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Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 281

Um, welcome to Slashdot? I hardly ever comment here because the comments are usually so far off-topic that there's no chance of the train ever getting back on track. At least talking about hard drives has some relevance to the article, even though there hasn't been an actual, rotating-platter hard drive in most portable electronics since the early iPods. I'm not bashing /. per se, but look at the comments on a random article and you'll see what I mean. Any time I go to a comments section and the first posts are "FIRST!!!!1" or some crap like that, I really don't expect to find intelligent conversation. However, this article seems to have attracted a few people who actually know how to use the internet, and so I applaud the bulk of you.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 281

I just always have to stress the backup part. Many of my customers will buy the cheapest, crappiest laptop WalMart has to offer, throw their entire photo albums and history on there, no back ANYTHING up, EVER, throw the laptop around like a throw pillow (often while it's on), and then come in crying that their computer won't boot and they lost their entire family photo albums. If I didn't see this weekly, I might have more pity on the poor suckers. That $229 laptop isn't such a great deal when you have to have the hard drive and operating system reinstalled a year later. One thing I have learned from these people is to never rely on a Seagate or Toshiba hard drive. Even factoring in customer abuse, I've seen FAR more of these two brands fail than any other.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 281

"...hard drive last more than a couple of years..." What, are you buying Seagates, running them in an oven, all while shaking them constantly and beating the crap out of them? I've got hard drives that are pushing their second decade with little to no signs of wear (two are Western Digital and one is a Hitachi). At work, though, I've seen hard drives fail within a year, but they're usually in the el cheapo Wal-mart HP Pavilions that people refuse to stop buying even though they are UTTER AND COMPLETE CRAP. You get what you pay for, people. If you want a drive to last, put a little more money in a Western Digital Caviar Black or get yourself a server-class drive. Even if it fails, the WD Black has a 5-year warranty with little to no questions asked. And really, you should be backing up your data anyway.

Comment: TRIM does wonders (Score 1) 281

My old FroYo phone was glacier slow until I downloaded a fsTrim utility. It requires root, but it made my old dinosaur run MUCH faster. It even noticeably sped up my current 4.1.1 phone which doesn't yet have TRIM support built in. I think it was called LagFix Free in the Play Store, but I could be mistaken. If you have a rooted Android phone that DOESN'T already support TRIM, give it a go; it did wonders for both of my phones.

Comment: Oh Hell No! (Score 1) 479

by Adam Simons (#46008799) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?
First of all:

I hope there is no way people will put up with this. Anyone using EBTC should drop them, and drop them now. If they get away with it there, how long before it becomes a precedent that other ISPs use to do the same?

AT&T/Verizon/Comcast/Cox/Suddenlink, et all CEO: (obligatorily rubbing nipples while saying this) "Hey, people in Iowa don't seem to mind. Let's roll it out nationwide."

Comment: Re:Thought... (Score 1) 359

by Adam Simons (#44052667) Attached to: My view of touchscreen laptops:
Amen! The trackpoint is my input of choice after keyboard shortcuts. And I wholeheartedly agree that IBM/Lenovo is the only brand that ever did the trackpoint right (Dell tried on some Latitudes as well as HP with some of their Compaq/ProBook lines, but they were all miserable). I have four semi-current ThinkPads that will have to be pried from my cold, dead hands before I EVER consider getting anything else. On another note...trackball, anyone? Am I the only one who actually liked using a trackball on laptops when they were fashionable back in the day? I think touch screens are OK for certain applications (i.e. smartphones, info kiosks, etc) but NOT for general purpose computing. However, I fear that consumers won't really have a choice in the matter since the big manufacturers will continue to make everything touch when it really provides no or little benefit. I for one like tactile feedback, hate smudges on my screen, and hate to take my hands off the home-row keys while I am working (hence my propensity for the trackpoint).

Comment: Re:Logged in - Can't Read Site (Score 1) 261

Hate replying to my own post, but after reading further comments, this appears to be an April Fool's Day prank. [sarcasm]Great job, guys[/sarcasm]. Next time, try to make a funny AFD joke. This was simply annoying, disconcerting, and almost made me rage-quit Slashdot. I'm all for a good April fool's joke, but this was awful. Do better next year, guys!

Comment: Logged in - Can't Read Site (Score 2) 261

I'm logged in and am still only viewing ROT-13. I don't know if this is just an April Fool's Day joke, but if the whole of the internet decided to go this route, I would stop using it altogether. Period. Might even lose a few lbs :-P If this is the route /.is going to take, then they have just lost a VERY loyal reader.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian