HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

Summary: Since picking up the HP TouchPad on launch day I have been swamped with one question: am I going to keep it or return it during the grace period?

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Since picking up the HP TouchPad on launch day I have been swamped with one question: am I going to keep it or return it during the grace period? It's a legitimate question as many folks buy a new gadget with the view that if it doesn't blow them away out of the box they will just return it. There's nothing wrong with that, money is tight and gadgets are expensive. My reason for buying the TouchPad was to see not only how good it was out of the box, but to see how HP develops the platform going forward. I planned to keep the TouchPad when I bought it, and it is definitely staying with me.

I believe there is great potential in the webOS platform, depending on how well HP handles things. They have a huge investment ($1.2 billion) in it, and I think they will make a serious go with webOS. That will include keeping webOS evolving rapidly, and stimulating the developer community to write good apps for it. How well will HP handle this? It is too early to tell, but I am in it for the long haul. Will I ultimately regret that decision? Absolutely not, as the ride is as fun as reaching the journey's destination where gadgets are concerned.

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  • RE: HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

    Good luck man. 1.2 billion must pale in comparison to what they spend to maintain their Windows business. What will HP do when Windows 8 arrives on tablets next year? Will they push web/os over Windows 8? Will be very interesting to see how they handle this.

    (corrected after being pulled over by the grammer police, aka @Economister)
    rwalrond
    • Message has been deleted.

      Economister
      • RE: HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

        @Economister<br>Thanks, I will correct it. I'm not sure who elected you the internet grammar police but I guess we all have to find our calling. Now if you actually have some value to add to the conversation I would love to heare it.

        (Grammar police caught up with me again... 2 strikes.. I'm going to try and be more careful.)
        rwalrond
      • grammar

        @rwalrond

        The way/what you write says a lot about you. If you do not take any pride in what you produce and you are fine with looking ignorant/uneducated, be my guest.

        I often wonder what students learn in high school, because apparently they do not learn much spelling and grammar, nor math, science, languages, history or geography. Not much left, is there. It is not a mystery why a lot of jobs end up overseas.
        Economister
      • Grammar

        @Economister
        Wow, it was just a simple typing error. I appreciated you pointing out the error in my ways. But if you really want to make a difference, perhaps you should take up teaching. I can't imagine surfing around the internet correcting spelling and grammar mistakes in blog replies is all that fun.

        Now if you don't have any comments about the actual blog post, I will respectfully bow out of this grammar thread.
        rwalrond
      • Grammar

        @Economister <br>In both of your comments I see grammatical errors or poor English.<br><br>In your first post, the period in your second sentence should be before the trailing quotation mark in "their" and not after.<br><br>In your second post, the title "grammar" should have the G capitalized. <br><br>Replacing the word "or" with a slash is lazy English. The comma after the word "uneducated" should be replaced by the word "then."<br><br>You do not require a comma before the word "because." Better still replace "because" with a period and start a new sentence with "Apparently" because there you are starting a new statement and the existing sentence is too long. <br> <br>Your rhetorical question "Not much left, is there" should end with a question mark and not a period.<br><br>To paraphrase The Blue Brothers, "Grammar Nazis. I hate Grammar Nazis."
        dazzlingd
      • RE: HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

        @Economister "Not much left, is there." Shouldn't that have a ? at the end of it?

        Sorry, I couldn't help myself. :) This is fun.

        And James, I will be interested to see how this tablet works for you so post more updates as you go along. I wonder if you'll gravitate back to the Galaxy Tab though.
        steveholt68
      • Apart from ..

        @dazzlingd

        most of your comments/corrections (here I go again, being lazy) being flat out wrong (but nice try), you are missing the point entirely. But given your post, that is not surprising at all. You and all your grammar "Nazi" hating buddies are entitled to be left behind by those who try to learn and take pride in what they do. Apparently you don't. I hear there are a LOT of them in Asia. How is that going? (Notice the question mark?)

        And no, it was not a question requiring a question mark. It was a statement, phrased like a question. If I had intended to ask a question, I would have, you guessed it, put in a question mark.

        The "title" grammar, was in fact NOT a title. It was just a spelling correction to his post that I placed in the subject box because it was convenient (and frankly a bit amusing to me).

        Finally, English is not my native tongue. It is my second language. What is your excuse?
        Economister
      • RE: HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

        @Economister <br><br>I'll gladly trade a few spelling errors for the idiotic practice of starting a sentence which should be in the BODY of their post, within the subject line. I have no idea what the fascination is with this.
        Playdrv4me
      • &quot;The way/what you write says a lot about you.

        @Economister
        sportmac
      • uh... what?

        @Economister
        "The way/what you write says a lot about you. If you do not take any pride in what you produce and you are fine with looking ignorant/uneducated, be my guest."

        seriously? you think the way something is written is revealing? you think that it can make someone look ignorant/uneducated because of the way it's written?

        by the way, you wouldn't have any statistics on that whole lack of learning thing would you? anything at all? because, you know, you "apparently" believing it to be true simply will not do.
        i'm sure you're feeling all that and more having typed it out all grammatically correct and what not, but please tell me you have something more to justify that jobs and overseas statement. which you stated as fact. you care to provide some? a few statistics maybe?

        unless of course you didn't mean to say it that way in which case the what and the way you wrote it would kinda make you... well, no need to go there.
        sportmac
      • No fascination

        @Playdrv4me

        It is just a simpler way to communicate or get the point across. Often a thread is like a conversation. You do not have a subject "line" in a conversation. Also, subject lines are important if you need them. They should succinctly encapsulate the topic. Skipping it if not needed saves time. Repeating the same subject oven and over (e.g. "Grammar") serves no useful purpose whatsoever.

        I am all for anything that makes a conversation easier to participate in, but the level of English competence in web posts is at times frightening. An important reason for being tolerant however is that many posters are not native English speakers and it is important to have their participation. When someone is fairly clearly a native English speaker and their spelling and grammar suck, I just shake my head in disgust at times. It is usually a reflection of the educational system and/or a person who takes little pride in self improvement. Using the term "grammar Nazi" says a lot more about the source than the target.

        Finally, what sets humans apart from other animals is our ability to communicate, and by implication, learn from each other. We become more knowledgeable over time as a species. An important function of a forum like this is to learn from each other so we can all become better informed. It puzzles me why basic English usage should somehow be excluded. If the correction is done politely (and I am not commenting on my original post here) there is no reason why the correction should not be welcomed. Insisting on staying ignorant is not a desirable human trait.

        To those occasional participants who have writing/spelling disabilities I apologize.
        Economister
      • This is getting tiresome, but

        @sportmac

        take look at the US balance of payments and national debt, national trends in the manufacturing sector, camparative high school scores and levels in advanced nations etc. Also take a look at the nationalities of a very large percentage of students as well as faculty at the top US universities.

        I think that should answer most of your questions - if you can make any sense of it all.
        Economister
      • well, no

        @Economister <br>i'll not take a look at them. you stated that "apparently" kids aren't learning all these subjects in school. you then state as fact, based on your "apparent" belief, that this is why jobs end up overseas. <br><br>i'll not be doing your homework for you. you made the statement, you back it up.<br><br>"if you can make any sense of it all."<br><br>tsk tsk. must be that second language thing. <br><br>i do agree with you though. quite tiresome indeed.
        sportmac
      • If I .....

        @sportmac

        stated that a (heavier than air) ball dropped from a certain height above the earth will start accelerating towards the earth and then hit it, due to gravity, would you require links/proof to support that as well?

        Only fools ask for evidence for well established and known/understood facts.
        Economister
      • Too bad.

        It's sad that this is what my comment has turned into. I get the whole grammar (thanks for the spelling correction) and spelling thing. I have 3 children, it is important to help them keep the skills that technology is slowly taking away. So @Economister, thanks for calling me out. I wish you folks would just get back on topic now. After all this is just a tech blog and not an English test.
        rwalrond
      • fools eh

        @Economister <br>well now, there's a splendid response. really. well done laddy. instead of rising to the occasion and giving us statistics to bolster your statements you prefer that old standby, that lowest of all forms of debate: name calling. <br><br>now as "frightening" as bad grammar is, the old name calling is simply terrifying. but i'm sure it has something to do with the educational system the poster was subjected to. wouldn't you agree? or it could say a lot more about the source than the target.<br><br>but of course, we're all here to learn from each other. i have no wish to stay ignorant ya know. so i'll just ignore that name calling bit and wait for you to more fully explain your position.<br><br>for instance, no where in your thesis is corporate profits considered. according to you it's education that results in loss of jobs. so i'm most curious about these well understood and known "facts" of which you speak.
        sportmac
      • Don't feel bad

        @rwalrond

        Sometimes you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. I do not mind people getting upset with me and my posts from time to time. I like at least to try to make a positive contribution, even if it is at times objectionable to some individuals here. Other peoples inability to deal with reality is not really my problem.

        As for your children, you have the right mindset. Give them the best education you possibly can AND give them good people skills. If you can manage those two, they will do just fine. Computer techies as a group are not known for their people skills.

        Take care.
        Economister
      • oh dear oh dear

        @Economister <br>my dear fellow. are you not going to address my questions? you're simply going to hide behind "Other peoples inability to deal with reality is not really my problem."?<br><br>i really don't see why you so object to defending your position with some facts. it can't be that hard since they are, apparently, as solid as gravity. come dear boy, make a positive contribution by enlightening me. you have an opportunity here to help educate someone yet you choose to dismiss the entire affair with some vague notion of "reality". <br><br>surely you can put aside these personal attacks long enough to engage in spirited debate with some facts. no?
        sportmac
      • RE: HP TouchPad is staying, I am in it for the long haul

        @sportmac
        Economister hates Americans and he showed it so many times on this. Whenever we ask for some valid reason, he opts for name calling and if senses that he is losing he will either try to hide or says something like "not worth to argue with walls." :D
        Ram U