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Comment Re:Buzz next? (Score 1) 327

I'm probably in the minority, but as a Gmail user and Android user Buzz works nicely for me. I prefer it over twitter as it does not have the 140 character limit that twitter does. I keep my posts small (normally), but if I happen to go over a 140 characters I don't like to try and find ways to shorten my post. I also like the content fetching that Buzz will do when you post a link. It makes sharing news/content quite easy.

Comment Re:Expensive cake, but you can eat it (Score 1) 193

Great piece of software. But yes, quite expensive cake. http://www.slickedit.com/

You aren't kidding. $300 for a code editor? What features could this thing have that could possibly be worth that much money?! I read some of the "cool features" like: code navigation, syntax completion, and auto-completions. There are lots of IDEs and editors that are free that have these very same features, so I am at a loss as to why anyone would choose to spend hundreds of dollars for this.

Comment Re:Android 256MB App Storage Limit (Score 1) 347

Maybe the iPhone will be a more consistent experience than Android, but it will also be limited in its diversity of hardware, which is an advantage for Google when it comes to market dominance of the Android platform. We've all seen this before with Mac vs Windows on the desktop, just this time it it is happening on mobile devices.

Comment Re:On VZW do I want the Storm 2 or Android? (Score 1) 213

Get the motorola droid (aka sholes). They are going to release it very soon. An official announcement is expected sometime in October. All of the major carriers are going to have android phones and many major manufacturers are betting on the platform, so they can compete with the Iphone. Motorola has 10 android phones planned to launch sometime in 2010. Samsung is releasing the Moment on Sprint's network. The HTC Hero is already being sold on Sprint's network. T-Mobile is all about android with the MyTouch and the Motorola Cliq.

I'm telling you the future is Android. The platform is easier to develop for than the Iphone and the Android Market already has a ton of apps. Both paid and free. Not as many as the Iphone, but eventually the number will get there. Besides, with over 10,000 a lot of the bases have already been covered. :-)

Now the Motorola Droid has some phenomenal specs. - 3.7 screen with 854×480 (16:9 widescreen) capacitive touchscreen - 600 MHz ARM Cortex A8 Processor - Wi-Fi, EV-DO - 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and video recording - QWERTY Slider, 13.7mm thick - 3.5mm headphone jack - 16GB onboard storage with microSD expansion slot - Android 2.0 'Eclair' - Builtin accelerometer

In addition to the specs, the Droid will come (like many android phones) with all the google applications including Google Voice. If you have a google voice account then you can end up saving a lot of minutes by using it to connect your call instead of going over your minute plan. Blackberries are going to become antiquated very quickly. Android already has connectivity to office applications for checking corporate email. As the platform evolves and the phones saturate the market, I think there will be little else that can really compete with it.

Just my two cents. :-)

Comment Re:Pay for what you use?? Heresy!! (Score 1) 501

Yes this may force people who can't pay off the network and solve the congestion problem for those who can, but I don't think anyone wants that, except for maybe ATT, so they can improve their profits. A much better solution is to invest in infrastructure and keep the pressure up on the FCC to release more spectrum for mobile devices. In the short term, service will suffer, but for consumers it will be the best long term solution. Innovation is the solution, not pricing people out of the market.

Comment Or ATT could improve the network (Score 1) 501

I say ATT needs to improve their network or die. If they can't innovate and build a better network then someone else will step up to the plate. I don't feel sorry for them.

When android phones really start to become ubiquitous on other networks in 2010 those carriers will have to deal with the same issue, but I am willing to bet you that they won't suffer problems like ATT has, because they did things in the proper order, network first and then the phone. I think for ATT it is really about a misappropriation of money. Spend money wisely and invest in infrastructure, then roll out the smartphone.

ATT has had so many complaints with the iPhone that ATT is NOW being forced to invest in infrastructure, the problem is it is going to take a while for the benefits to show up. Hence, we get idiotic ideas like tiered pricing, because users are so upset about the state of the network they are willing to do anything to see service improve.
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Submission + - Flash UI that might be better than Outlook

marsaro writes: "A lot of companies have tried for years to develop so called Exchange replacements, none have done well at all. The success of Exchange is not because that product is a great mail server, but because it is codeed to work with Office, more specifically Outlook. Love it or hate it, the client became quickly adopted and very hard to replace. We have seen recently a lot of companies using AJAX in client offerings that are more rich, and fluid, but few have used Flash, until now. Flash has lot's of benefits, security, multi-media, but also wide support for OS and browsers. CommuniGate Pro has always been known to be a rock solid server, but just recently released their new UI called Pronto! which is based on Flash. You can see it here http://www.communigate.com/demoFlash/demo_10.html Best part is the server and Pronto! is free for five users."

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