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Comment: First gen Apple products (Score 4, Insightful) 446

by JYD (#32805758) Attached to: Proximity Sensor Presents Latest iPhone 4 Issue

Mark me as redundant, but haven't people learned already that first-gen Apple products are suspect to major flaws? (Even though iteration-wise, this is the 4th iteration of the iPhone, of course, realistically this is a Apple product with brand new hardware and design, akin to going from the PPC Powerbooks to the Intel Macbooks).

Comment: Re:Invite only? (Score 1) 284

by JYD (#30602756) Attached to: Google Nexus Rumored To Cost $530 Or $180 w/Plan

Just to point out, all initial Google products are marked Beta and are almost guaranteed to be invite only, examples being Gmail, Wave, Voice, etc. However, I doubt Google would mark their phone "Nexus One Beta", even though the "Beta" moniker reflects the phone perfectly. Of course, with this Google Beta product, I don't think you can get your friend to send you an invite.

Comment: Replacement? (Score 1) 332

by JYD (#29562333) Attached to: Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

replace the multitudinous connector types with a single connector (FireWire, USB, Display interface)

Really, the only replacement Apple/Intel is doing with Light Peak is the FireWire interface, which Apple originally backed, as those other 2 mentioned (USB2, USB3, Display=DVI,HDMI,DisplayPort), will be around for some time. I like what I am seeing with Light Peak, but then again, I also liked what I was seeing when FireWire came out. Hopefully Light Peak will be the USB FireWire never became.

Comment: RF Receiver Bluetooth (Score 1) 519

by JYD (#27769195) Attached to: Bluetooth Versus Wireless Mice

I have been sticking with my RF Receiver mice (Logitech VX Rev / VX Nano / G7), even though I have most branded Bluetooth mice available, including Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse, Razer Bluetooth Notebook Mouse, and the Logitech V450 bluetooth (I might have got the model number on this one here).

Anyways, after using the wireless mouse with just simple RF Receivers dedicated for that purpose, I never went back to BT Mouses, just because the tracking is usually shitty. The pairing is a pain in the ass (and no, you don't pair it only once, if you lose the connection the computer failed to pair on boot, you will have to pair it again). The latency with the bluetooth connection is unbearable (there is a definite, but minimal lag from mouse to pointer when compared to RF mouses). And no, I am not even judging bluetooth mouses to gaming standards here.

With good branded RF Mouses, connection is like wired mices, plug in the receiver and go. Lose a connection? Unplug receiver, plug receiver, continue productivity. Tracking is generally better than its bluetooth counterparts, and any mouse movement generally gives immediate feedback.

And ok, Bluetooth mouses look better overall and does not take up an USB port. But usability and ease of use suffers in turn.

Comment: Download what you need, not what looks cool (Score 1) 205

by JYD (#26945593) Attached to: We're Just Not That Into You, iPhone Apps

The majority of iPhone users I know goes into the App Store / Cydia / Installer, sees something interesting, looks whether or not it is free, and if free checks if the phone has enough space, and if so download said app, rinse and repeat. The same pattern goes for apps that are not free, with the exception that the process becomes more conservative and stingy. It is actually by seeing this trend that I know that iPhone 2.0 only supports 9 pages of apps!

In response to the article about apps being used only 1% after it has been installed, doesn't that work the same way in Windows as well? Notable examples off the top of my head is Photoshop, which I can see most people actually have a copy installed on their machine, yet the same user probably really only uses Paint.

Comment: Re:Aw crap (Score 1) 387

by JYD (#26130175) Attached to: 64-Bit Java For Linux

Yeah, I tried installing 128-bit Linux with a setup consisting of 2 AMD64's, but all I got was a 65-bit OS.

On the serious side, I've been running 64-bit Linux without any problems. The transition from 32-bit Linux to 64-bit Linux was transparent. I can't say the same for the transition from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Vista though, mostly due to video codec problems.

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