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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:no they dont (501 comments)

LOL. No capitalization whatsoever. Did you post this from your touchscreen phone where the shift key is a PITA?

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Idiot (501 comments)

The Enact is not a world phone like Droid 4 was. If you need a slider because you send business emails, there's a decent chance you will find yourself in foreign countries.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (501 comments)

Phones can be configured such that the email looks normal.

Again, assuming you have a job that requires you to occasionally email customers while on the go..... You already have a smartphone. Why not use it with a physical keyboard instead of carrying around a laptop?

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (501 comments)

>A couple of paragraphs is a "significant amount[s] of typing" for you?

Yes, it is enough typing that I would want a physical keyboard. It's not just one email either.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Very out of date info there (501 comments)

Those websites are way out of date. The Droid 4 is no longer available on Verizon and that is just one example.

Many of those kind of websites update the "change date" to attract google page rank, even when the content has not changed in years.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Phone Scoop's Phone Finder (501 comments)

I put into that website "Verizon", "Available in US", "Slider" and "World Roaming".

Nada.

These were the capabilities of the Droid 4.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:I agree. (501 comments)

Buy a new in box Droid 4 on eBay asap. I figure you have another year before they are hard to find.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:My own experience (501 comments)

Never had a problem with the keyboards with any of the droid sliders I have owned (currently have a Droid 4).

A big issue, which you dismiss, is that you lose half of the screen real estate to the keyboard, which can be a big pain.

Finally, the pain of entering non-standard text (or even capitalization) seems to have led to very poorly written posts on various message boards (no capitalization, or lack of symbols used)

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:They don't really want them. (501 comments)

As an owner of each one of the Droid sliders, I will say that the only parts that went bad were the on off buttons and the batteries.

Never had a single problem with the keyboards. Awesome devices. (Still on a Droid 4 and about to buy a backup from eBay)

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (501 comments)

>Honestly if you're using the phone for significant amounts of typing anyway you're doing it wrong.

Care to explain in more detail why you think that? Only a phone has the form factor to fit in my pants pocket. Sometimes when I only have my phone with me, I need to compose a several paragraph email for work.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (501 comments)

It's not that there is "no market", it is that the "power user" slice of the pie (people who compose a lot of emails) has a tiny percentage now that smartphones are in every single household.

One of the sad consequences of technology going mainstream. The power users can be ignored.

yesterday
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Your survey self selected for keyboard users (501 comments)

We slide out keyboard users are a desperate bunch. Do some googling.. there's even a petition begging verizon to sell one after the demise of the Droid series.

But the reality is likely that only a small subset of professionals need to write long emails with their phones. The vast majority of cell phone users send simple text messages and not much else.

It's the sad consequence of technology going extremely mainstream - we power users are but a drop in the bucket $$ wise.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

cshay Harpers, New Yorker, Sunset. Not the Economist (285 comments)

All of those are a pleasure to read.

I knew some people would call out the Economist, and I used to subscribe to it some years back - but unfortunately they dumbed it down quite a bit several years ago in a push to increase their subscription base... and it looks like they succeeded.

about 3 months ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

cshay Creator of "Big Top" on original IBM PC (232 comments)

I remember being blown away by this game... basically a Donkey Kong style game but on the original IBM PC hardware. I read the review in PC Magazine and asked for it for my 14th birthday... I couldn't believe that things like swinging and jumping from swinging ropes while 4 other AI sprites chased me around was even possible on that original PC.

He even showed off a little by full screen scrolling in between levels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

cshay These are same people who defended the ribbon (389 comments)

I have a license for office, but I barely use it because I can't find most advanced features.

Why?

They destroyed the menu and replaced it with the ribbon. If you don't know the name of the feature you are looking for, then you are SOL (actually you can google a description of the feature you want to find out where it is, but that is ridiculous).

Menu UI is a long standing feature of mouse driven user interfaces, and if you think throwing it away is in any way acceptable, and you are in the business of UI design then you should be fired from your job.

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

cshay Moderating funny as -6 (2219 comments)

You and I are like brothers in this regard. Most "funny" posts are anything but funny.

But then all of these clowns started moderating obvious attempts at being "funny" as "insightful". For every article, at least one more lame Monty Python quote manages to be a +5 insightful.

How do you deal with that?

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

cshay Re:Why? (2219 comments)

Thanks. That was fun. I still miss OpenStep.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

cshay Please don't pull a Marissa Meyer (2219 comments)

...and decide that what old guys want doesn't matter and then just trash all the old features and replace it with feature poor but millenial friendly white space and image filled bubble gum that uses responsive design and infinite scrolling even though I don't want that.

Rather than do what she did, let those of us who prefer, stay behind with the old interface.

I have to move off of my.yahoo and yahoo mail now, don't make me do that with Slashdot please.

about 6 months ago
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John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There

cshay Re:Best of luck, John (146 comments)

For those of old enough to remember, "Big Top" made the OG IBM-PC do things that would have never thought possible.

about 6 months ago

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