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  •  Yes and Yes. (3+ / 0-)
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    ffour, ET3117, KenBee

    Lifetime professional geek here (telephone switching systems eng.), cross-platform user (MacOS, Win7, Ubuntu variant), and selective adopter (highly skeptical of new "surveillance-enhanced" products & services).

    When I saw the Microsoft tablet I immediately thought: this is a good one.  

    The fact that Microsoft thought to closely integrate a keyboard with the device, with both wired and wireless options, and both a membrane version (at the cafe if you spill your beverage on it) and a standard version (regular keys for use at home and the office), shows that they thought of this as being a device for people who do a lot of writing (email, documents etc.) as well as media (photos, video, etc.)  That makes it viable for use in most jobs and by most people rather than primarily a device for people engaged in media production.  

    I trust Microsoft more than Google, Facebook, etc.  We all know what Microsoft's main game is: the OS and applications, and to be on every desktop and every other device people have, but not to be a relentless 360-degree surveillance monster.  That's all OK with me: we have choices for our desktops and other devices, we can use whatever works best for a particular situation, whether some version of Windows or something else.  

    If Microsoft sticks to the OS/applications orientation, adds its own hardware for closer integration, and avoids becoming another "Big Google is Watching You," they're on the right track.  

    This tablet is the first one that I'd actually consider buying, as an alternative to conventional "netbooks" for taking into the field.  

    And yes, I agree, these things have major potential for GOTV efforts, and also for Election Protection efforts: you can interview people by audio & video and also take notes easily.

    This is a device that should be looked at by the progressive community closely; it will find many unexpected uses.

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Fri Oct 19, 2012 at 01:12:15 PM PDT

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