Awhile back, HP made the HP 2000 Laptops running low end AMD Processors and sold them at Walmarts at $279.
Piece of Crap doesn't even describe this PC. These are easily the slowest PC's I have touched in years, and it's not because of Windows 8. (Hell, I think Chrome OS Would struggle on these things.) It's the Hardware components they chose to use with them. Using Low end AMD C and E processors coupled with hard drives with embarrassing slow speed and latency times, it's built to be as cheap as possible and it shows. HP seems to have a track record with this as well, Slipping Tablet, Phone and NetBook Components in full size laptop form factors to convince Granny that she's getting more Laptop than she actually is.
I constantly get these in the shop and I tell the customers there's nothing I can do to them speed wise to make them any faster. Even if you reset them to factory (Which Amazingly removes all of the bloatware down to only essential Hardware necessary items) it's takes practically 30 minutes to boot before you can actually use it. Patching it takes about 1 full day between waiting an hour for it to actually register updates, to installing Windows 8.1, which takes 4-5 hours, and another 6-8 hours installing the Windows 8.1 patches. With just about any other laptop (short of the Toshiba's that follow this same Price model) I can go from windows 8.0 factory to fully 8.1 patched in under 3 hours.
If $279 Gets you crap like the HP 2000, I can't imagine what these $199 systems would be like, Unless MS is seriously giving HP Money each time they sell one of these.
Here's a better Reason it will fail:
Dear (CurrentC Developer)
Thank you for Submitting CurrentC to the App Store. We've Reviewed the Application and we have chosen not to publish this application. As you know, Apple reserves the right, in it's sole discretion, to reject an application for any reason.
Iphone Developer Program.
Apple never Forgets or Forgives.
The main reason RT Failed is because MS Would not let you develop Desktop apps for it. All you could do was port metro apps and businesses stayed away from it cause you couldn't add it to a domain. It also was more expensive than Android tablets so it was already priced out of the market.
They could have also saved it by making it a Chromebook competitor. FWIW if someone made a laptop with RT running on a good ARM Processor, and sold it for under $200 it would fly off shelves. It's basically got everything most people need. (Write and print documents, browse the web, and check Email. Windows, IE and Office combined satisfy that need), Sure you would be stuck with IE and a locked down windows, but at $200 or lower it would have sold well and would probably run a lot better than the $200 windows 8 PC's that they're currently trying to push. In Fact, RT in a Netbook would technically do more since RT comes with office.
All they could legally put on the air after e/i enforcement was stuff that PBS would run, and most of it was PBS Rejects so bad you'd wish you were watching PBS.
Remember that TV is not allowed to entertain kids anymore. It has to Educate them. Showing violence like Ninja Turtles just encourages kids to make Nunchucks out of sticks and beat each other senseless, and that's Bullying! and Bullying is Bad!! We need to rise above hate and teach kids that sharing is caring and what a Black-Tuffed Marmoset is instead of petty moral and life lessons from Baby animals with an overactive imagination, Mythical blue creatures that are three apples high, or various hero teams.
The More you Know...
It's not still a thing. I can make a case that it hasn't been a thing since Windows XP.
I've had systems with Windows XP on them that have been fine for years without any major issues. The secret is simple, and it comes from SpaceBalls Nonetheless.
Take only what you need to survive
Install what you need and that's it. If you start installing and uninstalling everything under the sun of course it's going to get slower because you're filling up the system with bootup garbage or adware you probably don't need, and it's probably not going to remove itself cleanly because you're relying on some Monkey in a Code Zoo that doesn't know how an MSI Installer works to make a clean uninstaller.
Second the Chromebook, Although keep in mind about printing (I recommend Epson Here. Must be Google Cloud Print ready but probably won't like Dial up) and Dial up to Ethernet is hard to find and expensive.
What they really need is something like the Landel Mailbug A simple one purpose device just for mailing, but it seems like all of these devices either are very proprietary with expensive service plans, Don't service outside the US, or the company that made the device is out of business and the device is derelict.
1) Pay to win Clause in Eula: Keep or Scrap. Scrapping it would make a lot of friends in the Minecraft Community, Especially server admins and considering it started the whole Bukkit mess. Speaking of Bukkit...
2) Open source the server: Yes or No. MS (Or Mojang for that matter) doesn't make money on the server. Open sourcing it would also be a Olive branch to the Minecraft community. It obviously wouldn't be GPL, but MS-PL or MS-RL is a possibility.
3) Java: Yes or No. MS Hates Java and Oracle. I'm sure at some point they will make an attempt to make Minecraft on a more Microsoft Friendly Code Platform. This could be good news or bad news depending on which OS platform you use, and which code platform they decide to build it on.
Might as well add to my post...
9) Mojang COO says stuff no one cares about.
10) Majority of Bukkit devs do their best Cartman Impressions.
11) Other outside and secondary server projects debate whether they should put on their red shirt and blue hat.
At this point in time. Bukkit is dead regardless of the outcome. If I was Mojang I would name the next update the MODAPI update if they are serious about continuing server mod development.
They Decompiled and Deobfuscated the original MC code and modified it to create Bukkit.
Mojang Terms says "2) Do not redistribute our games or any alterations of our game files."
Considering that Bukkit is redistributed alterations of the original server game files, "Stole" is in the right context.
1) Modders hate Minecraft Server code because it does nothing but play minecraft.
2) Modders Steal Minecraft Server code, Modify it, and GPL it. Thus Developing Bukkit
3) Other Coders as well as original Modders (now Bukkit Devs) add Code to Bukkit to make it better.
4) Mojang instead of DMCA'ing the Hell out of Bukkit, hires all major Bukkit Devs, Allows Bukkit to continue.
5) Mojang enforces clause in EULA, making Play to Win servers Illegal. Since P2W is the primary method most MC Servers survive on, Drama Ensues.
6) Lead Bukkit Dev over EULA Enforcement pulls a Cartman, Says "Screw you Guys! I'm A Goin Hume" and ends bukkit.
7) Mojang says "Not so fast! We bought Bukkit when we hired devs and the original devs will continue it". Since Bukkit asset sales were never disclosed when the devs got hired, More Drama Ensues.
8) Wolvereness asks Mojang if Stolen MC code is GPL since they own Bukkit now. Mojang says No. DMCA's Bukkit and all derivatives due to stolen MC code not GPL'd and Therefore GPL on Bukkit is not valid and he wants his code back.
While the Ti-82 is based on the 81, they have some sizable differences:
2k vs 28k Ram
no PC link vs PC link.
Much More Programming commands and functions on the Ti-82 vs the 81.
The Ti-82, 83 and 84 series however, are virtually identical other than a few added features and flash memory.
Technically, the Ti-84 is a beefed up Ti-82, which has been around since 93.
Hell it's outlasted even Ti's more capable Calculators like the Ti-85/6 and the Ti-92/89 (The 89ti is being sold for now, but it's days are numbered.)
They're still doing a piss poor Job of Tending it.
Searched for 7zip and openoffice on the app store, got fake apps that directs you to a site full of scam ads. Can't get it to show up in the html5 web store though, so I guess it's a start.
if you have windows 8, go to the store and report them. it's the only way MS will act on this.