Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Sep 2013 15:11 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

With Intel's new Haswell chip, manufacturers can choose to either build slimmer notebooks or try to optimize battery life as much as possible. Dell has clearly shown its dedication to the latter with the new Inspiron 11 3000 series. Budget notebooks don't always have big batteries, but Dell claims the $379 Haswell version of the Inspiron 11 lasts up to eight hours and 20 minutes on a single charge.

Something I've been pondering for a while: if we can have high-quality tablets and smartphones at low prices, why can't we have high-quality laptops at said prices too? Cheap laptops are almost always crap, but this Inspiron 11 actually looks like it could reverse the trend. Since I don't really need an expensive laptop anymore, a cheap but still relatively high quality 11" laptop is right up my alley. Is anyone aware of any alternatives?

Also, when did Dell find the design stick?

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RE[13]: Is it OSsified?
by woegjiub on Thu 19th Sep 2013 15:09 UTC in reply to "RE[12]: Is it OSsified?"
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When using win7 my browser opens pdf files just fine. Why cant win8 just do the same..?

In win7 it opens pdfs in whichever application you chose as the default handler.
Windows 8 happens to have a metro application as the default handler, so you would need to associate the filetype with a desktop application.
Win8 will behave *exactly* like win7 if you just change the default app via "open with".

Aid focus? If one needs to focus on a start menu i'd say the creator made a bubu

When the user is looking for something, a huge cluttered list is more difficult to navigate. This method is simpler and more intuitive.
Regardless, metro is more than just the start screen. It's also about the modern application style with the tiling window manager.

As i nolonger have to play sysadm on windows systems i do not know much about the administration. But as a user i have found nothing has improved.

Surely you have noticed how much better the copy dialog is, the extra functionality available in explorer via task pinning, the ribbon interface's improved feature prominence...

Ofcause it's my oponion. I do not get paided to talk up some crazy shit as we could suspect others do.

What added functionality are we talking about here? The ability to switch to a touch start menu or something usefull? Please do tell. I aparently missed something...

You did miss something. Every desktop application has more features and uses less resources.
Also, the modern interface is far more than just the start screen. It also doesn't really have to tie with touch, it works perfectly without it.

I do not like the fact that my start menu needs to be fullscreen. I have yet to read just one good argument as to why thats needed.

I don't care if metro is young or not. It does not help me getting my work done faster so why should i go for a change?

How can a new start menu make me more productive?

Why do you have a start menu?
Trawling through a list is a waste of time, when it is far faster and easier to type 2-3 letters, hit return and have the correct application run via search.
The "all programs" listing is there for when one forgets the name of something, but apart from that, the tiles enable quick and prominent access just like pinned start menu apps used to.
Otherwise, it's <meta key><type2-3 letters><return>, and you're working.
Waving a mouse about fishing for something is very slow by comparison.
Please give a good reason for having a huge heirarchical listing when search allows one to get on with work faster.

The point of metro is to bring the dated and cluttered interface forward with modern trends.
Applications should be about *content*, not buttons and menus scattered all over the place.
We have hotkeys and gestures for that.
It's more intuitive to have functionality reveal itself when needed, and get out of the way when it's not.
Functionality should also be contextual, only being available when it's actually applicable.
These sorts of movements towards iHCI are a large part of modern UI design.

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