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Microsoft's discontinuation of Window's 7 and forced use of Windows 10 has resulted in a big change in how we get things done around here and I've inherited my wife's Surface Pro, she tried but just couldn't stomach the thing anymore so she gets the rebuilt Desktop PC and l don't. She also gets all the wires and dust bunnies and I have a lot more room on my desk.

Its like a Chromebook on steroids. It opens and works like a laptop in desktop mode but with a touchscreen.The keyboard detaches from the thing and becomes a real tablet. I've been struggling with its sensitivity but coming to grips with it. I've had to adjust to touchscreens on boats going 30 knots switching between radar and plotter so I'm getting better. Nothing like touching something you shouldn't and having the radar suddenly switching to the configuration page or the porn channel some scurvy crewman was watching.

I use Excel a lot and that's been the biggest challenge. I never liked the touchpad on laptops and I used a mouse whenever I had to.  Excel without a mouse is a PITA and while the Surface Pro will support a mouse it also uses a touch pen that I just used to write this post. Its a pretty cool setup. I can see being able to write faster than I can type with practice and it also swypes but l can't right click with my finger so....

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How do you think it would work for someone who has pretty bad tremors?  Does the touch pen increase accuracy compared to a finger?

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They changed us all to Windows 10 at work.  I've become convinced they gave it the wrong name.  They should have called it "Not Responding".  It would have been more apt.

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I've been using Windows 10 for years at home, never any trouble.  Also, they switched us at work a while ago and I have had no issues there either.  But I rarely have difficulty with technology stuff, even when others do.  Dunno why.

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I use windows 10 on my desktop (which I prefer) and no issues, I did install the 'Classic Menu' though which makes it a lot like Windows 7 with the start menu and all.

I also use my Samsung tablet but it's pain to post links, at least on here,  MLW seems to be the only site that doesn't let me copy and paste with a tablet.   My son has a surface which he likes, he brought it with him over the holidays.   If and when my desktop dies I might get one. 

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4 hours ago, dialamah said:

How do you think it would work for someone who has pretty bad tremors?  Does the touch pen increase accuracy compared to a finger?

You might steady the pen by resting your hand on the edge of the screen.  I definitely have an easier time controlling what the tip of the pen touches than my fingertip.  Think about the little fill handle on a spreadsheet cell for example. My stupid finger is just too big.

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12 hours ago, eyeball said:

but l can't right click with my finger so....

Seems I can right click with my finger after all. Press and hold a word and up pops a little menu.

This thing is getting easier. 

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I'm oldshcool... I use a gaming desktop... I can't stand phones or tablets. I like a big screen, and a big keyboard.

Laptops overheat and breakdown. I had my desktop custom built, with plenty of fans.... I play video games in 4k.

By the way... if any of you want a new phone, go with www.aliexpress.com

You can get something almost as good as an iphone for $300.

You just have to make sure... the frequency is compantible with your carrier. You can check online. I can't run mine in 4G LTE, o well.... It still connected with 3g. I only use WIFI caz I hate paying for data. The cell signal is great.

I only pay $35 a month to be able to call and text.... If I want WIFI, i'll go to starbucks or whatever.

The phone I have lasts about 2.5 times longer than the new Iphone... It's supper fast, and super stable... The only drawback is the Camera. It'a maybe 60% as good as the iphone.

By why pay $1500, when you get a phone with a 6 inch screen for $300?

I really like the xiaomi brand... They last a long time. Their flagship is just as fast as the iphone, but half the cost... and the batteries last way longer.

I never let the battery go lower than 50%, that way it will last for years.

With the stupid iphones, the batteries drain within a day... so people run them, until their empty... and end up buying a new iphone every 2 years... I think it's planned obsolescence... otherwize they would build them with removable batteries that can easiley be replaced. Anyways, I'm boycotting Apple....

They were caught infecting old phones with viruses, to slow them down on purpose... so people would get frusterated, and buy a new one. Apple will never make a dollar off me. I'm not knocking you if you have an iphone, just don't spend $1500 again... when you want a new phone.

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Well, I'm starting to appreciate why my wife couldn't stand using this Surface Pro...sure a buggy POS, crashes lots...needs to reboot half a doz times a day to bring the cursor back...blecch

Goodbye Microsoft I'm getting a Chromebook.  I don't know if its Windows 10 or if Microsoft goes out of its way to make using google apps on their OS difficult but It's just to much of PITA.

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