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Comment: Re: too late, Microsoft (Score 1) 172

The sales clerks were busy trying to keep up with the people buying Windows laptops.

... and that's why Apple is the world's largest technology company taking in 37.5B per year, with a market cap greater than any other publicly traded company on earth, and Microsoft is fading fast.

It's unfortunate that Apple won't release numbers broken down by product, but it is my belief that the majority of that 37.5B is for portable devices, with their computer side being a fraction of that (probably a healthy fraction, but a fraction none-the-less).

Comment: Re:It's simple: provide a choice (Score 2) 172

You put a gigantic switch in the Control Panel somewhere: "Enable touchscreen UI (recommended for tablet use) / Disable touchscreen UI (recommended for desktop use)".

This is probably something that is going to happen soon. It's bound to.

It's something that *should have been there from the Start*.

Comment: Re:Non sequitur. Your facts are uncoordinated. (Score 4, Interesting) 389

by michrech (#46276693) Attached to: Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

My experience mirrors yours. I've had gift cards, thank you cards, and other notes shoved under my office door for pointing people to StartMenu8 ever since Windows 8 became available. Some people like the UI, but MANY seem to loathe it (as I do)...

Comment: Re: The real point of what Detroit has to offer... (Score 1) 398

by michrech (#46081999) Attached to: Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

I'd make the argument that you can, at least in part... If the Republicans could put forth a/some candidate(s) that weren't so damned extreme, they might have had a chance at providing a counter-balance to the Democrats that have allegedly managed to run Detroit into the ground...

Comment: Re:Awesome thread (Score 2) 420

by michrech (#45963527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

I've seen several comments for Plex and XMBC, both of which don't require one to "break out a circuit board and build their own solution." In the case of Plex, you don't have to 'break out a keyboard every time they want to watch a movie," either. In the case of Android, WP8, and IOS there are apps that can be downloaded that will act as a remote for the Plex Home Theater (which would be installed on a PC connected to your TV). Not everyone may want to sit down and use their phone/tablet to start a movie, but I don't see it as being too different from using a normal TV/media player remote...

Comment: Re:DLNA (Score 1) 420

by michrech (#45963455) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

It's interesting that you're so negative toward Plex and XBMC. My brother and a friend of his use XBMC with zero issues (even their wives, who aren't terribly computer literate, have no problems using it), and they've not run into any media it won't play. I have similar experience with Plex (and have been trying to get them to convert).

In my case, I've only thrown .mkv files at Plex, since that's the container all the pirates seem to use for movies (I have no idea why, and I've not bothered to look into it). I've never had issues with playback on my HTPC (which has Plex Home Theater), my phone and tablet, both of which have the Android Plex app, or to my work PC via the Plex Media Server web interface. It even supports subtitles, if their built into the file (I've never tried downloading/adding them manually, so I don't know 1) if it works and 2) how difficult a process it is).

What kind of problems have you had with Plex (don't worry -- beyond being a user, I'm not affiliated with the company -- I'm just curious)?

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