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Comment The simple stuff (Score 1) 698

Doubt you'll be reading this after so many great comments, but if it hasn't been said already, making videos of just ordinary topics would be wonderful. Imagine in years and years from now your daughter watching you talk about the things that bugged you that day or the things that made your day or anything in general that come to mind. It's those little things that are the glue of the great things and make such a difference. All the best to you and your family. You are doing a wonderful thing.

Comment Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

I'm not sure I understand the perception that the Leaf has a "narrow" market for a "very short commute". It has a ~250km distance in normal weather; ~175km in the winter. Most people do not travel that far for their commutes -- nowhere near that. The Leaf is definitely not meant for road trips, but it is more than sufficient for daily driving in the city.

Comment Re:The problem is Ballmer (Score 1) 407

I don't see references to this -- ever -- but I saw a documentary around 12 years ago that showed Ballmer talking to the employees at some kind of gathering at a large-ish hall. Amidst all his frothing, at one point, he yelled (he was yelling most of the time), "If you find a better product, then copy it and call it your own". I was reminded of this when I read your "Ballmer in 3 steps," and thought, "That is exactly what he says to do." except the third part; I'm sure that's not part of his plan, anyway.

I never saw that video again and never have seen another reference to it. I'd say I imagined it except my incredulity at hearing this was far too palpable.

Comment Re:iPad vs. all Android tablets (Score 3, Interesting) 584

See, this is the kind of argument I have trouble with. Samsung does a great job copying Apple.

I don't haven an iPad or any Android device, but if you look at the situation objectively: Microsoft has touted tablets for what -- 15 years? Nothing of substance has come of it. Apple makes version 1.0 and it becomes an insane hit . Then other companies copy them and they're held up to the same standard as Apple?

No, the best you can say is Samsung can make a good quality copy product. If they were in the same league, they would have made the same device years ago.

Btw, I like Samsung's products (non-tablet related). You could replace Samsung with any other iPad copier in this discussion.

Comment Re:Ribbons? (Score 2) 534

I've used Word since the DOS days (I kid you not) and I find the ribbon to be the most painful UI ever. It's more painful than OS/2's TCP/IP setup. I installed it at the behest of a co-worker who insisted it was just that good. I tried it for a month and found it lacking in intuitiveness (which may be relative, since some weird minority of you people seem to like it ;). So, I thought, "Let go of preconceptions; treat it as if you've never seen a UI before and this is all brand new. Intuitively, where would you find X?" and you know... it never worked. It's just bad. So now I'm back to Office 2003. I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying I have no idea how you (or anyone else) could think ribbons are a good thing.


Comment Re:Not exactly (Score 1) 716

No, their secret weapon is their network of dedicated Apple *users* worldwide. Many (not all, but many) Apple fans have an almost cult-like dedication to Apple products, and are also pretty effective proselytizers for the cause. Motorola, HP, etc. don't have that kind of advantage, no matter how good their product.

I hear this sort of comment a lot and it seems to me it's full of either sour grapes or self-delusion. I've met a lot of people with an iPad and none of them are historically Apple users. They have all sort of reasons to use it (prevalent reasons being technical and literary), and I've never heard them gush about how infallible Apple is. They just use the product, as they would use a VCR in the past without lauding the greatness of the manufacturer. In short: They don't care who makes this product; they just use it because it works well.

For the record, I don't have one.

Comment Re:If you are serious about pictures (Score 1) 326

As satire, what you wrote is funny. Very funny! But I read this sort of sentiment a lot and wonder: If "you" (quotes to include whomever is sentimentising the sentiment) are serious, what is wrong with you and what world are you living in? I am one of those people who've used 10ish different operating systems, starting from the C64 up to the current versions of OSX and Windows and can tell you that A) I have no interest in Birkenstocks (I don't even know if that's spelled correctly), I shower every day, never hug a tree (though i give them a respectful nod now and then) and think zealotry for any cause is lame. I know many a Mac user and none are as you describe. So for any who think as you sentimentise (that's a word worth using more than once), all I can say is: grow up.

If you weren't serious, wonderful; I'll leave those who do think like that to digest(figuratively) this response.

But really, it was funny. :)

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