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Google deletes Nav app from Android phones, customers bewildered and pissed

wcb4 easy fix (6 comments)

uninstall the update, then tell your phone not to autoupdate that app. Nav reappears. All good. This is old news, happened on my S3 (Sprint) 2 weeks ago.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 to boot to desktop

wcb4 Re:Exodus? (3 comments)

and. might I add, once they have the start menu and boot to a desktop, the ONLY complaint I have heard about windows 8 is the damned ugly window borders. I see a lot of money for stardock when they finally get a version of WindowBlinds for windows 8

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 to boot to desktop

wcb4 Exodus? (3 comments)

I don't know of anyone who has left windows over windows 8.... EVERY SINGLE person I know who has purchases a machine since October has either installed windows 7 on it, or installed something like classic shell, set it to give them a start menu and boot to the desktop... No exodus however.

about a year ago
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Yahoo Chief Tries to infuse company with long-lost start-up spirit

wcb4 start up spirit huh? (1 comments)

So that means that every employee has an over-priced Herman Miller Chair, and you better be in the office sitting in it, because like all start-ups, Yahoo requires you to be physically sitting in the office at all times....... yeah, right!

about a year ago
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Slashdot is now relevant

wcb4 No freaking way (1 comments)

This is the most obvious April Fool's joke of them all

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Win7 tablet for doctor?

wcb4 touch screen or pen based? (1 comments)

If you are looking for a touch screen, then the 12" screen requirement is going to make it hard to find. There just aren't that many systems out there that are touch (The Iconia W500, which I own and love, is one but you ruled it out because of a 10" screen) that are not windows 8 systems, and while win 7 MIGHT install on one of those, it also might not.

You could always do a windows 8 tablet with a windows 7 vm running at boot.

If a stylus is fine, then you have a whole sew of possibilities. I also own a gateway cx2750 running win 7 and I used it for meetings until very recently simply because the handwriting recognition in win7, once trained is simply amazing. It has the screen size and res you are looking for, but its not light. Of course I have the extended battery in mine, which makes hodling the damned thing a lot easier, even if it is heavier.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

wcb4 rt was a mistake (375 comments)

Windows RT and the Risc based surface were mistakes. If people wanted locked in, crippled computing devices, the iPad is better established. The ability to have a full computer would have been a great differentiator. Windows 8 on a full computer is great. I have an acer iconia w500 running full windows 8. Its great. It is what Surface should have been if MS could have pulled their collective heads out of their asrses.

about a year and a half ago
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France Ending Minitel Service

wcb4 Re:[...], historians say (137 comments)

At what point do we delineate the difference between historian and sociologist. Historians (not just history teachers who teach by rote) discuss the facts and trends of the society in the past, the sociologist the facts and trends of the present society, but from the time something happens, is digested and dissected and correlated, it is the past.

more than 2 years ago
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Framesniffing attack against SharePoint and Linkedin

wcb4 Frames? Seriously? (1 comments)

I am not even sure why modern browsers support frames anymore. I don't think I've seen a framed site since geocities shut down. There is absolutely no need for frames.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Kit For a Home Media Server?

wcb4 Re:Mac mini or apple Tv (355 comments)

i disagree that itunes is valid for managing media. I have triedon numerous occassions to let it catalog my media library and it just chokes horribly. admittedly, not everyone has 65,000+ music files, but iTunes can't handle very large collections without barfing horribly.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is this piracy or not ?

wcb4 Yes (8 comments)

You purchased rights for the standard def version of the movie, not the high def. Saying this is not piracy because you purchased the standard DVD is like saying that you have the rights to a Lincoln town car because you purchased a Ford Taurus. Same company, both are cars, one is much better than the other. You bought one, not the other.

more than 2 years ago
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Chilean Earthquake Shortened Earth's Day

wcb4 Re:Great! (374 comments)

Burn them!!!!

more than 3 years ago
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A "Never Reboot" Service For Linux

wcb4 Re:How long till they.. (321 comments)

Its a shame that MS never figured out how to actually implement this. How many times do I have to restart my computer to finish applying update?

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft's Risky Tablet Announcement

wcb4 Re:A Mimic Device Is Precisely What They Want (338 comments)

I have to second you on the Gateway tablets. I have the CX-2750. Same form factor. The now 2 year old batteries still give me about 3.5 hours on balanced power settings. Came with Vista, and was the only computer I have ever seen where Vista was not a POS, it was almost as if that machine was a reference system. Vista actually had slightly better pen tracking that windows 7.

For those who say that handwriting recognition is a trick and never works. I write on mine all the time, in cursive and it has no trouble with the recognition. I don't even remember the last time I had to correct it. Of course I have extremely good handwriting, and I did spend 20 minutes training it when I installed windows 7 on it. All in all, except for the weight, its the best computer i have ever owned.

more than 4 years ago
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The Star Wars Christmas Special Still Exists

wcb4 Re:Obviously the template (316 comments)

I played this special last year for my (then) 5 year old son who is a Star Wars freak (probably knows almost as much as the old man, and when I told him that one day, he simply replied "Now *I* am the master" ). About 20 minutes into the show, he came to me and asked me to turn it off. Asked me if I could put something else, anything else on tv. It was that bad.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

wcb4 Re:IBM's hardware vendor mind is taking over (863 comments)

Its not a little irrelevant thing. If Farmville is important to a lot of people, and it works only in the most broken browser on the planet, then Farmville is more relevant that even "standards". We, the slashdot crowd, are not indicative or the general population. What we thinks is superior, and how we think things should be done is what is irrelevant. This is why Linux is still marginal. It is done the way we think things should be done, not the way the majority of people think it should be. I thought that a netbook was great for the wife to use check email, do the bills, etc, but the screens on just about every netbook around were too low res to adequately run the flash stuff on the Webkinz site. That was important to her, so that meant that even though I would prefer to think of Flash as irrelevant, and even though I know there is little that can be done with flash that could not also be done using open standards, the point is that she bought the HP mini 2133 because it was a netbook with a full 1280x800 screen, ran windows XP and had a good solid, stable, up to date flash player. That was the only reason she got that system. It was the only reason we paid $100 more for a netbook, but it was what an average consumer wanted, and therefore was much more relevant than the arguments that "its running windows instead of a free OS", "but you don't need your excel spreadsheet to do the bills, you can use OO.o", or "Flash is just crap". What the consumer wants beats "standards", what the consumer wants beats technical superiority, what the consumer wants is relevant.

more than 4 years ago
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IBM's Answer To Windows 7 Is Ubuntu Linux

wcb4 Re:IBM's hardware vendor mind is taking over (863 comments)

Unless you post with your account, and the UID is lower, we assume you are just another high-UID idiot posturing as an old timer. Just sayin.

more than 4 years ago
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Former Interplay Dev Talks "Disastrous" Old Star Trek Games

wcb4 Re:Podcast? (124 comments)

You obviously do not use Vista, as the voice recognition, and handwriting recognition for that matter, are two of the very few things in Vista that work well. You may have to train it for an hour for it to be 99% or so, but it was 95%+ OOTB when I was speaking to it. I can, however, still type much faster than I can talk, which is probably the only reason I do not use it.

more than 4 years ago
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Nissan Gives Electric Cars 'Blade Runner' Audio Effect

wcb4 Great Sounds (553 comments)

I want my car to sound like K.I.T.T. or better yet, a cylon.

more than 4 years ago

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wcb4 wcb4 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wcb4 writes "At one time I backed up my hard drives religiously. Floppies, CDs, DVDs whatever it took. But today's hard drives are cheap, and I have amassed a large collection of music, video and graphics files. This is no longer an option. What inexepnsive and reliable options have other slashdotters found for backing up hundreds of gigabytes, or even terabytes of data. DVD's were fine for a while. It required a major investment of time initially but once done I would just keep a "new" directory until it hit 4.5 GB, then I would burn that to DVD and all was well. I have recently been burned by my DVD backups, however, and loosing a DVD backup means loosing 4.5 GB, not like the 1.44MB of a bad floppy back in the old days. Lots of folks will say "just buy more hard drives" but it is impractical to keep running backups that way. My current machine has a mixed bag of external and internal hard drives, USB and firewire, adding up to over a TB. I want something that is simple and quick, something that I can just make a differential backup at any time and know that it will be good. So what have other slahdotters found for backing up their personal media servers?"

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