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
Member since:
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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

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.


...which this device isn't.

This is an enterprise device. Domain logons require ctrl+alt+del. This makes PERFECT sense, and is NOTHING to snicker over.

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Aragorn992 Member since:
2007-05-27

Why on earth would you use a tablet for the enterprise? I mean, what is the use case here?

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

OK, I get that you know nothing about security, and didn't follow my post at all. What I don't get is why you chose to spout an irrelevant quote by Steve Jobs (on user interfaces of all things), as if that has the slightest relationship to my point.

"Power users" aren't the only users who need security. Those doing "heavy work" are the only users who need security. The prevalence of botnets should make that clear to you; that it doesn't should worry you.

Now, go learn something about security and why it matters. You'll be glad you did.

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