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[Error: unknown template qotd]Touch screen like all new mainstream technologies is being thought of as one tool that does it all. I however don't think so. In my opinion it can co-exist along with traditional input methods. The place where it can completely replace them is only on tablets and phones. On personal computers however it supplements the keyboard and mouse. Here's some examples:

Cover Flow: instead of using a scrollbar and your mouse to flip through it you swipe your finger across the screen. There was something like that which uses iSight to detect which way you are swiping your finger in the air but I couldn't get it to work on my Mac Mini (maybe it uses core image.... who knows).

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On a kitchen computer it could replace a mouse. Or if you are doing something quickly on your personal computer you could just tap tap on the screen. But if you where to type up a report you'd still want to use a keyboard since keeping your hands up on a screen for a long time would be very unergonomic.

Hell it probably could replace the mouse almost completely but there are still jobs that benefit from a mouse. First person shooters and games that have controls like them come to min. That and the fact that again it'd be uncomfortable to keep your arms up on the screen all the time and you'd be getting it dirty with your finger oils a lot. I'd only use it for small jobs.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Touch screen like all new mainstream technologies is being thought of as one tool that does it all. I however don't think so. In my opinion it can co-exist along with traditional input methods. The place where it can completely replace them is only on tablets and phones. On personal computers however it supplements the keyboard and mouse. Here's some examples:

Cover Flow: instead of using a scrollbar and your mouse to flip through it you swipe your finger across the screen. There was something like that which uses iSight to detect which way you are swiping your finger in the air but I couldn't get it to work on my Mac Mini (maybe it uses core image.... who knows).

Quickly rotate images
Quickly zoom in\out

On a kitchen computer it could replace a mouse. Or if you are doing something quickly on your personal computer you could just tap tap on the screen. But if you where to type up a report you'd still want to use a keyboard since keeping your hands up on a screen for a long time would be very unergonomic.

Hell it probably could replace the mouse almost completely but there are still jobs that benefit from a mouse. First person shooters and games that have controls like them come to min. That and the fact that again it'd be uncomfortable to keep your arms up on the screen all the time and you'd be getting it dirty with your finger oils a lot. I'd only use it for small jobs.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Touch screen like all new mainstream technologies is being thought of as one tool that does it all. I however don't think so. In my opinion it can co-exist along with traditional input methods. The place where it can completely replace them is only on tablets and phones. On personal computers however it supplements the keyboard and mouse. Here's some examples:

Cover Flow: instead of using a scrollbar and your mouse to flip through it you swipe your finger across the screen. There was something like that which uses iSight to detect which way you are swiping your finger in the air but I couldn't get it to work on my Mac Mini (maybe it uses core image.... who knows).

Quickly rotate images
Quickly zoom in\out

On a kitchen computer it could replace a mouse. Or if you are doing something quickly on your personal computer you could just tap tap on the screen. But if you where to type up a report you'd still want to use a keyboard since keeping your hands up on a screen for a long time would be very unergonomic.

Hell it probably could replace the mouse almost completely but there are still jobs that benefit from a mouse. First person shooters and games that have controls like them come to min. That and the fact that again it'd be uncomfortable to keep your arms up on the screen all the time and you'd be getting it dirty with your finger oils a lot. I'd only use it for small jobs.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Have hundreds of high definition movies on a server which can stream them to any computer in the house or media player such as the Apple TV and do this wirelessly. Back then I was content with just DVD quality videos and playing them locally off the hard drive. Although I had been streaming MP3s over the network for years and I had watched a few DVD quality videos over the network. Just not at this scale, quality, and availability (using applications such as front row instead of just browsing a folder in a file manager).
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Have hundreds of high definition movies on a server which can stream them to any computer in the house or media player such as the Apple TV and do this wirelessly. Back then I was content with just DVD quality videos and playing them locally off the hard drive. Although I had been streaming MP3s over the network for years and I had watched a few DVD quality videos over the network. Just not at this scale, quality, and availability (using applications such as front row instead of just browsing a folder in a file manager).
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Have hundreds of high definition movies on a server which can stream them to any computer in the house or media player such as the Apple TV and do this wirelessly. Back then I was content with just DVD quality videos and playing them locally off the hard drive. Although I had been streaming MP3s over the network for years and I had watched a few DVD quality videos over the network. Just not at this scale, quality, and availability (using applications such as front row instead of just browsing a folder in a file manager).
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Definitely the sonic screwdriver from Doctor Who. That thing can do almost anything. From stop certain kinds of robots, to hacking computers, opening doors, as well as turning any kind of screw no matter what type or condition it is in... it has almost literally 101 uses.... except for opening "dead lock seals" of course. =P
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Definitely the sonic screwdriver from Doctor Who. That thing can do almost anything. From stop certain kinds of robots, to hacking computers, opening doors, as well as turning any kind of screw no matter what type or condition it is in... it has almost literally 101 uses.... except for opening "dead lock seals" of course. =P
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Definitely the sonic screwdriver from Doctor Who. That thing can do almost anything. From stop certain kinds of robots, to hacking computers, opening doors, as well as turning any kind of screw no matter what type or condition it is in... it has almost literally 101 uses.... except for opening "dead lock seals" of course. =P
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Generally the typical ones. Mouse, keyboard, display, speakers but also (depending on the computer) a USB hub (or 2) and a camera (I have a Mac Mini which lacks a camera), a small toolkit in case I need to do something inside the computer such as upgrade some piece of hardware.

For the core peripherals I tend to go with Apple stuff to match the computer.

Others include an iPod (I hope to get an in-desk dock for it soon), some flash drives, optical discs. I consider those peripherals because they are both peripheral and have peripheral functions to the computer itself.

Beyond that I don't need much else really. For example biometric finger print security scanner or similar. There's a billion and one things you can buy to go with your computer but not everybody needs or wants those things.

For my notebook running 10.5 I may want to get a Wi-Fire. It would have come in handy on the days I was on vacation with my family and the particular hotel we where at only offered their wifi in the lobby.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Generally the typical ones. Mouse, keyboard, display, speakers but also (depending on the computer) a USB hub (or 2) and a camera (I have a Mac Mini which lacks a camera), a small toolkit in case I need to do something inside the computer such as upgrade some piece of hardware.

For the core peripherals I tend to go with Apple stuff to match the computer.

Others include an iPod (I hope to get an in-desk dock for it soon), some flash drives, optical discs. I consider those peripherals because they are both peripheral and have peripheral functions to the computer itself.

Beyond that I don't need much else really. For example biometric finger print security scanner or similar. There's a billion and one things you can buy to go with your computer but not everybody needs or wants those things.

For my notebook running 10.5 I may want to get a Wi-Fire. It would have come in handy on the days I was on vacation with my family and the particular hotel we where at only offered their wifi in the lobby.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Generally the typical ones. Mouse, keyboard, display, speakers but also (depending on the computer) a USB hub (or 2) and a camera (I have a Mac Mini which lacks a camera), a small toolkit in case I need to do something inside the computer such as upgrade some piece of hardware.

For the core peripherals I tend to go with Apple stuff to match the computer.

Others include an iPod (I hope to get an in-desk dock for it soon), some flash drives, optical discs. I consider those peripherals because they are both peripheral and have peripheral functions to the computer itself.

Beyond that I don't need much else really. For example biometric finger print security scanner or similar. There's a billion and one things you can buy to go with your computer but not everybody needs or wants those things.

For my notebook running 10.5 I may want to get a Wi-Fire. It would have come in handy on the days I was on vacation with my family and the particular hotel we where at only offered their wifi in the lobby.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] First of all I wouldn't make it in a way that patronizes kids. Also not all kids have the same interests. So maybe I would make a small laptop that can be custom dyed (I saw an article recently about dying plastic which is better than painting it). Then in the form where they where ordering it I would have them fill in what their favorite thing is and I would have it professionally decorated with that interest. Licensing may be an issue with that but I'm sure for a big company they could work things out. By the time they get sick of that thing they decorated their laptop with they'd probably be ready for a new one.

Since you can't install OS X without getting into trouble I'd give a choice of either Windows 7 or Linux. Those are both pretty solid operating systems. In the form for ordering they would put what they mostly use their computer and I would help them choose software and no spam trial versions of stuff they don't need. I say Linux should be a choice because you never know. I started off computing with DOS with no kind of GUI apart from what the applications provided. I was 9-10 at the time. Before that I used Apple //'s which also had no GUI operating system. One shouldn't underestimate kids when it comes to what they can learn.

I think many kids just use consoles nowadays for gaming so I don't think many of them want or need a gaming capable laptop so a netbook would probably suffice. Extra parental control software beyond what's included with the newest operating systems is unnecessary. Most kids know more about computers than their parents anyway and can get around third party parental control like a knife through butter. I don't even know how well the integrated parental controls work against them. I don't believe anyone should just rely on software to keep their children safe. They have to be proactive about what their kids do on the internet... one way would be to let them use it gradually and always under supervision and teaching so eventually they can be on the internet and be safe.

One could think of it the same way as teaching them to look both ways before crossing the road or not accepting candy from strangers or get into their cars.

So in short it would be small and customized for the kid in question. I don't think anyone could derive a blueprint from this entry but these are my opinions. I read some of the other comments and I think eschewing a trackpad for something like a mouse... or even a mini trackball would be best. Whenever I use laptops I refuse to use the trackpad and always use a separate mouse.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] First of all I wouldn't make it in a way that patronizes kids. Also not all kids have the same interests. So maybe I would make a small laptop that can be custom dyed (I saw an article recently about dying plastic which is better than painting it). Then in the form where they where ordering it I would have them fill in what their favorite thing is and I would have it professionally decorated with that interest. Licensing may be an issue with that but I'm sure for a big company they could work things out. By the time they get sick of that thing they decorated their laptop with they'd probably be ready for a new one.

Since you can't install OS X without getting into trouble I'd give a choice of either Windows 7 or Linux. Those are both pretty solid operating systems. In the form for ordering they would put what they mostly use their computer and I would help them choose software and no spam trial versions of stuff they don't need. I say Linux should be a choice because you never know. I started off computing with DOS with no kind of GUI apart from what the applications provided. I was 9-10 at the time. Before that I used Apple //'s which also had no GUI operating system. One shouldn't underestimate kids when it comes to what they can learn.

I think many kids just use consoles nowadays for gaming so I don't think many of them want or need a gaming capable laptop so a netbook would probably suffice. Extra parental control software beyond what's included with the newest operating systems is unnecessary. Most kids know more about computers than their parents anyway and can get around third party parental control like a knife through butter. I don't even know how well the integrated parental controls work against them. I don't believe anyone should just rely on software to keep their children safe. They have to be proactive about what their kids do on the internet... one way would be to let them use it gradually and always under supervision and teaching so eventually they can be on the internet and be safe.

One could think of it the same way as teaching them to look both ways before crossing the road or not accepting candy from strangers or get into their cars.

So in short it would be small and customized for the kid in question. I don't think anyone could derive a blueprint from this entry but these are my opinions. I read some of the other comments and I think eschewing a trackpad for something like a mouse... or even a mini trackball would be best. Whenever I use laptops I refuse to use the trackpad and always use a separate mouse.
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[Error: unknown template qotd] First of all I wouldn't make it in a way that patronizes kids. Also not all kids have the same interests. So maybe I would make a small laptop that can be custom dyed (I saw an article recently about dying plastic which is better than painting it). Then in the form where they where ordering it I would have them fill in what their favorite thing is and I would have it professionally decorated with that interest. Licensing may be an issue with that but I'm sure for a big company they could work things out. By the time they get sick of that thing they decorated their laptop with they'd probably be ready for a new one.

Since you can't install OS X without getting into trouble I'd give a choice of either Windows 7 or Linux. Those are both pretty solid operating systems. In the form for ordering they would put what they mostly use their computer and I would help them choose software and no spam trial versions of stuff they don't need. I say Linux should be a choice because you never know. I started off computing with DOS with no kind of GUI apart from what the applications provided. I was 9-10 at the time. Before that I used Apple //'s which also had no GUI operating system. One shouldn't underestimate kids when it comes to what they can learn.

I think many kids just use consoles nowadays for gaming so I don't think many of them want or need a gaming capable laptop so a netbook would probably suffice. Extra parental control software beyond what's included with the newest operating systems is unnecessary. Most kids know more about computers than their parents anyway and can get around third party parental control like a knife through butter. I don't even know how well the integrated parental controls work against them. I don't believe anyone should just rely on software to keep their children safe. They have to be proactive about what their kids do on the internet... one way would be to let them use it gradually and always under supervision and teaching so eventually they can be on the internet and be safe.

One could think of it the same way as teaching them to look both ways before crossing the road or not accepting candy from strangers or get into their cars.

So in short it would be small and customized for the kid in question. I don't think anyone could derive a blueprint from this entry but these are my opinions. I read some of the other comments and I think eschewing a trackpad for something like a mouse... or even a mini trackball would be best. Whenever I use laptops I refuse to use the trackpad and always use a separate mouse.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I grew up on things such as Star Trek so it's an automatic yes to this. I'd love to see strange beautiful worlds and a lot of the sights and wonders the universe has to offer. On the other hand I'd hate it if I met the ugly side that's always being shown in Sci-Fi movies such as Alien.... or worse. But I would like to think that our destiny is in the stars and that we aren't doomed to sit here forever and blink out like a bubble in a bathtub.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I grew up on things such as Star Trek so it's an automatic yes to this. I'd love to see strange beautiful worlds and a lot of the sights and wonders the universe has to offer. On the other hand I'd hate it if I met the ugly side that's always being shown in Sci-Fi movies such as Alien.... or worse. But I would like to think that our destiny is in the stars and that we aren't doomed to sit here forever and blink out like a bubble in a bathtub.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I grew up on things such as Star Trek so it's an automatic yes to this. I'd love to see strange beautiful worlds and a lot of the sights and wonders the universe has to offer. On the other hand I'd hate it if I met the ugly side that's always being shown in Sci-Fi movies such as Alien.... or worse. But I would like to think that our destiny is in the stars and that we aren't doomed to sit here forever and blink out like a bubble in a bathtub.
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I thought that was funny. Forget surgery all you need is Core 2 Duo processors!

Actually I was wrong, first clue I had was how the Mom called the person "Takashi" which I knew was a male name.

"here is what makes this video funny:
takashi is a typical boy's name in japan (notice the decorations of the bedroom...boy's room)
when the blanket is uncovered it's a girl with pajamas which are to small which suggests that a young boy was transformed into a girl overnight.
i think the translation is something about the power to transform your computer (loosely)
so we have this young boy who is a girl with boobs and getting all excited about them"
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I thought that was funny. Forget surgery all you need is Core 2 Duo processors!

Actually I was wrong, first clue I had was how the Mom called the person "Takashi" which I knew was a male name.

"here is what makes this video funny:
takashi is a typical boy's name in japan (notice the decorations of the bedroom...boy's room)
when the blanket is uncovered it's a girl with pajamas which are to small which suggests that a young boy was transformed into a girl overnight.
i think the translation is something about the power to transform your computer (loosely)
so we have this young boy who is a girl with boobs and getting all excited about them"

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