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From what I've seen of Windows 8- I would WANT a command line to actually get anything constructive done.
I've been getting pretty fed-up with all the anti-Apple press and calls for boycotts. As you said- they are the largest electronics manufacturer in the world and there are a large number of other high-profile companies who also use them.
I have to ask everyone who is calling for Apple to move its production facilities to the US:
Are you willing to pay 2-3 times as much for the same product? Are you living in some fantasy world where if Apple's production costs double or triple (actually- they would go up substantially more than that)- they will still charge the same amount of money?
Are you willing to buy a lower quality product for that much money? American manufacturers don't exactly have a very good track record when it comes to "fit and finish". (Not being a troll- just being realistic.)
To be blunt- we as Americans get ourselves into a lot of trouble when we try to apply our own standards to other countries. There are a lot of injustices in the world, and maybe someday the picture in China will change, but it really isn't our place to dictate that. Want to take your money from Apple and give it to another Japanese or American manufacturer who also likely uses Foxconn- what are you really accomplishing? Want Apple to move their manufacturing to the USA so you can pay $2000 for the next iPad or iPhone? Once again- what are you really accomplishing. We (USA) would gain a few thousand minimum-wage assembly jobs, while everyone switches from expensive Apple devices to dirt-cheap Android ones, still made by Foxconn...
Last, but not least- China holds a substantial amount of US debt, and the US continues to borrow from them. What happens if China loses tens or hundreds of thousands of jobs and their economy starts to fail? What happens to the world economy, which is already on shaky ground?
There are also hundreds of thousands of cabs and delivery vehicles that simply couldn't operate in today's cities without real-time access to information and communication resources. Not to mention- the cop cars which at a minimum have two-way radio, messaging system, and usually a laptop computer.
I could take public transit to my job. It involves driving to a park-and-ride (or walking 8 miles), three bus changes, and a call-and-ride shuttle or walking another 3 miles to work, reverse for the trip home. It also takes over two hours EACH WAY. Driving takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic.
I love transit systems when they work, but as I said- for a LOT of people- they don't. I guess you are fortunate enough to live in an area where they do, and to live close enough to your office that they are practical- and that is great.
For software- I've gone between Evernote and Google Docs for my notes (I'm an IT executive and spend much of my time in meetings), and prefer Evernote because it doesn't require an Internet connection (if you pay for it), and I had too many problems with Google Docs suddenly becoming unresponsive in the middle of a meeting. I mostly went with these options because I wanted my notes available anywhere/everywhere. If I'm stopped in the hall and need to reference something, and I don't have my iPad with me- I can pull up my notes on my phone. Both Evernote and Google Docs are multi-platform and synced (almost) live.
If you don't want to pay for Evernote offline- a lot of people in my office use the notepad shipped as part of iOS. It does work very well for what it is.