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Comment: Re:Similarly... (Score 1) 409

by mrmaster (#46538161) Attached to: Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?
I'd like to see a cloud version of libreoffice. Yes, I do use Google Docs and LibreOffice. Yes, I have several clients that use both Libre and MS Office depending on the employee's needs. However, google apps biggest bonus to me personally is that i can access it from anywhere and I don't need a computer to write a document in it. How about making LibreOffice accessible in a cloud situation? You know what else is nice? Not having to install all this stuff. Just access it with a web browser from any device. Being able to do that with LibreOffice (even in a private cloud) might be something people would be interested in.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2) 139

by mrmaster (#44834785) Attached to: Here Come the Chromebooks, As Google and Intel Cozy-Up On Haswell

The main problem with getting one for older folk is screen size. It works fine for me and my kids, but big screens with large type is really useful. I'm sort of suprised Google didn't supply a "large print" option.

I've also seem complaints that while remote desktop to PCs is supported, remoting into the Chromebook is not. Anyone who's tried helping their nearly-deaf technology challenged parents over the phone understand the issue.

Thankfully, it appears Google is working on adding that particular feature.

I've been pushing family members to chromebooks for awhile now. Hook the thing up to an external monitor and they are happy. I agree on the remote desktop issue. I can't remote in to some of them!

Comment: Re:Android story reloaded (Score 1) 372

by mrmaster (#42449223) Attached to: Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon
chrome remote desktop is not compatible with the new Acer. Found that out the hard way. To compensate for this I did the share screen option in hangouts which allowed me to help someone get a new chromebook setup. It's weird but the video in hangouts works much better than skype for my area. I absolutely love the chromebooks for consumers who don't need to do anything specialized on them.

Comment: What I started with (Score 2) 361

by mrmaster (#41937597) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Virtual Machine Software For a Beginner?
Virtualbox was my first hands-on experience with virtual machines. Easy to use and free. VMWare Workstation is really nice but pricey for home use. VMWare Player has worked in spots where Virtualbox has not. It was just one issue but it cost me a lot of wasted time. Once you are comfortable with products like virtualbox or VMware workstation/player the next step would be something like Xen or ESX.

Comment: I moved via shipping container (Score 1) 249

by mrmaster (#41584155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?
We had no problems with our move but this is what we did: Itemized everything for customs. Numbered the boxes and then kept a sheet with what each box had in it. I took out all my hard drives, put them in anti-static bags and carried them on the plane. Any other electronics went into bags which were then put into boxes. Desktop towers were wrapped up with bubble tape along with our tvs and monitors. Spare laptops were also just placed in bags and then into boxes. We moved almost no furniture but were able to fit 2 cars into the same container. Everything made it in 1 piece. Nothing broke.

Comment: Re:It's our own fault. (Score 1) 402

by mrmaster (#41569759) Attached to: Gas Prices Jump; California Hardest Hit

Bullocks. The USA is importing crude oil like mad, because refined gasoline is our biggest export. Refineries are insanely profitable. Compare the cost of crude now to what it was 5 and 10 years ago. US oil production has also gone up like mad the past five years.

Refineries are not all profitable. Ask Pennsylvania about their refineries or the one that just closed on St. Croix.

Comment: Re:Ebook reader (Score 1) 415

I guess I am disciplined then. I got a tablet (touchpad) for the sole purpose of reading books and white papers(pdf). While I only recently hacked it to get android on it, the adobe reader and kindle app are sufficient. I definitely use my tablet more now that I get to use netflix on it. Keep in mind, used books cost me 50 cents for paperback and $1 for hardcover at the humane society. Kindle books cost more than paper books(which is total bs) so I only buy books that I will be reading when I am traveling (50% of the time), GET A TABLET! You can do so much more with it. That is all.

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