seems to have been the week to discuss tablets vs. laptops. Business Insider had an article on replacing tablets with laptops, and our sister site, TeleRead, posted an article on the subject the following day. Because it’s a topic I particularly enjoy writing about, I thought I’d add my voice to the fray. Laptops and tablets both fit the niche of mobile computing. They are both good for certain tasks and not so good for others. I gave up a laptop for a tablet a long time ago, and if I need a full computer, I use my desktop PC. Basically, it’s...

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools
July 29, 2013 | 4:45 pm

laptopsMediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that's grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have been great for students—they've spent their time "doing everything from conversing with peers in Costa Rica through Twitter in a history class, to designing and producing their own online magazines." But it hasn't been so great for the IT department employees, who've spent their time trying to reinstall content filters after students worked very...

A question for our readers: Is the Mac price premium still worth it?
July 14, 2013 | 10:57 am

MacHere's a question the 'Tablet Revolution' has me asking: Is it still worth it to buy a Mac over a PC? It used to be a slam-dunk "yes" for me. Every PC laptop I have ever owned has died at exactly two years old, and every Mac has passed the four- or five-year mark easily. Paying $900 every two years for a PC was more expensive than paying $1,100 every five years for a Mac. But now ... a few things have happened. First of all, I have off-loaded most of my Web browsing and on-the-go work to a tablet. I even have...

Samsung No Longer Producing Desktop Computers
June 25, 2013 | 10:15 am

SamsungGigaOM is reporting today that Samsung has become the first major computer vendor to stop producing desktop computers. From the report: "Speaking to The Korea Times on Monday, a Samsung executive said, “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down. We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.” It was unclear from the report whether the shift away from computers included laptops or not. I have been getting by just fine with a Macbook as my main PC for years, but I am not ready to give up having one altogether. My iPad is fine for Internet browsing and for light word...

My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS
June 21, 2013 | 6:33 am

faceshotOne of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately here is that I have another part-time writing gig now that takes up much of my attention. I’m the “PC Expert” for’s Experts program, contributing 500- to 600-word articles on subjects pertaining to computers, tablets, and related issues. It’s a very different sort of writing than I do for TeleRead, as those articles have to be neutral in tone and informative or instructional, rather than editorial. Along the way, I have managed to fit in a number of posts relating to topics relevant to TeleRead. A number of them...

10 devices not to buy right now—including e-readers
May 23, 2012 | 11:48 pm

stop_donot_buyGizmodo has a list of “10 gadgets you’d be a fool to buy right now” (that it reprinted from Laptop Mag but thankfully de-slideshow-ified)—devices that are soon to be replaced by something better. Weirdly enough, you can read e-books on all but one of them—including, naturally, e-readers. (Amazon is expected to launch new e-readers within just a few months.) The others include iPhones, Sprint phones, Windows phones, and Blackberries, as well as Windows and Android tablets. Ultrabooks and Macbook Pros are also due for refreshes, and smart TVs—the one device that doesn’t read e-books—aren’t a smart purchase with upcoming...

Tech support reps know where the problems are
February 24, 2011 | 1:55 am

tech_20supportIt’s a cliché (or at least a TVTrope) that if you want to know what’s really going on in an organization, you talk to the janitors—or other people who have the same habit of being around all the time, observing people and things, without being noticed. In my current “day job” working for a tech support corporation, I’ve noticed a similar truism: If you want to know what’s really going on in the way people relate to technology, you talk to the tech support. Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a number of interesting patters...

The conundrum of the user-unfriendly appliance interface
December 28, 2010 | 9:15 am

ScreenClip(4)At TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis posts an interesting meditation on how tricky most household appliance interfaces have become. Coffee makers, microwave ovens, even pepper grinders have become much more complex than they used to be—sometimes hilariously so: Many people received iPads and iPhones this Christmas, and because of Apple’s legendary intuitive and straightforward design, could pull them right out of the box and commence using. Not the case with a battery powered pepper grinder one of my relatives received at our gift exchange. It took three people to put together and when we did get it to...

Forrester survey shows that laptops are most popular e-book reader
November 8, 2010 | 10:56 pm

What’s the most popular way to read an e-book? Not what you think. According to a recent Forrester survey, Wired reports, for e-reading the Kindle actually comes in slightly behind laptop computers as consumers’ e-book reading platform of choice. More than 1/3 of those surveyed preferred laptops. Laptops only slightly trump the Kindle, 35 percent to 32 percent. Coming in third was the iPhone, with 15 percent, followed by a Sony e-reader (12 percent), netbooks (10 percent) and the Barnes & Noble Nook (9 percent). Also at 9 percent was the iPad. Only 7%...

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