It seems I shall have to acquire a "new" (used, from eBay) laptop and I think I've got my eye on a nice little Samsung thing.
I've got two HP elitebook 6930's, and unsurprisingly, I can network them together over an ad-hoc WiFi link, but some errant, abstract thing - from the early 90's or before - is stuck in my mind, saying that the "reason" they interconnect so well is that they're both HP. (I bloody well know that Windows, TCP/IP, and WiFi are why they connect easily and that none of these things are what you'd call exclusive to HP's manufactures.)
I think what's stuck in my mind is IRTalk, Apple's first implementation of infrared data transfer which was available on some PowerBooks back in 1991 I think. Shortly after that, IRda became a widely adopted standard for IR communication which Apple themselves ended up favoring over IRTalk. I remember finding the whole enterprise of infrared transfers exceedingly nifty at the time.
Also Sony had this thing called TransferJet, which I discovered because I had one of their digital cameras that was equipped with it. Similar to NFC - and often confused with it - TransferJet allowed super-high-speed data transfers by requiring extreme proximity (like a couple of millimeters) between devices, lessening security concerns and eliminating the need for encryption (the way Sony told it, anyway
). Some Sony laptops were equipped with TransferJet, and I think there were USB TransferJet adapters available for a time but TransferJet apparently didn't catch on. I don't even know if two Sony laptops could transfer files that way, or if it was just for camera-to-laptop transmissions.
So... if my stable o' used laptops gets a Samsung in the mix... is it going to be able to link to, say, a Galaxy S10, or another Samsung laptop (regardless of OS), or... I don't know, a Samsung fridge... in ways unique to Samsung equipment?
Any other manufacturer-specific hardware features or connectivity shortcuts anyone knows about?
(Not sure why I'm going on about this, I think it's off of having four consecutive 12-hour workdays.
(I think this is all issuing from my preference for vintage Apple equipment (yes, IRTalk-equipped), from the late 80's and early 90's, when their industrial design was more unique, more about design
than about being shiny and slick.)
Pancakes are delicious.