You hit the nail on the head, but you missed a few things. On most dedicated Blu-ray players the load times are hideous, as are the menu response times. And that's on top of all the unskippable preview nonsense. And there's seemingly no standard way to control playback features, so you're at the whims of whatever overblown, backwards menu system the producer came up with. It's the same problems DVDs had, amplified. And finally, if you so much as fart in the general direction of a Blu-ray disc it will develop a skip. That can't be good for collectors.
One of the few handy features Blu-ray brings to the table is the ability to resume playback, which only seems to work on occasion.
I wonder now if we aren't gradually trading one bad situation for another. With each service getting more and more exclusive content, I hope we don't end up needing ten different $15 subscriptions just to see the shows we want.
Don't get me wrong, it would still beat the pants off cable. You could always subscribe for a month, binge watch your show, then cancel until they release something else you're interested in.
I don't even wear a dumb watch, so this is probably not for me, but...
- - It could display incoming text messages
- - It could allow you to mute your phone without taking it out, unlocking it, etc. (handy for meetings)
- - It could allow quick access to Google Now voice commands
- - It's probably great for GPS navigation while on foot or on a bike
- - It could play/pause/skip music tracks
- - It could initiate speakerphone and/or Bluetooth calls
These are all just assumptions. I have no idea what features this thing really has. All would be pretty handy though.
I don't know about 10 years ago specifically, and I don't use the entire Office suite, but I really like the current versions of Outlook and Excel. Outlook's view customization is nice, the searching is instantaneous, and the formatting is so quick and works so well that Outlook has become my repository for half-baked ideas and notes. (OneNote is my repository for more permanent notes.) If I need to remember something, or if I need a place to save a screenshot along with some text, I just open a new email, paste and type a bit, then close it. I can search for it instantly later on if and when I need it.
I love Excel's "Format as Table" command for quickly formatting, sorting, and filtering chunks of data that don't take up the entire sheet.
I use these features all the time.
While I can't sit here and do a quantitative analysis about why Office is superior to the open source options, I can say that I really, really like the stuff I'm currently using. I even like the ribbon!
The level of Quality Control in WOTC is astounding.
That may be the case, but they allow plenty of broken cards to be printed; cards that end the game by sending the rules into an infinite loop, or cards that end up in nearly every deck for a given color.
I think the real reason Magic wins the card game race is simple momentum. When your choices are playing a new game that no one else is playing, or playing an established game with an enormous player base, there really isn't much of a decision to make.