As I mentioned in my original post, the definition of dumbphone varies. Any phone that doesn't require a data plan is a dumbphone in my book.
I've done a lot of research on this, and the Nokia Asha 501 is the best dumb phone I've found: http://amzn.to/1HncbcC
I purchased it because it was the most smartphone-like phone on which AT&T does not require a data plan (my definition of dumb phone, yours may vary). The battery lasts a few days when using it mostly for music and internet, or a couple weeks (!) when using it for calls only. It's small, but not too small to be useful. With it's built-in WiFi, it's the only dumbphone that I know that will do Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Email, and even a small number of games.
This is not going to touch any iPhone or Android phone by a long shot, but for the price it does pretty well.
Stephenson's books have gotten worse and worse as he's gotten older. Usually authors improve as they age, not put out dreck like Cryptonomicon.
Dreck? Odd, I thought Cryptonomicon was quite good -- possibly his best, or at least in a close race with Snow Crash. Diamond Age was quite good too, though I wasn't crazy about the ending. Zodiac was very good as well.
Anathem, on the other hand... I was really excited for it to come out, as I'd read every other Stpehenson work at that point. It's literally one of the only books in my entire life that I started but did not finish. I got maybe 30% of the way through, and I just couldn't get into the story at all. The characters didn't give me any reason to be interested in them, at least not enough to slog through the last 4 inches of that monster tome.
How about a dead-man's switch, like the ones worn when you drive a WaveRunner or SnowMobile? It might be a physical lanyard, or a more modern approach could be Bluetooth based. When the BT dongle/wristband/whatever that you are wearing gets more than the range of Bluetooth away from the laptop, it auto-locks.
The machines have an AERO CITY logo on them, but with the weird font they used, I first read it as NERD CITY.
They are a bit pricey and hard to find. Here's one I found on Amazon:
How awesome would a thumb drive with a hardware write lock be?
These exist. I use one regularly to load malware-cleaning software onto infected machines, without risking getting the thumb drive itself infected.
Obama's still getting the checks, and his balance is increasing. Perhaps you misunderstood what he meant.
But an Intel HD 4000 ?
I'm not expecting that to keep up with the high-res display.
It doesn't seem to be a problem for the Retina version of the MacBook Pro 13", which uses the same chip.
Please do not turn off your computer.
Nuh uh! All 10 surface pro buyers are furious!
I was confused until I realized you were using binary. Good one!