×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Ask Slashdot: Easiest Way To Consolidate Household Media?

mkw87 I had the same scenario 5 years ago (272 comments)

I had this same dilemma five years ago. I've done the linux and windows server route, and the best I have found in terms of making it wife-friendly is to stick with windows. This holds true for a couple other things as well. If you're familiar with linux and know the software you need to rip DVD's, Music, etc then you'd be find going that route. But if you want to get this up and running with minimal effort you're going to find a lot more help on Google for windows software when it comes to ripping your media. As for what interface to use, this is up to you. I have done everything from having the PC hooked straight to the TV, to then using my XBOX to access it, to now using a Smart TV (one with PLEX, one with the built in DLNA app) to view my media. Hard drives are cheap, go buy a 1, or 2, or whatever TB hard drive fits your needs and stick it in an old computer and start throwing your media on it. If you want to hook the computer straight to the TV, XBMC is a great interface (the Android beta is now out but I haven't tried it yet). If you have an XBOX or PS3 or DLNA capable TV, just put the files into appropriate folders and share them and you'll be able to browse them from the device.

about 2 years ago
top

Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

mkw87 Re:Paper Bill (562 comments)

Not that I remember, it's free as far as I know. Should be illegal for any company to charge for you to receive a bill.

more than 2 years ago
top

Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

mkw87 Paper Bill (562 comments)

Time to make them send me a paper bill again. Just because I can, which is no different than what they are doing with this charge.

more than 2 years ago
top

Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

mkw87 If there was ever a usage for (364 comments)

If there was ever a proper usage for stoning, this would it. Find out who let this happen, and stone them. Set an example.

more than 3 years ago
top

Gamers Abandoning DS, PSP In Favor of Smartphones

mkw87 Odd and I disagree (305 comments)

I think this is a bit of a play on statistics. You can make data read whatever you want, you can make conclusions seem valid by leaving certain info out, etc. There is a tremendous uptick in smart phone users, and with all the major mobile os'es there is a bunch of games. However, these games are mainly ways to pass the time waiting on a bus, in an airport, or during a boring meeting. There are a lot of games on the DS/PSP designed to do this, and some users will probably stick with just a smart phone in the future, true gamers will continue to purchase and use the DS/PSP for the games that are more involved.

about 4 years ago
top

Failed Controller-Free Gaming Devices of the Past

mkw87 The Future Envisioned (135 comments)

When I first read about "Kinect" I immediately jumped forward several iterations. What I expect from gaming hardware is the eventual ability to play a FPS game standing, holding fake guns, pointing them at the screen. We'll probably still need a joystick on the gun to turn completely around, but imagine how much fun this will be? There will be many other uses for the technology, but considering how well FPS games sell, I consider this the ultimate goal. We may even be able to switch from a rifle to a pistol by putting down one controller and picking up another; I'm hoping this is what the future holds.

more than 4 years ago
top

How Hulu, NBC, and Other Sites Block Google TV

mkw87 Tricks like this.... (338 comments)

Are why I won't be subscribing for Hulu Plus. I currently use netflix streaming and love it. I was extremely excited to see Hulu coming to the 360, but they are going to charge for it and keep the ads. This makes netflix better in my opinion, even if content is limited. Someone else will come along and beat Hulu at what they do, and they'll become sub-par or disappear.

more than 4 years ago
top

Major Security Holes Found In Mobile Bank Apps

mkw87 This is almost hilarious (107 comments)

Because I use the BoA app and it NEVER remembers my device, but apparently knows the answer to my question ahead of time =/

more than 4 years ago
top

Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

mkw87 Re:Give up the past (348 comments)

I have Netflix, I don't subscribe to basic cable. I'm aware of the offerings out there now. However, they are either overpriced or not 'nicely packaged'. Netflix is awesome on the 360. I use it almost every day between my wife and me watching shows/movies or my daughter watching kids shows. I know there's alternatives to cable out there. I'm saying that the ones clutching the archaic delivery methods need to embrace technology and use it to better their service. Imagine if they didn't piss and moan about 'local markets' and all the problems advertising brings to the table. We could have some truly great entertainment delivered to our home on demand. Live events, pre-recorded, etc. It's all hindered bc everyone wants to get their dime.

more than 4 years ago
top

Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

mkw87 Give up the past (348 comments)

Why can't content providers innovate? Technology has come so far in the past 20+ years, and they've fought it tooth and nail. Instead of continuing to fight it, innovate by coming up with new delivery methods, and in the process figure out new ways to make money. A la carte, pay per show per season, instant movie rental, these are all simple ideas. I'm sure someone getting paid as part of their job can come up with some more creative things.

more than 4 years ago
top

Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft

mkw87 WinMo, Zune, etc (345 comments)

I used to own a Motorola Q running Windows Mobile. The phone was great, and at the time was quite a step forward for cell phones. Now, I've got an android based phone, and while I think android is great and intend to support it, I see Microsoft being able to take a lot of customers from android in the corporate world. Blackberries have a good foot hold, but since MS owns and wants to support exchange, they can make Windows Mobile phones easier to interact with exchange whereas google makes it difficult because they want you to migrate to their system. Summary - Windows mobile is not bad, and stands a good chance at being a serious competitor. I also agree the Zune wasn't the success it should have been just because of who was backing it likely.

more than 4 years ago
top

Why Google Needs To Pull the Plug On Chrome OS

mkw87 think of it from this perspectiveperspective (266 comments)

Before gettinflg my android phone I might have agreed....hut what the op is missing is that Google isn't trying to beat windows at their own game.....Google is reinventing the wheel. Android hanged the way I not only use my phone, but the way I look a laptops and how they could be. Think of all your parents and grandparents who just want to get a few things done on a computer, think of therlir desktops full of shortcuts, it resembles an android desktop. Sure, for windows and Linux power users chrome OS may seem simple, but for your average person who thinks ram is an animal and doesn't know the difference between dvi and d-sub, etc, chrome OS could be a wonderful interface to computers and the web.

more than 4 years ago
top

Gamers Pay To Play With Girls

mkw87 Re:Dirty or Flirty (408 comments)

This pisses you off as a father of daughters... how do you think us women gamers feel?

In this poor economy, probably excited! Paid to do what you enjoy (video games), and all you have to do is flirt with someone too!

more than 4 years ago
top

How Do You Volunteer Professional Services?

mkw87 Habitat for Humanity (366 comments)

I would look to see if you can find a local Habitat for Humanity. I participated when I was in college, they do different things but mostly volunteers build houses for people who need them. There is a waiting list for people to get/purchase the houses, but the work is rewarding and they accept volunteers of all skill levels. If you are not crafty with carpentry, or drywall, etc, then you can always do manual labor (carrying supplies, yard work to prepare outside, etc).

more than 4 years ago
top

Comcast Launches Broadband Meter

mkw87 Re:It's all about timing (199 comments)

We used to do the same thing at Penn State. End of the semester was the best, because they only checked your usage every 12 hours, my friend went crazy during one 12 hour period an managed to more than double the cap, took a screenshot of the usage graph, and photoshopped it to say "Porno Meter"......good times.

more than 4 years ago
top

Tomorrow's Science Heroes?

mkw87 Re:Sorry, No. (799 comments)

Not that I disagree with you, but there are some things in Science that we 'just believe' in.....mostly because we can't yet show/demonstrate/repeat, only postulate on what happens. Also, I think you can have both, you just have to realize some things in Religion are there because they couldn't explain at the time and you have to adapt it to what we've learned since then.

more than 5 years ago
top

Build a BoxeeBox and Wean Yourself From Cable

mkw87 Re:Version 1.6 Warning (335 comments)

There is a good chance the old one I have has pre-1.6 firmware. I'll have to look as I'm selling it....I know I hacked it in college to run NES and SNES ROMS, but I don't recall what version the firmware is.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

mkw87 hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

mkw87 has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?