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Comment: Re:Clarification (Score 1) 643

by Oates (#35673248) Attached to: MS Global Strategy Chief: Tablets Are a Fad

I'm using an Asus EP-121 full time at work now. Add OneNote 2010 and the pretty good handwriting recognition in Windows Tablet and I've got an excellent, two and a half pound tablet with a real processor (dual core i5 1.73 Ghz), 4 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB SSD and a Gorilla Glass screen. The only moving parts are the two fans. When I need to type a lot (and not just take notes) I use the included Bluetooth keyboard. This was at the $1100 price point, and while it has a few warts (mostly related to the stylus driver) it's been a great way to abandon paper and share notes from meetings, etc.

But just *try* to buy one: when I last checked everyone was sold out (even Microsoft), and when retailers get them in stock they're gone within hours. The market for tablets with handwriting recognition and full MS Office is out there even if it isn't as big as the market for iPad and Android toys. Compared to my last 7.5 pound Fujitsu tablet, the promise of the notebook replacement has finally been fulfilled.

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Did an Apple Engineer Invent FB Messages In 2003? 128

Posted by timothy
from the if-that-then-this dept.
theodp writes "Q. How many Facebook engineers does it take in 2010 to duplicate a lone Apple engineer's 2003 effort? A. 15! On Nov. 15th, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook Messages, which uses whatever method of communication is appropriate at the time — e.g., email, IM, SMS. A day later, ex-Apple software engineer Jens Alfke was granted a patent for his 2003 invention of a Method and apparatus for processing electronic messages, which — you guessed it — employs the most appropriate messaging method — e.g., email, IM, SMS — for the job. Citing Apple's lack of passion for social software, Alfke left Apple in 2008. After a layover at Google, Alfke landed at startup Rockmelt, whose still-in-beta 'social web browser' also sports a pretty nifty communications platform."

Comment: Re:What jobs? (Score 1) 897

by Oates (#34219046) Attached to: Which Language To Learn?

My company is aggressively hiring Java developers. We're trying to recruit from all over the country, but we've also got a high bar and a lot of people won't consider moving to the intermountain West and that thins the pipeline quite a bit.

The jobs are there, although I had to move from Seattle to actually find companies that would follow-through with full-time offers for Java devs. It was a great market for .NET.

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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