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A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

Hovsep Cheaper and a little more open might have worked.. (391 comments)

I think the RT has a place in the market, but MS priced it way too high to begin with. For $300 with keyboard and allowing installation of non-MS Store apps could make this device useful. It comes with MS Office with OneNote (albeit crippled without the ability to record meeting audio). This could have been a great, affordable tablet for business users and students.

MS didn't include Outlook; didn't include the killer sound recording feature of OneNote - instead recommending running a sound record app while taking notes - WTF?; made it difficult for PuTTY or apps like it to even consider porting to the platform - see http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/wishlist/winrt.html

Other smaller issues like going with 16:9 instead of 16:10 makes trying to read a document in portrait orientation difficult. MS might have had a tablet for masses and students,but managed to fumble another opportunity by trying to out iPad the iPad.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Are the E-Ink Dashboards?

Hovsep E-Ink Illumination (242 comments)

I love my e-ink reader and I love the idea of a large (color?) e-ink display, but it would require more than just the energy to update the e-ink. For example, in a darkened call center, you'd still need to shine a front light onto it which might not offer much savings over the LED back lighting of an LED LCD.


about 2 years ago

Cisco Exits the Consumer Market, Sells Linksys To Belkin

Hovsep Re:WTB Cisco Switch (284 comments)

Asus and Buffalo?

about 2 years ago

Flatlining User Base May Spell End of RIM

Hovsep Re:RIM's Main Problem (180 comments)

Only BSOD's I ever got on my Windows 7 laptop were being caused by some bad RAM. It's been so long since I've see a BSOD, I can hardly remember what color they were :-).

I got a free WP7.5 device (my Treo "lost" the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge), which held some promise, but I've switched to Android for now. If Microsoft decides to give away WP8 phones via a Smoked by Windows Phone type challenge again, I may try one, but I'm not going to spend my money on one anytime soon.

more than 2 years ago

Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

Hovsep Re:EVIL-TOS: Not allowed to host any type of serve (263 comments)

Which puts anyone with a surveillance DVR at home, like me, in violation. Every ISP has this provision, but seem to turn a blind-eye towards low volume usage like me checking the home cameras occasionally. As long as Google doesn't block ports.

With home automation and monitoring devices coming into more homes, this condition will have to be revised by ISPs.

more than 2 years ago

Jack Tramiel, Founder of Commodore Business Machines, Dies At Age 83

Hovsep Re:Everyone ignores Commodore (301 comments)

You left out the discovery of fire.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Microcell Disassembly; Security Flaws Exposed

Hovsep Re:Improved Roaming (82 comments)

It, like the microcells for Sprint and Verizon, has a GPS radio. I've set several of these up and have had to always put the unit close to an exterior wall/window/door in order for it to pick up a GPS signal. Sprint in the very first AirRaves included an antenna with a 30' cord to allow placement of the unit further inside, but I never really saw a need for it. If I'm going to run the antenna cable that far, I can run the Ethernet that far too.

Recently a friend was complaining that his AT&T mico-cell wasn't working. I went over and saw it was placed towards the inner part of this condo. I moved the unit to the other side of the credenza it was sitting under, bringing it about 6 feet closer to the outside window, and the unit picked up a GPS signal and provisioned itself for service again.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Hovsep Buy your own laptop (671 comments)

I've always insisted on owning my laptop and always will. My employer recently offered to buy me a laptop and I declined for several reasons:

1. I don't want to worry about having to get my data off with short notice. Things are great now, but management changes and I could walk in to a layoff one morning, or I could get another job offer, or just decide to walk if things go bad. Regardless, it's my laptop and I leave it with.

2. I don't want to want to be faulted for using company resources for personal use. If I choose to use my laptop for company business (barring policy restrictions on such a thing), it cannot be held against me.

The above is worth investing $500 to $1,000 of my own money every two to three years.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?

Hovsep Re:No such animal? (300 comments)

A capital 5!

about 3 years ago

Why Linux Is Good For Low-End Smartphones

Hovsep Re:Here's hoping (163 comments)

Anybody who has ever had to wait for their Blackberry to reboot.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Monitor Your Own Bandwidth Usage?

Hovsep Re:again? (319 comments)

Switch to Tomato. It's far more stable and is perfect for what the OP wants to do. Though I've not tried any of their versions Tomato USB (http://www.tomatousb.org/) ads some of the features that DD-WRT has like VPN, etc. It's been stable on a variety of Broadcom routers it's compatible with (Linksys WRT[G|GS|L], Buffalo, Asus).

I seldom have to reboot my router (months of uptime) and the bandwidth tracking keeps 24 months of history. The start of month date is also settable to coincide with the users billing cycle. Give it a try.

more than 3 years ago

BYTE Is Coming Back

Hovsep Re:BYTE (185 comments)

I agree with you. Pournelle was a long winded whiner and I never really understood what his "fans" saw in his column. While he did have some useful content, he sure took the long path to get to the it.

Really miss Micro Cornucopia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Cornucopia) more than Byte. Sadly they folded just little over a year after I discovered them.

more than 4 years ago

Mozilla Messaging Devs Don't Want To Duplicate Outlook

Hovsep Re:Thunderbird complaints (355 comments)

For item 2:

a. Copy the Inbox file from the other PC and rename it to Inbox1 or any other mailbox name that's not already in use.

b. Put this renamed mailbox into your Thunderbird profile folder on your main PC

c. Re-open Thunderbird. Select the e-mails from Inbox1 that you want and drag them to where you want them.

d. Exit Thunderbird and delete the Inbox1 file and associated .msf file.

Not exactly "fluidic," but it should work.


more than 6 years ago


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