Matte finish, glossy displays, Mirasol, Pixel Qi, and laptops in the sun

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

The quest for a daylight-readable laptop continues apace. At least, that’s what Wired says in an article about the state of laptop displays and why nobody makes a matte-finish screen anymore. Apparently it costs a lot and is prone to damage. The best you can do these days is to get a sheet of [...]

OLPC, or not to be?

By Chris Meadows
March 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Has OLPC jumped the shark? OLPC News seems to think so. In a recent (and controversial) post on the blog, Wayan Vota wonders if there’s any point to OLPC anymore. Vota contends that the XO-1 laptop is 7 years old—ancient technology in Internet time—and that Sugar, its operating system, is [...]

Why I am Buying a Macbook this Christmas

By libertyc
November 16, 2013 // 6 Comments

I wrote earlier this year about my upcoming need for a new computer. My aging Macbook is, well, showing its age, and I was no longer sure if the price premium on Macs was worth it for me given how much of my day-to-day work I have offloaded onto my iPad these days. I also wasn’t sure if I [...]

Asus Transformer Book T100 Pre-Orders Underway For $400 A Pop, Shipping Begins October 18

By Adrian Diaconescu
October 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

Netbooks are dead, long live mini-laptops! It’s how we can describe in a nutshell the evolution of the ultraportable computer market in the past nine months or so, with virtually everyone that’s someone in the business dropping the “netbook” marketing term, but continuing to roll out light, [...]

Tablets vs. Laptops: Which Are Better For Mobile Computing?

By libertyc
August 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

This past week seems to have been the week to discuss tablets vs. laptops. Business Insider had an article on replacing tablets with laptops, and our sister site, TeleRead, posted an article on the subject the following day. Because it’s a topic I particularly enjoy writing about, I thought [...]

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools

By libertyc
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

MediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that’s grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have [...]

A question for our readers: Is the Mac price premium still worth it?

By libertyc
July 14, 2013 // 14 Comments

Here’s a question the ‘Tablet Revolution’ has me asking: Is it still worth it to buy a Mac over a PC? It used to be a slam-dunk “yes” for me. Every PC laptop I have ever owned has died at exactly two years old, and every Mac has passed the four- or five-year mark [...]

Samsung No Longer Producing Desktop Computers

By libertyc
June 25, 2013 // 3 Comments

GigaOM is reporting today that Samsung has become the first major computer vendor to stop producing desktop computers. From the report: “Speaking to The Korea Times on Monday, a Samsung executive said, “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down. We will allocate our resources to [...]

My Answers Expert Articles: E-Readers, iOS

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 0 Comments

One of the reasons I haven’t been writing as much lately here is that I have another part-time writing gig now that takes up much of my attention. I’m the “PC Expert” for’s Experts program, contributing 500- to 600-word articles on subjects pertaining to computers, tablets, [...]

10 devices not to buy right now—including e-readers

By libertyc
May 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

Gizmodo has a list of “10 gadgets you’d be a fool to buy right now” (that it reprinted from Laptop Mag but thankfully de-slideshow-ified)—devices that are soon to be replaced by something better. Weirdly enough, you can read e-books on all but one of them—including, naturally, e-readers. [...]

Tech support reps know where the problems are

By libertyc
February 24, 2011 // 6 Comments

It’s a cliché (or at least a TVTrope) that if you want to know what’s really going on in an organization, you talk to the janitors—or other people who have the same habit of being around all the time, observing people and things, without being noticed. In my current “day job” working for [...]

The conundrum of the user-unfriendly appliance interface

By libertyc
December 28, 2010 // 3 Comments

At TechCrunch, Alexia Tsotsis posts an interesting meditation on how tricky most household appliance interfaces have become. Coffee makers, microwave ovens, even pepper grinders have become much more complex than they used to be—sometimes hilariously so: Many people received iPads and iPhones [...]

Forrester survey shows that laptops are most popular e-book reader

By libertyc
November 8, 2010 // 6 Comments

What’s the most popular way to read an e-book? Not what you think. According to a recent Forrester survey, Wired reports, for e-reading the Kindle actually comes in slightly behind laptop computers as consumers’ e-book reading platform of choice. More than 1/3 of those surveyed preferred [...]

Pixel Qi to produce self-contained laptop add-on monitor

By libertyc
September 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

Pixel Qi is creating a new device that may well be the first of its kind—a self-contained 10” Pixel Qi monitor that connects to a laptop or “even some phones” (or, for that matter, a desktop) using wired or wireless USB. Pixel Qi’s 10” $275 swap-in displays had been available for [...]

Netbook news roundup: New models from Augen, Dell, Asus

By libertyc
September 15, 2010 // 1 Comment

Even though iPads and other tablets have largely usurped the limelight, netbooks are not going gently into that good night. And with good reason. The netbook is still a perfectly functional form factor for when you need a miniature alternative to a laptop, and could be great for e-reading if [...]

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