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Comment Re:Can someone explain Snapchat to this old fart? (Score 5, Informative) 62

I agree with your assessment of Snapchat. We're too old to understand it. Best I can do this conversation with my niece (13 y/o).

me: why do you use Snapchat?
niece: everyone is on it. Why aren't you using it?
me: can't you do the same thing with Facebook Messenger or any of the other chatting programs? I mean some of these "cool" features have been since ICQ and AIM.
niece: I-see what? You're a dinosaur like my mom, you still have a Facebook account.
me: you don't have a Facebook account? But you have an Instagram account that's own by Facebook
niece: yeah, but I only use the Instagram to read the stupid things people do like this "guacamole lady". I never post anything on Instagram.
me: so you use Snapchat because it's not Facebook?
niece: kinda, but mostly because the stupid things I say and do probably won't come back to haunt me when I use Snapchat. Messages disappear. And aren't you the one telling me to scrub my online present and watch for my privacy.
me: (teary eye..she actually listened)
niece: I have a school fundraiser
me: damn it, here's a $20 get some chocolate for yourself

TL:DR version: people use Snapchat because messages disappear, network effect and it's not Facebook.

Comment Some already do (Score 1) 47

Cox has a one year 50Mbps and Contour package for $99 after taxes. You can stream all of the channels in your package on the iOS app. My wife actually watches less on the TV now (compare to our previous OTA setup) and just stream the live channels on her iPad. The app is much better than the cable box. It's faster, easier to use and only shows the channels you subscribed.

Comment When you have kids, $50 is cheap for a new movies (Score 1) 248

Let's see, cheapest movie tickets I can get is Costco $35 for 4. Then I have to buy popcorn and drinks $20. I have to deal with 20 minutes of commercials and previews, annoying kids yelling over the movies (ok, sometimes those are mine and I'm embarrassed by it), people walking pass the screen to use the restroom, dealing with new openings crowd, parking and herding the kids to the theatre. Versus at home and calling a couple of other parents to make it movie night. Yeah, sign me up and save my sanity.

Comment I'm a dinosaur (Score 2) 75

My niece (13 yo) called me a dinosaur the other day.
"You're a dinosaur, you and my mom still have a Facebook account." I don't really know what to say. Do kids view Facebook as something for their parents so it doesn't matter what features are added they're not going to use any Facebook service? I have no clue because I don't "get" the appeal of Snapchat. The interface and functionality seems so disjointed. I was driving her and her friend when some boys in another car rolled down their windows and asked the girls for their Snapchat name. So many I'll buy some Snap stock when they IPO because all the kids are using it.

Comment Re: Id love to upgrade (Score 1) 328

The 2012 model of the MacBook Pro is probably the best upgrade path. You get USB 3 which makes a big difference over the USB 2 in the 2011 model. Hard drive is fully upgradable and recently I found myself needing to use the optical drive. RAM goes to 16 GB. As long as you don't leave the laptop on in a hot car, the battery should go to almost 1000 full cycle.

Comment Re: Phones and computers vs computers? (Score 3, Interesting) 98

Wait, I would say MSFT had a decent mobile OS (relatively) from 2001-2007. I remember at the first iPhone (iOS 1), WM2005 had far more functionality (etc. GPS, apps, handwriting support). WM was better than PalmOS because I moved from the Palm m505 over to the HP iPaq 1910 and then to the GPS iPaq smartphone (don't remember the model number). iPhone didn't get gps support until the iPhone 3G.

So MSFT only screwed up the last 10 years of mobile development. It's the tortoise and hare problem. MSFT exceeded features and crushed the existing competitions (Palm, Netscape, Lotus, WordPerfect) and then sat around getting pass by new competitions (iOS, Android, Chrome).

Comment Don't buy smart tv if you can (Score 1) 295

I have a similar TV from LG. The official LG App Store is pretty terrible and there are apps on there promising free movies. So I wouldn't be surprise if the infection actually came from there. Plus, the built in browser is fully functional. They may even have the version of the TV where LG never sent out the update to disable Flash in the browser. So it could even have come from there.

I don't think the relatives would try sideloading an app on someone else's TV. But can't rule it out.

Comment Re:MagSafe have save me tons of money (Score 1) 316

Single guy? Just last week my wife who likes to work in bed decided to plug in her Macbook on my side of the bed, turned off the lights to take a nap and left the Macbook charging on the bed. Of course, I didn't want to wake her up and tried to navigate my way to my side of the bed and tripped on the charging cable. Some years ago, my niece (3 at the time) decided that it would be fun to go yanking wires at while visiting. My Dell flew off the kitchen island and cracked the screen.

Comment I hate my smart TVs (Score 2) 59

I have two of them (Samsung 2014 model and LG 2012 model), they're slow and every time there's an update it seems to take away features. I've given up and gotten a computer for each TV and an Apple TV for one of them. Just give me a high quality, high-reliability regular screen with half decent sounds. I'll add the smarts.

Comment It's car resistant though (Score 1) 111

My niece dropped her phone (iPhone 6S) in a parking at the beach last week. When she came back to look for it, someone had ran over it. The protective glass cover was shattered while the screen was fine and in a certain angle you can kind of see a faint line on the rear camera. Otherwise, the phone was fine except for some sand that's now embedded in the case.

Comment it was ok until the last update (Score 1) 88

I have the Anniversary running on 3 computers since the first week of general availability. After the last update, one of the computer's task bar would be unclickable if I left the computer running more than 3 hours. Haven't had time to track down the problem but I'm going to guess it's because of GeForce Experience. GE has been so problematic for me. If I started after running a game it would fail to start.

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