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New Old News Desk: 'Always Connected.'
« on: June 04, 2018, 01:09:35 PM »
Maybe this was news back in December 2016.  :P

Just now,somebody other than  Microsoft has released a PR about some of the big companies that are making 'Always on, Always connected' PC like devices.

Why does this remind me of the 'Instant On' TV sets made back in the days or Cathode Ray Picture Tubes? It was a dumb idea then. It is a dumb idea now.

Anyway. here's the old 2017  headline:
Always Connected PCs enable a new culture of work
By Terry Myerson / Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group
Throughout the history of personal computing, a steady wave of progress has changed how we interact with technology in both our work and personal lives. Microsoft and our partners have led many of these shifts in technology like enabling the original mobile computer the laptop, navigating with touch, signing in with your face, detaching screens from keyboards, exploring mixed reality, and storing your files in the cloud. We are again at the beginning of another major technology shift: the ability to be connected anytime, anywhere with Always Connected PCs that are instantly on, always connected with incredible battery life.
The article has a video. I like videos. I don't have to read anything.  8)
Here's the link, scroll down to find the video.



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Re: New Old News Desk: 'Always Connected.'
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 02:22:45 PM »
Why does this remind me of the 'Instant On' TV sets made back in the days or Cathode Ray Picture Tubes? It was a dumb idea then. It is a dumb idea now.
I can see the parallels. Instant On/Quick On was basically such that the TV would power when "off" in order to keep the CRT itself "preheated" so that when turned on, you got a picture pretty much right away. Don't see how it was necessarily a dumb idea. If anything, the main problem- aside from power usage concerns- was that televisions typically didn't have a "real" power switch to turn that feature off.

That said, I'm not entirely sure what you actually get from something like this. It seems like it would only be of particular use to those addicted to social media or workaholics.

One oddity I noticed is that, in the article the writer says "always being connected just feels like the most natural, safe and secure way to work with teams and be creative." Which seems weird. being always connected to  the internet seems like it would be inherently *less* secure. on what planet does it not? Or are they comparing it to using public wifi?

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