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Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

smist08 Great for Jogging/Cycling/Running (427 comments)

First off it needs to be waterproof. And sufficiently waterproof to swim with. I have a Garmin GPS watch which is great (except it isn't waterproof enough to swim with). The battery life sucks, but it is still great for running and cycling and has a heart rate monitor. I have an iPhone and there are better apps for that, but it really isn't up to the environment. Would be nice to get the better phone apps on a Garmin type watch with better durability and battery life. For any athletic activity these are great for collecting and sharing useful metrics.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

smist08 Leave the call open (497 comments)

I tend to just answer, and then say "Just hold on a sec..." and then put the phone down and continue watching TV. Like someone else said that then costs them time/money. If my father in law is visiting, I just hand him the phone and he can tell stories from his childhood endlessly. He loves an audience.

1 year,4 days
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Dart 1.0 Released

smist08 Burned by GWT (121 comments)

After being burned by Google abandoning GWT, I would worry about adopting Dart. Won't Google just lose interest and abandon it after a year or two. Won't we just see a new project start up almost immediately for some newer better web language? Not sure I'd jump in on this one.

1 year,14 days
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

smist08 What I liked about BB (267 comments)

I used to have a Blackberry Curve. I now have an iPhone 4S. I like my iPhone, but it has some definite drawbacks over my old BB Curve. The Curve's battery would last for a week or more, my iPhone I'm lucky if the battery lasts 2 days between charges. The Curve seemed to be able to get e-mails without incurring roaming charges, when I traveled I could inexpensively text, phone and email. With my iPhone I get big bills, since if Wifi isn't available I have to turn on data roaming to download email. I also found the email and the keyboard much more productive on the BB. If BB still has these advantages, I'll probably go back to BB. If now the battery sucks and it runs up roaming, then I'll probably go to the next Apple phone.

about 2 years ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

smist08 A Great Movie (1059 comments)

I see a great heist movie out of this. Perhaps reform the Ocean 11 team to steal the trillion dollar coin. I wonder how you spend it?

about 2 years ago
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Wozniak Praises 'Beautiful' Windows Phone

smist08 Dancing with the Stars (362 comments)

Is Woz losing it? Going on "Life on the D List" and then "Dancing with the Stars". Not sure I trust the judgement here anymore. Still the Apple I and II were great computers and great accomplishments.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Demos Metro UI For Enterprise Apps

smist08 How do you do Order Entry (116 comments)

Nice looking useless display forms. The real question is how the heck do you do full Order Entry with all the millions of controls and options? For that matter how do I run these on my iPad or iPhone?

more than 2 years ago
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Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET

smist08 .Net Programmers Shouldn't be so Upset (440 comments)

After all COBOL programmers still get jobs. In the computer industry you either upgrade your skills or off to a legacy programming retirement home. .Net now joins the ranks of COBOL, VB6, Fortran, etc. as well paying but un-exciting jobs maintaining old programs. No one is going to start writing a new exciting program that doesn't run on all of iOS, MacOS, Android, WebOS and even Windows. What's the point, lots of people are doing it, get on board.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Explorer Use Slips Below 55%

smist08 Uptake in iPads, other tablets and mobile browsing (104 comments)

I think this shows that a huge percentage of Internet browsing is now coming from iPads, other tablets, iPhones and Android phones. Certainly pays to make your web site browser agnostic these days. I see many web sites that popup messages saying to install run Chrome or Firefox for a better browsing experience.

more than 3 years ago
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Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

smist08 Collections Agency (545 comments)

Good luck collecting that. Wonder if a collections agency would take the job?

more than 3 years ago
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Is Mark Zuckerberg the Next Steve Case?

smist08 Re:Not the Same as AOL or MySpace (470 comments)

This probably isn't a good thing. But it is Facebook's strength. This is really the key reason their application is "sticky" and won't easily be replaced.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Mark Zuckerberg the Next Steve Case?

smist08 Not the Same as AOL or MySpace (470 comments)

AOL failed before the Time-Warner deal because it had no way to dominate broadband like it did dial-up. It beat compuserve and such and pretty much owned the dial-up world (and probably still does). But the game changed Broadband technology became really good, the cable and phone companies deployed it widely and it got adopted widely. AOL was left out in the cold. They knew this and did the TW deal before everything collapsed. Good for them. FaceBook was lucky because it got into the game before MySpace really got critical mass and became ubiquitous. Facebook has reached that status. I'm fully connected to all my family and friends through FB and it would be very hard to move now. This is why things like social media in GMail keep failing, if they don't have a monopoly (in this case in email) then they can't achieve the reach that FB has. Certainly FB isn't perfect and still has a lot of growing pains to go through. But it does have 500 million users and so many people really are connected to all their friends and family this way (and no other way really).

more than 3 years ago
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Ray Ozzie To Step Down From His Role At Microsoft

smist08 End of Azure (229 comments)

Does this mean MS is killing the Azure platform? Or maybe Bill Gates is returning from the hinterland? Or are employees just leaving one by one until only Steve Balmer is left to turn off the lights?

more than 4 years ago
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A Tidal Wave of Java Flaw Exploitation

smist08 Use Only HTML5/JavaScript (238 comments)

I think this speaks to the need to not run plug-ins in the browser. To only HTML/JavaScript. Ie don't allow the PDF plugin, don't allow Flash, don't allow Silverlight, don't allow Java Applets. All of these proprietary plug-ins cause all kinds of security problems. They have proven to be a bad idea. I think Steve Jobs is on the right track banning them from the iPhone/iPad.

more than 4 years ago
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China Blanks Nobel Peace Prize Searches

smist08 Re:Chinese people know... (326 comments)

When I was in Shanghai I could browse the Internet completely freely from my western style hotel. But if I went to an Internet Cafe, browsing was very restricted. They run a very multi-tiered system of censorship. When I was there, BBC news was censored in most places, but not my hotel.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live Pricing To Go Up To $60 Per Year

smist08 The Price of Lock-In (199 comments)

I guess they feel they've gotten enough people locked-in that they can start squeezing the juice out of them. It's why people like to choose an open internet over single vendor proprietary locked in platforms.

more than 4 years ago
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Tech's Dark Secret, It's All About Age

smist08 Re:Actually, it's all about the benjamins (602 comments)

We tend to like to hire programmers with 2 years experience. People fresh out of school are too idealistic and will change jobs frequently expecting hitech companies to work like they do in their fantasies. Once they get this out of their system (seems to take 2 years) then you have someone young and bright who will actually stick around for a few years.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's CEO Warns Kids Will Have to Change Names to Escape "Cyber Past"

smist08 New Google Service (706 comments)

Won't Google just enhance their search to give results for the name you are googling along with results for everyone who changed their name to the one you are Googling? Doesn't seem like this will separate you from your past. Best bet is to choose a common name like Tom Brown, Jim Wong, Stephen Smith, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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IE Market Share Falls To Historic Low

smist08 More Devices Now (472 comments)

I think the web is browsed much more by devices other than PCs. I would expect IE market share to drop given all the browsing done by Android phones, iPhones, iPads and various other non-PC devices. I suspect this statistic is reflecting the drop in the percentage of web browsing done by Windows based PCs.

more than 4 years ago
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The Mystery of the Mega-Selling Floppy Disk

smist08 School board only accepts marks on floppy (558 comments)

The school board my wife teaches in, only accepts marks submitted on floppy disk. The software they use is ancient and they never change their procedures. Schools are having a hard time keeping computers with floppies running for teachers to use.

more than 4 years ago

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smist08 smist08 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smist08 (1059006) writes "Microsoft today (http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vfoxpro/bb308952 .aspx) announced there will be no VFP 10. They are releasing more source for VFP 9 as a way of sloughing off support."

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