The only feature I use regularly in gnome 3, unity, and win 7, is the app search bound to the super key. It accomplishes basically everything that I need from an OS GUI in all three. Once you throw in good alt-tab and window resizing/splitting too (which they all do well too) I'm all set.
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That's my plan, though I've yet to take the plunge and buy one yet. I really don't want to be tied to yet another mobile contract for a tablet, and my phone supports both WiFi and USB tethering out of the box. So, I plan to buy a WiFi tablet, and if I ever find myself using it on the road, I'll tether it up.
More specifically, my main issue with the OP's point is that the movie's anthropomorphization of the computer's inner workings is too obviously inaccurate -- anyone who knows anything about computers can easily see that it's just a thin sheen of technobabble hastily thrown on top of a standard action movie. Props to the guy they got to do the UNIX commands in the real life scenes, but other than that, the tech stuff was so out of this world that it left none of what good sci-fi needs to engage the viewer -- that thin line of plausibility and the possibility that our world could really become like the one in the movie one day.
And that's where A Standout Store Experience comes in, if you're only willing to stick it out and read the last quarter of the sentence. Small stores need to have helpful, knowledgeable staff and excellent customer service; enough so to engender extreme customer loyalty.
The way I see it, the issue is OS rev fragmentation, moreso than hardware. Imagine if Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP all came out 6 months apart, with Vista slated to launch next month and 7 in the spring, and 50% of computers shipping today had 98 installed, and no support for higher versions.
Related is the carriers' insistence on adding a layer on top of android to make it their own, which just delays the release, meaning by the time they're done the next OS version is out.
While we're being pedants here, the UK isn't an island either.
Or are you one of those people who doesn't understand the difference between the UK and Great Britain?
"You know Greg, this obituary reading business is getting rather dull. Let's go make some more interesting ones."
Millions of Ubuntu users question the relevance of Red Hat on the desktop.
I do this. The only hard part is the initial patching of the aTV to turn on ssh, though that may have gotten easier since I first did it a year ago.
I use it to watch downloaded stuff like Make: Television and to stream from Hulu. Works pretty damn well, and the NFS and SMB support is much better than the previously best apps like aTVFiles and others.