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Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 1) 322

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49791413) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Maybe I am cheap... Not jealous though. I really liked my S3 and didn't see a need to upgrade to S4. I passed my S3 to my son and he's using it now. The S6 is compelling. But I know, from experience, that I will need to replace the battery around 2 years. Verizon says they can replace the S6 battery in about a day for ~$45. That's a deal breaker. Do I really want to be down for even a day? The S5 is "slim enough". It allows the ability for the battery to be replaced. That's value in my book.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 4, Interesting) 322

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49790527) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

actually, no, I'm not. Resorting to insults doesn't really prove your point. I do, indeed, know how to charge a LiOn battery.

Here's the steps outlined by iFixit:
"... eject the SIM tray, heat up the battery door, draw off the battery door with a suction cup, then separate the door with a case-opening tool, then undo 13 screws, heat up the LCD assembly, pry open the charging chip flex ribbons, pull off the front-facing camera connector, battery connector, ear speaker connector, remove the entire motherboard, then pry off the battery with a spudger tool."

That doesn't sound like "pop out the battery and drop in the replacement" to me. The S3 and the S5 -- which I have personally replace the battery on -- are truly replaceable. Indeed, I owned the S3 for 3 years and replaced the battery once. I don't consider that LiOn abuse, frankly.

Comment: Re:"low end" (Score 2) 322

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49790251) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier


Waited for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to arrive before I upgraded my S3. Seriously disappointed about that the non-replaceable battery. Also, without expandable memory, this made me pick the S5 rather than the better S6.

I'm willing to purchase a decent Android phone. I'm not willing to forgo a replaceable battery. That's a deal-breaker.

I really like the S5 so far. Will the S5 be my last Samsung phone? I guess we'll see when then S7 arrives...

Comment: Rate of use (Score 0, Troll) 328

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49072921) Attached to: Federal Study: Marijuana Use Doesn't Increase Auto Crash Rates

IMO, there's not enough samples to produce this study. The rate of use of marijuana while driving is still statistically -- and radically -- low. As use becomes normalized (in other words, accepted), you'll see abuse while driving to increase as well.

But, let's say what this is really trying to do: push the Legalization activist agenda. Sorry, pot is as much a drug as meth. So is alcohol. It's disappointing to see my tax money going to support the use of either.

Comment: Re:meanwhile... (Score 1) 755

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#49066051) Attached to: Removing Libsystemd0 From a Live-running Debian System

FYI... I'm running systemd in a busybox environment currently. Have been for the last 3 years now.

Not seeing what the big fuss is. The dependency model that systemd enforces helps with speeding startup of embedded systems. I like it more than the hacked init.d scripts we had been using. We're not using near 50% what systemd can do. But, I see measurable value by going that direction.

But, then again, I happen to like gnome compared to my other options out there. So, I guess I fit in the demographic you're railing about.

As developers, we're looking for something that "just works". All of those hand-crafted scripts used by init.d doesn't address this.

Comment: Re:Goodbye (Score 1) 294

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48997333) Attached to: Radioshack Declares Bankruptcy

Yes, indeed, really.

The problem I'm having with my kids is that they have access to the Internet on pretty much anything electronic they care to have. They don't have a "want" to understand how it all works. It's a lot more complicated than the 4K RAM computer of old. Computer "guts" were accessible. One felt you could understand it all.

When I was 15, I spent the summer understanding how the Western Digital Disk controller working in the TRS-80 Model I. I was fascinated that, with the disk drive plugged in, it booted to it. Without, it booted to the old BASIC ">" prompt.

Both Zilog and Intel sent me rather large documentation on their chipsets in the TRS80; didn't even have to sign an NDA. I remember the horror of my mom watching the disassembler output spew out of that dot-matrix printer. "You'll pay for that box of paper AND that ribbon, YOU HEAR ME?".

Learned all about Master Boot Records and even managed to write my own using Disk Wizard. Great times that my kids will never experience.

Comment: Re:I think this article says it all.... (Score 1) 242

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48969129) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

Sorry. I have to disagree. Arduino and RPi have long enough legs to be supported at the retail level. They needed to reset their priorities... I had Saturday learning days for computers at my shop back in the 80's. We had both geeks and newbies in learning about them. It's all about capturing the imagination of your customers.

As far as obsolescence.. Yeah. That's normal in electronics. Hence, the markup on the product. You've got to package the experience with the product.

Comment: Re:I miss the old days! (Score 1) 242

by Mr. Droopy Drawers (#48969007) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

I'm like the other poster. I worked for RS in the late 70's, early 80s and saw the introduction of the TRS80 through the intro of the Tandy 2000 and 1000. I, too, became a store manager at the age of 19; at the time, their youngest at the time.

The problem with hiring is the the pay scale. It's hard to get knowledgeable workers at minimum + commission. Loved the Job. Even had John Roach on a ladder counting inventory during one his "Adopt-A-Store" initiatives.

I do think there's a market for "The Makers". I saw hope last year with the Super Bowl commercial. The Arduinos and shields are there. The only problem, there's no one there that even knows what they are. Gone are the days where you could find "Forrest Mims Jr" to ask about your project.

Maybe a "Maker's Store" is a concept to hold on to for my retirement. Don't tell my wife!

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai