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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

shatfield Re:Contract vs. Vendor (619 comments)

I'm a fan of the new Sony Xperia Z.. that's a pretty damned nice looking phone!

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

shatfield Re:Where's the Mini? (619 comments)

My wife has an iPhone 4S and I have a SGS3... the screen on the 4S seems very tiny in comparison.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

shatfield Re:Eh, that's it? (619 comments)

441ppi is AWESOME, by the way! The "retina" display is only 326ppi! Your eyes will not be able to see individual pixels on that screen... it'll look as good or even better than print.

about a year and a half ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

shatfield Re:Not happening for me (425 comments)

Ah yes, caps is da bomb ;-)

Ok, now I feel like I'm part of the in crowd again LOL

about a year and a half ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

shatfield Re:Not happening for me (425 comments)

Just to be sure, I type file:/// into TextEdit or a new Mail message or whatever and it's supposed to crash?

about a year and a half ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

shatfield Not happening for me (425 comments)

Running OS X 10.8.2 here, and I tried it in TextEdit, Mail, and Safari.. no crash.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Pre RTM Metro UI Leaked

shatfield Re:Wow (484 comments)

It's like a 12 year old Disney intern ate a bunch of crayons and threw up on the screen.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

shatfield Re:Lovely and Intuitive? (500 comments)

[sarcasm mode=on]But.. but... it's "Lovely and Intuitive"!!! Didn't you RTFA?! [/sarcasm]

I am not a fan either... I think that it feels very weird. Maybe I would consider it a decent start, I guess.

more than 2 years ago
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Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

shatfield Reason #1 (333 comments)

This is the #1 reason (and really only one necessary) for me to stick with my iOS enabled devices. These devices are only a few months old and cannot be upgraded?! Seriously?! I'm done considering a switch to Android.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

shatfield Re:ooVoo (250 comments)

So what is better for video conferencing between Mac and Windows?

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

shatfield Re:Walled garden (250 comments)

Who is moderating this troll up? His post is utter nonsense and completely incorrect.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

shatfield ooVoo (250 comments)

I've been using Skype video conferencing for the past 5 years to take an online Spanish class, and for the past several months it has been terrible. There have been many instances of dropped calls, degraded call quality, frozen video, etc. Throw in the v5 UI fiasco and it was time for a change.

A few weeks ago we started trying alternatives (MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, and a few others) and finally settled on ooVoo [http://www.oovoo.com], which is not a perfect replacement, but works much better than Skype in the areas that matter. The video is much more clear and we have not suffered a single dropped call.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

shatfield Not ready to be #1 workhorse (577 comments)

Disclaimer: I own every fucking Apple product made in the last 10 years. And 2 of some of them.

I use my iPad2 all day long - listening to music, playing games, taking notes, managing my OmniFocus todo lists, reading Slashdot.. you know, the usual. I have often thought "Could this replace my Macbook Pro?", and the answer is always "no!".

It isn't fast enough. It doesn't have tab from field to field, even with the external keyboard. While the apps that it does run are nice, they are not nearly as full featured as their "real" Mac based counterparts. There is no file system, so you can't manage your documents in a hierarchy like you can on a "real" Mac. Apparently this is what Apple wants to kill anyways... who needs folders, right? Well, I do. I like folders, and the iPad doesn't have them. There is no external storage, other than a very awkward (not to mention slow) interface to iDisk and/or Dropbox. And finally, there is no way to use my Magic Trackpad with the device... I constantly have to reach up and touch the screen when I am using the external keyboard.. and you know, after 15 minutes, my arm feels like it wants to fall off. ;-)

And there's one more thing... I can't install apps other than what Apple says is ok to install on the iPad. Until they give me full control over the device, it'll just be a toy that is good at managing todo lists and playing games.

more than 3 years ago
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University Proposes Tuition Based On Major

shatfield What do you expect? (532 comments)

The University of Lincoln, NE is known for 1 thing - the Cornhuskers. I grew up in Nebraska, and the running joke was "What does the big red N on the front of the college entrance mean? Knowledge."

What do you expect them to say? They want more money, but are not the best thinkers... so they come up with something idiotic. Go team!

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support

shatfield Re:Wait... (438 comments)

Why did you install Windows, again? :D

WORK! Ugh. Luckily it's in a VM :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support

shatfield Best use for IE (438 comments)

The best use for IE is to download another browser after installing Windows.

more than 3 years ago
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Fukushima: What Happened and What Needs To Be Done

shatfield Bad call by the Japanese (370 comments)

What happened is pretty simple, really. You have an island that is prone to earthquakes. You have a very bright people who decided to do something that in hindsight was really stupid and put a fragile building that houses incredibly frail yet awesomely powerful technology on said island. Mix and stir and you have a deadly and devastating cocktail of doom.

Sad, but true.

more than 3 years ago
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Android 3.0 Platform Preview and SDK Is Here

shatfield Re:Any chance we'll get rid of Java? (129 comments)

They call it Java, but technically it's not Java... it doesn't run on a JVM, and uses a custom development kit (not the JDK).

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalvik_(software)

"Dalvik does not align to Java SE nor Java ME Class Library profiles[8][9] (e.g., Java ME classes, AWT or Swing are not supported). Instead it uses its own library[10] built on a subset of the Apache Harmony Java implementation."

more than 3 years ago
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Motorola Sticks To Guns On Locking Down Android

shatfield Is this what Android users think "Open" is? (600 comments)

Ok... so you can download Android, make changes to it and then compile it. Then what? Apparently actually using your compiled Android OS is not possible... so I guess "Open", when speaking about Android, falls just shy of "useful".

more than 3 years ago
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US Supreme Court Says NASA Background Checks OK

shatfield NASA and security of data (172 comments)

A friend of mine used to be a contractor to NASA and he used to tell me stories about how you could get into trouble if you queried the wrong column in a database table. His background check was so extensive that it went on for 3 months, while he just sat around and brought home paychecks for doing absolutely NOTHING.

He also said that if you pushed the wrong number on the elevator and got off on the wrong floor, you would be interrogated and possibly fired. If you did it more than once, you would definitely be fired.

Those gubment folks are pretty strict.

more than 3 years ago

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