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Don't project the results of your parenting failures on others.
767 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007
Pythons and Boas can easily catch respiratory infections that kill them. Winter temperatures in northern Florida are cold enough to keep them from migrating further north.
We have a boa, and we keep the cage around at around 80F. We have to be careful in the winter on how long he is taken out of the cage because the room is 68F. He caught a RI this winter and had to go on antibiotics.
I upgraded my linux machine to a Llano A3850. I had trouble with several linux distributions (SL6.1 bad sound, Ubuntu 11.10 wouldn't boot, Fedora 16 no sound), and ended up with Mint 12 w/ the latest Catalyst drivers. And KDE. Works fine, but seems a little strange coming from 13 years of RedHat.
At the beginning of the year, it was "just wait until Mango arrives! then we'll have caught up." Problem is that Android and IOS are moving targets.
Frankly, if WP7 Mango has trouble against most phones running Gingerbread, how much improvement will they need in WP8 when going up against ICS?
As I understand it, there were 1 million WP7 users on Facebook before November (before there were Nokia WP7 phones out), and there are 1.3 million now. And some of the added 300000 WP7 users are using WP7 phones from vendors other than Nokia. So there are quite a few Nokia WP7 phones that have been shipped, and not sold.
The netbook originally was a cheap web+email machine. But the first ones generally were underpowered for good quality video. Tablets like the ipad raised the bar, so that to be competitive, a netbook needs to be able to play HD video. For some strange reason, most netbooks do not have the Nvidia Ion chipset or the AMD C series processors, both which allow a netbook to play HD video. With Ivy Trail, underperforming netbooks will be a thing of the past.
While increasing the number of minutes of ads will decrease the cost of an ad to an advertiser, the advertiser looses because the viewer gets oversaturated, and more ad time encourages the viewer to get up and do other things during the breaks.
Speaking of ads, for the College Cup soccer semifinals and finals (US college soccer championships), they stopped the game halfway through each half to run commercials.
"The Pentagon has worried for months that a project backed by a prominent Democratic donor might interfere with military GPS. Now Congress wants to know if the White House pressured a general to change his testimony. "
In the past, I've done the 6am opening at Best Buy and Circuit CIty. At Best Buy they try to make it difficult to get more than one of the big special items, and the check out lines were insane. Circuit City was infinitely better, but now they are gone. Staples sometimes has good things, and the lines to get in aren't too crazy.
Anyway, Thursday I checked the ads, and didn't see much that I was willing to suffer for. I ended up buying a new 50" plasma TV and BluRay player online. It's coming Friday - possibly sooner than what a local store could deliver one.
ESC - because I escaped the crowds Friday.
I think that Windows 8 with Metro will do more to sell WP handsets than Nokia will. WP7 looks different than other smartphones; Win8 will make it more familiar, and make people more comfortable with it.
Will Nokia be successful? Well, they have to compete against other WP vendors, Apple, and Android.
The downside is that you start out with a less than charged battery, so you end up discharging the battery deeper than if you started out with a fully charged battery. And the deeper you discharge a battery, the shorter the battery's life.
And what do you do if an unexpected trip comes up? I've had to go and pick my kids up from school when they were sick and take them home. But I wouldn't be able to drive back to work because the battery was too low because it only had enough of a charge put into it to go to work and back.
Back around 2005, when energy was cheaper, Al Gore used $30,000 per year in utilities for his house in Tennesee. His four (Overpopulation!) kids were old enough that they weren't living at home to help run up the bill. His big claim was that he had carbon credits to offset it, so he was carbon neutral.
Gore has made hundreds of millions on his "green" investments. So there is a conflict of interest on his part.
It's better timing for such a product - people are getting used to laptops without CD/DVD drives, and they compare better in portability with tablets than do regular laptops.
I've been using a 11.6 inch netbook on occasion, and would love to have an ultrabook that size but with a 16:10 screen.
I've been shopping for a smartphone this week, and have seen plenty of WP7 handsets out there. Yet WP7 has a very, very small piece of the smartphone market. I think the reason is that WP7 doesn't look like the other smartphone OS's. To me it looks like a kids "my first smartphone", something you would buy at Toys-R-Us and made by Fischer-Price. But by putting Metro in Win8, people will get used to it and build up a certain comfort level. WP7 and Windows tablet sales will jump up. And it won't "hurt" Win8 sales, since the market has shown that they will buy Windows Whatever.
Nokia realized that they would get killed trying to compete in the Android market. And that Windows Phone was not going to be sucessful. But they knew that Microsoft was willing to dump billions into WP. With WP not doing well in the marketplace, the other smartphone makers would stop making WP phones, leaving Nokia as the main WP company. And if Nokia had any problems surviving on a tiny piece of the smartphone market, Microsoft would either just dump more money into Nokia, or buy Nokia outright.
All I want is a way to store my data in such a way that 10, 20, or more years from now I know I will be able to retrieve it. Of course, it would have to be priced appropriately for the consumer market.
It is not unusual for writable CDs, DVDs, and BDs to go bad after even a few months.
I have a first generation Sony digital 8 camcorder. The picture became jittery, so I bought a HD camcorder to replace it. A few years later I decided to "play" with it to see if I could get it working well enough to copy the tapes to my computer over the firewire interface. It turns out all I have to do is occasionally slap it with my hand and then it works fine.
My model was a lower end model, and I can put in regular 8mm tapes (analog signal) and it will output a digital signal over the firewire interface. The downside is that the files are huge - a two hour tape can take up almost 30GB of space. Of course, converting them to mpegs cuts that by an order of magnitude.
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