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Comment: Re:Other way around (Score 1) 711

by PoiBoy (#47155445) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'
I'll admit I bought a Nokia 920 when it came out, thinking WP8 along with the supposedly great camera would make for a great phone. Long story short, I'm going to get an Android phone this weekend. WP8 has a lot of nice ideas, but like everything MS, they managed to throw in enough lemons to make it a mediocre product overall.

Comment: Yahoo going downhill (Score 2) 292

by PoiBoy (#45522195) Attached to: Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"
I had been a faithful Yahoo up until about six months ago. MyYahoo was great, and I liked the classic version of Yahoo Mail. Then Marissa Mayer came along and wrecked everything, adding bling and fancy colors while stripping away everything I liked about Yahoo, including the fact that I had it set up to look the same for about the past 10 years. I guess some people think it was time to spruce up the place. Not me. It's Mayer's Mayhem now.

Comment: Re:Excellent (Score 1) 341

by PoiBoy (#44472847) Attached to: Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100
Agree. Honestly, I'm not a MSFT shill, but I do own a Surface Pro. It's replaced both an Android tablet and a netbook. With the clicky keyboard I've even used it to write code and geeky stuff, but as soon as you rip the keyboard off you're left with a fine (if not a bit heavy) tablet for watching Netflix and surfing the web. Nice little machine.

Comment: Re:Price Adjustment (Score 1) 330

by PoiBoy (#44279867) Attached to: Microsoft Slashes Prices On Surface
I've got the 64GB Surface Pro, and I actually think it's a great machine. Admittedly, I virtually always use the desktop, and the only Metro apps I have are a couple of games. It's already replaced both my Android tablet and the small laptop I used to travel with. Once you get used to it, it really is a nice little machine, if not a bit pricey.

Comment: Anonymity (Score 1) 164

by PoiBoy (#40640251) Attached to: Canadian Banks Rushing To Offer Virtual Wallets
From the article:

"If a consumer walks into Home Depot today and pays with cash. Home Depot has no idea who that customer is, how many times they've been in the store and what they've actually purchased," said Darrell MacMullin, managing director at PayPal Canada.

That's precisely why I use cash much of the time. I'd rather not have every retailer in the country tracking my every purchase.

Comment: Too Early (Score 1) 462

by PoiBoy (#36453312) Attached to: Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:
The election's not for 17 months, and some candidates have been going for several months already. Why can't we cut this down to a six-month cycle instead? Politicians spend too much time campaigning. Pundits are already saying we will see nothing out of Congress or the WH because it's an election year. Even for Representatives who serve two-year terms, it seems like a third of their time is spent in campaign mode. If the D's and R's are at a standstill, fine, go fishing or something. But constant campaign mode just elevates the divisiveness in Washington.

Best Free Open Source Software For Windows 324

Posted by timothy
from the where's-vlc? dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld surveys the FOSS-on-Windows landscape, detailing the 10 free open source solutions most likely to unseat proprietary offerings. 'Some, like TrueCrypt and VirtualBox, are real diamonds in the rough: enterprise-grade solutions that deliver many of the same bells and whistles of their commercial brethren, but for free. Others, like Firefox and, are already legendary, and their strong followings ensure their continued development and support at levels that rival the best proprietary solutions.'" Rather than click through 10 different pages, the slideshow presentation at least lets you hover over each page's link to preview the author's top picks.

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