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Comment: Mendeley / Xournal + Thinkpad X230t (Score 1) 180

by gmeb (#42156975) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tablets For Papers; Are We There Yet?

For keeping a collection of papers, Mendeley is great! It's possible to annotate the papers with notes and a yellow marker. The yellow marker can behave a little bit erratic at times though -- Xournal behaves better in that regard, but it doesn't keep track of a collection of papers.

The best tablet IMO is a Thinkpad X230t (t for tablet): you can use it as a regular laptop to do real work, but fold it over and with its pen, you have the ideal user interface to take notes just as you would on paper. I still regret that I chickened out a few years ago and bought a "regular" Thinkpad X201 instead of a X201t...

Comment: misleading statistics (Score 1) 357

by gmeb (#37951796) Attached to: Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

Another case of misleading statistics...

The figures mentioned in the article are that 12% of the calls related to Android are hardware-related, vs. 7% for iPhones. From this, I could just as well draw any of the following conclusions:

a/ software problems take up a smaller portion of the issues related to Android phones than in iPhones; hence, Android phones are more user-friendly. -> headline: "Apple is losing out against Google on its traditional strength: user-friendliness"

b/ software problems take up a smaller portion of the issues related to Android phones than in iPhones; hence, assuming both user interfaces are more or less equally user-friendly, we can conclude that iPhone users are not as tech-savvy as Android users. -> headline: "iPhone users dumber than Android users, study shows"

What kind of reporting is this if they make blunt statements without ANY real basis to back things up.

Comment: Re:Not a troll but.... (Score 1) 708

by gmeb (#37829338) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

When you're looking into a linux laptop, the MacBook trackpad has always exactly been a big downside of Apple hardware, because of the absence of 2nd & 3rd buttons. (I have edge scrolling on my current laptop, and I doubt any other mouse gestures would be very useful: pinch to zoom may be useful to people working with photographs, but other than that I think it's more of a gizmo.) It was the reason that I've most always used my MacBook Pro with an external mouse to get anything done. Also, it doesn't have a full keyboard: page down/up, delete, probably others are missing. I'm a programmer, so the keyboard and mouse issue are real issues. And if you need to give a presentation, beware of forgetting your dongle, because without it you'll have to hope your audience has one, or you'll have to present on a colleague's laptop. Also, booting linux using the Mac bootloader is a bit more of a challenge than booting linux using PC hardware. Add to that that the MacBook Pro usually gets very hot and when compiling stuff usually has to be cooled by a loud fan, and I think there are much better choices out there.

Currently I'm using a Lenovo Thinkpad X201. It's got a full keyboard, 3 mouse buttons, a connector that can directly be attached to projectors using standard VGA cable. And it works perfectly with linux.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?