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Old 12-10-2012, 01:57 PM   #46
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:59 PM   #47
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:25 PM   #48
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It seems like every other ad on TV currently is for electrical retailers to shift tablets. They're definitely the "in" gift this Christmas.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:07 PM   #49
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I love my iPad mini desperately. <insert necessary gripe about lack of retina.> Still, it's so lightweight and an awesome device. It makes me lazier than I used to be and does cut into reading time--I spend an hour or two hours on it each night browsing the interwebs. Ah well. It's so light and convenient.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #50
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Hehehe... after I posted that last night I did recall it being as slow as 300 at first. For my birthday at work, they pitched in and bought me a 1200 baud modem when they first were available. I thought it was blazing fast!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:06 PM   #51
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I don't remember my Atari model number. I got it in 1986, I think. It was nice! There was nothing wrong with it, when I switched to a windows box. I eventually gave it away...should have kept it.
Maybe you remember what it looks like?

http://www.mr-atari.com/homecomputers.htm

My first was a 400. It was $149.99 at Zayre's Department Store. I remember the price because it came with a $50 mail in rebate and I remember thinking, "Who can't affort a $100 computer?"

Before too long I replaced it with an 800xl then a 130xe. I had the xe until 1989 when I bought a 286 for school.

I still have a half dozen Ataris -- and they all work. Apparently they were designed before MTBF was invented. I can read floppies that were written a generation ago! And the games on them are still great.

I don't do that often, though, because some clever people continue to develop hardware and software for this platform, so I can flash games onto a cart myself or play them off an SD card reader.

Despite my affection for these, I have five desktops, five laptops, four Fires, and a Kindle. 99% of my computer use is at my desktop.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:13 PM   #52
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more off topic stuff. I love this website with all the old computers listed by age/date:

http://oldcomputers.net/
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:26 PM   #53
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Paper Tape punch/reader for storage/playback.
That's what I used on the job ... it looked like party streamers. Would carefully roll up a long roll of punched tape and secure it with a rubber-band. If you dropped the roll before it was banded, you got to chase it across the room as it unfurled ... no big deal ... except for everyone laughing!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #54
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more off topic stuff. I love this website with all the old computers listed by age/date:

http://oldcomputers.net/
Oh I see mine! 1985 Atari 520ST! Cool. I know mine wasn't the list price, though. Found a deal on it somewhere.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:34 PM   #55
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I just got the white and silver iPad mini and I'm loving it.
I have an iPad 3. If the mini had been available when I bought it I probably would have gotten it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:44 PM   #56
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I agree. Anecdotally, seems like everyone around me bought a tablet this year. 50-50 iPad versus other (Kindle HD has a strong showing). I myself recently gave in and bought my first true tablet, the latest iPad, after resisting for years.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #57
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Good...check and see if the ones you really will want, are available, there.
You can always sideload. Yes, not as practical and simply downloading from the store, but better than not having the option at all.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #58
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Yes.. I have GAS (gear acquiring syndrome).. I buy almost every Tablet that hits the market.. so far iPad Mini wins.. not to mention the iPad 4..
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:41 PM   #59
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You can do that on the Nook HD without rooting? I couldn't find how to do it on the Nook Color, I don't think it was allowed.
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I agree. Anecdotally, seems like everyone around me bought a tablet this year. 50-50 iPad versus other (Kindle HD has a strong showing). I myself recently gave in and bought my first true tablet, the latest iPad, after resisting for years.
You will fall in Love with the iPad.
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