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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

JackAxe Re:Boy that will win more users.... (415 comments)

10.9 was the first free version of OS X and it was released in Oct 2013 -- so about a 'year' ago. Not sure where you're getting years?

Prior to these new free updates, I've always paid about the same for each new version of OS X -- which I've been using since version 1, and about the same for each new version of System OS.

And given how much Apple charges for upgrades on their hardware -- which are now soldered on in most cases -- and for their Macs in general, which now have a shorter support life than before, I can't see how they're loosing money on their OS...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

JackAxe Re:Charge whatever, man (415 comments)

Free OS X upgrades "now" is the least Apple can do, since they charge a developer fee and require you be absolutely current with their OS if you want to access their latest SDKs. 10.8 and sooner were not free. I preferred it when they did not upgrade their OS on such short turn around, as these updates tend to break things. My version of Logic is completely hosed on Yosemite -- I skipped Maverick. If I want a working version of Logic, it's going to cost me $199.

I'm not feeling the free part with OS X.

about two weeks ago
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Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

JackAxe Re:who cares? (101 comments)

Wacom lowered the price of the Companion. I agree that originally it was overpriced, but now I think it's fair, which is why I bought the 256Gb model. It's the same price as a SPro 3. And before I ramble about the Companion, I agree with your assessment of the SPro 3 over the iPad.

Anyways, with the Companion it not only has support for tilt, but rotation via the Art Pen, 2048 levels pressure, and no need for batteries. There's also the option for of other pens, like the mentioned Art Pen -- which I bought; and each new stylus has its own unique ID, so in programs like Painter each one can be a completely different art-tool. The Companion also has programmable thumb buttons, which are really useful.

And for programs like Painter, tilt is absolutely essential and the same goes for rotation with some brushes. But I guess that depends on one's art style and preference of tools.

For my own needs, the Companion was worth every penny. It's more than met my needs and completely replaced my MacBook Pro + Cintiq 12wx. If it had not been made available though, I would have bought a Surface Pro.

about three weeks ago
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Ars Dissects Android's Problems With Big Screens -- Including In Lollipop

JackAxe Re: Seems obvious (103 comments)

I'm on the flip side. I absolutely prefer the 16:10 aspect of my Android tablets over my iPad. Especially for apps that take advantage of 2 columns, like email and Firefox's browser -- which puts new windows down the left side. I'm the same for my desktops and absolutely prefer my MacBook Pro's- and Apple 30"'s 16:10 screen over any of my any 4:3 screen I've owned in the past.

So much content is optimized for widescreen these days and I hope Apple's next iPads finally makes move to 16:10(9)... I really don't want to support 4:3 anymore for any of my development work -- call me selfish.

about a month ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

JackAxe Re:Just make it fast (77 comments)

You can easily replace the Launcher -- which is like the Finder on a Mac -- so the UI; 3rd party Launchers can even be downloaded from GooglePlay's store. You can also change out any Android's default components and use a 3rd party options. So a few examples, maps, browser, mail, of course keyboards, etc... You can even completely get rid of Google's options. Android does not force you to conform and even provides the tools for free that work on pretty much any computer so that you can change what you don't like -- given you have the know how.

And with Android, you can downgrade to an older OS and still be supported by Google's services, or pick and choose from the tons of 3rd party options if you don't want to use anything Google.

Android is easy to customize for most. Now for the person who thinks there child is a genius because they know how to launch an app, probably not, and they especially would not be able to downgrade an OS.

And experience always trumps assumptions -- which are generally based on bias -- so why not actually give Android a try and experience it for yourself?

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

JackAxe Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

You're calling him nuts, then go on to express your 'radical' opinion about how Apple's created some kind of GOD keyboard, since according to you it has now equal. If you want my internet-opinion -- so you'll get it regardless -- you're the one that's coming off as nuts.

I personally dislike Apple's Chicklet keyboards. IMO, their keyboards are just as much shit when compared to a good mechanical-keyboard as any other chicklet-option. When I work remotely all day and need my Mac, I carry along one of my mechanical keyboards. Apple has not made a good keyboard or mouse since the nineties IMO. I completely agree with the parent post.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

JackAxe Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

I use Corsairs options on my current Mac and PC. You can use any Windows keyboard on a Mac now days. I use my Corsair K90 is on my MacBook Pro. The "windows-key" just becomes the "command-key" and the "alt-key" becomes the "option-key."

I won't touch any newer Razer product -- especially their keyboards -- with a 10-foot-pole, not until they "truly" make their bullshit-cloud-based-drivers optional where as absolutely no log-in or online connection is needed; the offline mode is a joke, since you're forced to log-in just to even setup the mouse on any computer. My past 3 mice were Razers and my latest one is a Naga 2013, which is why I have such a sour taste about Razer. It caused installation problems with my PC at first, and then boot hanging problems with my Mac when I tried it on that system.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

JackAxe Re:Still being made... (304 comments)

The Apple Extended Keyboard 2 was my favorite keyboards for years until Apple phased out the ADB port. Now days I'm really happy with my Corsair K90( Cherry Reds ) and newer K70( Cherry Blues ).

about 2 months ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

JackAxe Re:HTC One (M8) (304 comments)

I don't know why I'm responding to an AC that is in absolute denial and would like to blindly insult others, but this video disproves your claims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

The HTC One M8 does bend a bit, but does not break, where as an iPhone 6+ breaks and warps under less pressure.

Here's the iPhone 6+ bending under little pressure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 3 months ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

JackAxe Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

Some of these mobile sites I've encountered are slower than the desktop versions on my tablets, do to the overuse JavaScript -- which is often poorly scripted.

about 5 months ago
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

JackAxe Re:Mobile OS market shares? (58 comments)

Android accounts for about 80% of China's mobile, with Samsung having the largest chunk of about 24%. So, iOS's mobile internet use would be less than the remainder. BTW, Samsung's default browser reports itself as iOS when not in desktop mode.
https://www.google.com/search?...

about 5 months ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

JackAxe Re:Krita: alternative for Mac (39 comments)

That's a paint package where as Photoshop encompasses pretty much everything including digital painting. The only alternative to Photoshop has been GIMP, but when compared to even much older versions of Photoshop, it's not that good; and CS2 is available from Adobe online for free now days.

about 6 months ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

JackAxe Re:Adobe is incredibly trustworthy. (39 comments)

All styluses on the iPad still require touch( capacitive ) to track their position. The ones that have pressure-sensitivity built in, like Wacom's option, use Bluetooth to send the pressure data. And I think the parent post was referring to Adobe's iPad apps as being the problem and not properly supporting pressure-sensitivity.

about 6 months ago
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Adobe To Let Third Party Devs Incorporate Photoshop Features

JackAxe Re:Adobe is incredibly trustworthy. (39 comments)

This is not true. You can develop Flash/AIR without paying a cent to Adobe and you don't even need to join their bullshit cloud service to do so.

You don't need to use Adobe Flash Builder -- which is bloated vomit now days -- to develop for Flash/AIR. Alternate IDEs like Flash Develop on PC are free and way better, or the best option by far is InteliJ IDEA, which is one of the best IDEs on the market IMO -- I use it for all of my development work web, AIR, etc..

And the SDK for AIR and Flash are completely free and there are open source versions available under Flex. Adobe also funds open source frameworks like Starling and Away3D that make development easier. You can download everything but Adobe Scout -- which is a profiler -- outside of their Cloud-vomit. But it is worth it to be part of their free cloud-service to gain access to Scout if you're doing development.

And I'm not a fan of Adobe now days, but don't blame them if some fuck is using Flash to deliver spyware, whatever, because that same fuck will do so using whatever avenue is available -- like the tons of background scripts that bloat up any site on load.

about 6 months ago
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The Schizophrenic State of Software In 2014

JackAxe Re:Adobe Air (209 comments)

AIR now days is excellent and has become a truly viable solution for mobile and desktop/web for pretty much any project. The best part, is that you can develop AIR apps without having to use Adobe's IDE Flash Builder, which has fallen to neglect on their part IMO. I use InteliJ IDEA for AIR( Android, iOS ), Java/Android, and all of my web dev. It handles ActionScript 3 like butter and has really streamlined the process of deploying to and debugging different targets.

Adobe provides the AIR SDKs for free without any sign-up and if you don't mind signing up with their EVIL Cloud service, their profiler Scout is available for free as part of the Gaming SDK. The Gaming SDK also includes open source frameworks like Starling and Away3D. And despite being called a gaming SDK, these are for the most part vanilla frameworks that will let you build anything -- but of course favor game dev -- and they can all be downloaded separately from GitHub.

about a year ago
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Autodesk To Follow Adobe's 'Rent Our Software' Business Model?

JackAxe Re:Competition (89 comments)

I'd go back to using Photoshop CS2 full time -- which is free -- than rent Photoshop or use GIMP again. I use CS2 on my PC since my newer license of Photoshop is only for my Mac. There really is nothing I can't do in CS2 that I can do in CS6 on my Mac -- I've been using Photoshop since version 2, so the memory limitation of CS2 doesn't hinder me.

about a year ago
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Ad Exec: Learn To Code Or You're Dead To Me

JackAxe Re:O'rly? (339 comments)

You should look up David Perry -- the creator of Earth Worm Jim -- for starts. He's just one of many very talented artist that know how to program. Interactive/game artists in general, at least the ones I know personally -- including myself, are excellent artists but also decent to adept programmers. Creative types in general are multi-faceted in our skills.

What you stated is true in some cases, but the reality isn't so B&W.

about a year and a half ago
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Catch Up Via Video With World of Commodore 2012

JackAxe Re:Android C64 emulators (51 comments)

I'm not sure what your deal is, or why you're making this claim, but emulators like Frodo 64 on Android works great for me and it's free. I first installed it on my Nexus One, then my Transformer, and now my Galaxy Note 10.1 and it works for the programs I like to keep handy when I'm feeling nostalgic; so all of the programs I've tried.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ab.c64&hl=en

about 2 years ago
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Woz Worries Microsoft Is Now More Innovative Than Apple

JackAxe Re:Relevant (funny) Video (333 comments)

LOL! That was funny! :)

more than 2 years ago

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