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Lincoln Spector

About Lincoln Spector

Lincoln Spector writes about computers, home theater, and film and maintains two blogs: Answer Line at and His articles have appeared in CNET, InfoWorld, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.

Day 23: Keeping up with the news

Tuesday, March 3: It’s my 23rd day substituting a Windows 8.1 laplet (laptop/tablet hybrid) for my usual Windows 7 laptop and iPad. A week from tomorrow will be my last day of this digital experiment — I’m looking forward to that day.

One of many annoyances with using the laplet: When it comes to reading periodicals, Windows 8 currently doesn’t stand a chance against the iPad. To be fair, the problem is with the third-party apps, not the operating system itself.

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Day 16: My ASUS laplet and its troubled sleep

One thing really drives me crazy about my ASUS T100TA-C1-GR: It consumes electricity like crazy when it’s supposed to be in power-saving mode.

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Day 10: Changing the docking station

This is my tenth day (Feb. 19) using a Windows 8.1 tablet in place of both my Windows 7 laplet (laptop/tablet hybrid) and iPad. None of this would have worked without the generic docking station — a box that provides the ports needed to connect external monitors, a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and so on.

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Day 6: Saturday tablet nightmares

I generally don’t use my PC on Saturdays, but I do use my iPad. So Friday evening, I removed the Windows 8.1 tablet from the docking station to use it exclusively for reading and socializing.

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Day 3: The annoyances of the no-zoom tablet

By now, I’m pretty comfortable now with Windows 8.1 — as long as I ignore that it’s Windows 8.1. With StartIsBack installed, I can pretty much convince myself I’m using Windows 7. It’s when I remove the tablet from its docking station that the Modern world of Windows raises its revolting head.

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Living and working with a Win8.1 tablet: Day 1

As a test for Windows Secrets, I’ve put away both my Windows 7 laptop and my iPad for 30 days. In their place, I’m using a small, light, and relatively inexpensive Windows 8.1 tablet. My new workstation includes a generic docking station to connect the tablet to a full-sized monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals.

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Going small(er): Trading spinning disks for SSDs

Solid-state drives can give a significant boost to system performance, but at the cost of storage space. Here’s how to sort out the data on a big spinning-platter drive and fit what you can onto a smaller SSD.

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