Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 00:54 UTC
Google This tweet from Tom Warren made me smile. So, it's 2012 and tablets are finally able to do what the Amiga did in 1985. Seems like a bit of a stretch to be excited about that, right? Sure, until I caught myself getting excited - only a bit, but still - by this piece of news. Update: removed me being an annoyed child.
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RE[2]: Why?
by p13. on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Even there, it would be of limited use.
I'm sorry, but i just don't see a compelling case for it.

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RE[3]: Why?
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Aug 2012 11:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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Well, even if you don't see the need for that it's still one of the most-often requested features. Just to throw a few links at you I'll offer these: , , , , and so on. You can find comments from people asking for this dating all the way to 2010.

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RE[3]: Why?
by No it isnt on Sat 4th Aug 2012 13:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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You seriously think sharing your email and IM accounts with your whole family is a good idea? Put it like this: there's not a single compelling case for a single user environment on a tablet, it's harmful and stupid, whereas multi-user is known to actually work.

Of course there's a compelling case for it.

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RE[4]: Why?
by leech on Sat 4th Aug 2012 16:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
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But don't you know? They want you to buy a tablet for EVERY user!

Hey, Microsoft got away with saying that security was so old on Unix platforms, and that 40+ year old tech is just so outdated. Why can't they say that about Multi-user support? I mean why on earth would we want that, it's like wanting everyone to go back to tie-dyed shirts and bell bottoms!

Seriously though, there is this weird push for Android to be everywhere (including desktop and laptop) and it really can't get there without some form of multi-user.

Personally it'll be a cold day in hell when I have it on my desktop, but on my HP Touchsmart it may not be too bad. Too bad none of the current builds work on that...

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RE[3]: Why?
by phoenix on Sun 5th Aug 2012 09:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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One word: schools.

School buys 30 tablets, gives them to the socials teacher, who wants to use them with his 4 socials classes. IOW, 4 separate users will be using the tablets.

In a perfect world, each user would have their own, separate account on the tablet, with separate home folders for storing their files, separate e-mail accounts, etc.

Currently, it is next to impossible for students to propely share tablets. iOS, especially, is inherently single-user, to the point of being locked into a single AppleID and e-mail account. Teachers across our district are discovering that tablets are not 'extra portable computers'. Instead, they are single-user, unshareable devices.

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