Readers respond: Microsoft on tablets, iPhone 4 on Verizon, and Facebook's demise

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How do IT news and reviews affect your life? Be you CIO or CTO, vendor or client, developer or helpdesk tech, we want your opinions and arguments on the latest Computerworld stories. Here are some comments that caught our eye this week: In response to Microsoft's slow, steady tablet strategy a big gamble:

Microsoft is fatally locked in the past, intending to transfer their Windows monopoly to tablets as desktops lose their growth potential. What they fail to see is that Windows has no rationale on a tablet.

Legacy apps are of no value (even if they could run on ARM) because of the mouse-centric interface. Existing drivers are worthless -- who plugs peripherals into tablets? The Start-based UI makes no sense, and must be rewritten from the ground up for multi-touch. The process-heavy implementation virtually ensures performance and battery life problems.

Creating a new OS optimized for tablets and calling it "Windows" too, as it has so often for smartphones, makes sense. This move doesn't.

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In response to iPhone 4 hits Verizon, the good, the bad:

The Android was only successful for a short time because Apple didn't allow Verizon to sell it, but on Feb. 10, all that changes, and nobody will even consider the Android from that point forward. You'll see in about three months once Android sales drop to about 10% of their current level. I'm just reporting the facts, so don't blame me. You'll see!

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In response to Facebook shutting down March 15? Yeah, right:

Here's hoping, for the sanity of sentient beings everywhere, that Facebook actually does go down and stays down permanently. It, and Twitter, and the rest of their insipid ilk, would provide a huge public service if they would just shut down and stay down. Perhaps the collective IQ of the whole planet would bounce back up about 10 points from the deep black-hole-like sucking mental downturn that these "services" have produced. We're the laughingstock of the local galactic cluster for having allowed them to continue operating this long.

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In response to Should IT execs get MBAs?:

An MBA gives one an overall perspective on business, economics, accounting. Most important in today's economic climate finance, an MBA also helps with credibility when dealing with other executives within your firm. An MBA is not for everyone, but it does show that you have the fortitude to expand your areas of knowledge and that you finish what you start. Working 50+ hours a week and going to school full-time is not easy, but it is rewarding.

jammer6463

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In response to White House officials push online trusted IDs:

Trusted IDs already exist, and most people are using them, whether they realize it or not. Up until now, these IDs have been mainly limited to Web sites using SSL, some businesses that require a high level of security and confidence, and users who actually know just how bad the Internet really is and chose to protect themselves ... In its purest form, the real issue is being able to *verify* an owner of a certificate at the time of it's issue. There certainly is a valid debate about that raging now as it is, because private vendors are certainly not any more immune to corruption then the government ... But for doing my regular business on the Internet, any of them is more then adequate to protect me from the legions of credit card thieves out there.

Eric

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In response to Elgan: Your TV remote is obsolete:

Not everyone wants or can afford a smart phone. I personally do not need to be connected all the time, and I am perfectly satisfied with a low-end, pay-as-you-go cell phone for emergencies ... The savings cost of not having a regular [cell] phone go towards diapers ... The [TV] remote is not obsolete nor likely to be obsoleted any time soon, as it is quite efficient at the job it does.

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