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Comment: Re:What I would prefer... (Score 1) 80

by gregthebunny (#45725947) Attached to: Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

Try the WD TV Live. I have one, and it's awesome. Plays MKV files ripped straight from a Blu-Ray.

I really like my WD TV Live. It plays a lot of formats and has a simple but usable interface. It definitely passed the "wife test" for ease-of-use. But it has one glaring omission: no Amazon Prime streaming (see: "Online Services"). They just released a 2.0 firmware update with a bunch of new "supports [service]" notes, but Amazon is not one of them. Western Digital, I am disappoint.

Comment: Yes (Score 5, Interesting) 631

by gregthebunny (#44946959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

At least in my world it's been declining. I was once an Ubuntu fanatic. "It's so easy," I would tell people. It passed my girlfriend test. It passed my parents test. I used Ubuntu every day for years. After 10.04 LTS, things started going downhill. Once 12.04 LTS hit the streets, things started going downhill faster. I have since switched to Ubuntu's upstream parent, Debian, with LXFE for the desktop. Clean, simple, elegant. I'll keep this.

Comment: You already said it (Score 1) 299

by gregthebunny (#44001009) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?

...(beyond develop hobbies, spend time with family)...

Develop hobbies and spend time with your family.

Programming (or learning to program if you don't already know how) is a productive hobby. Get a train set. Repaint your house. Buy and restore a classic car by hand (although that can be quite expensive). Go hiking/kayaking/skiing/biking/fishing. Learn to play the guitar/bass/drums/piano/sax/trumpet/sousaphone. Have a barbeque. Build a barbeque. Go geocaching. Go geohashing . And get your kids/parents/spouse/siblings/friends/neighbors involved.

I only wish I have free time for these things

Comment: Once a month isn't that bad (Score 1) 182

by gregthebunny (#41622641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?
We have a particular software from a particular vendor who only pushes an update once a year. We've already pointed out several bugs and quirks in the software that have become "feature requests" for the next release (due in January 2013). On the other hand, we also have software from a vendor who pushes an update every six weeks, and then we have to get that update installed for every user that has the software because every update changes the file format and it isn't ever backward compatible! . So, if you're a major software vendor, my suggestion would be to favor structure and stability over frequent and minor patches or releases, but not so infrequent that it doesn't seem like you're paying attention to your market.

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