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TechCrunch and Others On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

SpryGuy Re:My wife has a gen 1 Surface Pro ... (136 comments)

How did the metro interface get in the way? With Windows 8.1.1, desktop stays in desktop. Did your wife only ever use 8.0? (if so that would explain a lot).

I find Win8.1.1 to be quite functional, usable, stable, and productive. I freely admit that 8.0 was kind of annoying unless you wanted to spend a fair amount of time tweaking and climbing a learning curve. But Win8.1.1 (without any Start8 crutches required) works pretty well.

about 2 months ago
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TechCrunch and Others On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

SpryGuy Re:Trying to be Apple. (136 comments)

Thinner... lighter... better screen... impressive touch and pen support... and a full PC... tons of innovation, and listening to feedback and acting on it in a very timely manner. Yeah, Microsoft, just cut that out (rolling eyes).

about 2 months ago
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TechCrunch and Others On the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

SpryGuy Re:Quick conclusion (136 comments)

OSX has no touch screen, no touch capabilities at all, and no direct pen-on-screen support either. For artists that want to sketch on the go, or for students who want to take notes in classes like math where hand-writing is far superior to keyboard, the Mac Air just isn't nearly as good as the SP3. SP3 is lighter and thinner with extra capabilities, and costs about the same. The main drawbacks are the "lapability" (ugh) and keyboard quality... Air definitely wins there. I'd say a writer/blogger would be better off with an Air. But there are definitely niches where the SP3 is just a no-brainer... a great device.

about 2 months ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

SpryGuy Re:NO. (646 comments)

You apparently don't get how DST/ST works, do you?

about a year ago
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Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

SpryGuy Re:NO. (646 comments)

I still don't know why everyone attacks DST.

It's "Standard Time" that sucks. It gets light too early and dark too early.

If we just stay on DST year-round, and call THAT "standard time" (or, just "time"), that'd be fine, but I bristle at the suggestion we should be on standard time year-round. Ugh. I'd hate that immensely.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

SpryGuy Re:I know it's trendy to bash Microsoft here... (476 comments)

Of course I don't get paid anything to post here, and I didn't post any lies. Stop being an ignorant knee-jerk MS-bashing troll for two seconds.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

SpryGuy Re:I know it's trendy to bash Microsoft here... (476 comments)

Neither stupid nor ignorant. If you don't think Android is a "me-too" copy of iOS, your'e the ignorant/stupid one. It's the same philosophy.

WP8 is not only a different take, it IS good. In many ways it is/was better (both iOS and Android have copied features/abilities that first appeared in WP7 and now WP8). You speak like somone with absolutely no experience with either platform (you've just heard some bashing, and have chosen to go along with that, because your hatred of MS trumps all other considerations).

Surface/Win8/WP8 all show innovation. For you to ask "What innovation ahs come out of MS" shows extreme ignorance or willfully stupidity on your part, imho.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

SpryGuy Re:I know it's trendy to bash Microsoft here... (476 comments)

But that doesn't make sense. There are 3rd party YouTube video apps in the WP8 and Windows8 stores... Google isn't going to get ad revenue from those.

It's stated refusal to create any apps for either platform seems more petulant than anything to me.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

SpryGuy Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

I just don't see myself buying into anyone's Walled Garden much less the MS version.

And that's fine if that's your choice. I'm talking about the hardware, and that the OS itself doesn't suck at all.

And I have a free copy of Visual Studio for Windows Phone, and can side load any app I want to develop myself (and I do). So it's not *entirely* walled garden from my perspective.

But my point was that nothing "ruined Nokia". It's good, solid hardware, with a decent OS, that deserves to catch on at least as much as iOS, and that 3-way competition in this space is a Good Thing(tm).

I just think you (and others, including the original parent I originally replied to) are being a bit unfair to Nokia and WP8. If WP8 doesn't meet your needs/wants/desires, that's fine. But it's not "crap" any more than iOS or Android is. And the N9 running Meego might be awesome, but it simply doesn't have a future (I doubt Meego would have competed all that well in a full 4-way race, any more than Palm Pre did... even if HP didn't grossly mishandle it... hell WP8 is going to have a serious struggle at this point). And a Linux Phone might be popular in this forum, but I can't really imagine it being any more than a niche player in the greater consumer world.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

SpryGuy Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

So, ... I could run Office on it? *cough*

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

SpryGuy Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

It's not bullshit really. Yeah, there are screens with a higher pixel count, but that's not the end-all, be-all of screen. This one can be used with gloves, and has an amazing refresh rate, and really bold colors, as well as having a higher pixel-density than the iPhone 4/4s's retina screen.

And I'm not just shilling. I'm giving my honest opinion as a user of both the iPhone 4, and now the Nokia 920. I cannot speak for other phones.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

SpryGuy Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

Take your meds. Seriously.

It was an on-topic reply to the parent, about my personal experience with Nokia phones. There's nothign "astroturf" about it. And *I'm* not the troll in this scenario, you are.

Grow up.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

SpryGuy Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

Not an ad. Jesus Christ, it's relevant (not off topic, it's about Nokia and a direct response to the parent), and just an honest assessment of the phone I bought.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Says Google Trying To Undermine Windows Phone

SpryGuy I know it's trendy to bash Microsoft here... (476 comments)

...but let's be honest: They're behaving better than Google and Apple these days. Google left the "Don't Be Evil" philosophy behind quite a while ago. Apple is coasting. MS is innovating, regardless of what you actually think of their products.

Personally, I'd rather there be a good 3-way race/competition, with everyone pushing everyone else. If it's an iOS/Android duopoly, it'll be kind of boring, since once is basically a copy of the other. At least WP8 dares to be different.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

SpryGuy Re:Damn Microsoft (176 comments)

I have the Nokia 920. It's pretty awesome. One of the best screens available on any phone combined with one of the best cameras available on any phone. And WP8 is pretty nice too, so far. Great on-screen keyboard and far better auto-correct than iPhone.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Complains That WebKit Breaks Web Standards

SpryGuy Ironic doesn't mean false (373 comments)

The source makes it ironic.

But it does not mean it's untrue.

The statement is valid, regardless of who is making it. And as ironic as it is, given Microsoft's history, they have to be given at least a little credit for some of their most recent work at being standards compliant, and contributing to the standards process. Even if you don't always agree with their decisions, they're certainly better than they used to be.

about a year and a half ago
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Game Review: Borderlands 2

SpryGuy Re:Claptrap (117 comments)

Did you play the DLCs to the original game? They were even better than the base game itself. And in the first one, that one-legged blind guy makes a re-appearance. Yes, he does. And it's freakin' hilarious.

about 2 years ago
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What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

SpryGuy Re:If Microsoft Windows Phone 8 is going to succee (246 comments)

I'm a 40-something tech guy with Windows at home instead of Macs. I'm looking at the Nokia Lumia 920 for my next phone (current is iPhone 4). iOS is kinda boring. WP8 is new and different.

I'm an end-user consumer, and I want a Windows Phone... and probably a Surface Pro too.

Your sweeping generalization is a bit too sweeping and too generalized I think.

(for the record, WP8 does integrate with Exchange, but isn't managed by ActiveDirectory).

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Is 'a Work of Art.' But It's No Linux

SpryGuy Re:A Review? (371 comments)

You understand that the Start Screen is customizable, right? If you put what you use up front, and delete the things you don't want (they're all still available via search or "All Programs"), you odn't have to scroll much at all. Also, there's semantic zoom, where even if you do have a very wide/long start screen, you can jump from one end to the other very rapidly (using either mouse, keyboard, or touch).

And if you're keyboard only, you can be really efficient... once you take the time to learn all the new key-combos of course. It does take a little investment, but there is a definite reward for the work.

about 2 years ago

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Salt water as fuel?

SpryGuy SpryGuy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SpryGuy (206254) writes "FTA:

"For obvious reasons, scientists long have thought that salt water couldn't be burned. So when an Erie man announced he'd ignited salt water with the radio-frequency generator he'd invented, some thought it a was a hoax. John Kanzius, a Washington County native, tried to desalinate seawater with a generator he developed to treat cancer, and it caused a flash in the test tube. Within days, he had the salt water in the test tube burning like a candle, as long as it was exposed to radio frequencies."

Is this the Cold Fusion of the new millenium? Or a new power source for the future? The obvious question is posed, but not answered, in the article:

"One immediate question is energy efficiency: The energy the RF generator uses vs. the energy output from burning hydrogen."
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