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Get Ready for Windows 8 Tablets

The dawning of tablets that are “real” computers that are able to run “real” computer programs (as opposed to primarily content consumption devices) has advanced well beyond the rumor stage. They are real, and they are coming this fall.

The details of who is going to offer what is still rumor. There have been substantial and credible leaks, but for the most part, companies are remaining mum on details.

One of the more exciting rumors is about the HP “Slate 8.” This is supposed to have a state-of-the-art Intel processor running Windows 8 Professional. This means that you will be able to truly install and run desktop software, as well as Windows 8 apps, on the device. The Slate 8 is believed to have a 10.1-inch display, is 0.36 inches thin, and has a 10 hour battery life.

Dell is also expected to enter the fray with its own Windows 8 tablet. Recently leaked specs on the first Dell offering rumor that it will also have a 10.1-inch display and a similar thickness (or “thinness”) as the HP Slate 8, an Intel Clover Trail Atom dual-core processor (Intel’s low power-consumption processor due out soon), 2 GB of RAM and a 128 GB solid state drive.

The HP and the Dell are just the first two of what promises to be a whole slew of Windows 8 tablet options that we will undoubtedly see this fall. Many of these will probably be variations on the versatile tablet-laptop hybrid design, which gives the user the option of using as a stand-alone tablet or docking a keyboard to the device.

This fall is guaranteed to be an exciting time in this new tablet computing market.

Saddlebrooke – Get the Inside Scoop on Windows 8

Here’s your best chance to learn all about Windows 8 before it is officiallly launched.

A few months ago, Microsoft made available a Consumer Preview of Windows 8. Dennis Korger, a.k.a.  “The Computer Curmudgeon,” was undoubtedly one of the first people in SaddleBrooke to get a look at it. Since then he’s put it through its paces. He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly. Attend Dennis’ upcoming talk, and you will know it too.

If you’ve ever taken one of Dennis Korger’s Windows classes, you know just how knowledgeable he is. Dennis will demonstrate Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, at the May meeting of the SaddleBrooke Computer Club User Group. You don’t have to be a member of the Computer Club to attend.

Most people who’ve had a chance to play with Windows 8 either love it or hate it. No one seems to be neutral. What will you think of it? Here’s your chance to find out.

Date: Monday, May 21

Time: 1:00 pm

Place: Mountain View Club House – West Ballroom

I’ll be there, probably in or near the front row. Come up and introduce yourself.


Google TV — Round 2

Google TV has been around for a couple of years. It was an attempt to integrate Internet TV to your big screen, much like Roku and other devices I’ve reported on at length.

It was first offered in conjunction with a Logitech product that included a wireless keyboard and set-top interface box. The product was an unmitigated  flop. Logitech lost millions. They have finally decided to stop the hemorrhaging and announced that they are discontinuing the product. Funny. I didn’t even know it was still around until their announcement.

Well, Google TV is coming back. It will be built into a line of LG smart TVs. These Google TV-powered sets will include a remote with a full QWERTY keyboard.

Will Google TV fly this time? I’ll report more as this product rolls out.

Facebook Privacy … YIKES!

I’m not one of these social network crazies that posts everything I do and everywhere I go on Facebook. But I do have an account to keep track of friends and family, and I do contribute some stuff now and then.

I’ve learned a couple of lessons (obvious lessons, I suppose) about what to post and what not. First, I no longer post personal comments or links to political or controversial news. It’s hard NOT to blow off some steam now and then about the state of the world. But I do have friends of all persuasions. I respect my friends’ rights to their opinions, even if I don’t agree with those opinions. I decided awhile back that potentially offending these online friends by posting my sentiments is just not worth it. I mean, whose mind am I going to change with an ardent Facebook post anyhow?

That’s the background; Here’s the lesson.

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High Speed Internet in SaddleBrooke PLUS New Tablets

Copyright © 2012 Richard Beaty

I’ve got a couple of things for you today, including great news about high speed Internet in SaddleBrooke. I’ll also have something to say about those tablet thingies (technical word) you see all over the place.

Remember, you can read all current and past Two’s News articles right here on this Website by clicking “Two’s News Articles” at the top of the page. You can also select “Timely Updates” under the topics heading to read about things that come up between articles.

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