* Posts by stephajn

125 posts • joined 11 Mar 2010

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Yahoo! Says! Chrome, IE Users! Should! 'Upgrade'! To! FIREFOX!

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WTF?

Cheeky buggers...

In switching the default search engine for Firefox to Yahoo, they also quite rudely changed my pre-existing Firefox installation away from using Google to using Yahoo. I could condone the default being set to Yahoo for new installs, but leave my browser alone when I already have it set to Google.

Not cool Mozilla, not cool!

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Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table

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Re: This is bad

Couldn't agree more. Spent months building up an online ordering system around the PayPal recommended REST API of theirs, assured that THIS is the way to go forward with any new development, and only upon release day (today) do I find out that in their Live environment the REST API isn't supported for doing Direct Credit Card operations in Canada???

Not cool PayPal....NOT cool

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Forgetting something Mr Chemist?

"Konqueror or wget or ftp or ........"

What would one use to download Konqueror or an ftp client or even wget?

I'm running Windows 8.1 (gag I know...) with dev tools installed on it, and yet Konqueror, wget, and ftp are not built in...still need SOMETHING to go out and get them.

Thus my favorite meme: Internet Explorer: the perfect browser for downloading __INSERT BROWSER NAME HERE__

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

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Coat

Needlessly long in some places

The L stands for Long winded debates.

When I went to see it I walked in knowing it was a few minutes shy of 3 hours. So I settled in for the long haul. I expected it to take some time before the humans would even lift off and so on, and I even expected there to be some drawn out discussions about how "this is our only hope."

What I didn't expect were some scenes to be so painfully dragged out that I completely disengaged from the movie and started watching Star Trek 2 in my head.

That having been said, I enjoyed it for the most part and might even go again to see it on an IMAX screen. This time I'm whipping out my smartphone to tune into Star Trek 2 for real during those drawn out scenes! :)

Reaching for my smartphone now....

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Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future

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Re: Yes to a GVD Badge

Wholeheartedly agree DropBear. One month is a bit short for such a prestigious award. I'd say three to six months max.

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iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

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Coat

I am going to puke.....

"I'm feeling quite emotional," Mr Liu later told reporters

Really??? Over a PHONE??? I swear the brand has become like some sort of religion! Steve Jobs being the Messiah or the Prophet Zarquon or something like that. Tim Ccok, the foundation now upon which the Church of Apple is built. Being first to emerge from the store with the new iPhone the equivalent of being touched by God or something??

Frankly I liked the comment directly after that quote in the article about feeling emotional after wasting hours of your life to stand in line at a store when you could have easily done something else.

I'm just waiting for the day when Apple fandom is declared a religion and suddenly all Apple Stores are declared tax exempt like a church is now. (Oh wait....Apple is already mostly tax exempt in the US since they funnel their money out of the country right?)

Reaching for my Holy Water and Garlic to ward off the Apple faithful....

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Re: $399 on the 16GB Wi-Fi model

Couldn't agree more with you. It is the screen in the end....that is all that it comes down to. But for someone like me....meh!

I chose to stick with the Android team and got myself a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. Yes, I paid $549 for it, but I got an Octacore CPU, 3 GB of RAM, and a high resolution screen along with the S Pen. This is a device that suits my needs. Yes, it is heavier than most other models, but it does precisely what I need and want it to do, and the quality is great. Runs fast, and I feel like it actually EARNED its $549 price tag.

When I paid $380 for an iPad Air on sale, even then I felt it was overpriced for what I got. (Returned it within less than 24 hours and I think I popped a tonne of brain cells in the poor girl's brain when she saw an iPad being returned due to lack of customer satisfaction)

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

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"They've never heard of the Galaxy Note, have they?"

Or the Galaxy Mega? http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_mega_6_3_i9200-5398.php

6.3" screen!

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: Duh,

And don't forget this one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE_1KlWFJyA

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Best of Windows 7?

....Then I want Aero Flip 3D back! One of the most useful keyboard shortcuts for me and even now, after having been using Windows 8.x since it was released, I still find myself pressing Windows Key + Tab and forgetting. I wonder where I could possibly ask for that back....or if they'd even listen.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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On the day of the big announce....

And they call it Windows 10. Wow....such a new name....so innovative....so.....ungh....

My sarcasm knows no bounds on this one.....

http://gizmodo.com/windows-10-microsoft-skips-a-digit-with-latest-operati-1640805626

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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Rings familiar...

Internet Explorer bundled with Windows and the antitrust case resulting from it, started by Netscape. (If memory serves?) IE started dominating the crap out of Netscape, and in an effort to save their bacon, they took MS to court over bundling the browser with the OS. We all know how that ended....

Now Google is doing the same thing.... "Take all of our services or else..." I can't remember...did Microsoft lose in the end? Seems to me that IE is STILL bundled with Windows and tied heavily to underpinnings of the operating system and in the end the company still operates as one unit.

Why should it end up any different for Google?

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Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. AW... your battery died

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Re: How much?

"The lengths Apple went to to keep us away from the new iPhones was amusing."

Now that is a story or private blog post I'd love to read. I know Apple doesn't exactly have a love-in for The Register, but I'd be very curious to know how much that lack of love makes them do.

For this article, I found it to be a really good review of the device. It was clear, stuck to the facts, and unlike so many other articles I have read about Samsung gear, it didn't compare the iPhone 6 to Samsung or other Android powered brands at every drop of the hat.

Just last night I was reading an article reviewing the Samsung Tab S. The title of the article? "Samsung's Galaxy Tab S - Kicking the iPad where it hurts." And then in the end it was mostly an article talking about why this tablet costs so much and then comparing it to apple's devices from a fanboi point of view every chance it got. In the end the article title was just a click-bait kind of title, and the article's author threw out all of his credibility as a journalist at the end by making the assinine comment that iOS is much easier to use and that the Apple app ecosystem is much more robust. I don't mind a statement like that being made provided it is backed up with facts, but that was where it ended.

I found this article to be quite fair and a good overview of the iPhone 6.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Did the article author turn into yoda in the final sentence?

"Some 10,000 redundancies later, at least BlackBerry has waited _until tell it can a decent story_ before launching its comeback"

Voice of Frank Oz going off in my head....

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

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Re: Now we know...

And just like that the stage is set for the next round of Apple crybaby tactics in court.

STILL wondering about the fabled iWatch while Samsung has released how many of these things already? I swear...all of my Apple friends look at my Gear 2 watch with envy and gnashing their teeth that nothing from Apple has arrived yet.

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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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Larger Screen iPad means nothing to the visually impaired

It is all well and good to release a larger screen for the iPad, but what eventually happens too is that the resolution gets raised to match that larger screen, so the print stays just as tiny.

I bought an iPad Air despite being an absolute Apple product hater. I am legally blind and my Samsung 8" device wasn't cutting it for me. (End of that story is that reading glasses did the trick) So I wanted to get a larger screened tablet to compensate for screen size and thus text size. However, I have a huge gripe with Samsung devices as they come preloaded with so much garbage and TouchWiz is so bloated that it feels like I only get HALF of a tablet in storage capacity than what I was told I was buying. Research showed that Apple devices tended to be the leanest as far as an OS install base.

So, after examining as many 'Droid options as I could find available locally, I bit the bullet and started investigating the iPad. A coworker showed me his, and we even found an eReader app that would suit my purposes. So off I went and bought one. (And returned it less than 22 hours later!)

The resolution is so high that everything on the screen is microscopic to read! I went into the settings and turned on as much accessibility assistance as I could that would bold the text, increase contrast, increase TEXT size for that matter! And yet, to my utter disgust and dismay, these text increases barely applied anywhere in any app! And that even included the App Store app! Apple's attention to accessibility for the visually impaired is appalling at best. Yes, there are options like Voice Over and so on, but I don't want my tablet talking to me in a quiet room full of people to tell me what I'm looking at. I need to just be able to SEE it. And yes, there is the triple tap option to enable, but I do not want to have to do a minimum of SIX taps just to be able to see what I want to do next, nor do I want to have a device that requires me to have tunnel vision to operate.

Exchanged that tablet for a Microsoft based one, and the experience was exactly the same in the Modern UI side of things. That one only lasted about 20 hours in my possession.

Meanwhile, Android's text setting takes effect everywhere! Why? Because right from the start, Google's recommendations are to not use absolute font sizes, but to rather build out in percentages so that it scales well.

I know this may sound like such a ridiculous gripe to have about this massively successful product. But despite all of that, if I can't see what is on screen without needing a bloody microscope, then your product, for all of its features, "amazingly innovative design", and app availability blah blah blah....is an utter failure to me as your customer. Now iOS 8 is coming out, and I'm willing to bet there are no improvements there for screen readability.

Anyway....that's my rant. Still an Apple product hater.... The universe is back to normal now that my house has no iThings in it.

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Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

stephajn

Re: And as the march to subscription (online) services goes on...

If this is the case, then perhaps you might not want to use the power company's power either. After all, if they go titsup, then you're out of power. Same for gas...

When it works....people love it and it is great and wonderful blah blah blah. Successful businesses like Netflix use cloud to run their service. (Amazon if I am not mistaken)

But just like any other service that someone else provides, there can be problems. Power Grid fails....and the lights in your house go out. Some upstream provider that your ISP depends on goes ka-boom and your internet is down. (Happened nationwide just a couple of days ago with Shaw here in Canada. A routing problem made it impossible to access a LOT of websites) But that doesn't mean we don't use these services.

If we were to withdraw from consuming a service just because it happened to fail every once in a while, then we wouldn't be using the power grid....or cable television....or cell phones....or {insert service here]. For that matter, no one would ever have a web hosting company host their site for them....they'd all invest in a server farm to do it themselves!

For those that rant about how evil cloud services are blah blah blah blah.....then I say to you.....turn off your power and run your own generator if you think doing everything yourself is that much better.

*climbing down off soap box now*

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Re: "After about an hour of investigating the issue"

"I'm sure their army of downvoters will be onto this post even quicker than their service came back online."

I up voted you. :) And I use Azure! Along with VS Online, and so forth.

"This seems to be happening with MS cloud stuff on an almost daily basis right now"

It certainly feels that way. If it isn't Azure, then it is something else like XBox Live or a bad update that causes BSOD failures. Trustworthy computing indeed..... </sarcasm>

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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I only wish....

.....that they didn't wait quite so long. I'm working on a project that has as its mandate to support IE9 and later. For the most part I haven't run into TOO many problems with it. But if I had my way I'd drop support for IE9 and say you need IE10 and later. But alas.....because of the reasons stated in the article with Windows Vista, IE9 still has to stay on our radar, and thus things like <input type=number> just can't get used yet.

Anyone at Microsoft listening.....if you could hustle it up a bit and drop support for IE9....that'd be great...really....just....yeah. :)

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Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle

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Bought Wii U a month ago

I got a PS3 back in March because now they are so cheap with the PS4 out. I chose the PS3 because was told it could play PS2 and PSOne games. To my dismay and disappointment, I found out that is only partially true. Still, I was (note WAS) as huge Final Fantasy fan, and I knew that is where I'd get my fix of the latest and greatest. Immediately bought FF XIII trilogy as soon as I could find it. Was horribly disappointed with my purchase of those games and wished I had taken the time to see the game reviews first. So I got some other games....again....disappointments overall. However, I grew up playing Nintendo for the most part. Final Fantasy 3/6 (depending on how you want to look at it) was my first exposure to the series and I was a fan since.

But now, a month ago I bought a Wii U. So I have the PS3 and the Wii U sitting side by side in my living room...and yet....I find myself reaching for the Wii U a bit more.

I do agree with a previous post that Nintendo needs to push some of its other franchises in a big way. We need a good Zelda adventure unique to the Wii U and not just an HD remake of Wind Waker. (Waiting for Hyrule Warriors....) We need another 3D Donkey Kong perhaps....and get your ass in gear on Metroid for crying out loud!!!! lol (Sorry...taking my pill now)

I do appreciate the HD remakes that are being done nowadays. (Kingdom Hearts on PS3 as an example)

I'm even wondering what would happen if Zelda got to be a first person game as opposed to 3rd person. Worked well for Metroid.... Or imagine first person Mario game?

Anyways....my whole point is this: I had my prejudices about the Wii U, but when I gave it a good solid try, I was quite impressed. It has its place, but when I think Nintendo, I generally don't come up with titles like Call of Duty or Wolenstein: New Order. (Or South Park: The Stick of Truth...heh heh)

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

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Re: I feel a vote coming on...

Genius!

Thumbs up for the awesome TNG reference!

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Apple stops caring about Samsung kit everyone else stopped caring about years ago

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Lame...

Apple: "WAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!"

Samsung: "Those devices are not even being sold anymore anyway. We made our billions....stop your whining!!!"

Apple: "WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!....wait....what?? Oh...uhhhh...well alright then! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!!!"

Samsung: "Whatever...."

That's what I get from all of this.

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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

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Re: D(HE)LL?

I was thinking that this feature would come in handy if you wanted to host an API in a Windows Service perhaps that exposes an HTTP endpoint. (Just one example)

Or...and this may be insanity....

Shipping an app that runs locally without the need for a web server, but is web based. The web "server" is the app process itself...or a Windows service that is installed on the machine.

Just my two cents....oh wait....I'm from Canada where there is no penny....uhhhhhmmmmm OK round it up...

Just my five cents...

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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"They are set of specs that promise to le developers use their existing knowledge and skills in things like HTML and JavaScript to build widgets that can be easily re-used."

Did the author of the article suddenly switch off the grammar and spell checker for this sentence?

Web Components as a standard....seems an awful lot like giving a formal name to jQuery UI's widgets or Kendo or ExtJS and so forth.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI

"Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI _if they want to carry its new Android Silver brand_"

And therein lies the caveat for all hardware developers. No one has said that these manufacturers can't still do their own thing. It is just that they won't carry the Android Silver brand. So it'll just be business as usual for these manufacturers. Kinda like that whole "Works with Windows" sticker and the "Made for Windows" sticker and the "Vista Basic" sticker vs the "Vista Premium" sticker. It's all about slapping a sticker on a product called Android Silver.

And has been said before in comments above, for those that care, they can still do what they want with their phones and slap on whatever new launcher or themes or whatever that they want. I can't even BEGIN to tell you how many times I have seen some of my friends install a completely hideous theme on their phone turning it from something readable into this gaudy pink and purple MESS.

My read on this whole thing is that it is just a "certification" that Google is introducing here just like Microsoft having put the "Windows X Compatible" certification out there for anyone that wants to have it on their software.

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

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Living with the Crazy....

.....finally getting a bit of a respite from The Crazy after 10 years almost. Wow....this BOFH couldn't have hit it on the nose any better!

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Stop

LOL

...which stands for Lame Out Loud.

Seriously Apple....you make billions upon billions of dollars in profits and charge your customers through the roof for your products and have almost no profit sharing with your retailers whom you make jump through so many hoops just to have the "privilege" of selling your junk.

I think you can manage a little bit of "imposition". Grow up and shut up.

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Developer unleashes bowel-shaking KILLER APP for Google Glass

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Austin Powers App

Anyone remember Austin Powers 3, when he was sitting across the sumo wrestling ring and with a touch of the side of his glasses was able to zoom in really nice and tight on Fat Bastard?

Well, being legally blind myself, I saw those glasses and immediately thought, "I WANT!!!!" I'd love to be able to zoom in on something far away to be able to see it close up without having to whip out a pair of binoculars or a monocular that just makes me look like a total prat. For that matter, if my Android Phone can have a magnifier app that just makes use of the camera, then the same principle could apply to Google Glass right?

Although....as much as I would love to have that ability, the social awkwardness of walking around with that strapped to my head and the $1500 hole it would burn in my already burnt pockets become two major roadblocks I just can't see being lifted any time real soon.

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

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"Too good to be abandoned"

"And yes I still have to develop in VB6. Why? Because it's just too good to be abandoned."

Reminds me of the same attitude someone I worked for for about six months had with regards to FoxPro for DOS. To this day his product that he pushes on people is STILL FoxPro DOS based. Sucks for anyone buying a brand new computer nowadays since they are all 64 bit. But this guy is so set in the past about how easy FoxPro is to get a fully searchable grid of data with one line of code that he fails to see what people are demanding now. And he wonders why he had to close down his office and work out of his home....

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Investors on Microsoft: What, Ballmer, leaving? Hand me my wallet

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Re: return the firm to the golden days

" user are much more computer-literate"

On the contrary, I find that they are getting dumber by the day. Gone are the days when you could tell someone to go to a website and they would just type it in the address bar and go. Now they google a website address and then wonder which one to click on.

The list could go on....but I almost feel that it is the computer support people who are the ones becoming jaded and the onslaught of tablets becoming the primary computing device for so many people has made the average computer user much more computer-dumb than they used to be.

I could be wrong, but that is just what I am seeing.

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Microsoft FIRES devs into the CLOUD with Visual Studio Online

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First impressions

Being an MSDN subscriber via the BizSpark program, I have had access to Visual Studio 2012, and 2013 now. I have to say that the 2013 UI is much more responsive, but not worth shelling out a tonne of cash for. Some of the tooling is nicer, but again, not something that can't be done with some cleverness in 2012.

As a web developer, the biggest feature I am drooling over is BrowserLink. Best new feature in my opinion!

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Internet Explorer 11 for Win7 bods: Soz, no HTML5 fun for you

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Flash on Android

"(Incidentally, when did Google dump Flash support on Android? I thought it was only iPads that had a gimped browser)"

My understanding on this matter is that it was Adobe that decided not to continue to update Flash on Android and even decided to pull it from the Play Store. However, for those that really do want it, there is the option of manually downloading and installing APKs from Adobe's Website. (At least, the last time I checked anyway)

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

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high end hardware

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the Galaxy Nexus has now been sidelined for any updates or if my Nexus will get the update OTA....

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It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up

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Chasing to the bottom

"noting that Walmart was pushing tablets at $49, saying “We have no interest in chasing all the way down to the bottom.”"

Funny...you could have fooled me with some of the absolute crap that you push out in your PC line. Being a screw turner with computers I see loads and loads of HP's coming across my bench and they all are obviously chasers to the bottom.

My wife's HP Touchpad notwithstanding...because that thing with Android installed on it just SCREAMS with speed snd smoothness.

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Google reveals its Hummingbird: Fly, my little algorithm - FLY!

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Re: I'm surprised Google didn't farm the work out...

"Maybe we can see a Hummingbird vs. Watson competition on Jeopardy!...?"

Would be a great excuse to bring out Ken Jennings again....

But actually it would be incredibly cool to pit these two computers against each other. I imagine Alex getting really lonely on stage talking to Watson and uhhhh....hmmmmm.....what would Google's computer be named?

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

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The one key idea...

...Glad it never took off.

The keyboards that have the half moon button on them to suspend or sleep the computer were bad enough. On my HP keyboard I am using, that key is DIRECTLY next to the tilde key and is quite long. One false move with the left pinky near the ~ key...OH DAMN!!!!!

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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See video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIakZtDmMgo

It could happen to anyone.....if you are about as smart as this guy....

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

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Such big markets....

"Fortunately, both of these markets are so big," he said, "and there's so many people that care and want a great experience from their phone or their tablet, that Apple can have a really good business."

So if the market is SOOOOO big, then why is Apple continuously dragging everyone before the courts in these screwball lawsuits over stupidly obvious patents? The more I read Tim Cook's statements, the more I hear the sound of George W. Bush's moron tones.

I had a "Bushisms" calendar back in 2007....maybe there should be one for Tim Cook too.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Colour me unsurprised

A brand new OS release....of COURSE something is going to go wrong. Although it does make one wonder what the hell is going on when features that are so CORE to the product are the ones that go wrong. Shouldn't it be the edge cases that have the issues?

Thinking back on the Wifi issues and so forth with iOS. Such glaring problems....why can't these be corrected before World+dog downloads the stupid thing? As for NYC Blonde's comment....like William Shatner said... "GET A LIFE!!!"

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Dog bites man: Apple's Macs trounce all Windows PCs in customer love

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Re: Hmmm...

"besides after spending all THAT kinda money, who wants to admit that they bought a turd"

Couldn't agree more. Having had to service some of these Macbooks, I have been shocked and disgusted to find Toshiba brand hard drives inside. I mean SERIOUSLY??? Making someone spend all that money on overpriced aluminum crap and then you throw a junkard drive like that into it? Come on Apple...at LEAST a WD Blue or Seagate drive here.....

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Relent some more will ya????

Another thing that blocks us from wanting to build Windows 8 units in our shop is having to commit a license as soon as the disc is inserted. It was a LOT easier and better to have it like Windows Vista and 7 and you could skip supplying a key so that you could install it, get the system fully checked over and make sure it will run nicely before having to commit a license to it. I wish they'd loosen the grip on that one too.

This is just another thing that drives me away from MS towards Linux. Max OS X can still bite me....hate that company....

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Am I the only one...

....that noticed that the picture they posted is from Star Trek TOS and not TNG? If Picard is sitting in the chair of THAT Enterprise then something seriously wrong has happened.

Just me flexing my Trekkie muscles.

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US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

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Re: What damages?

Well what else is there? Bunch of whiney babies.....I think I feel a case of emotional trauma every time someone wins a lawsuit over emotional trauma. I want to sue over this but I don't know how..... Being Canadian, I wasn't taught how to sue people in Grade 1...

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Apple seeds Golden Master iOS 7 to devs, calls Sep 18 ship date

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His head really is up his arse...

"No other platform has any apps like these"

Really Tim??? REALLY???? May I direct your attention to this little niggly tiggly suite called OFFICE with a little program or two in it carrying the name of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (Just to name three)

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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

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Re: How big !.

"instantly bloats into a ~20Gb footprint and needs another 25Gb+ of working space just to unpack."

Just out of curiosity....how much of that is in your Windows\winsxs folder?

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Makes me sooooo glad....

....that I switched to running Linux Mint instead. Have had it up to HERE with Microsoft's ways lately and enough was finally enough. The Windows 8.1 "upgrade" doesn't feel like they listened at all except to put a certain button back. The rest seems all enterprise focused. Well....where I live.....the only Enterprises around here are stuck in the past on Windows XP and only just now realizing that Windows 7 may be an option.

I still rely on some MS products like Expression Design (alternatives anyone?) and Visual Studio. But I am looking closer at MonoDevelop these days and hoping I can transfer my skills over to that.

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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

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I have a dream....

......that these companies will just blow the whistle on the government anyway despite their gag orders, and when the public speaks up....perhaps the public can tell the government where the NSA can stick it.

I have a dream....

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

stephajn

Re: Selection process...

Or perhaps even a Mortal Kombat style where the winner is the new CEO. Would be a chance to trim down on all the yes men and committees.

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

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Re: Pokki...? Seriously?

"How about Start8?"

That's what I was hoping for too. Having tried out a few of them, I found that Start8 was the very best out of them all to really feel like it was PART of the operating system and not just tacked on. Using IOBitStart Menu 8 right now, and it isn't bad for a free product, but I honestly feel like Start8 is the one that really sets the benchmark to compare all others to.

(No I don't work for Stardock) lol

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