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Comment Re:This is so 1990s (Score 2) 132

MATE is a simple, neat destop that ... "just works". I'm just old fashoined and don't need a fancy UI.

Using Xubuntu here for that same reason. Not to mention the fact that I have a lesser machine (an eMachines EL1358G) with not quite enough RAM to run full-on Ubuntu. Canonical seems to have done some nice things with its spin of XFCE used here.

Comment Re: not low enough (Score 1) 186

AFAIK, Windows 8 is Windows 7 with the Start button ripped out of it and replaced by the Start screen, which after you've gotten acquainted with it, is pretty darn easy to work with. Launching desktop apps from there seems kinda pointless though. Hope this issue is resolved in Windows 8.1.

Comment Re:What's the big deal? (Score 1) 128

According to Wired.com "[I]f you’re running it in a browser, Amazon Instant video, Hulu, Rdio, and HBO Go all just work. As did video from Wired, Gawker media, and Flickr slideshows." I have a Roku and love it, but I also have Comcast. That means, in its infinite retardery, I can not watch HBO Go on my Roku. If this really does work as well as Wired says it does, I can watch it through the Chromecast Chrome browser, making my Roku a paperweight.

Roku only makes sense if you're a Time Warner Cable customer and you buy one the nicest Roku models, which of course makes holding onto your first-gen/second-gen Roku (for who knows how long) a no-no becuase these don't support Time Warner Cable's app. Having a Roku is a must in most newer Time Warner Cable markets (such as Louisville KY, where I live) because the ability to offer more HD channels than what you'd get through the cable box.

Comment Re:Expectations lowered by all the crap out there (Score 1) 279

Exactly, comparing apples to oranges, how BRILLIANT!! If Ouya's manufacturers think they can compete with Micro$hit or Sony, they must be smoking crack. If I were them, I'd try to get some more audio/video-related apps onto the catalog so that I might be able to instead compete with Roku.

Comment Re:Sounds good. (Score 1) 614

you can't watch live sporting events over the internet jackass

Ahem, Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL let you watch live events online these days, and on your TV if you have their streaming apps on your Roku or other boxen of that ilk. The NFL will probably NEVER pony up with this kinda' thing in our lifetime unfortunately.

Comment Re:Rev. 1 hardware, people (Score 1) 473

This is what they were able to build. Rev 2. (probably when they get to mass producing it) will have better battery life

You say this and yet a lot of us are still having this problem with our smartphones which have come a long way since they were first introduced to the geek public. I think it's time we gave an X-Prize to the person who can create a better battery for mobile devices than the ones that are available now.

Comment Re:So, (Score 1) 112

Not to mention that the Facebook app gets bigger and bigger in size every time it's updated with a new feature. Heck! It's too big for most entry-level phones now (one of which I have, an LG Optimus T). If I want to have Facebook AND Twitter access on my phone, I have to use a two-in-one app. None of those are all that good.

Comment Re:Alternatives? (Score 1) 386

I'm sure they want me to use Google+ for all this, or something else (Chrome apps) that they will kill in another year, or just can't be bothered to support (like Reader, at this moment)

Google+ is yet something totally different. It's basically a Facebook substitute which, unlike Facebook, seems to act a bit like a news reader (depending on who you +1). If someone were to combine full Facebook functionality (Pulse and Taptu don't count) with an RSS receiver (audio-video enabled, thank you very much), that'd be a coup.

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