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Getting Charged Up Over Chargers at CES (Video)

mbourgon Re:8 port charger? (33 comments)

I actually own a product that came out several years ago that did it. Two big problems with it:
1) buying replacement cables SUCKED. It's why I abandoned it. Something like 18$ each.
2) You do NOT. SAVE. ANY. SPACE. Look at how much room that takes up, then realize that even empty, it still uses about most of that.

3 days ago

Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

mbourgon Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

"Last I checked blackberries don't allow tethering via bluetooth or wifi, and while they do email real well, they didn't do much else all that well"

You haven't checked in a while I tethered via bluetooth on my Bold 9000 (2008), and the 9900 could tether via wi-fi in January 2012 (though a few months later, depending on carrier). They STILL do email better than any other phone or app I've used. On-device filters, Level 1 notifications, blacklist/whitelist, ultra-configurable alarms, settings, profiles, etc, etc. Holy crap I miss it for email.

"Blackberries didn't evolve, and they died, a lesson Apple had best pay attention to."

THAT last point is valid.. to a point. I'm on an iPhone because corporate replaced Blackberries with the "Mediocre" app. (it's supposed to be called "Good", which is highly dubious at best).

about 4 months ago

College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

mbourgon Re:Correlation is not causation (270 comments)

And they decide to take it at age 20? I took a full year of COBOL in college in the 90s (the last class forced to take a full year), and made sure that it never showed up on my Resume - even the hypothetical 10k wasn't enough to have to deal with COBOL for a living..

about 4 months ago

Metamason: Revolutionizing CPAP Masks With 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

mbourgon Nice design, but it's just a better "nasal pillows (59 comments)

The overall design is... Nice. A couple clever bits. But custom printing and all that? Nonsense. They're showing the worst of the CPAP masks. I tried them too, they suck. Then you inevitably complain, and the company selling you supplies give you Nasal Pillows (image for the confused: http://www.soundoxygen.com/wp-...). Works great, comes in 3 sizes. Bam, done.

about 6 months ago

Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

mbourgon Re:LMAO (91 comments)

Technically, anti-trust cases ARE usually retroactive. And if they can compete with higher prices, more power to them. But I'm willing to bet right now Hachette would much rather have competition than be bent over by Amazon. The fact that Hachette did it to themselves (via their insistence on DRM) just makes the schadenfreude pie even more delicious.

about 6 months ago

Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

mbourgon Great for RSS adoption. (130 comments)

I automated this a while ago, using Powershell to query the RSS feed, pull out the details, and send the proper parties an email if there's a new message relevant to us.

It probably seems like reinventing the wheel, but allowed us to split out the emails to relevant for each group, rather than one monolithic email. Which meant each affected party was liable to actually read it.

Overall though, anything that shows how useful RSS is, is a good thing.

about 6 months ago

Spotify Announces Single User Hacked, No Personal Data Stolen

mbourgon Re:As Spotify's DBA.. (50 comments)

I laughed, and I'm a DBA. Yeah, the joke doesn't parse exactly, but it's still funny.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

mbourgon Re:Database Scaleability. (272 comments)

And Developers. Anything to keep those damn DBAs away.

(Yes, I'm a DBA)

about 10 months ago

New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

mbourgon Well, so much for my stress-reliever. (1 comments)

I love to scream along to Death Metal in the car. I suspect it may have problems with that.

about 10 months ago

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

mbourgon Re:All of this has happened before... (241 comments)

Came for the Black Mirror reference. The tone is black as pitch, but the writing is damnably good.

about a year ago

Which incumbents should we vote out in the upcoming election?

mbourgon All of them. (2 comments)

Like this wasn't immediately obvious. There will be a handful that were great, but a wholesale shake up would do more. And no, your specific congress-critter isn't special. Vote in the primaries too.

about a year ago

The Old Reader To Close Public Site In Two Weeks (Unless It Doesn't)

mbourgon Re:Solution (93 comments)

There's actually several that already do this (feedspot and newsblur come to mind), though the price seems to be about $2 a month. Feedly is talking about a price for extra features, sort of like Evernote.

about a year ago

Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

mbourgon Re:I don't get it (251 comments)

No, actually... he's referring to the original slashdot review of the iPod.

"No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."

And yes, while accurate on the tech specs, it fails to point out the true difference was the UI, how to load it up (iTunes), etc.

TL;DR - tech specs aren't everything. YOU care about them, but most people just want something that works well.

about a year and a half ago

How BlackBerry Is Riding iOS and Android To Power Its Comeback

mbourgon Re:I want one (125 comments)

I've been using an app lately called DIVIDE which allows this. You don't lock your phone, & it only wipes the data within the App. Meeting notifications pop up. Free, too, somehow.

Now if they could add some blackberry-style filters (where the email doesn't go to the device, but stays in my Inbox), I'd be ecstatic.

about a year and a half ago

iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

mbourgon Re:Companies think they own my machine (519 comments)

What you're looking for is software virtualization/sandboxing. Install it using one of these, and when you need to use the app turn it "on", then off when done. Prevents cruft and all the other issues you're complaining about. Trust me, same issues here.

I just went looking, and there are several options these days - when Windows 7 came out, I lost the ability to use my favorite (Altiris). Fortunately, it appears to be fixed and working with 7.

http://www.symantec.com/workspace-virtualization (click Trialware then download - the "Symantec Workplace Virtualization" used to be Altiris. Home license is free)
http://www.cameyo.com/ (free)
http://www.sandboxie.com/ (cheap)

about a year and a half ago

Bill Gates: iPad users are frustrated they can't type or create documents

mbourgon To be fair... (2 comments)

he also said that they missed Windows and constantly emailed him asking how to install Windows on it. He also said people frequently emailed him with other questions, like how to remove money from their country after their dear leader died, and maybe he could help.

about a year and a half ago

Open Sauce Foundation Created

mbourgon On Topic Response! (95 comments)

Yes, clever, except that everyone knows the makers of Sriracha sauce sue anybody trying to use the name, even hot-sauce makers from the town of Si Racha. That's the very antithesis of open.

about 2 years ago

AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

mbourgon Re:Over a year ago, I complained to the FCC (798 comments)

Not anymore. They discontinued it for new users in October(http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/19/t-mobile-drops-200mb-smartphone-data-plan/). Now, the minimum is $20. I'm buying a freedompop ($100, 500mb/month free) later today. Hopefully that'll work. Separate device, but hopefully still workable.

about 2 years ago


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