Debate, and discuss, just dont Bore me.
Published on February 25, 2013 By Dr Guy In Personal Computing

I am sorry, there is no nice way to put it.  I have had the thing for 2 months now, and find about the only thing it is good for is playing movies.  It is not even good to surf the web as you cannot load Java!  I know MS hates that (preferring ActiveX), but unfortunately many sites use it.

I also cannot use Logmein, VPN, VMWare View, or even OWA!  There is no hard client for VPN, and since RT does not do Java, you cannot use the Anyconnect.  VMWare View has a client in the "store", but it does not work.  It connects, gives you an error and then disconnects.

OWA is supposed to be Outlook anywhere, but it still does not load the mail.  You can log in, and do nothing.  Logmein wants $30 for the client, which is stupid!  My wife has the Kindle fire HD and she can do Logmein for free!  Why?  Java again.

Then there are the old standbys for anyone who has to maintain a network.  Nope!  None work.  I tried the Jailbreak, but apparently MS has gotten wise to that one.  It BSODed me at first, and now just does not work.  SO I am stuck with a very expensive paperweight that I can play movies on.

Oh, the final insult is of course Windows 8.  It has no concept of "closing" a program, so start enough of them, and you zap the battery real fast.  Which kind of defeats the purpose of a tablet (at least one major part of it).

Since the RT does not do HD (yet), I see no reason to pay for an over priced, under performing, paperweight.  I can do a lot more with the Kindle Fire or any Android OS device, and they are not even Windows!

On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this one a 2.  It gets one point for coming bundled with MS Office - Student version of course, no Outlook.


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on Feb 26, 2013

Dr Guy
so I am hesitant to return it.

If you explain that it isn't working properly I'm sure she'll understand and her legal expertise is quite an asset in that regard. Hope it all works out for you.

on Feb 26, 2013

Also, it does have a concept of closing programs.  I don't know how to do it with touch, but on the PC you just hover to bring up the task switcher on the left and right click on whatever WinRT app you want to close.

In the second state, after you launch an app and then switch away from it, the operating system suspends it. This means that the Windows scheduler (the component that schedules CPU access for processes and threads) does not include it in the CPU scheduling. Since the operating system is not scheduling the app, the app is not using the CPU, and it is possible for the CPU to drop into lower power states. Getting the CPU into low power states can be critical to achieving better battery life. Developers may be familiar with this approach, as it is similar to what happens to a process when you are debugging an app and you “pause” it. Essentially, all of the threads running for the app are halted. Suspended apps are in a similar kind of cached state. Since the app is already initialized, you get the benefit of instantaneous app switching. It’s simply a matter of the operating system scheduler allowing the app execution to progress again when it is switched back into the foreground.

on Feb 26, 2013

It's more hover in the corner and move up or down, but I can't edit posts anymore   Whee!

on Feb 26, 2013

despite sharing 4 sequential letters.

I know.  My error.

on Feb 26, 2013

If you explain that it isn't working properly I'm sure she'll understand and her legal expertise is quite an asset in that regard. Hope it all works out for you.

I like your thinking!

on Feb 26, 2013

It's more hover in the corner and move up or down, but I can't edit posts anymore

I will give that a try. 

on Mar 05, 2013

Actually, closing an application is simple. Swipe it from the top and go all the down, the app closes. I like the Surface RT for what it is. Yes, there are some limitations, but it wasn't really intended to be a full laptop machine, or a professional IT machine,

I've had mine for a while now and use it daily (typing this on it now), and haven't had any problems with websites. There are some, like JU, that work better with the desktop IE than the Metro one, but that's no big deal.

Like most things, it isn't going to be a good fit for everyone. It's great for me, not so much for you. Such is the nature of technology at times.

As for the Pro, I'll pass until they can build one with a longer battery life. Right now the charge doesn't do any better than your average notebook so I don't see any point to buying one. If they can get that up to 8 to 10 hours I would consider it.

on Mar 05, 2013

My wife can do more on the Kindle Fire than I can on the Surface RT.  I do not want a full blown laptop, but a pad that I can use in an airport (or even on a plane).  Other than browsing the internet (restricted due to the limitations of the browser) and watching movies, there is not a lot that it is useful for.

Even the iPad, the bane of windows - has more functionality.

on Mar 05, 2013

I guess everyone's needs are different. As I mentioned, I use mine on a daily basis, often at public wifi locations, and have had no problems at all doing anything I wanted or needed to do.

I guess that's why it's great to have so many different devices and operating system from which to choose; something for everyone. Honestly, I can do a lot of things on my Surface I could never do on my iPad (which I gave away after getting the Surface).

on Mar 05, 2013

I love the fact that my office can email my over-size permits and other documents and with just a couple of screen taps can wirelessly print them out right in my truck. Never could get that to work with my iPad or any of my Android tablets.

on Mar 06, 2013

Android has some issues of its own (like only playing MP4s, not AVI or DIVX formats).

Are you sure about this? I'm fairly certain Android can play more than MP4s. This is the first video player that came up in a quick google search

If anything, the issue would be finding the video player that works for you.

on Mar 07, 2013

Are you sure about this?

Only on the Kindle Fire (which uses a version of the Android OS).  I do not have another one.  Still, with Handbrake. that is really a non issue with me.  So you may be correct on the other Android tablets - I was just speaking of my own.

on Mar 09, 2013

The MX media player for Android plays a lot of different formats. That's the one I use on my Nexus 7.  I agree about Handbrake making it a non-issue though, that's what I use as well.

on Mar 11, 2013

And I notice that winter is over since you have shaved your beard!  Who needs Punxsutawney Phil?

on Mar 14, 2013

LOL, yeah I shaved it when we set the clocks forward.

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