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It's funny, really. Reports that Microsoft started the Surface tablet project because they blame OEMs for the failure of previous Windows tablets. What they apparently fail to realize is that it wasn't the hardware that made previous Windows tablets fail. Indeed, if the software experience is compelling enough, people will overlook horrible hardware defects — just look at the iPhone 4. No, HP was right — the previous tablets failed because of Microsoft's horrible software. Apparently denial is in full force in Redmond, however.
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I've mentioned this in previous posts.  I was looking for a tablet that could do one thing, get me on to a certain websites video chat room +banniVision .  I really didn't think this would be much of a problem.  I mean mobile web has been promising front facing camera support for Flash since before Adobe decided to completely abandon flash (wait, shit).  I wanted a tablet that could do flash, support a front facing camera, have a mic, and have audio out & headphone jack.  I looked at a lot of different things for a long time and settled on the Acer W500.  This is a AMD C-50 APU based tablet that has a "dock/cover" that is also a keyboard, nipple mouse, USB hub, and Ethernet jack.  The only thing that sucked is it came pre-loaded with Windows 7.  Windows 7 is a horrible tablet operating system.  Period, end of story, no matter how much Acer tried to polish that turd, it just SUCKED.  So I thought, well I'll just put linux on it.  You know who else makes a shitty tablet operating system?  Every linux distribution on the planet.

So I had only paid $500 for it, but it was basically a netbook where if you wanted to detact the chiclet keyboard you could.  I was honestly ready to return it until I saw the Development Preview for Windows 8 was around the corner and I wanted something to play with Win8 on.

I kept the tablet and I'm damned glad I did.  Windows 8 is by far the best tablet operating system that has been released to the public.  It is not a desktop operating system, it is an operating system designed to be on a computer that does not natively use a mouse or keyboard and it excels at it.  

The w500 does have some weaknesses, mainly in the fact it's heavy as hell, but to get a feel for what a modern Ivy Bridge spec'd tablet could do witn Win8, I'm nothing but excited.  I have actually decided NOT to buy the Asus Zenbook Prime, mainly because Amazon/Asus waited until the day after the Surface announcement to put it up for sale.  I had my wallet set on buying one, but now I see absolutely no reason to do so.  You can bet your ass I'm going to be first in line to buy one of these x86 based surface tablets though.   Windows RT I think has a good place in the market as a "this is for doing the fun stuff with a tablet, read email, surf the web, etc.  Windows 8 x86 is a tablet that is also a computer.  

Which is why it's going to knock the socks off of every other tablet out there.  People have proven that they can do all of their work from a laptop for quite some time now.  However, everyone has tried to make the iPad/whatever tablet their primary workstation and it's just not been possible.  With Windows 8 Surface x86, you will have a true tablet computer.  Something no one else has even gotten close to.  It'll cost more than the iPad because it will be better than the iPad.
Your continuing dedication to Flash amazes me.
+mathew murphy it's not my continuing dedication do it, there just isn't an alternative to it.  There's basically one option for making a platform independent video conferencing solution, and that is to interact with the hardware through an interface program layer.  The easiest of these is Flash, which has support for Mic's and Camera's built in (at least the intel operating systems it does).  Javascript and webports are sort of there, but the only real browser to offer even experimental support on mobile is Opera and then only Opera and Chrome have experimental support in their development releases for the HTML 5 device tag.

HTML 5 is supposed to save the world, but it simply hasn't.
I've got an XMMP server with presence, and it can interact with 3rd party login systems to "create" accounts on it and get login "tokens".

Is the "standard" if you will that Opera and Chrome are testing.  And I'm not sure there's an improvement when you go from Flash to Java..
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