Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
I'll admit I bought a Nokia 920 when it came out, thinking WP8 along with the supposedly great camera would make for a great phone.
Long story short, I'm going to get an Android phone this weekend. WP8 has a lot of nice ideas, but like everything MS, they managed to throw in enough lemons to make it a mediocre product overall.
New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists
Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"
I had been a faithful Yahoo up until about six months ago. MyYahoo was great, and I liked the classic version of Yahoo Mail. Then Marissa Mayer came along and wrecked everything, adding bling and fancy colors while stripping away everything I liked about Yahoo, including the fact that I had it set up to look the same for about the past 10 years.
I guess some people think it was time to spruce up the place. Not me. It's Mayer's Mayhem now.
Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100
Agree. Honestly, I'm not a MSFT shill, but I do own a Surface Pro. It's replaced both an Android tablet and a netbook. With the clicky keyboard I've even used it to write code and geeky stuff, but as soon as you rip the keyboard off you're left with a fine (if not a bit heavy) tablet for watching Netflix and surfing the web.
Nice little machine.
Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface
I've got the 64GB Surface Pro, and I actually think it's a great machine. Admittedly, I virtually always use the desktop, and the only Metro apps I have are a couple of games. It's already replaced both my Android tablet and the small laptop I used to travel with. Once you get used to it, it really is a nice little machine, if not a bit pricey.
Canadian Banks Rushing To Offer Virtual Wallets
From the article:
"If a consumer walks into Home Depot today and pays with cash. Home Depot has no idea who that customer is, how many times they've been in the store and what they've actually purchased," said Darrell MacMullin, managing director at PayPal Canada.
That's precisely why I use cash much of the time. I'd rather not have every retailer in the country tracking my every purchase.
The correct number of shoes to own:
Alden shoes are a clear step up from Allen Edmonds. I've had both, and I think the Aldens are definitely worth the extra money.
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
I first started reading slashdot in about 1999, and I've been reading it everyday since. I don't know cmdrtaco or any of the other editors here, but after a dozen years it feels like a fraternity or family. Best of luck in your future endeavors.
Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:
The election's not for 17 months, and some candidates have been going for several months already. Why can't we cut this down to a six-month cycle instead? Politicians spend too much time campaigning. Pundits are already saying we will see nothing out of Congress or the WH because it's an election year. Even for Representatives who serve two-year terms, it seems like a third of their time is spent in campaign mode. If the D's and R's are at a standstill, fine, go fishing or something. But constant campaign mode just elevates the divisiveness in Washington.
iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems
Oh, so it's more like i OS, IBM's midrange OS.
Windows 7: The Missing Manual
Is it me, or are the libraries in Windows 7 stupid? I prefer Vista because it doesn't have those damn things. I've read about registry hacks to disable them, though I've not had any luck getting those hacks to work.
Microsoft Announces End of the Line For Itanium Support
In addition to HPUX, OpenVMS and NonStop both require Itanium hardware. Itanium might be relegated to a role like IBM's Power chips, but it's not dead yet, Jim.
FDA Says Homeopathic Cure Can Cause Loss of Smell
This warning only applies to the version of Zicam that you stick in your nose. When I have a cold, I use the lozenges that dissolve in your mouth, and I swear they really do help control the symptoms of a cold.
How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?
Move everything to an entry-level IBM System i machine with a couple of terminals. The hardware will last 15 years and the OS is as reliable as a tank.
Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM
I suggest you study advanced economics more critically. Having a PhD in economics from a top-tier program, yes I agree that armchair economists are much different from real academic economists. However, I also think there is a tendency for many economists to place too much reliance on ornate mathematical and statistical models and not enough time spent stepping away from the computer, looking out the window, and asking whether or not those models are realistic. Note that looking out the window and seeing what people are actually doing is NOT the same thing as running 10,000 regressions to try and prove your model is correct. Common sense has no substitute.
Vista To XP Upgrade Triples In Price, Now $150
Honestly, I don't know what all the resistance to Vista is all about. I've been using it everyday for the past 18 months plus, and I've never had a problem with it, and that's on what was a relatively low-end machine I bought three years ago. All my hardware works fine, it never crashes, and it's easy to use. It doesn't seem at all slow to me, either. And, yes, I also use Linux as my main computer at work. I just prefer Vista for its ease-of-use when I come home.
Massachusetts Makes Health Insurance Mandatory
Just call the hospital's billing department and ask for a discount. I did that after I got a bill for a kidney stone episode, and the hospital gave me a 40% discount just for asking.
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