The only software tools which I have found as reliable and pleasant to use as TeX (which is said to be so full of cutting edge techinique to have revealedbugs in every Pascal compiler used to compile it) were WriteNow (~100,000 lines of assembly) and Altsys Virtuoso (Objective-C w/ NeXTstep frameworks).
I was very sad when NeXT went under and I couldn't get a third (second upgrade) motherboard for my Cube.
Have you considered designing / machining the parts? There are replacement laptop hinges which are pretty affordable --- if you picked one from a recent model it'd probably still be available if you needed a replacement.
We need to limit our actions to those which:
- increase security
- improve communications and transparency
- improve access
Monitoring communications has to come after that --- the whole point to a society is to maintain and increase human dignity --- any action by a government which doesn't do this is an absolute travesty and should be prosecuted as a criminal act.
Yep. Fictional examination of that: http://marshallbrain.com/manna...
The first half seems all-too likely.
Or are the kids only going to be using these indoors?
Is anyone doing a true daylight viewable display, like the transflective LCDs which were used on Fujitsu tablets?
I need to replace my Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121, and there simply don't seem to be any real options (need a Wacom stylus as well).
Ars long, vita brevis.
Make beautiful things with the wood which will be cherished by generations to come --- that's what I tried to do when making my archery case:
Let us know when you've worked up a design for a transmitter which will respect property lines.
It's really convenient to rotate the display on a pen slate (or convertible in slate mode) as appropriate to suit the sort of work / activity one is doing at a given moment.
the people who are paying for the development and paying the power bills. Everyone else will be viewed as just a resource to be exploited.
Fictional take on this --- Marshall Brain's novella _Manna_ --- available free on-line: http://marshallbrain.com/manna...
The first half seems all-too-likely, the second, likely impossible.
You do realize that Windows 7's mainstream support will end 13 January 2015, and extended support on 14 January 2020?
I've been a big believer in pen computing since reading Niven & Pournelle's _The Mote in God's Eye_ and using a Koala Pad graphics tablet attached to a Commodore 64 in high school.
Reasons I prefer tablets w/ a stylus:
- more efficient usage of some programs, esp. those which can be configured w/ pie menus or menu structures which can become gestural (Punch in Altsys Virtuoso was a gesture for me on my Wacom ArtZ graphics tablet attached to my NeXT Cube)
- lighter weight / smaller --- currently trying to ``upgrade'' to a ThinkPad x61 Tablet (convertible) from a Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121 slate and the former won't fit in my old laptop bag.
Almost bought an Asus Vivotab Note 8, and would've bought the Microsoft Surface 2 from sales this past weekend, but didn't. Concerns I had:
- poor build quality for the Asus --- there's a DIY fix posted for the digitizer ceasing to work
- standard LCD, not daylight viewable
- the Surface 2 which was on sale was the RT model, so can't run Macromedia Freehand --- the Pro 2 was out-of-stock
I'd be sleeping on the couch tonight if someone would make a pen slate which:
- ran either Mac OS X or Windows --- or if there was a drawing program for Android as nice as Macromedia Freehand
- was a pen slate w/ a Wacom digitizer
- had a daylight-viewable display (transflective LCD or better) --- I use my machine as a map reader when traveling and to control my CNC mill on the back porch
- had a resolution higher than 1024 x 768 and was not much larger than a letter-sized notepad
PDF was open enough from the beginning to have its specification available in print from the days of Acrobat 1.0: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/pd...
http://wwwimages.adobe.com/con... --- for some reason they don't have the first edition available (not that it's all that useful these days).
Actually, wood can be quite good at bearings --- one just has to use the correct sort of wood. Lignum vitae was used for the bearings for steam paddle boats and submarines and is now being used for bearings in hydroelectric plants:
Interestingly there was at least one bicycle design which claimed that frame shape could influence comfort:
More importantly, the Bible tells those who believe in it that nothing is unknowable: Genesis 11:6
>The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language
>they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do
>will be impossible for them.
So it's blasphemous for Christians (or Jews or Muslims) to say that humanity can't understand such things (or anything).