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Comment: Great for work. Not so much at home. (Score 0) 379

by Pontiac (#47068317) Attached to: With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

I have a Dell Venue 8 pro.

Great little tablet powered by an Atom processor and Windows 8.1
Call it a baby surface pro if you like that costs $250

Now for work surface is a great tool. very portable with full windows desktop available when needed. You can't ask for better integration and portability when working in a windows dominated office setting.

At home not so much and it's not the tablets fault.. It's the applications. Overall Android and iOS apps just work better. That is jut my opinion anyway.

If MS could get some better entertainment/social apps out there that match the functionality of its competition it could gain some ground.

Sadly since I can't attach my personal computer to the company network I can't use it there so it just sits at home collecting dust.

What would make me use it more? hmm maybe touch screen controls and on screen keyboards that freaking work in minecraft on windows 8.1 .. You hear me Mojang? I want this!

Comment: Re:No, thank you. (Score 1) 865

by Pontiac (#46922911) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

there are about two times a year where I want to start my car, leave it running, lock it and run into a building for a couple of minutes. I can take my RF key out of the car, but with the car running it won't let me lock the door.

I would only consider doing this someplace in the dead of winter, like when leaving some small hotel in the middle of nowhere. Start car, carry down bags/check out, drive off.

My Nisan will let me start then lock it up and go back inside with the key.

Now I did find one downside.. Once it's started there is nothing stopping you from putting it in drive and taking off.. Someone could easily bust the window, hop in and drive off if I left it running. Yes I tested this . Well not breaking the windows but driving off without the key.

Comment: Re:No, thank you. (Score 4, Informative) 865

by Pontiac (#46922407) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Clearly you have never owned a "keyless" vehicle.

I say "keyless" because my Nissan has a physical key hidden inside the key less remote fob to open the door if the car battery is dead.

If the fob battery is low the car will warn you. It's hard to ignore.

If you are a dumb ass and keep ignoring the low battery warnings there is a slot under the dash for the fob to work when the fob battery is too low to transmit.

For what it's worth nearly every car made today has some kind of chipped smart key that costs $50-$100 to replace plus a remote that will cost you $100 or more if you wash it. Key less or not dropping your keys in a puddle will cost you.

Funny thing about keyless.. I never drop my keys trying to get into the car or start it.. They never leave my pocket.
I can't even lock the doors if the key is inside.. the car won't let it happen.

Comment: Re:VERIZON! or maybe SONY!!! (Score 1) 328

by Pontiac (#46759349) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Are you using a Sony Blu-Ray player or otehr sony device to access Netflix?

If so that may be another possible issue.. Sony.. for whatever dumb reason programs their Blu-Ray devices to only access Netflix through Sony servers.
For us it became a huge bottle neck and the Sony streaming went to crap when every tablet and PC in the house streams flawlessly.

I guess this isn't an issue with the PS-3 or PS-4 but exists on other Sony streaming devices.

Insert a Roku and I'm getting HD quality again.

Comment: Re:But Does it Scale? (Score 1) 357

by Pontiac (#46145145) Attached to: Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

One big thing you overlooked in your example.. most of those cars will be charged at home and used for local trips They wont be clogging up the charging stations..

  The only ones hitting the super charger stations are the idiots who forgot to charge and the rest of the folks on round trips over half their expected range.

Comment: Re:A large segment of the market is not using the (Score 1) 419

by Pontiac (#45351473) Attached to: Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

Our kids almost never come to the living room (really it's sometimes an issue that they won't leave their rooms)
They all have a PC or laptop and a profile on our netflix account. The teen mostly uses his X box and we have an Ipad that sees heavy use by our youngest when he's not fully engaged in Minecraft.

Comment: Re:does everyone REALLY have IP-connected TV? (Score 1) 419

by Pontiac (#45351401) Attached to: Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

have people really moved on that quickly that everyone today has an IP-connected TV in their living room with which to watch films?

A Roku 3 is only $99. It's not like I have a huge investment going on here.

I saved more than that after the first 2 months without a Dish or cable TV bill even after bumping up to a 30mb plan with my ISP.
We regularly have 4-5 devices streaming at any one time (kids and all) with no performance issues.

I''m not just watching films.. most of your syndicated TV shows are on Netflix and if you absolutely need to see the latest Walking Dead it's $2 an episode on Amazon video.

Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan