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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Tablets aren't ready for multi-user yet
by laffer1 on Sat 4th Aug 2012 14:13 UTC
laffer1
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2007-11-09

I was very upset when the iPad shipped without multiuser support. As expensive as most good tablets are, it only made sense to share one with my wife. However, after using a kindle fire and her iPad for some time, I think it's crazy to add multiuser support to a tablet right now.

Storage:

The problem with tablets is the storage space. Sure, in the future where the cloud takes over it won't matter. Right now it does. In fact, Amazon's latest downgrade of their cloud player and cloud drive system make my kindle fire less useful because there is less cloud storage available for my content. I can pony up the $25, but it seems silly when I'm mostly in Apple's ecosystem anyway. Not to mention the average new user would still be mad to lose something they already had. I want my tablet to have 128GB of storage or more. For a family of four, that means 32GB per user which is the current standard I think. That or actually make good cloud services. I still prefer to have my stuff on my devices though.

Quotas:

The next problem with tablets is they need more than just logins, they also need disk quotas. Who wants their kid to fill up their tablet?

Resistance:

Device manufacturers want people to buy four tablets, not give everyone a login. They make more money that way.

Damage:

My boss shared his tablet with his kid and the little guy broke it. Him and a friend decided to sit on it. Now it won't charge. That's another problem with multiuser. It's safer to buy kids a cheaper, more durable tablet that can be easily replaced. You don't hand them an iPad or the latest samsung android device.

Sharing content:

if you don't have kids, sharing a tablet could work. I can easily see sharing my wife's iPad with her. I have loaned her my kindle fire so she can read some books I bought. The key here is that we want to share content with each other. There has to be a way to do that and most DRM schemes are against family members sharing content. My wife has to know my apple password so she can stream my iTunes content on her Mac or if the apple tv gets screwed up again. I can't permit her access to my music and videos.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I want my tablet to have 128GB of storage or more. For a family of four, that means 32GB per user which is the current standard I think.


Atleast here in Finland most people seem content with 16GB storage, so 64GB would suffice for four people in most cases here. Well, 64GB is actually perfectly reachable, just buy a tablet with microSDHC-slot and you can add quite a lot of space there. These days most of these microSDHC-devices actually support microSDXC-cards up to 128GB even though they don't advertise this anywhere -- even my old Tegra2 - based Iconia Tab A500 supports those.

The next problem with tablets is they need more than just logins, they also need disk quotas.


This I agree with, but, well, there is no technical reason for why quotas couldn't be implemented. Linux-kernel has had support for quotas for a decade so all Google needs to do is add an utility for settings the limits and a warning in the status bar when you're about to exceed your quota.

I'd hazard a guess that it's not much more difficult on iOS, either.

Device manufacturers want people to buy four tablets, not give everyone a login. They make more money that way.


Good thing, then, that device manufacturers have no say over this.

That's another problem with multiuser. It's safer to buy kids a cheaper, more durable tablet that can be easily replaced. You don't hand them an iPad or the latest samsung android device.


If your children are still very young, yes, but if you're children are closer to 14 then such stuff is unlikely to happen. Atleast if you've raised your children properly.

There has to be a way to do that and most DRM schemes are against family members sharing content. My wife has to know my apple password so she can stream my iTunes content on her Mac or if the apple tv gets screwed up again. I can't permit her access to my music and videos.


That problem doesn't really have anything to do with the OS as it's all about the content creators themselves, you should complain to them or move to another service.

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nefer Member since:
2012-02-15

Its not a good idea to store a lot of content on a tablet anyway. It takes ages to sync, and when the device is lost or hosed, the data is gone too.

Next to cloud there are also local storage alternatives which offer storage capabilities way beyond the internal storage. Modern NAS appliances offer native ways on Post-PC devices for working on centralized storage directly.

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