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Comment: Re:Cyanogen? (Score 1) 184

by hambone142 (#48847855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?
I successfully installed CM10 on a Verizon Galaxy phone. It worked pretty well but for some odd reason, it would NOT install gapps. I've done this successfully on several tablets. I confirmed the gapps file version was compatible with the CM10 nightly but the danged thing just wouldn't install. I tried downgrading to CM9 to see if that would work. Same thing. Then I really screwed myself. I ended up flashing and "almost installing" another version of CM but the file was not completely functional. It would bring up the Cyanogen "spinning robot thing" and just stay there forever. That meant that I couldn't get in to Recovery Mode to re-flash the cminstall folder. I've essentially "bricked" the phone with the crappy nightly of Cyanogen Mod. I'm not sure why gapps didn't run but the phone was severely-hobbled by Verizon software. I'm wondering if some remnants of it were still on the phone, preventing gapps from installing. Now, there's no way to reflash a new OS on to the phone because I can't get to it via USB at all.

Comment: Ice cream truck (Score 1) 790

by hambone142 (#48785127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
Good humor truck. Helm's bakery truck with the long drawers loaded with doughnuts, brownies and cookies that would drive up one's street. It was a So. California thing. The guy blew a whistle with a lever-actuated thing like a parking brake. They were *always* nice people. Oh... they're seemingly gone.

Comment: Warning.. Old Fart-itus (Score 1) 790

by hambone142 (#48784923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?
Here we go. Excuse the formatting. Good Morse Code (I can still send it and receive it). 15.575 with an interruption. Scratchy records Inna godda da vida Dial Up MODEM handshake Click, click, click of (then) illegally added telephones on the line. Anything related to "shortwave radio". RSA (Radio South Africa) on the SW Theramins (except for replays of "Good Vibrations") A.M. Radio Tunes played on vacuum column tape drives (Dymec 3030). The sound of old 2-cycle lawnmowers. Captain and Tenille (oh, skip it). The spring-induced "echo" of an automobile "reverb" system". "Heathkit". Honesty

Comment: Re:A Big Money Pit of Dubious Value (Score 1) 169

by hambone142 (#48735005) Attached to: Better Learning Through Expensive Software? One Principal Thinks Not
I volunteer at schools and have 4 close relatives that are teachers. NONE of the schools have competent administration of the computers, the networks or the OS installations. It's all "well, these are the rules and we can't do anything about it" crap. My son's computer class (MDUHSD) has NO monitors that aren't VGA. He brought a RaspPi in to it and we had to mod the config.txt file and bring an adapter in to it so they could display the video on the archaic stuff. However, they have a LASER cutter without purpose that someone bought. Corruption at its best.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 206

by hambone142 (#48339115) Attached to: Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years
At least Zuck once wrote software and had some ability. Meg is a former toy company and soap company CEO that was placed in a CEO of a technical company. She has zero capability to run such a company. She, like other former HP "leaders" is currently in the "loot" process, to be followed by the "scoot" process. The only reason she's in the position is that Ray Lane (who appointed her to HP's Board) didn't want the CEO job. She was essentially his proxy. Now that Lane is gone, I don't know who's going to pull her strings to get her to act.

Comment: Re:HP (Score 1) 118

by hambone142 (#48071045) Attached to: HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say
Correct. Wistron makes some of their cheap crap. Other ODM spinoffs of Chinese companies make the rest of the laptop/desktop stuff. HP doesn't design or produce any of their PC products but the same is true with Dell. HP also manufactures no computers except a small portion of their enterprise servers in the U.S. Most of the stuff is migrating to Singapore and Mexico. Most of the content for their large servers is manufactured in Malaysia. (I refrained about making a comment about quality here).

Comment: Re:HP (Score 4, Insightful) 118

by hambone142 (#48070967) Attached to: HP Is Planning To Split Into Two Separate Businesses, Sources Say
I hope they take the founder's names off of the computer company. The last four CEOs have been an insult to Hewlett and Packard, its employees and its customers. Hewlett-Packard (now called "HP" out of shame) used to be the epitome of creativity, innovation, treating employees with respect and an "Extra Measure of Quality". Now it's nothing but a continuing estate sale of what once was a great company. The Board of Directors is to blame. The manifestation of its incompetence have been a succession of terrible CEOs (Fiorina, Hurd, Apotheker and now Whitman) who individually and collectively are incapable of understanding what is required to innovate products. The inkwell is also going dry (HP's primary source of profit was selling ink and it financed the remainder of the company). So what's left? HP Lab's funds have been cut for decades. Ink is drying up. Their PCs are designed and build by the cheapest Chinese bidder and the enterprise hardware business R&D capability has mostly walked out away out of frustration. Such a sad decay of a very, very good technology company.

Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 267

by hambone142 (#48023239) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
Lutz isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. I watched him make the same comment several years ago in an Elon Musk documentary that I watched on Neflix. He also referred to the techies in "silicone (sic) valley". It appears he's using the same line now. Apparently this is a comment he repeats.

Comment: I'd be willing to pay (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by hambone142 (#47980111) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
I'd be willing to pay for a high quality PC or tablet that wasn't made in China by the lowest bidder. I'm frankly sick and tired of poor quality Chinese crap! I once suggested to the CEO of my company (named after two people) to do the same (ignored of course).. To make it in the Yoo Ess but it'd damned better be good quality. I'd pay the premium. Sort of like the "Harley Davidson" of computers with out the T-shirts. I am so tired of supporting CEOs that bet bonuses based on short term quarterly report results at the expense of the long term health of the company. I'd also like too support a company that is truly innovative vs. one that can't even design a product and instead, outsources the crappy design and manufacture. Give me a premium product and I'll pay a premium price. I realize not everyone wants this but dammit! Give us a choice!

Comment: Hewlett Packard CEO (Score 1) 392

by hambone142 (#47921643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
H.P. once had a CEO with a degree in medieval history and a quick blessing of a MBA. Carly Fiorina used her first degree extensively in finding new ways to punish employees. She was also rather good at dividing and conquering a corporate culture. I'm not sure her efforts were appreciated though.

Comment: Ho Hum... (Score 4, Insightful) 368

by hambone142 (#47869141) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Microsoft is a dying old fart company, much like Hewlett-Packard. What they can't earn with innovation is being replaced with attempted acquisitions. Unfortunately, all that they acquire is typically destroyed with no revenue to the bottom line. Acquire, lay off the people, destroy, forget. Management by "bean counters" vs. the ability to invent. Sad but the state of large cranky corporations of the day.

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