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leigerleiger 26 Jun 2012 06:28
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Thanks :)

Edit:
Actually, maybe this is about time that I switched to a page-based commenting system as well.

I use them on almost every other site of mine now, and it doesn't look like Wikidot plans to improve the forum/commenting system any time soon.


Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 26 Jun 2012 06:28
tsangktsangk 26 Jun 2012 06:23
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From here on out, I would like to commit to regular blog posts - at least one per week.

Awesome! Can't wait to read your blog posts :)


Kenneth Tsang (@jxeeno)

by tsangktsangk, 26 Jun 2012 06:23

It is true that Windows would be better, in order to be compatible a 100% with my laptop.

When Windows 8 is released in September there will be two types of tablets. One type are the "WinRT" type and are limited in many of the same ways that the iPad is limited. In the blog post I linked above the Surface is one of these, and is expected to cost around $500.

The other type are the "Win32" or "Win8" type… they have everything that the $500 tablets have, but they also include the full Windows operating system on them, just like your computer, and can run all of the applications you already run on your laptop. In the blog post I linked to, the Surface Pro is like this, and is expected to be around $1000. The higher price pays for the extra features and better hardware.

As far as reading is concerned, I have a lot of books in PDF and as I understood, no e-reader accepts PDF files, and even if it accepts, it is uncomfortable to read them, so this is why I wanted a tablet…

If you are talking about the Kindle and the Nook, and similar devices… I'm not sure how they deal with PDFs. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that they can't read them.

On a tablet (whether that be iPad, Android or both types of Windows 8 tablets) … you should have no problem reading simple PDF files. Pretty much every device can read PDF files now, including smartphones.

Thanks for the tip about flash videos, I really have to have this in mind. I am not sure, but I think that videos (the DVD is sold together with a book) are flash type, but I am not sure.

Flash is software that was first created by Macromedia, but Adobe bought the company out many years ago and it's now known as Adobe Flash. For a long time, it was used as the primary way of displaying videos online as part of websites. YouTube uses it, for example.

You might remember having to install or update the "Flash Player" plug-in for your browser from time to time. This is the same kind of thing.


Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 21 Jun 2012 20:00

I can wait, no problem, especially because right now, when the school year is over and the summer holiday is coming…

It is true that Windows would be better, in order to be compatible a 100% with my laptop. As far as reading is concerned, I have a lot of books in PDF and as I understood, no e-reader accepts PDF files, and even if it accepts, it is uncomfortable to read them, so this is why I wanted a tablet…

Thanks for the tip about flash videos, I really have to have this in mind. I am not sure, but I think that videos (the DVD is sold together with a book) are flash type, but I am not sure.


Don't just be sorry, DO something. - the animals

by BrunhildaBrunhilda, 21 Jun 2012 19:22

Okay, then pretty much any type of tablet would be fine for you.

However, I will honestly never buy an iPad myself, because Apple always puts in old technology that other devices have had for a while, and use their extremely good marketing skills to make it sound new and amazing, which people fall for.

An iPad 2 would be a lot more affordable than the most recent iPad.

Keep in mind:

Video:

  • If you want to play flash-based videos, then the iPad can't do this as it doesn't support Adobe Flash. You'd need an Android or Windows 8 device for that. However, many websites are slowly starting to move to HTML5 video instead, so Flash isn't as widely used as it was in the past.

PC applications:

  • It's only if you wanted to run any of your regular PC applications that you use on Windows (e.g. Firefox, iTunes, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, etc.) … the iPad isn't powerful enough (and never will be, as Apple believes that's how tablets should be).

Windows 8:

  • Windows 8 tablets aren't released until September. If you decide to use one of these, you'd have to wait a couple of months, as they are being released later this year. They'll be about the same price as an iPad. This is the biggest disadvantage - waiting - Microsoft is still developing Windows 8, so the tablets aren't available in stores yet.

Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 21 Jun 2012 19:13

A question - what do you want a tablet for? i.e. What will you use it for? The answer to that question will help to decide what device is best for you.

Well, this is the right question for me :). I am not even sure that I know how the tablet works. In the first place, I was thinking to use it for things I cannot do with lap top, or at least it is not vez comfortable to do with it, like reading books in places that are not my home (as a e-reader), and as an aid for my English clases, to play videos to my students for listening & comprehension practice. Right now I do these exercises playing the sound recordings with my cell phone, and this practice showed as really effective and useful, and I think that video would be even more interesing and tharefore, more effective. In the third place is internet. To be able to access to my Wikidot pages, to Wikipedia, wherever I am. I don't use much computer fot other things than internet. I don't ned some huge storage space. More or less, this would be my wishes. I wasn't thinking of buying the latest version (what is, iPad 4?), I would be ok with iPad 2, I think…

PS:And there's the price, too. I cannot spend thousands of euros… 400-500 euros would be my top, although something cheaper is more than welcome, too…


Don't just be sorry, DO something. - the animals

by BrunhildaBrunhilda, 21 Jun 2012 18:51

Hmm. I recently wrote a blog post about Microsoft's new tablet coming out later this year - Microsoft Surface, a new tablet. Of course, these are only 2 of many tablets coming out for Windows 8 soon.

The Surface is very similar to an iPad. Friends of mine that have tried the release preview of Windows 8 actually say that they prefer it over the iPad due to it being just as responsive, but looks a lot better.

On the other hand, the Surface Pro is like an iPad + a full computer as well. So you can run Firefox and all of your favourite add-ons and applications on it just like with your regular computer, but it's also a tablet … so it's easy to carry around.

Summary: Windows 8 tablets are going to be big competition for the iPad from September this year, when Windows 8 is officially released. Might be worth considering that too :)

A question - what do you want a tablet for? i.e. What will you use it for? The answer to that question will help to decide what device is best for you.


Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 21 Jun 2012 18:40

and I was thinking of getting me an iPad…


Don't just be sorry, DO something. - the animals

by BrunhildaBrunhilda, 21 Jun 2012 18:21

Not a bad start. I'm interested to see where this goes.

More than two years later… I'm pretty happy with where it led :)

This tiny little editor eventually grew into STE 3.50, and is the reason I'm now working on STE 4.00


Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 21 Jun 2012 18:15

And to think that I bought a Macbook approximately a year after this post…


Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 21 Jun 2012 17:40

Yay!

Yay yay!


λ James Kanjo
Blog | Wikidot Expert | λ and Proud
Web Developer | HTML | CSS | JavaScript

Yay! by James KanjoJames Kanjo, 20 May 2012 13:36
tsangktsangk 15 Mar 2012 12:11
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Ah, time is a thing I lack. I might return to it in 3 years time :)


Kenneth Tsang (@jxeeno)

by tsangktsangk, 15 Mar 2012 12:11
Timothy FosterTimothy Foster 14 Mar 2012 13:44
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Glad to see you're at least still intact :) I'll pray that everything becomes straightened out for the better.


Timothy Foster - @tfAuroratide
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by Timothy FosterTimothy Foster, 14 Mar 2012 13:44

Hey Shane! Great to see you're back!

I didn't see this post because I think something's gone wrong with your RSS link… So I've reverted to subscribing to your blog via Wikidot's RSS (link)


λ James Kanjo
Blog | Wikidot Expert | λ and Proud
Web Developer | HTML | CSS | JavaScript

WOOT! He returns!!! by James KanjoJames Kanjo, 14 Mar 2012 03:51
Ed JohnsonEd Johnson 13 Mar 2012 01:34
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Hi Shane,
I'm glad to hear you haven't left us for greener pastures! I thought that maybe you had gone walkabout. :)

by Ed JohnsonEd Johnson, 13 Mar 2012 01:34
Arotaritei VladArotaritei Vlad 11 Mar 2012 19:36
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Welcome back! I didn't hear anything from you since 2011. I hope your returning soon ;-)

by Arotaritei VladArotaritei Vlad, 11 Mar 2012 19:36
bcammobcammo 11 Mar 2012 00:16
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Nice to know you're still around Shane. Hope everything's okay :)

by bcammobcammo, 11 Mar 2012 00:16
BrunhildaBrunhilda 10 Mar 2012 11:30
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Hi, Shane, we miss you too… :)


Don't just be sorry, DO something. - the animals

by BrunhildaBrunhilda, 10 Mar 2012 11:30
leigerleiger 10 Mar 2012 11:29
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Thanks mate. I see that you haven't really done much with your mobile editor yet. Good potential there, if you can find the time to work on it.


Shane Smith
Web Developer and Wikidot Community Administrator
Links: Blog, Wikimated, Editor (STE), Documentation

by leigerleiger, 10 Mar 2012 11:29
tsangktsangk 10 Mar 2012 11:22
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Hey Shane! Nice to hear from you again. Your contributions were muchly (umm, is that even a word? :P) missed by me and I'm sure the entire Wikidot community would agree. I too, have been having a busy schedule and my activity at Wikidot has certainly decreased over the last few years. I hope you've been able to sort out the problems and can't wait to see you return!

~ Kenneth


Kenneth Tsang (@jxeeno)

by tsangktsangk, 10 Mar 2012 11:22
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