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Let’s talk about tablets and smartphones, and the first thing to understand is that it is not about the device, it is about the data. Hand-held devices do not store large amounts of data, and this is where the “cloud” comes in.

You know where it’s all headed eh? Disposable tablets. That’s right. Tablet PCs are being produced so cheaply in India that they are starting to become a single-use device.

Towards the end of each summer, I participate in the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s “star party” at Smiley’s Provincial Park, a weekend of camping, star gazing, and lectures. It allows my inner geek to roam free, unencumbered by the constrictions of the corporate world, and it feels good.

I’ve said many times that I cannot believe tablet PCs have never really sold well. They are such great devices.

One of the great things about having a technology column is that you get to play with cool toys. The latest one to cross my desk is an ultra-slim DVD reader/burner for people on the go.