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+ - The Weird Cell Phones Of 2004->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "2014 may be the golden age of smartphones, as handset companies have a handle on what people want and are selling it to them by the million. Ten years ago, though, the landscape was weirder and more interesting, with a host of Asian handset manufacturers trying to one up each other on new and sometimes bizarre features. Offerings ranged from the ahead-of-their-times (TV on your phone ... via a satellite connection) to the laughable (a phone you could hold against your forehead to take your temperature)."
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Comment: Re:If I was in the NFL I'd be pissed (Score 1) 405

by dysmal (#47880269) Attached to: Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

I'd be wanting to work at 110% of my ability 24/7, if I was forced to learn/use a device foreign to me I'd be pissed. I don't care if it's a surface, iPad, or chalkboard, let me work in a way that's most productive for me.

I'm sure that same argument was used by coaches and teachers when they went from chalk boards to dry erase white boards.

You sound like the VP's i have at work when they were forced to migrate from XP to Win7.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 528

by dysmal (#47861173) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Try using dial up! My sister lives in the boonies and it's either that or satellite Dish. Gmail on dial up is a pig. Every page i tried to go to was awful. Web pages have gotten so bloated with auto playing ads and video that it's unusable on a slow connection.

Let's face it. The bigger the pipe everyone has, the more crap sites are going to load onto their pages to fatten them up. VZW+ATT know this. They know that sites are getting heavier. They have the records and metrics of what their users do. They also know that if they keep the baseline low enough, it'll make their more practical/usable packages seam like a deal!

Comment: Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 161

by dysmal (#47479747) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Boo. Eff. Enn. Hoo!

Are you seriously that OCD that you absolutely have to race to your dryer the second it turns off to fold your clothes? Is your time that god awfully important and precious that you can't spare a couple of extra minutes doing laundry like people have done for at least a generation? If they're wrinkled, turn it back on for 5'ish minutes!

I'm good friends with a neurosurgeon who also does extensive cancer research. His time is VERY valuable. You know what? He's completely fine using a traditional dryer with a timer. Why? Because it's f'ing laundry!!!

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

What hath Bob wrought?