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Comment: Re:Here I iz (Score 1) 70

by narcc (#49201999) Attached to: Hands-On With the Vivaldi Browser

It hasn't been bad lately. I run the "Developer Edition" 64bit on Windows 7 at home. It's snappy enough and I haven't been experiencing the random hang-ups like I used to on Nightly 32bit. Chrome still feels faster, but it's noticeably heavier. On Windows XP, the regular releases have been dramatically better than Chrome for the past year or so.

Rather than going "off a cliff" I've been noticing steady, all-around, improvements.

Comment: Re:WTF? What has this guy been smoking? (Score 1) 285

by narcc (#49196839) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

IMHO Firefox OS was a bit of a stretch, but if they manage to keep things simple and intuitive in that ecosystem, having a mobile plattform that puts web-technology front and center could be just exactly the right thing a continuingly fragmented mobile space needs.

Indeed, it's an important platform to support. The most important bit, of course, is a standard app package that can be implemented easily on other platforms. I'd like to see support on BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and better support from Android.

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 1) 436

by narcc (#49192629) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

That's not "active apps" that's "recently used apps". And, yes, it will frequently close apps when you don't want them closed. (My wife now just assumes that her app will close when she attempts to switch tasks.)

See, FirefoxOS and BlackBerry 10 (or even earlier, pre-QNX, versions) to see how task switching is supposed to work.

If that doesn't suite you, try Windows 3.1. It does the job better than Android.

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 1) 436

by narcc (#49186469) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

I take it you never used a Pocket PC device then?

On the contrary. I've even written applications for them. I still miss my iPaq -- slick, and writing apps was a breeze. Also miss my HP-320lx (though that one ran WinCE). I never had a problem with the stylus on either -- and I prefer it to the horribly imprecise world of capacitive touch screens we've got today.

It's a shame the galaxy note runs Android. I do love that stylus.

MS' approach now is to develop a universal app that shares the same codebase but is completely reskinned appropriately for different form factors.

Sounds like a step in the right direction. Well, Mozilla did get the jump on them there with a universal app package, though it's up to the developers to make sure their UI adapts properly to the device.

but cramming a desktop UI onto a phone didn't work

Who said anything about that?

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 2) 436

by narcc (#49183841) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

I want to do simple things like switch between tasks. I'm not in the minority here. Lots of people want that feature. Think: "Can I deal with this notification and get back to my game?"

Android, obviously, can't handle that. Most of the time, it just closes the other program when you change tasks. There's no warning, and nothing you can do to stop it. It drives my wife crazy. She was spoiled by her old PlayBook, which could not only handle task-switching, but true multitasking.

I want my phone to just work and not require constant maintenance.

Me too, which is why I own a BlackBerry. Android, as you know, still requires constant maintenance. Between the malware and other issues, it's no wonder the most popular non-game apps for Android are maintenance programs.

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 3, Interesting) 436

by narcc (#49182991) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

Which is exactly what people don't want.

Speak for yourself.

The more "PC" like my mobile devices get, the happier I am. A Surface Pro is far more in-line with the wants and needs of the average user than is a Kindle Fire or an iPad. I would hope that this would extend in mobile phones as well. They're one of the few companies with an offering that could make me give up my BlackBerry.

The computer in my pocket should be a computer. Android, while popular here, can't even handle simple task-switching.

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