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Posted 10-26-2010 at 09:12 AM by peonuser
Updated 10-26-2010 at 09:13 AM by peonuser

At first I was not a fan of the "pads/touch tablets" then I started to think about it and using a web server I came up with lots of ideas.

I am retired, but I am so close to getting a touchpad and starting a business doing turnkey projects. I see all kinds of things you can use it for. i.e. kitchen computer for getting recipes.,we have a web page for doing measurement conversions and a web based recipe data base. Garage computers for access diy project instructables and product support lookup (automobiles, tools and etc) ., Home automation interface for controlling things around the house including media center control at your fingertips. That is one of the projects I am working on for our house. If you do that why not think of using it for business presentations. They would make great units for waitresses and waiters to take orders and etc. Maybe even used as menus in upscale places. Great tools for service agents to take information from customers instead of carrying around a pad of forms. In hospitals for personnel to carry around to have the updated stats and info on patients. I would have loved to have one as a tech to record events when working on a user's computer., so I did not have to wait till later to re-enter reports. Would have been a real time saver. It could be used as part of a tele-prompter. Forgive my rambling, but I could go on forever of the possibilities........

I do not own one yet, but use a laptop to test and implement these ideas. Now if there was just a reasonably priced one....... (or some company would donate one for my research).
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    some possibilities just aren't there yet. While I can see everything you are talking about taking place at some time, seasoned waiters don't even use note pads and menus would risk theft or damage. I would hate to get a sticky and cracked ipad as a menu.

    I agree that way more software is needed for tablets. Linux is especially lacking. The software is mostly there for basic use, but nobody has put in thought to their normal applications having tablet interfaces.

    Try selecting random and multiple selections with a pointing device and no shift/control key.

    Additionally, the software that is there is sometimes not updated for years. There are also other technical hurdles like locking your screen in xorg. For xlock to do that securely, it has to force it self above other windows and do other various things. You would have to specifically add a virtual keyboard as part of xlock which would not only increase the size but open up more potential for holes.

    What's needed is a solid easy to use window manager with good tablet software. Fortunately the new interfaces for KDE (plasma) and Gnome(-shell/unity) look like they are well on there way to being good options for both tablets and netbooks
    Posted 10-28-2010 at 11:45 AM by lumak lumak is offline
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    While I would agree with most of what you say. We intend to use just a browser on the tablet and let all the programming be all server side. Then there are no real updates required on the client end. As for the issues with the tablets at a restaurant, that is why I said "upscale" where there should not be such an issue. I can see tablet costs drop dramatically just like the calculator did. Can not wait to try the eyeos on a touch thingy.
    Posted 10-31-2010 at 10:25 PM by peonuser peonuser is offline
    Updated 10-31-2010 at 10:26 PM by peonuser


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