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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

PoiBoy Business skills missing (55 comments)

What's missing with all these low-cost printers is a management team that can actually plan ahead, maintain inventory, and ship when you order. I hate the idea of having to pay a deposit, get on the waiting list, then (hopefully) get it a month or two later. Why don't they build inventory before flaunting their wares?

I ordered an Ez3D Phoenix back in May, got asked to pay the remaining half of the invoice in September, and still haven't gotten it. Fortunately it wasn't expensive. Otherwise I'd be tempted to sue for fraud just to make their lives miserable.

Seriously, these outfits need to learn how to run a business.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

PoiBoy xboing (382 comments)

xboing is my all-time favorite game. I wasted many hours in the late '90's playing it on a Sun workstation and later on linux. It's too bad it doesn't seem to be available any more, and none of the more recent games like it are as good in my opinion.

about 4 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

PoiBoy Re:Other way around (711 comments)

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.

about 8 months ago

Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

PoiBoy Yahoo going downhill (292 comments)

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.

about a year ago

Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

PoiBoy Re:Excellent (341 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface

PoiBoy Re:Price Adjustment (330 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Canadian Banks Rushing To Offer Virtual Wallets

PoiBoy Anonymity (164 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

The correct number of shoes to own:

PoiBoy Re:Too many and not enough. (502 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

PoiBoy Thanks Taco! (1521 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:

PoiBoy Too Early (462 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Windows 7: The Missing Manual

PoiBoy Libraries (222 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Announces End of the Line For Itanium Support

PoiBoy Not dead yet (227 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

FDA Says Homeopathic Cure Can Cause Loss of Smell

PoiBoy Only the nasal version (452 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Layoffs at Microsoft, Intel, and IBM

PoiBoy Re:When will it end? (623 comments)

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.

about 6 years ago

Vista To XP Upgrade Triples In Price, Now $150

PoiBoy I don't get it (907 comments)

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.

more than 6 years ago

Massachusetts Makes Health Insurance Mandatory

PoiBoy Re:Yes its broken (779 comments)

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.

more than 7 years ago


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