For 3 years, Anthony Caruana experimented whether which one is better: tablet or laptop?
‘I’ve come excruciatingly close to success. I’ve tried devices running Android, iOS, Windows and even HP’s short-lived TouchPad running WebOS. I’ve used a variety of different keyboards and cases, dozens of different applications and cloud services and more accessories than I can count.
‘After every single attempt at replacing a real computer with a touchscreen tablet I’ve returned to a traditional computer.
‘Why? I think it comes down to three main factors…’
Top ten wooden gadgets
‘We may be surrounded by gadgetry clad in shiny aluminum and gaudy plastic, but there’s still a place left in the digital age for the comfort, simplicity and beauty of wood. Perhaps its the trend towards a “green” aesthetic or some deeper drive to get back to nature, but we’ve noticed a growing number of consumer electronics offerings in recent times that mesh circuit boards and synthetics with the wonders of wood. With this in mind, we’ve scoured our resources to come up with this list of Gizmag’s top ten wooden gadgets…’
Why only now?
Google to Block Many Plug-Ins Starting in 2014
I’ve been wondering why browsers don’t auto-block unsafe plug-ins. Firefox warns you that the plug-in you’re installing could be unsafe yet allows you to continue if you decide to
‘Google is planning a major changes in the way that Chrome handles many plug-ins. Beginning early next year, Chrome will no longer support the old Netscape Plug-In API and will block plug-ins that use it. Eventually, that will mean that some plug-ins such as Google Earth, Microsoft Silverlight and others eventually will be blocked by the browser.
‘The change is designed to protect users against legacy security problems and to make the Chrome browser more stable, as well. The Netscape Plug-in API is one of the older methods for extending the architecture and functionality of the browser and was used for more than 15 years to help developers add functionality to the browser. Google’s engineers say that the API has outlived its usefulness and is now a major cause of stability and security problems in Chrome…’
Why Old Programs Don’t Run on Modern Versions of Windows
How You Can Run Them Anyway
‘Software isn’t something standard that all computers know how to interpret – software is code that runs on your computer. It’s up to the software to do what it needs to do. Software written for Windows 3.1 or Windows 95 will likely be extremely confused if it finds itself running on Windows 7 or Windows 8. It will look for files that no longer exist and may refuse to even run in this unfamiliar environment.
‘Windows is famous for its backwards compatibility and tries to help older programs run as best it can, but there’s a limit to even what Windows can do. It’s impressive that modern versions of Windows can even run Windows 95 programs at all, given that the Windows 9x series was based on DOS and Windows XP and later versions of Windows are based on the Windows NT kernel – they’re completely different operating systems under the hood…’
Why Programs May Not Run and How to Run Them