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Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

I like my Apple Watch (the Sport - read "inexpensive" - model). I like having notifications on my wrist, because it's a lot less disruptive to make a quick glance at my arm than to pull out my phone. Don't underestimate the convenience of seeing your next scheduled appointment at a glance! I also really enjoy the activity tracking. I used to have a Jawbone UP but I had to send it back several times for repairs; it wasn't up to the rigors of my Desktop Warrior lifestyle. My watch (plus a couple of third-party apps) is far more useful for fitness stuff than the UP ever was.

watchOS 2 went a long way toward converting the watch from a fun gadget into something genuinely useful, and by all accounts watchOS 3 sounds like a huge step forward. If I lost my phone, I'd hightail it to the store to pick up another one ASAP. It's where I keep my schedule, to-do list, contacts, and other stuff that makes day-to-day life as easy as possible. If I lost my watch, I'd meander back to the store when I had some free time. I'd be bummed and would keep glancing at my naked wrist out of habit, but I'd survive. I would eventually replace it, though. While I could certainly live without it, I like having one and wouldn't voluntarily go without.

Comment I do, or at least did (Score 4, Interesting) 142

When I was in my 20s, I was in a fast food restaurant across town from my house. Some guys started calling out a name I forget. Let's say, Mike. I eventually started looking to see who they were calling to, and was very surprised to find out it was me. The conversation from there was very surreal.

Me: Uh, sorry. I'm not Mike.
Them: LOL. What's up, man! We haven't seen you in ages.
Me: I don't think I know you.
Them: LOL. Seriously, where've you been?
Me: Uh, no, really, I don't know you. Who's Mike?
One of them, as confused as me: What are you talking about?
Me: I'm not Mike.
The guy: You're serious?

I pull out my driver's license, cover up most of it with my thumb, and show him my name. The guy mildly freaks out.

Guy: Whoa, this isn't Mike!

They all rush over to look, then stare at me like they're seeing a ghost.

Guy: We've gone to school with Mike since elementary. I swear to God you look like him. Do you have a twin?

It turns out their buddy was a year or two younger or older than me. I don't have a twin - I'm absolutely certain about that - but there's someone out there approximately my age that looks similar enough to me that his childhood friends couldn't tell the difference between us.

Comment Re:Save often, make backups (Score 1) 465

Yes, it's called "don't be a fucking retard and save multiple copies of everything locally".

Or even invert that: save copies locally and then upload them when they're ready. Know how long it'd take me to get my blog back online if a provider nuked it? As long as it takes rsync to finish copying the files.

First, I'd never trust a hosting provider not to delete everything I've written for some unknown reason. Second, the writing/editing apps on my laptop are way better than any browser editor I've ever used. I'd loathe creating anything substantial directly on a remote server.

Comment Re:Have you tried Ubuntu Unity? (Score 1) 88

I've got a soft spot in my heart for E, but it's a fond memory from my past and not in my present (or likely future). OS X encompasses a lot more than just the UI - more like KDE than E - including stuff like reasonably reliable cloud sync; a services architecture that's actually used (click on a date in an email to create a scheduled event in the calendar app of my choosing); Wi-Fi that always comes back up after hibernation; erm, hibernation itself; tight integration between desktop apps and their mobile counterparts; user-friendly backup and restore; tons of commercial apps; etc.

I've gotten several of those to work in Linux through lots of tinkering, but ain't nobody got time for that. Or at least I don't. None of those are hypothetically impossible in Linux but my impression is that the ecosystem doesn't have them today. I'd rather buy a nice desktop OS than invest the time required to make myself happy on another Linux desktop. Don't get me wrong: all that tinkering's been great for my career as I learned way more than I'd ever planned on deep OS internals! It's just that I'm ready to move on to other challenges than futzing around with my desktop config before I can get work done.

Comment Re:Score: +99 Leeeeeeeenux! (Score 1) 88

I can't agree with the bit about rendering pages properly. In my experience, Safari is outstanding at rendering content on small screens and I truly don't remember the last time I had trouble accessing a web page with it.

Yes, it's annoying that other browsers are basically wrappers around WebKit. I wish that were different. But being "stuck" with Safari isn't exactly a burden.

Comment Re:Score: +99 Leeeeeeeenux! (Score 4, Insightful) 88

I used Linux/BSD desktops for about 14 years before I gave up and bought a Mac. People laugh about "Just Works", but damned if it isn't true most of the time. "But what about my pet obscure feature X?" I had a few of those that were hard to give up, but once I stopped trying to make my Mac act exactly like KDE or awesome WM and started using their workflows I found myself being way more productive than I ever had been on Linux.

I'm not an Apple fanboy: if Linux or Windows ever got sufficiently better than OS X that I could justify changing ecosystems, I'd totally be open to considering it. Realistically, though, based on the last 20 years of watching their respective user interface development, I don't think that's likely to happen.

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