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New Laptop for the Old Folks

03/14/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Computers and Internet, Personal

My parent's laptop died this weekend. It's a five year old Sony, so no real complaints. Dad is going nuts without access. I spent the day setting-up an old Dell that we kept as a spare, even though it has intermittent video problems. I thought this was a quick fix, while I decide what to get for them. But Murphy was against us. On logging into an account, it can no longer find the harddrive - so odd seeing a message, please insert disk into /dev/.../harddisk/DR-2; like it's removable media. /sigh

I'm considering getting them either an Apple or a TabletPC. The Apple for its reliability, simpleness and iLife software - all they use a computer for is email, web, IM and photo storage. The TabletPC has appeal because they can use it anywhere easily, and they really liked the touchscreen on their old 3Com Audrey. Of course, with the Apple, I can test web designs on Safari without going to an Apple store. :-)

What they really need is a Palm LifeDrive with a 10-inch screen & a 40GB harddrive. I think that should be our next venture.

Any thoughts?

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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