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Comment: Re:Where's the data stored? (Score 1) 208

by darrylo (#46517821) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

Since others have said the free version requires the use of storage on Microsoft's computers, I suspect Microsoft will be scanning the OneNote data for monetizing purposes. Why else would they prevent the free OneNote users from storing data on non-Microsoft servers?

lol, you haven't looked at the free version, right? They're preventing you from storing data locally, because you have to pay money and subscribe to their online office offering to get local notebooks.

Now, they might still be scanning your notebooks, but the main reason is money.

Comment: Re:RPN calcs- esp 35s (Score 1) 328

by darrylo (#45448075) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

The wiki-p page for the 35s [wikipedia.org]. Wow! - the first time I've seen this; looks like their classic design. Is HP back when it comes to calculators?

Good question, and you'll get different opinions from different folks.

The 35s is arguably the best desktop RPN calculator (that is currently being produced and sold). As you say, for nontrivial stuff, most people would use some desktop program.

As for HP's other scientific RPN calculators: the old high-end RPN HP 50g calculator has the Enter key in a weird location: the lower-right corner. The new HP Prime calculator almost has the Enter key in the correct location; while it's above the number keys, it's to the right (the usual spot is to the left). Also, while the HP Prime is pretty nice, technically, it's really aimed at the educational market (e.g., CAS only works in algebraic mode, not RPN).

Comment: Re:"We believed we knew better what customers need (Score 1) 278

by darrylo (#44997397) Attached to: How BlackBerry Blew It

It's more than that (although what you wrote is certainly right).

One of Blackberry's (arguably many) problems is that they failed to realize how the consumer market, being much larger than the enterprise market, could drive the enterprise market. As others have said, by going after the consumer market, by allowing independent devs to profit off the consumer market, and by having a reasonable development system, Apple attracted a boatload of devs and, therefore, features and functionality. Eventually, if you allow the features/functionality to grow properly, the consumer market is going to spill over into the enterprise one. (Side note: by "grow properly", I'm talking about Apple's tight control over the app store. As much as people may dislike it, there's really no disagreeing that the tight control has generally maintained an acceptable level of app quality. I don't think I could say that about BBW.)

Comment: Re:Nokia's data source is great (Score 1) 57

by darrylo (#41986847) Attached to: Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

While you and others have no problems with Apple maps, I think you're falling into the common trap: "I have no problems, and I don't see how anyone else can have problems, therefore there really aren't any problems". Lots of people are screaming and, if this really was overblown, Tim Cook would not have apologized, and Scott Forstall might still have a job at Apple.

I don't use public transit, and so I can't really comment on the accuracy; however, from the screaming that I've seen, the transit issues seemed to fall into two subcategories:

1. Nonexistent transit POIs. Yeah, accuracy (as in your NYC example) may certainly be an issue, but I'd argue that "borderline unreliable" is still better than nothing (but, see the note below).

2. Google has transit schedules linked to the transit POIs. It's pretty easy to see when the next bus/train is going to arrive/leave.

Note: it seemed to me that the people complaining were "casual/occasional/out-of-town" users of public transit. These people don't use public transit enough to know either the schedules or terminal locations.

Comment: Re:Nokia's data source is great (Score 2) 57

by darrylo (#41983273) Attached to: Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

In the case of the Apple Maps issues, map data accuracy is just one of three big issues. The other two are:

* POI data, such as public transit info (nonexistent) and POI accuracy (POIs may be in the wrong location or no longer existing).

* Street View. Lots of people use Street View to examine an area (e.g., "What's the parking situation like?").

Comment: Re:Not new... but also inevitable. (Score 1) 673

by darrylo (#41065073) Attached to: Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

This.

People don't realize that all-in-one, integrated, non-repairable electronics are, in the long run, cheaper., and the majority of consumers are cheapskates. Cheaper electronics always wins out in the long-term, and will largely drive out modular, more repairable products, regardless of superior upgradeability or maintainability.

You can't compare computers with cars, as your typical consumer computer doesn't cost anywhere near a car. And, no, the retina MacBook isn't applicable here, because it's bleeding-edge, first-generation technology, which is always expensive (plus, there's the "Apple tax"). Just wait until the technology matures and the costs dive.

Also, if anything, the move to tablet-based computing is going to accelerate the drive for lower-cost (integrated/non-repairable) desktops and laptops.

Anyone remember when TVs were actually repairable (discrete transistors, anyone)? Anyone remember Sam's Photofacts? Yeah, thought so.

Comment: Re:Gmail defeated Exchange, not Hotmail (Score 1) 383

by darrylo (#40503635) Attached to: Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

While I think hotmail is pretty awful, the non-free microsoft office365 seems to be pretty decent. Not only does it work with iOS (iPhone/iPad) and MS outlook, but Thunderbird, too (and, yes, IMAP IDLE works, too). A basic email-only account is $4/month/account, and adding web access to office files (e.g., excel, word, etc.) bumps that up to $6/month/account. You get 25GB of mail storage, and you can optionally use your own domain name.

Yes, it's a bit more expensive than google, but (1) contact groups actually work with iOS (google contact groups only work with android and not iOS), (2) it gives me an out if google ever decides to inexplicably nuke my account from orbit, and (3) it's not google.

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