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Poll: Is a tablet /e-reader something on your holiday shopping list?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / November 27, 2013 7:37 AM PST
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No tablets for our family, and we have two Kindles
by jdonalds / November 28, 2013 5:00 PM PST

At our house we just don't see the value in tablets. We have several computers, two are touch screen convertibles that can be used in tablet mode. We all feel a tablet without an attached keyboard just isn't in the cards for us.

We've had two Kindle readers for a couple of years and don't need another.

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Not this year (so far)
by Bob_Meyer / November 29, 2013 12:21 AM PST

No tablets or e-readers under the tree this year. We stocked up around Mother's day when the Nook HD+ went on sale, so we're sort of overrun with 'em. But that could change if there's a compelling sale between now and Christmas. The Cnet Cheapskate's Surface RT deal almost tempted me, but no.

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I don't have holidays.
by Hartiq / November 30, 2013 5:03 AM PST

When I was working, I didn't have holidays because I was too poor. Now I'm retired, I don't have holidays because I'm "on holiday" all day, every day.
If by "holiday shopping list" you mean "Christmas shopping list" - but you don't want to upset anyone by actually mentioning the banned "C"-word, then it is still no. I don't do Christmas. I used to enjoy the traditions of Christmas with my wife. She made it a gentle, fun, warm cave in the middle of Winter. All sparkly and happy and soft.
Without her, there isn't any real point to it.
Never having been a Christian, I don't celebrate the birth and having no friends I don't much do parties. Nor do I have anyone close to buy things for.
It's typical, I'm a fairly rich retiree with all the time in the world to make Christmases special and no one to make them special *for*.
As the French would say, that's life, innit?
To everyone else, have a lovely Christmas, a smashing holiday and a truly wonderful New Year.

And, no, I won't be buying a new machine just to keep the economy healthy. I have enough computers to last me forever and I enjoy playing with the ones I have.

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Bad form, I know.
by Hartiq / November 30, 2013 5:19 AM PST
In reply to: I don't have holidays.

It's usually considered bad form to reply to your own posting, but I just thought of something *I* found interesting.
Considering the influence on the high-technology market CNet readers may have, if any, does anyone think the analysts can deep data-mine our postings for predictive purposes? Effectively? There have been years of these comment pages and years of market data; has anyone ever tried correlating them and extrapolating?
It's probably not a *very* useful tool, and were it to be we'd probably ruin it by being all bolshie and deliberately pretending to be anti- whatever we're really very much pro- [the "keep them ignorant of Psychohistory" condition] and there are of course many thousands of other trends in the vast and complex global economy to feed into our models but ...
Sorry, it was just an idle thought.

... and, of course, now I've mentioned it, the data are worthless anyway.

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