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2 years, 4 months ago on Macally Spring Collection - Sophistication meats Professionalism

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I think Aero is one of the best-looking UIs Microsoft pulled off, but I agree it's getting old. I'm really glad they updated the visuals a bit since Aero was getting a bit long in the tooth. I wonder what they'll call it though.

2 years, 5 months ago on Microsoft announces a refreshed Windows 8 desktop UI, removes Aero

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I'll continue to only use Twitter occasionally. Some people are way too obsessed with the platform. @tjasko :P

2 years, 5 months ago on Twitter - Bringing the latest in news to your Inbox

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What about... wait for it... a USB port, with support for USB mice/keyboards and flash drives, so that it's easier to view photos and edit Word docs? Also, the ability for it to function as its own device without any need to ever plug it into a computer..

2 years, 7 months ago on New Poll - What do you want to see in the iPad 3?

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All I can say is WOOOOOOOOOT! Now they won't force me to pay $80 a month for the same services I currently get for $50.

2 years, 10 months ago on AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Fails

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VMWare Player anyone? It's like Workstation but without some of the more advanced features, and it's FREE.

Otherwise, Virtual PC for Windows versions < XP. Not sure how to put that into the poll.

2 years, 11 months ago on New Poll Question (10/21/10)

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I'm still happy with the 5-pack of screen protectors I got on Amazon for $2. Much clearer than the Invisible Shield, and my finger slides a lot more smoothly. Only downside is that they're not indestructible.

2 years, 11 months ago on BodyGuardz Review - Screen and Body Protectors

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You won't be disappointed. I installed an older Lenovo-branded SSD (got a good deal on it on eBay) into my 5-year-old ThinkPad and it was the single biggest performance boost I have ever had.

3 years ago on Unboxing: Kingston SSD 100V+ // HD

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Hey... what about the much-faster boot time? (Though it is quite annoying when you defer a required reboot and a manual shutdown-and-restart procedure doesn't do the trick.)

It's pretty good with multiple monitors too, but I agree -- the Metro interface just gets in the way. I want the desktop to remain the desktop (complete with an IMPROVED start menu -- NOT the same old one in Windows 7), and the Metro UI as an app. At least make this an option.

Oh, and please bring back Win+Tab Flip 3D. I use that feature more often than I should :P

I'm actually rather fond of the sharper corners, but I wish I could make the windows more transparent.

3 years, 1 month ago on Thoughts: Windows 8

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I hope this succeeds, as it looks pretty cool. Reminds me a bit of my own concept phone/tablet I came up with a few years back in a few ways...

3 years, 2 months ago on Fusion Garage raises from the dead, reveals Grid 10 tablet and Grid 4 phone

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I'll buy a new phone when my current one no longer meets my needs... it really depends on the available models though.

I'm pretty sure Google did this so they'd have more "nukes" to battle Apple in the patent wars.

3 years, 2 months ago on Google Acquires Motorola Mobility - Why?

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If that marketing hype product gives me a global equalizer and bass booster that actually work, I'll be happy.

Otherwise, I'll continue using Android 2.3 and its excellent built-in bass booster and (albeit crappy) EQ. If I need more advanced tweaking, I'll fight the crappy UI of Rockbox and keep using it.

3 years, 2 months ago on $300 Million Investment will Bring Beats Audio to HTC Devices

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I'd say bigger display, but I agree more with "Android all the way", simply because a big-screen iPhone will still lack the versatility I need.4 inches seems to be today's preferred smartphone size, and the iPhone's current screen is excellent but too small to compete with them.

3 years, 2 months ago on New Poll: What do you want to see in the next iPhone?

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Microsoft isn't "photocopying" -- it's competing. Their mouse looks different enough to be seen as a different product (i.e. anyone can tell the difference between the two). If Microsoft happens to make this mouse superior to Apple's, it (hopefully) will drive Apple to innovate in more ways and produce an even better product, which results in the consumer getting better stuff in the end.

FYI, Synaptics made Apple's signature click wheel. Apple ripped off IBM's hard drive protection system. Apple more or less ripped off Android's notification system for iOS 5. Why is everyone complaining about people copying Apple, but never the other way around!?

3 years, 2 months ago on Microsoft Explorer Touch Mouse: Redmond's Copiers Running at Full Speed

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^ my bad, I meant Samsung giving Apple...

3 years, 3 months ago on Samsung copies Apple again, introduces the Smart Case

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It does seem like Apple is giving Apple the ol' finger, but if you think about it, a piece of colored plastic that folds up into sections really isn't all that unique. I've seen them used as pool covers for instance (kinda like this :P http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhk6itXmjL1qh8s61o1_400.jpg )

Honestly, some ideas are just too simple to be patented. A lawsuit over a 4x4 icon layout with 4 fixed icons at the bottom? That's like Ford suing GM for making a car with 4 doors and a trunk.

Apple really revolutionized the market in 2007 with the first iPhone, but it's not like it was the very first capacitive touchscreen phone in existence. Now, other manufacturers have caught up and more than made up for the iPhone's shortcomings. Instead of suing everyone around them (and getting themselves into the awkward mess where companies like Samsung seem to intentionally want to annoy them), they should build a device that people will be willing to CHOOSE over, say, Samsung and HTC products.

Word to the big guys: bring back fair competition! Suing the heck out of everybody will only stifle innovation.

3 years, 3 months ago on Samsung copies Apple again, introduces the Smart Case

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It saddens me that IE is still getting so much market share. It's explainable though -- IE can be managed much more finely via corporate policy, and most businesses nowadays deploy Windows networks. I'm stuck with it at work as well :(

3 years, 3 months ago on How Long is it until Chrome Catches up?

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An iPod touch with 3G would essentially BE an iPhone... a UMTS + GSM radio combo would be necessary to get data, and that's consequently the big difference between the current iPod and iPhone. Even if they did manage to make a $230 contract-free device like that, it would likely drive away customers from their flagship iPhone.

iPhone 4 can be thought of as the "iPhone lite" when the iPhone 5 comes out. It will be less powerful and less expensive... no need to make a second device.

Just my $0.02.

3 years, 3 months ago on Get ready to fire up the Apple Rumor Wheel!

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I say it's perfectly fine to jailbreak if you're willing to deal with any problems you introduce and don't use it to do stuff that's actually illegal such as engaging in software piracy. It's my phone, and I want to use it as I please.

It's like buying a gun: nothing wrong with it, but if you shoot yourself in the foot due to your own stupidity or you end up killing somebody and get in trouble with the cops, it's your fault. Not the gun's fault, but yours.

I don't get the bit about the screen though. Not only is software incapable of shattering a screen, but it's also very easy to remove all traces of the jailbreak by restoring the original firmware.

3 years, 3 months ago on Is it ok to Jailbreak?

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$29 is a great price for it.I got Windows 7 Professional for $29 because I was a student. I can't see myself paying $200+ for an operating system upgrade though...

3 years, 3 months ago on Mac OS X Lion GoldMaster Seeded to Devs

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@MattieTK Correction: I'm happy with my $250-used HD2 running 5 builds of Android plus Windows.

3 years, 3 months ago on (Gone!) The Million Dollar Prototype iPhone 4

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I'd rather have a plain old WORKING iPhone 4. Makes the $650 upfront price seem cheap by comparison.

3 years, 3 months ago on (Gone!) The Million Dollar Prototype iPhone 4

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I still don't think a 10-year-old should be playing Grand Theft Auto, but hey... with freedom comes responsibility.

3 years, 3 months ago on Victory for Video Games!

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Laaaaame... though I suppose everyone and their dog now has an iPod touch.

3 years, 4 months ago on Apple Announces 2011 Back to School Promotion: $100 App Store Credit

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@MattieTK Yep, somewhat annoying. Apparently AT&T and Verizon also severely lock down their "open" Android phones. People in the US are accustomed to cheap phones, 2-year contracts, and carrier exclusivity, which is probably why. I personally prefer cheaper contract-free plans without restrictions; I pay more for the phone up front but it's cheaper in the long run.

My HD2 was branded as a "T-Mobile HD2" but at least that name is close enough...

3 years, 4 months ago on Is This AT&T’s Galaxy S II? | Tech Cores Mobile

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"Hey, let's take some features of Android and call them magical and revolutionary!"

3 years, 4 months ago on WWDC: Judgment Day

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I bet it's your typical 5MP-ish sensor with interpolation bringing it up to 12. Unless you have perfect lighting for the shot and will be printing off big posters, there's really no need for that many megapixels, especially with a small phone camera lens.

3 years, 4 months ago on Mysterious 12 Megapixel Windows Phone in the Wild

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Hmm, interesting... but if I were them, I'd make a huge glass table for the products and build iPad-esque screens into them (ironically running Windows XP Embedded or something along those lines, since they're just displaying a page of text or at most a video.) No more wire mess.

I wish I could go to AN Apple store just to see what all the hype is about... the nearest one to me is a good hour's drive away.

3 years, 4 months ago on Apple Retail Stores Revamped - Store 2.0

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I use ObjectDock already -- I keep it at the top of the screen to hold my frequently-used programs (so that nothing stays on my desktop for too long and I don't make a mess :P). Then I keep running programs in the taskbar at the bottom. That way, I get the best of both worlds... the authentic Mac dock is quite cluttered if you ask me.

I also know of plenty "Mac" skins for Windows. How would this be different from ObjectDock + a Mac-lookalike visual style? Or does this include extra features?

By the way, Windows isn't much more difficult to use than Mac OS.

3 years, 4 months ago on Lumier - Mac Your PC

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Hmm, cool idea using it with a netbook on the go. (For $130, you can pick up a "normal" 17" monitor for a desktop.) I suppose a USB monitor would also come in useful for home/office use if the computer didn't have enough video outputs.

Just to clarify, USB always puts out 5 volts... some devices (like my external hard drive) have 2 plugs in order to obtain more amperage since a single port is limited to 500mA by the USB standard. Putting batteries in the monitor would cause more pain than it's worth, since you'd have yet _another_ device to charge (or buy batteries for). Perhaps building a USB hub into the monitor itself would have been a good idea, in order to allow you to keep using your flash drive and such.

3 years, 5 months ago on DoubleSight Displays 9" USB Monitor Review

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How does it compare to a Zagg Invisible Shield? I almost got one for my phone but ironically, it put a distinct pattern/texture on my screen that was quite visible. A $2-for-5 generic screen protector is much harder to see than an Invisible Shield.

Advantage of a screen protector on a glass screen: it holds the glass together if you shatter it, allowing you to keep using the phone.

Disadvantage: it's easier to scratch than glass.

3 years, 5 months ago on WRAPSOL: All Around Protection for Your Mobile Devices

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@dgwoods72 So where did the "green" come from?

3 years, 5 months ago on Introducing Tech Cores Mobile!

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"Going green" made it seem like you were switching to an energy-efficient datacenter...

3 years, 5 months ago on Introducing Tech Cores Mobile!

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I hate that "feature" so much... here I am typing 80 WPM and it was completely locking up my slow connection (though it's not as bad with my new cable one). That, and I am unable to quickly hit "Back" (on my mouse, I might add) and go back to my previous query. I also can't "read and type" (look at the result text as I formulate my next query).

Google Instant is great for slower users, but for people like me, the plain old non-instant search is a lot faster. Ironically, "instant" anything-that-involves-AJAX usually slows me down.

3 years, 5 months ago on Google's Instant WebSurf

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...or just buy a Panasonic ToughBook :P

3 years, 5 months ago on G-Form Extreme Sleeve Protects Your MacBook From Drops, Even From the Second Floor

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@tjasko Oh, I still have "teen" at the end of my age :P Though really, when I was a kid, I couldn't even get a cell phone to program/hack/mess around with...

Apple's sure going for the little ones now. Their marketing is simply genius, though I disagree with their philosophy at times.

3 years, 6 months ago on Looking for an iPad 2? Check out Toys R Us

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Ah, kids these days... :P

(Says the guy who was legally considered a kid only a few years ago)

3 years, 6 months ago on Looking for an iPad 2? Check out Toys R Us

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@DustinSnider Again, the HTC EVO and HD7 both have capacitive "buttons" as opposed to physical ones, yet they don't seem to have much of an "I accidentally bumped it in my pocket and wasted my battery that way" issue. A short lockscreen timeout plus a capacitive sensor that doesn't respond to pocket lining -- which is already a given -- will solve most instances of this problem.

3 years, 6 months ago on iReplaced the Home Button

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It shuts off after about 5 seconds though... and you'd still run into the "accidentally turned on the screen in my pocket" issue with a physical button in that location. Maybe Apple will make only the power button on top actually turn the screen on?

3 years, 6 months ago on iReplaced the Home Button

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I love the Galaxy S II design (not so much the other Galaxy S ones), so this will likely be my next phone once my HD2 quits being supported by the new AT&T... just in time.

3 years, 6 months ago on Samsung Galaxy S II Gets Delayed?

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I thought so too at first. Then I thought about how annoyingly unresponsive my physical home button has become, probably due to dust or wear. The capacitive "buttons" on phones such as the HTC EVO are becoming commonplace, and Apple is finally catching on. I don't like the idea, but at least a capacitive button will never wear out...

By the way, you won't be able to pocket-dial anyone because a) the linings of most pockets aren't capacitive and b) the "slide to unlock", plus a passcode, makes it virtually impossible to pocket-dial anyone by randomly jabbing at the screen. It was a bigger issue with resistive touchscreens and simplistic screen locks.

3 years, 6 months ago on iReplaced the Home Button

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I think everybody but AT&T will be annoyed at the higher prices, at the very least. AT&T is pricey enough as it is. Yet another example of putting the big corporation in front of the little customer. Yet another reason to be annoyed (if not seriously pissed off) at the upcoming acquisition of T-Mobile, who may not be perfect but does offer significantly lower prices.

3 years, 6 months ago on AT&amp;T Increases Early Upgrades by $50

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I love HTC Sense myself. The Windows Mobile version is actually more "expressful" -- you get full-screen realistic weather wallpaper, for instance, instead of th tacky widget in Android. To be quite honest, I don't like the stock Android lock screen either.

3 years, 6 months ago on Google is Locking Down Android Customization

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@tjasko The user interface is laggy as $h1T. It may be very fast at HTML5, but opening 5 new tabs results in a nasty lag.

3 years, 6 months ago on Livefyre Conversation

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@tjasko Wow, I'm so tired... I meant Samsung.

3 years, 6 months ago on Samsung allegedly adds Key Logging Software (UPDATE: False)

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Who uses an Apple keyboard with a Toshiba laptop? :P

3 years, 6 months ago on Samsung allegedly adds Key Logging Software (UPDATE: False)

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Firefox 4 is quite close. And really, turning the brightness down a notch ought to make a far more noticeable improvement. I don't doubt the facts, but I don't particularly like how Microsoft is using this fairly insignificant fact for marketing purposes.

I highly doubt that someone will really switch to IE just because of this :P

3 years, 6 months ago on Livefyre Conversation

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@mbillow @nookkin @tjasko Is it FiOS? I thought they had 50 down / 20 up... Or is it some kind of business-grade balanced connection?

3 years, 6 months ago on Livefyre Conversation

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@mbillow @tjasko @nookkin Wait, you're saying you have a 50Mbps upload speed? I know someone who has over 150Mbps upload speed, but he's at a college with a fast connection, which is hardly indicative of "home" internet connections...

3 years, 6 months ago on Livefyre Conversation

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I've known about this for a while now and I think it's a great idea... except for the fact that most people have ridiculously slow upload speeds (even "high-end" 25Mbps connections often have upload speeds around 1 Mbps -- I personally have 256Kbps). Good luck uploading 50GB of data through a connection like that :P

3 years, 6 months ago on Livefyre Conversation

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