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Comment: Great for Jogging/Cycling/Running (Score 1) 427

by smist08 (#47324391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
First off it needs to be waterproof. And sufficiently waterproof to swim with. I have a Garmin GPS watch which is great (except it isn't waterproof enough to swim with). The battery life sucks, but it is still great for running and cycling and has a heart rate monitor. I have an iPhone and there are better apps for that, but it really isn't up to the environment. Would be nice to get the better phone apps on a Garmin type watch with better durability and battery life. For any athletic activity these are great for collecting and sharing useful metrics.

Comment: Leave the call open (Score 5, Insightful) 497

I tend to just answer, and then say "Just hold on a sec..." and then put the phone down and continue watching TV. Like someone else said that then costs them time/money. If my father in law is visiting, I just hand him the phone and he can tell stories from his childhood endlessly. He loves an audience.

Comment: What I liked about BB (Score 3, Interesting) 267

by smist08 (#42740479) Attached to: RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope
I used to have a Blackberry Curve. I now have an iPhone 4S. I like my iPhone, but it has some definite drawbacks over my old BB Curve. The Curve's battery would last for a week or more, my iPhone I'm lucky if the battery lasts 2 days between charges. The Curve seemed to be able to get e-mails without incurring roaming charges, when I traveled I could inexpensively text, phone and email. With my iPhone I get big bills, since if Wifi isn't available I have to turn on data roaming to download email. I also found the email and the keyboard much more productive on the BB. If BB still has these advantages, I'll probably go back to BB. If now the battery sucks and it runs up roaming, then I'll probably go to the next Apple phone.

Comment: .Net Programmers Shouldn't be so Upset (Score 1) 440

by smist08 (#36428150) Attached to: Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET
After all COBOL programmers still get jobs. In the computer industry you either upgrade your skills or off to a legacy programming retirement home. .Net now joins the ranks of COBOL, VB6, Fortran, etc. as well paying but un-exciting jobs maintaining old programs. No one is going to start writing a new exciting program that doesn't run on all of iOS, MacOS, Android, WebOS and even Windows. What's the point, lots of people are doing it, get on board.

Comment: Uptake in iPads, other tablets and mobile browsing (Score 1) 104

by smist08 (#36332140) Attached to: Internet Explorer Use Slips Below 55%
I think this shows that a huge percentage of Internet browsing is now coming from iPads, other tablets, iPhones and Android phones. Certainly pays to make your web site browser agnostic these days. I see many web sites that popup messages saying to install run Chrome or Firefox for a better browsing experience.

Nvidia Unveils New Mid-Range GeForce Graphics Card 158

Posted by timothy
from the waiting-for-shills-to-plug-their-versions dept.
crookedvulture writes "Nvidia has uncorked another mid-range graphics card, the GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Every tech site on the web seems to have coverage of this new $250 offering, and The Tech Report's review will tell you all you need to know about the various flavors available, including how their performance compares to cards from 2-3 years ago. Interestingly, the review concludes that pretty much any modern mid-range graphics card offers smooth frame rates while playing the latest games at the common desktop resolution of 1920x1080. You may want to pay closer attention to power consumption and noise levels when selecting a new card."

Comment: Not the Same as AOL or MySpace (Score 1) 470

by smist08 (#34815470) Attached to: Is Mark Zuckerberg the Next Steve Case?
AOL failed before the Time-Warner deal because it had no way to dominate broadband like it did dial-up. It beat compuserve and such and pretty much owned the dial-up world (and probably still does). But the game changed Broadband technology became really good, the cable and phone companies deployed it widely and it got adopted widely. AOL was left out in the cold. They knew this and did the TW deal before everything collapsed. Good for them. FaceBook was lucky because it got into the game before MySpace really got critical mass and became ubiquitous. Facebook has reached that status. I'm fully connected to all my family and friends through FB and it would be very hard to move now. This is why things like social media in GMail keep failing, if they don't have a monopoly (in this case in email) then they can't achieve the reach that FB has. Certainly FB isn't perfect and still has a lot of growing pains to go through. But it does have 500 million users and so many people really are connected to all their friends and family this way (and no other way really).

Comment: Use Only HTML5/JavaScript (Score 1) 238

by smist08 (#33939108) Attached to: A Tidal Wave of Java Flaw Exploitation
I think this speaks to the need to not run plug-ins in the browser. To only HTML/JavaScript. Ie don't allow the PDF plugin, don't allow Flash, don't allow Silverlight, don't allow Java Applets. All of these proprietary plug-ins cause all kinds of security problems. They have proven to be a bad idea. I think Steve Jobs is on the right track banning them from the iPhone/iPad.

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