[ExI] [PRIV] Re: disgusted with Windows

Tomasz Rola rtomek at ceti.pl
Mon Feb 29 15:11:07 UTC 2016

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 09:21:05AM -0500, Mike Dougherty wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 8:01 AM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 1:05 PM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> I am not a gamer; I send email and read essays etc. and shop.No
> >> need for anything more.
> >
> >
> > Windows, Linux, and Mac are all overkill for you and will likely
> > just result in continued frustration. Go to a big box store and
> > try a Chromebook or an Android tablet.
> I second this sentiment.  If you don't care for the on screen
> keyboard, you can get a bluetooth keyboard.

Chromebook might be a good choice, but I have no idea about it. As
long as it behaves like any other laptop and can be disconnected from
the network and still working, it may be a good thing. I have never
used it so I really have no opinion. The good thing is the models I
have quickly looked at had USB port, which means one can use many
external add-ons with them (hard drives, pendrives, mouse+keyboard
stuff, printer and so on).

Android tablets - there was a time when I considered them for doing
significant things in place of computer, but since then I became
greatly disillusioned. I might still use it for less important stuff,
maybe for quickly writing a note or program fragment. It is even
possible to have full sized compilers and stuff on it, so that is
fine, on the surface. But it looks like there are lots of problems
with security and privacy. Common, I want to get a calculator app and
it wants to read my contacts, and I hear metronome app wants to know
my gps location - oh really?. As of bluetooth keyboards, they can be
hijacked, so if you used it for passwords in your bank... try to guess
what can happen. Pair this with possibility to receive "killer sms",
which might take control of your mobile, which might be the same
tablet. Sure, not everybody is going to be hacked. And not everybody
is going to be burglarized, but I guess most of us locks the doors

Ditto for Ipads and other such inventions (including Android based
pseudo laptops). I avoid even entering my name on them all, as much as

Of course I am not going to tell anybody what to use. I might only be
telling what I myself would or would not use.

Tomasz Rola

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