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I’ve become a huge fan of touch computing. I believe that most things we think of as “computers” will be de-facto tablets, either in our pocket, in our hands, possibly even mounted on our wrists or forearms. Programming and human factors - by Jeff Atwood
I can’t wait for the iPad 5 this week (I’ll be ordering three), and my Surface Pro 2 should arrive this week too. Because it is a blazingly fast, modern Intel machine, I like to use the Surface Pro to predict where tablet performance ought to be for everyone in 2 to 3 years. I think of it as an iPad 7.
My main complaint with the Surface Pro is the incredibly lackluster battery life. Granted, this is a classic Intel x86 box we’re talking about, not some efficient ARM system-on-a-chip designed to run on a tiny battery. Still, I was hopeful that the first Surface Pro with Haswell inside would produce giant gains in battery life as Intel promised. Then I saw this graph:
Infected point-of-sale terminals may have snarfed data for 100,000 people.
Gartner is fond of identifying future trends and coining buzzwords for them, and this week they came up with a new one: The Digital Industrial Economy.
But IT pros actually might want to pay attention to this one because it could have a huge ramifications in the years ahead. More >
Back in April I published a post about the end of support for Windows XP called The Countdown Begins: Support for Windows XP Ends on April 8, 2014 . Since then, many of the customers I have talked to have moved, or are in the process of moving, their organizations from Windows XP to modern operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8.
There is a sense of urgency because after April 8, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its “end of life” will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft. Still, I have talked to some customers who, for one reason or another, will not have completely migrated from Windows XP before April 8. I have even talked to some customers that say they won’t migrate from Windows XP until the hardware it’s running on fails. More >
Business users were always the most likely to be interested in Microsoft’s Surface tablet – so what do tech chiefs make of it so far? Initial enthusiasm among CIOs for Microsoft’s Surface seems to be cooling. Josh Lowensohn/CNET News
Business users were always the most likely to be first in line for Microsoft’s Surface tablet as they want a tablet that can fit with their existing Windows desktop infrastructure. But it seems that excitement about the device has started to wane among at least some of the technology chiefs on TechRepublic’s CIO Jury.
When asked, “Does Microsoft’s Surface tablet provide a real alternative to the iPad for enterprise users?” the TechRepublic CIO Jury narrowly voted yes, by seven votes to five. But when asked the same question a year ago, before the launch of the tablet, the answer was a resounding yes, with 10 votes for and only two against, suggesting that Microsoft has failed to capitalise on significant early enthusiasm from enterprise decision makers. More >