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Comment Re:What after one year? (Score 1) 374

$109.. if you can believe Neweggs *already up* "Windows 10 Home"... .. If MS is gonna give it away free to Win7/8 current users, *why* is NewEgg thinking people are going to pay *them* $109 for it... oh wait.. I think somebody famous once said "A sucker is born every minute".... Guess that answers THAT question...

If you mean sucker as in being a Windows user, unfortunately there are still many applications that require windows and MS Office. If you mean sucker as in purchasing windows when it is "FREE" then you are mistaken. You and what seems like many bloggers seem to be sorely mistaken.. Microsoft isn't going to give me free licenses to run Windows in virtual machines or to upgrade copies of XP or Vista. Therefore, licenses need to be purchased.

Comment Re: ive been through the new check (France, CDG ai (Score 1) 184

I haven't ran into any issues and have never been asked to turn anything on when traveling international. . Sure, you get the random screening but get global traveler with Tsa precheck and it's super fast. But if someone could tell me how my socket set was considered a potential weapon in china but none of my screwdrivers I'd appreciate it. Fly more and get the nice seats and free checked bags!

Comment Re:Anyone else not bother with the interm releases (Score 1) 110

Like Google has been doing with Android. Strip it down to it's core and then they release little things as apps. I think there is a lot of stuff that gets installed automatically in Ubuntu that I would never use. Most of my issues with ubuntu or it's variants have been with video and sound. Video seems to be greatly improved in 14.04 but now sound issues keep popping up. I'm sticking to the LTS releases as well. I'm sick of having new bugs or even old bugs reappear with each update. I also gave up on Unity. Unity runs way too slow for me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing