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Comment Re:Solution: (Score 1) 133 133

Talk to the users about the problems. Talk to a User Experience designer about the features to solve those problems. Talk to a developer to implement those designs. Programmers are too analytical to solve the problem in a way that makes sense to the average user (which is why so many of the older programs were deemed difficult for lay people to use). User Experience designers do a lot of A/B testing to figure out what visual metaphors make sense to the users with guidance about what A and B can be from the developers. [I say this speaking as a developer, knowing my own limitations.]

Comment Re:Translation (Score 2) 213 213

All of the things mentioned by the parent can be done for $200 with the MS Band.....sure, it's not as pretty, but functionally, it's all there (and works on all platforms). Or you can do all of that with an Android watch for various different price points (but not necessarily on iOS).

I have the MS Band and I pretty much bought it just to be able to do what he mentioned --- have notifications on my wrist. Of course, I'm on Windows Phone and it was my only compatible options, otherwise, I likely would have picked one of the Android watches.

Comment Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 300 300

Sonia Kashuk loose powder -- they've resized the package (smaller) and increased the price twice and then finally changed the formulation that it isn't the same product

She's had to change deodorants a couple of different times

Most of her favorite shows get cancelled early

A lot of household goods, but I don't remember them all. It's not all about the electronics.

Comment Re:Zune (Score 1) 300 300

The Streak was mocked as a phablet and yet here we are.....5" phones are common.

But I recognize that Windows Phone won't be besting iOS or Android any time soon.....I just want it to be big enough that I don't have to worry about it being killed off any time soon......

Comment Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 300 300

My wife has terrible luck with products and she is *NOT* a hipster by any means. She's very particular about things and many of them get cancelled causing yet another search. But I suspect it's her particularities that don't match what people commonly want that leads to their demise (for instance she has a big issue with scents, so finding unscented make-up is important for her --- other people probably don't care and have other priorities).

Comment Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1) 517 517

Which is why I'm so surprised that people hated on Win8 as much as they did. It's not Vista's just different than what people are used to. And a few tweaks to make the Desktop the default and thinking of the Start Screen as a full-screen Start Menu and it really is better than Windows 7.

Comment Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 1, Interesting) 328 328

I've never actually had it successfully UPDATE. I've always had to uninstall whatever version I have and download the full installer myself. I'm at the point where I pretty much don't install it except when I need it....and uninstall it a week or so later when I'm done running it.

Also, Bing has gotten so much better. I use it about as much as I use Google. It's not like it once was. That being said, I've never had Windows Update change my search settings.....probably something else did it.

Comment Re:Not enough information. (Score 1) 296 296

Why don't you mix languages? Write the pieces that are easier in the "higher" level languages in those (Java or C# since those are what you know) and write the pieces that need C/C++ in one of those languages? C# can call out to unmanaged code fairly easily but makes all of the simple tasks easy......I only do minimal amounts of Java, but I'm sure it can too. Back in the day, I used to write some C and every once in a while break out some ASM for those routines that needed to be closer to the hardware.....why should this be any different?

We have all of these tools available to us and yet we always try to use a single tool as the end-all-be-all. [car-analogy]Sure, you can race the LeMans in a Volkswagon Beetle, but shouldn't you use a car better suited for it?[/car-analogy]

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 272 272

Yeah, if I'm interested in videos from a company, I usually go to the company web site and look for "videos" or "media" or something similar......and if they host those videos on YouTube and embed them or redirect me directly to YouTube, I don't really care.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein