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Comment Predated by...Logitech? Sony? (Score 3, Interesting) 117

We got a Logitech Revue when they dropped the price on them a few years ago. Been pretty happy with it, although not with the major broadcast networks who think that there's a difference between watching browser- based streams on a computer vs on a set-top android box, but that's another post.

Sadly, Logitech last released an update for the Revue with Android 3.2, and nothing new since then; they dropped support for it, and the only updates it seems to get any more are for the Google Play Music app. Some of the other providers, like Crunchyroll, have an app that will work with the revue, but many don't. The Revue was a good idea, seems to be pretty well implemented, but perhaps ahead of its time.

Comment Re:australian article and slashdot summary are wro (Score 1) 111

Actually, when people inside and outside of Texas say "the University of Texas", they are referring to that school in Austin. The summary is definitely incorrect; University of Texas at Dallas is a different institution and while both are members of the UT System, Dallas is not a branch campus of Austin but a separate university in its own right. It would be like saying "University of California" and meaning the school in San Diego and not UC-Berkley. Or, an example for Texans, saying "Texas A&M" and meaning Prairie View A&M, which is also part of the TAMU System but not simply a branch of the main campus in College Station.

Comment Re:Business as usual, but it still seems absurd (Score 1) 233

Line-item veto. In Texas, it's granted to the governor only over budgetary bills, but it's one of the ways an executive could potentially put a stop to the amendment abuse. Granted, of course, that said executive isn't the one who pushed for, or is at least complicit in, adding these ridiculous amendments in the first place.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 217

Actually, that illustration you have for "Apple were [sic] first" is not an apple device at all, but a Compaq IPAQ, originally released by Compaq in 2000. it's nominally a predecessor of the Touchpad, along with Palm. Perhaps you were trying to reference the Apple Newton, which first released in 1993? However, if you are looking for the first touchscreen telephony device that would be the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, of which the initial prototype was demo'd at COMDEX in 1992.

So...no, Apple was not the first. They were one of several companies working on similar technology through the 80's and 90's, each of which had their own take on things. Oddly enough, the iDevices remind me of the Palm IIIx and m500 devices I used back in the late 90's/early 2000's with the "screen full of icons" layout.

Comment Froogle to Google Shopping to...um...googlebay? (Score 1) 102

So Google is taking what is really a useful tool for consumers and make it another bidding system...only where the seller is doing the bidding. Now, if this means that all the ebay ads for products I'm searching for disappear, I wouldn't complain too much. however, all I see is this becoming another useless marketing site for moneyed resellers to push their drek, and price fixing so there won't really be any more deals to find. I don't mind ads but if I want to read a site with nothing but, I'll go to my local newspaper's classified section.

Comment Re:What a rip off (Score 1) 474

As I used to write many times on SpywareInfo.com's forums...MSCONFIG is not a solution. it's a diagnosis tool. Once you diagnose the problem, either uninstall or disable the problem startup items correctly, then return msconfig to normal operations state. As a home service tech for three years I actually "fixed" at least a dozen PCs were the user had "stopped" their problem with MSCONFIG...except in the process they also disabled their audio drivers, or print utility, or some other vital system service. The most fun was that disabling things with MSCONFIG didn't even stop half the crapware/malware/virii; most of them just recreated their startup entries automatically the moment it was missing anyway.

Cleaning a PC, or tuning, requires looking at data (hijackthis log, CCleaner, whatever tool does the job best nowadays), identifying the problem items, and correctly removing or disabling them. Step 2 (identifying) is the most difficult, and I dare say most home users wouldn't have a clue about what the dozens of startup entries and services actually do. Personally I think the $99 price tag to optimize a PC is a bit high, but then we charged $65/hr to do it at someone's home or business ($45 if they brought it to us), and most malware cleanups took 12-15 hours although we stopped charging at 4 hours.

Comment Re:Best Buy fails again (Score 2) 503

Just try and go return a Blu-ray or DVD to Walmart without having to go through three levels of bureaucratic bullshit, like the clerk, her supervisor and the supervisor's supervisor telling you that "We can't take back electronic media because federal law says we can't do that". And from my quick googling, it's not just our local store but a chain-wide FUD policy to scare the customer from returning what appears to be a defective product. I finally got the disk returned as a "customer satisfaction issue", but the outright lie about "federal law" just really pissed me off.

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