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Purple Pokeberries Yield Cheap Solar Power

macserv Re:Pokeberries? (206 comments)

...and there's the joke you were looking for, Pojut.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Touted iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor

macserv Re:Huh?!? (401 comments)

Gotta give it to them... they actually DID innovate this time. Or at least, we thought they had.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Touted iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor

macserv Re:Dual folding screens were always a non-starter (401 comments)

Actually, the iPad is surprisingly light, given that it's made out of aluminum and glass. I don't know how anyone could hold one and think it was heavy. Half of the body is actually completely empty (contributing to the decent bass levels in the audio it can produce with its built-in speaker).

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Touted iPad Rival Courier Becomes Less Than Vapor

macserv Re:Tablets are dead (401 comments)

Premium design and development warrant a premium price. While Apple does keep their premium in place, they increase the specs rather than lowering prices. It's true that the iPod Touch hasn't dropped in price, but Apple has doubled its capacity and RAM, with significant improvements to its performance and feature set.

That said, if Apple thinks it's important enough to hit a price point, they do. Few people thought we'd see a $99 iPhone when we were all forking out six bills for the device at launch.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Did Touch Take 4 Decades to Catch On?

macserv When preparation meets opportunity... (245 comments)

It's all in the fine details you can focus on when you combine really good ideas and technologies. The Nintendo DS was successful because it was built upon excellent hardware and software, and Nintendo knows how to make things usable and fun. They also supported their developers well, and the library grew rapidly.

The iPhone is the same thing. Apple brought their usual level of fit and finish to the table, as well as lots of experience with portable industrial design, miniaturization, and fine materials.

Touch took so long to catch on because nobody did it right, plain and simple. The success of these devices isn't due to any one thing that you can just copy, and expect to succeed with. They succeeded because of a lot of effort and sacrifice, and decades of hindsight.

more than 6 years ago

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macserv macserv writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macserv writes "Hot on the heels of the release of a much-improved version of its full-featured AIM client, AOL has released an entirely new instant messaging application on its Greenhouse site. The re-skinned client, called "AIM ET", provides a very fast, "no-frills AIM experience". AOL uses the Greenhouse to showcase prototypes, and expose new ideas growing within AOL. As such, feedback is definitely welcome, but the AIM ET application should be treated as a technology preview, not a final product."

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