Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 20:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, we have the iPad out and about for a while now, doing its thing, most likely selling well. Of course, others want a piece of that pie as well, so we see tablets pop up all over the place, most of which are either ultra-low budget junk or vapourware (how that's Adam coming along, Notion Ink?). Earlier this year, Steve Ballmer proudly held up HP's Windows 7-powered Slate - but then, HP bought Palm, canned the Slate, promised a webOS tablet, and then resurrected the Slate as an enterprise product. Now we have a video of the Windows 7-powered Slate. Let's compare it to Samsung's detailed overview of its Galaxy Tab, and see ever so clearly why HP canned the darn thing in the first place.
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Aragorn992
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2007-05-27

A Ctrl-Alt-Del button isn't a bad idea at all (certainly not "a joke"), if you understand hardware. That's called a "Non-Maskable Interrupt" (NMI), and it can't be intercepted or spoofed by non-OS software. Press that button, and the OS-assigned function (typically login / unlock) *will* run.

In an environment where security matters (e.g., "the enterprise"), that's invaluable. My amazement is that every environment isn't treated similarly.


If you need a ctrl-alt-del key in the first place then you've failed.

Kind of like how Steve Jobs said you've failed if, when you implementing multitasking (for the iPhone), you need a task manager as well.

I can understand its utility on a machine used by power users doing heavy work but it is particularly unsuitable for a "consumption device" intended for everybody.

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