While your description of our grid is spot on, you are actually wrong about the connector. Norway _does_ have its own charging connector that's different from the ones shipped in the rest of Europe. Our works everywhere, while the european version does not work in Norway.
I live in Norway and I've ordered a Tesla.
You are wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to start.
1) Electric cars are a proven technology. Simple as that.
2) The Tesla works great in the cold. There used to be a charging problem on dirty connections (fixed now!), but that's it. The car works great in -30.
3) Where I live (Oslo) winter means temperatures hovering between 0 and -10, with very rare dips down towards -20. Using electric cars in the Norwegian climate is a non-problem as long as you do not drive across the entire country on a regular basis. Which very few people do - we fly instead.
Basically because it makes maintenance hell. I work on a large legacy system where the "settings" description document is literally hundreds of pages (yeah, it's enterprise software). We have a setting for "should we show an application icon in the tray on the server when logged in via RDP".
Having a large amount of possible customizations for everything makes regression testing extremely hard as the number of possible permutations grow exponentially. Therefore, you have to spend a lot more time testing and checking and double-checking - resources that could have been spent improving the product instead.
Choice is not always bad, but it always comes at a cost. Sometimes that cost is substantial.
Well, it looks like the market has spoken on these things. I've never heard an ipad user complain over the loss of any of those things. External storage is a mess because it makes you have to expose the file system to the user. Bluetooth and wifi beats USB host mode any day, and all tablets have hdmi out, so that's not really an advantage for the Surface.
The surface has nice hardware, a decent OS (apart from the desktop mode, which really does not work in full HD with touch), and a totally worthless ecosystem.
So what you're saying is that MS chose to make a shitty product and launch it prematurely, while Apple chose to wait until the right hardware was available and then design a suitable OS for it?
Sounds about right
I'm not sure when MS came up with their first tablet sketches, but Apple made this film in 1987: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIE8xk6Rl1w
It's scaringly accurate.
$10 would be very silly. They should base the price upon the number of followers - a big corporation selling to consumers would probably easily pay $100.000 a month for a Facebook presence if it had no choice.
"A metro app" being the keyword. I regularly use ten applications at once, keeping most in the background with a little bit of the window visible so that I can see state changes. Metro breaks this usage pattern.
Well yeah, kind of. Microsoft managed to pick the very worst UI choice Apple has made in the last year and doubled down on it.
Yes, that's correct, but I am not willing to jump through hoops just because MS has made bad choices for me.
At work, I use Win7 (and I will for as long as possible), at home I use Macs. Problem solved.
You have obviously never used multiple windows at once. At work, I have two 24" screens and regularly have lots of open windows at once. If even one of the programs I use are a "metro" program, I am not able to use regular windows programs at the same time. This problem will only get worse with time, and is a showstopper for me.
Windows 8 is the solution to Microsofts problems, not the users' problems. That kind of disrespect for your customers never pays off.