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Comment Re:Beautiful (Score 2) 53

A year is a little extreme. The pebble watched get a week, and if you turn it off at night, you can go longer than that. I seem charge mine so infrequently, I'm not sure how long I go between charges, but it's more than 7 days that's for sure (I turn it off at night to save power).

The new models have color and a microphone if you are interested, and I believe it has at least partial android wear software compatibility.

The black and white screen models are dirt cheap now if you want to give it a try...

Comment The don't mention google's biggest blunder (Score 2) 279

Back when people were really hating Facebook's draconian "real name" policy, Google plus had a real opportunity to differentiate itself by allowing anonymity. In fact, at the very outset, there was much excitement about that possibility. Such a move would have garnered goodwill and lots of buzz in the beginning. Unfortunately, Google decided to make their real name policy as bad or worse than facebook's which killed any buzz they might have gotten and eliminated their competitive advantage. There was no reason to switch. Google did finally loosen the restrictions, but way too late. It was a fatal mistake.

Comment Re:QNX was a stupid decision (Score 1) 113

Blackberry was always crap, but they were ingrained in business due to their encryption and email integration. I figured they'd stick around for awhile since businesses never change their infrastructure radically unless they have no choice. In this case, the employees forced the choice and apple decided to work with them, so blackberry went down. The only thing good about blackberry hardware or software was the keyboard, so it makes sense they'd make an android phone with that built in. I'd strongly consider buying one, assuming the hardware was decent, since I really miss having a hardware keyboard on my phone like I did on my original droid. There is a market for this kind of phone, and it just might make blackberry somewhat more solvent as a result.

Comment Re:WTF AM I DOING HERE! (Score 2) 109

Yes, having had a similar experience, it really is like time travel in many ways. Alzheimers patients really travel back through time. It's not just that they remember it, in their minds they are actually living in that time in the past as their present... and that time point goes further and further back as the disease progresses. It's very discomforting to witness.

Comment Re:So? It's a good corporate move. (Score 1) 107

Seconded. Bing is pretty awful... at least compared to Google. It's very hard to find what you want in Bing. Their maps, however, are pretty nice, especially the bird's eye view, but Google caught up with that pretty quickly, so that advantage is gone.

Comment I think this article says it all.... (Score 1) 242

"Then in the back, nestled in a corner are the Arduinos, Maker Kits and littleBits DIY items of fun. They’re next to the wires, transistors and soldering guns.
The items that could have made RadioShack the darling of the Maker movement are shoved in the back and ignored. A layer of dust settles on the boxes."

Comment I've been preparing myself for this day... (Score 1) 242

...since I knew it was coming for years, but it still will be hard. The first computer I ever programmed was a TRS-80. I used to book programming time at the local library on their Model III. I worked there in the summers in college after the store manager overheard me giving advice to a fellow customer and offered me a job on the spot. When the manager wasn't looking, I'd read the ham radio and electronic books by Forrest Mims and write down important scanner frequencies from their police scanner books.. The original handwritten "Getting Started with Electronics" sits proudly on my shelf, and I have an electronics project kit I still haven't finished. I still use some of their best items, like their stereo speakers, a duophone speakerphone that is still the best item they ever made, the mini amplifier which may be the second best, CB radio and scanner antennas, and countless parts, adapters, soldering irons, solder, etc. I even still use their 1980's era pocket computer! People say that digikey is good enough for the pieces parts, but that web site is extremely difficult to use and confusing. I feel like I'm losing an old friend. I will miss Radio Shack very much, especially at Christmas time where I'd buy their electronic and RC toys and kits as gifts. You can't find that stuff anywhere else.... not the same stuff at least.

It's not surprising, of course. It's more of a surprise that Radio Shack lasted this long, because they always ignored their core customer... us. Maybe not ignored, but treated us like second class citizens, even though we were keeping them afloat with their 400% market up pieces parts (and yes, I could see on the computer when I worked there what the actual cost was on each part, and the markup was as bad as everyone suspects). They admitted to that the pieces parts kept them in business, but you could tell that they only accepted that reality very grudgingly. If they could have become Best Buy, they would have in a heartbeat. They kept trying, and now that even Best Buy is hurting, too, their little sister Radio Shack had no chance of trudging along anymore.

Radio Shack brought the first microcomputer (PC's for you young'ns) to nationwide retail, beating out Apple and Commodore by a few months.. and now they are gone. :-(

Comment Re:Microsoft is so dead. (Score 0) 307

That's the weird thing about it. I've never seen a company that has so little mindshare make so much money. It would be like Blackberry making 10's of billions of profit every year, even though everyone's practically forgotten who they are. I know that for Microsoft it's all about legacy installations in business and not the consumer, bur still, considering how they were always part of the conversation not too long ago, it's amazing how far they've fallen and yet still make so much money.

Comment Re:Obligatory Joke (Score 4, Informative) 60

Yes, actually...

"In 1986, the new BASICODE 3 standard was developed. The most important additions were routines for simple monochrome graphics, reading and writing data from within programs and sound output. BASICODE 3 made BASICODE popular in the computer scene of the GDR, and from 1989 onward BASICODE programs were transmitted via radio throughout the GDR. Also, a book was published which included a vinyl record with Bascoders for all computers common in the GDR. The last revision of BASICODE, which featured color graphics, was released as BASICODE 3C in 1991."

In the UK during the early 1980's, pop star Chris Sievey released a 7" single record where side B was the program code in audio format for the Sinclair ZX81 microcomputer. You plugged in your turntable's output into the ZX-81 "loaded" the record into memory, flipped over the record, played the music on Side A while running the program which gave you a "music video" while the song played. It was very innovative at the time:

In space, no one can hear you fart.