I seem to make gadget choices that are -- well -- less than the most popular, let's say. So during internet searches, looking for information about them, sometimes to address very specific performance issues (it's often quicker than reading the instructions), I frequently run into quite violent harangues by people who not only don't like the equipment that I have chosen on the basis of my personal needs and extensive research, but seem absolutely to hate it. I mean hate -- violent, unreasonable, blind to other viewpoints, other needs, and enraged that anyone could make a free decision based on their personal preferences hate. I find it psychotic. We all know how that applies to 4/3 and m43 systems. Full frame zealots have trashed them from the beginning, and even the champions of the marginally bigger APS-C systems do the same. Even in discusssions within a system, it manifests its irritable face. The phenomenon has struck me again recently because, after buying a Galaxy 7 inch tablet to go on a quick visit to see my ailing mother, I decided on returning home that the tablet experience, which I'd avoided, had advantages I wanted to take advantage of. I did extensive research, and went to Best Buy to check out a number of models. I had $400 to spend; that was it -- not negotiable. I ended up with a Microsoft Surface RT with the touch keyboard, after trying an Ipad 2 and returning it. The iPad is definitely the sexier item, and I got seduced into ignoring my concerns about additional storage. I need to be able to transfer my photos through any device onto an external HD. The Surface makes that easy. It is also easy to turn a 32gig Surface into a 96 gig surface with the addition of a micro SD card, and you can edit the RT registry to have your programs installed on the removable drive (which, of course, you then cannot move if you want your programs.) And I like easy access to a file system I am familiar with. Transferring the restore drive to a dedicated usb frees up 4 gigs of space. Anyway, all and all, the Surface just fit my needs better, and I've grown very fond of it. I don't need apps to watch internet TV. I can do that all in the browser, and I find that a huge advantage. I could not get a Galaxy to play the BBC Newshour, although the iPad did. I needed a France24 app for the iPad because it does not have flash. I don't HATE the ipad, which is a slick piece of kit, or the Galaxy, through which my experience with the 7 inch version spurred me onto a larger tablet. But the Surface suits me. m43 suits me. I also like fountain pens, despite the occasional mess, prefer to have a dog rather than a cat (though I love cats), would rather live in the desert than among the impressively lush and beautiful greenery of my native (admittedly swampy) New England, and on and on. When you read the trashing that things get online, it is easy to understand how public discourse has become a shouting match, where we attribute the basest motives to people we disagree with, or dismiss them as benighted, stupid, uninformed. When I was young ( a long time ago, I know), there was a popular assumption that if reasonable people had the same information then they would reach the same conclusions. It's very idealistic, and like so many idealistic ideas, dangerously false. Reasonable people can - in good faith, with ample detailed information, and without malice - disagree. We are different. Vive la différence!