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Comment By Design - US lags world in wireless features (Score 5, Insightful) 326

The iPhone, with itâ(TM)s global reach and marketing may be the first phone that makes it obvious just how far the US is behind other parts of the world in wireless technology. I hope this opens the eyes of many people. Most people have no idea how we compare to the rest of the world, due to the AT&T and Verizon stranglehold. Those two companies buying up all the regional carriers, as well as having incompatible technologies, has lowered functionality and disrupted normal market forces.

Comment Not so fast! Has bing bung? (Score 5, Informative) 319

Not so fast. Same source indicates the bing has already fallen back down to (less than) levels.

TechCrunch: Bing was #2 for a day then Yahoo regained its place as Bing fell.

"As Matt Cutts (who yes, works for Google) points out in the comments, StatCounter updates every few hours, so there is also data for today already. And itâ(TM)s more bad news for Bing. Itâ(TM)s now down to 5.65% in the U.S. â" yes, thatâ(TM)s less than what was at last month."

Styling Web Pages With CSS Screenshot-sm 104

r3lody writes "Styling Web Pages with CSS: Visual QuickProject Guide, by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith, helps the beginning web designer learn how to use CSS in a simple, easy-to-follow format. This being my first exposure to one of the Visual QuickProject Guides by Peachpit Press, I was both pleased and disappointed when I received this slim volume. I was pleased in the presentation and clear descriptions given to each aspect of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). I was disappointed in the brevity of the text, and the lack of downloadable materials to use to follow the examples in the book." Read below for the rest of Ray's review.

Comment Bad user experience, piracy or Linux will win out. (Score 5, Insightful) 695

Artificial limitations like this seem to me to be an invitation for problems and end user frustration.

What is an application?

Are tool tray apps possible, or allowed?

What about apps that launch other apps as part of their functionality?

Would Chrome be limited to two tabs? (One for the host window, two and three for the first two tabs.)

I would say this is an invitation for piracy, but if it really is intended for netbooks, most consumers would find it very hard to install a new OS on a computer with no cd drive. It will make users angry, although potentially limit things on machines with small amounts of RAM.

If it's intended for developing countries, I suspect piracy (or Linux) will win out.

Comment Pushing the limits of tech (Score 4, Interesting) 119

This is very interesting technology. These solar races really produce odd looking vehicles. Three wheels makes sense in terms of rolling resistance, but I can help but think what might happen if it needed to take a turn fast.

Programs like this are great, and help push the technology envelope. Although it's neat that it can hit 60Mph...the article really does not have much real information in it.

I hope to see some of this technology filter down into production cars. I've always wondered how much power could result from the sunlight hitting the roof of my car all day long when I'm at work. Seems like there is potential missed opportunity there.



Submission How to use bluetooth headset with office phones?->

peterdaly writes: "I'm in the market for a new headset for my desk phone at work. The popular "high quality" wireless headsets that work with office phones seems to start at $200 and go up from there. Knowing what the technology costs for cellphones, I can't help but feel like that's a rip-off. What I'd really like to do is take a high quality bluetooth headset, like what is popular with cellphones, and find a base that it will talk to that will hook-up to my desk (office/pbx) phone. Doesn't seem like a lot to ask, but I'm unable to find any product that seems to fit that description. Does such a project exist? I can't be the only person wanting to do this."
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Submission Google to Microsoft - Enough of the buggy whips->

peterdaly writes: "I think the media has it wrong. Google Chrome is not about an attack on Microsoft, but the real story isn't as mass media's about the technology, or lack there-of. None of the current browsers have made the serious advances needed to allow further advancement of serious web applications. Google had not choice but to take matters into their own hands.

Are the current iterations of Firefox and IE the buggy whip industry, getting their first glimpse of the Model T?"

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Submission Install MythTV Screencast - MythDora 5->

peterdaly writes: " has posted a three part screencast of the process of installing MythTV using the MythDora distribution. MythTV is the Linux based open source DVR.

As MythDora installs MythTV and Linux, it will format your hard drive, install all the MythTV components, and walk you through the configuration of the critical components.

Popular MythTV features include the ability to detect and remove commercials, a web interface, and client server architecture you can use to build a distributed DVR for your entire house. MythDora is designed to transform a spare PC with a TV tuner card into DVR appliance similar to Tivo."

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Submission Mythbuntu 1.0 Overview and Install Walk-through->

peterdaly writes: "Mythbuntu has recently released version 1.0 of their MythTV centric Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Justin Garrison has written an excellent five page Mythbuntu overview that gives a walk-through of the Mythbuntu installation and highlights the key features that makes Mythbuntu different from KnoppMyth and MythDora, the other popular MythTV Linux Distributions. A distinguishing feature is that it can be installed on top of an existing Ubuntu 7.10 system using a simple installer. MythTV is a popular DVR (digital video recorder) application for Linux."
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Submission MythTV Install Screencast - MythDora 4.0

peterdaly writes: "MythDora 4 is a MythTV 'in-a-box' style distribution based on Fedora Core 6. With the help of a RedHat Employee and Author Jarod Wilson, MythDora 4 has made great strides in hardware compatability and ease of installation. It is designed to format your hard drive and install everything needed for a fully functional MythTV System. has created a three part screencast of the installation process covering, MythDora Installation, Configuration, and MythTV Setup.

If you have had problem installing MythTV in the past due to hardware compatibility problems, the improvements make this is a great version to give another chance."

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