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“Perhaps it is simpler to say that Intel…was disrupted”
Want to make a 10” PC but use a chip Intel said could only be used for 9.7” PC, then you would forego discounts or promotions. Want to use discrete graphics on a low power PC? Same problem.

These go to market programs might all be totally fine/legal/etc. BUT they create ecosystem incentives to look elsewhere.

This fine grained pricing created all sorts of challenges. But it also warps how R&D is done and where features/investments go.
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2 days ago by craniac Lenovo ThinkPad P71 Mobile Workstation - Windows 10 Pro, Intel Xeon E3-1505M, 64GB RAM, 1TB Hybrid Drive, 17.3" UHD 4K 3840x2160 Display, NVIDIA Quadro P3000 6GB GPU, Color Sensor, DVD±RW, SmartCard: Electronics Lenovo ThinkPad P71 Mobile Workstation - Windows 10 Pro, Intel Xeon E3-1505M, 64GB RAM, 1TB Hybrid Drive, 17.3" UHD 4K 3840x2160 Display, NVIDIA Quadro P3000 6GB GPU, Color Sensor, DVD±RW, SmartCard: Electronics
3 days ago by jbotos
Edit your document with natural gestures - Word
Your finger or a digital pen gives you freedom from a keypad when you're working on a touch device. In addition to drawing, writing and highlighting, Ink Editor lets you use natural gestures like circling to select and crossing out to delete.
office  notebook  laptop 
7 days ago by lena
Apple’s secret repair kill switch hasn’t been activated—yet • iFixit
Adam O'Camb:
<p>Apple’s [Mac repair] bulletin states that repairs to a laptop’s display assembly, logic board, upper case, and Touch ID board will require Apple’s secret software toolkit. In case you weren’t counting, that’s pretty much everything but the battery. On desktops, the logic board and flash storage are affected. But how?

Here’s how Apple describes the new process: After replacing a part, a technician must run the configuration suite, which connects to Apple’s Global Service Exchange (GSX) server to perform performance and compatibility checks for the new parts. Without this software, an internet connection, and approval from Apple’s servers, the repair is considered incomplete and the computer is rendered inoperative.

AST 2 is only provided to Apple stores and a very few select ‘Authorized Apple Service Providers’ (AASPs) that are under strict confidentiality and business contracts mandating what parts they can use and what they charge. This shift will leave third-party repair shops out to dry, not to mention the rest of us that are accustomed to fixing our own hardware. It is unclear whether this software is available to certified self-servicing accounts—if not, schools and businesses are out of luck too.

This service document certainly paints a grim picture, but ever the optimists, we headed down to our friendly local Apple Store and bought a brand new 2018 13” MacBook Pro Touch Bar unit. Then we disassembled it and traded displays with our teardown unit from this summer. To our surprise, the displays and MacBooks functioned normally in every combination we tried. We also updated to Mojave and swapped logic boards with the same results.

That’s a promising sign, and it means the sky isn’t quite falling—yet. But as we’ve learned, nothing is certain.</p>

There's a lot of noise about supply chain infiltration recently. I wonder if anyone at iFixit has considered that this might be Apple looking to offer customers protection against (1) counterfeit items (2) surveillance items and (3) people trying to hook covertly into the Secure Enclave? That was what Error 53 was about too. Apple is nothing if not consistent.
Apple  laptop  repair  killswitch 
9 days ago by charlesarthur
Computing comfortably at 30,000 feet
Flying on commercial airlines can often be a bit stressful for both our minds and bodies. Flights can also be a nice time to get some work done, but the ergonomics tends to be pretty awful. You need to tilt your head forward, probably slouch your back, while simultaneously probably putting your wrists at funny angles. So, the proposed usage embedded in the name "laptop" seems to be inadvisable.

laptop positions with bad ergonomics

Image from "The Adaptive Laptop". October, 2001. Timothy Griffin

I'm writing this while on a flight to St. Louis, to attend ICFP 2018. Thankfully, I've figured out a pretty decent way to compute comfortably while flying!
flying  planes  ergonomics  ergonomic  laptop 
12 days ago by bezthomas

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