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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

malus Re:I Use it Internationally (280 comments)

Ok, folks, watch 'em line up for the dick, er, digit-waving! Always fun!

B====D

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Clean Up My Work Computer Before I Leave?

malus Simple (547 comments)

Take the HD, replace it with a new, and larger one you bought from Newegg, or similar.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon App Store 'Rotten To the Core,' Says Dev

malus "They bought their ticket (346 comments)

They got on the plane, they knew what they were getting into.

I say, let 'em crash." -- Airplane

Get over it. You knew who you were getting into bed with. You signed up. Nobody put a gun to your head.

more than 2 years ago
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American Airlines Expands Streaming In-Flight Movies

malus Netflix + Altitude? (143 comments)

Forget it. I'm not watching movies when I fly. I'm drinking over-priced booze and groping flight attendants.

more than 3 years ago
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Life Found In Deepest Layer of Earth's Crust

malus These bacterium must be stopped! (335 comments)

They are eating all of our hydrocarbons!

or

It's not man's fault for Global Warming, it's the damned oil-eating bacteria.

more than 3 years ago
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Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

malus Not "The" Device but "Your" Device (417 comments)

The real issue here is whose device the kid wants to play with. He doesn't want to play with *his* fisher-price (or other) Toy, he wants to play with *your* laptop, because he sees *you* using your laptop. The kid wants attention, not the toy. Put the laptop (or whatever) away, and get him involved with something you can both do together.

Having two boys, ages 2 and 4, I know that they do not want their daddy to pay attention to his toys, rather, they want daddy to pay attention to *them*.

more than 3 years ago
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Prices Slashed For Nook, Kindle E-Readers

malus Dedicated Readers Doomed? I don't think so (255 comments)

"Some believe that dedicated e-readers are doomed in the long run to lose out to general-purpose devices such as the iPad" -- Not so fast. I specifically bought the mid-range Sony reader *because* it is a dedicated reader. They have trumped Amazon, and B&N with simplicity, specificity. I can swipe back and forth between pages just as if I was reading a book. I can read *way* more formats than the two other (main) vendors devices support. Does tethering to my computer bother me? Not in the slightest. Being able to download (ONLY FROM the vendor's store) over 3G wireless seems like more of a tether, to me. You're locked in, and that's just the way they like it. The sony I have has two memory slots, a DUO and a standard SD card slot. I can shove ~90 gigabytes of books into this thing (at present).

But that's enough of the features. You can read the specs for yourself elsewhere.

My point about the Sony dedicated reader is that it does it's job, it's simple job, better than the other readers. It's much like a Un*x program: small, specific, perfect for the job at hand. I want to read a book. I don't want to surf blogs, or play games, or fiddle with facebook. I can do that on my Evo. I can do that on my laptop, or desktop. Hell, I can even do net-based things on my Fios tv-box, now.

more than 4 years ago
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Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

malus Mmmm Good (519 comments)

I bought one of these Unicopies about 8 months ago. I had torn through 4 cheapie-dell keyboards, their $14.00 variety, in the preceding few months. Crap. They felt great for about a week, then, bleh. Rubber.

The sound from these M-clones is amazing. It really lets my coworkers know that I mean business. It also lets them know that their shitty typing skills could use some improvement. I wear noise-canceling headphones, so the Click-Boom is muffled, if not totally eliminated for me. The poor bastards to my left and right can suck it down, get some Bose or Sennys.

Coming home from work, I end up on my Thinkpad. It's a difficult transition, from loud to quiet.

The thinkpad has a great keyboard, similar, I think, to the M. There's a definite resistance on the keys. I buy thinkpads solely because of the Kb & trackpoint.

more than 5 years ago

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malus malus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

the thought just came to me, and it's something I guess a lot of other people have come to already.

I like Google. it does a good job. But, it is just another company, like the rest. I like the way it came about, the way it runs, and the OS it depends on.

I wonder when, how, and even if MS is going to attack it?

Google will prove to be a most capable opponent of The Microsoft, in it's latest venture: Search Engine technology. My assumption, is that microsoft is going to do what it always does in the face of competition... Attack.

I wonder if Google has considered this as a possibility, and I wonder if it is even *a* possibility. There are known hacks, and exploits in google, of this there is no doubt. The best way to get people to consider a new search engine, is to provide one which is better than one which is bad. So, is it possible for microsoft to, through it's typical means of dirty-games, "make google bad"?

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malus malus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Blah. Another one bites the dust.

Dropped $38 between beer & dinner, some McEwans Ale and my favorite pulled pork from Tangelos.

Oh, and Darvocet. Praise be to darvocet. It's numbing the pain in my finger.

Spent most of the day working on the drilldown-subscriptions replacement. Fun with xml. I need to get into the xml dom, and loop through the bugger so i can repopulate/expand the tree during document edit phase. I need to finish this wednesday, because it's taking too long.

I guess i'm just waiting for the shoe to drop. The whole layoff thing is still lurking.

Still don't know if I'm going to KC to do battle with the Kana/Interwoven folks, but I know it's something that has to be done. I'm really getting violent about this BS. Kana's probably got a great product, as does interwoven. Interwoven doesn't seem to be nearly as arrogant as Kana, so i tend to cut them a little slack. but Jesus. Kana's IQ product just does EVERY damned thing right out of the box. It smells the air, and tells you if it is going to rain, for God's sakes.

How many layoffs didn't have to happen? All of this money just tossed away, thrown to this company promising some panacea, some kind of one-stop-fix-all for our corporate data problems. Yeah, granted, i can empathize with the mangagement. They were told "here's a wad of cash, now go find us a product that does XY and Z all at the same time".... it just DOESN'T work that way.

The same people that can't figure out how to work MS Word are making multi-million dollar decisions based on how much ink is on a 3-pane foldout product brochure. Ridiculous.

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malus malus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

More c. Wheeeee. Good excuse to go to bookstore. I've been puting this off long enough.

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malus malus writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Pah. I guess I'll never put ms bashes in here. I figured I would, but why would I want to spend more of my precious energy and time on it?

Woke up at 7:30 to the sound of rain. Shit. My jeep's rear window is screwed up, so i guess i'll have to get up and make sure the jeep isn't flooded.

What do i find? I find a front door wide ajar. Wendi stumbled into the house, drunk (perhaps, but i'll assume - ladies night out. what else is a lady to do?) She didn't close it all the way, and the wind blew it open.

All cats accounted for. All dogs accounted for. No harm. But the cops did show up. Donna, the neighbor, is very paranoid, it seems. But she cares, which is good.

Oh, and they caught saddam. That's good news, i guess. I wonder if they'll put him in the same cell as Manuel Noriega?

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