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Comment Get a Pebble, and just enjoy it. (Score 1) 359

I have a Pebble Time Black, and no, it's not as fancy and prestigious as an Apple Watch, but it cost me at least HALF of what the Apple Watch costs, and its functionality really is stellar. It's waterproof, and Pebble nailed it with its "Timeline" function which is intuitive and easy to use. It simply works, and works well.

Oh, and being able to measure battery life in days (I regularly get 4-5 days of battery life) instead of hours is a Godsend. I can leave the house with 10-20% battery life, receive a normal amount of notifications, and regularly interact with it, and I can be confident that it will remain usable until well after I get home at night.

Finally, to make ANY smartwatch useful, you need to balance those functions and features that make sens for the device you are using. Want to see at-a-glance information and notifications? Use a Smartwatch and leave your phone in your pocket. Need to type an email, don't waste your time with a smartwatch--use the large, advanced keyboard on your phone. Otherwise, the device gets in the way. And that's the beauty of the Pebble Watch. It doesn't get in the way.

Comment Re:I'd say the primary use is non-portable (Score 1) 224

I agree 100%! I'm thinking the same thing for my parents who are moving from a house into a rather small independent living facility where space is at a premium. Having a tiny box like this connected to a decent monitor with full keyboard and mouse would certainly help them. And it would serve ALL of their computing needs. (At 87 and 90 years old, they only focus on Web surfing, creating and printing letters, and playing Freecell.) I just received mine yesterday, but it was DOA so I sent it back for exchange. When I get a working one, I'll put it through its paces and determine if it is something appropriate for my parents.

Comment I Received my Kangaroo PC...and it was DOA (Score 1) 224

I plugged it in and it would not power on. I left it plugged in to charge overnight, but it doesn't power on. So I got an RMA from NewEgg from without issue, and back it goes. I'm looking forward to the replacement, but how frustrating?!?

That said, what I can say is that the construction is very solid, and it is quite compact--about the size of a large smartphone. It's an intriguing device that could have many uses. This could serve as a simple Home Theater PC running Kodi, Plex, Netflix, etc. I might even consider getting one for my parents who are moving into an independent living facility to give them an extremely compact yet usable computer that would more than suit their needs.

Given that I couldn't power it on, I can say that physically, the only real con I found is the AC adapter: The connector seats very, VERY loosely into the dock. (Maybe that's the issue with mine?) There's no perceptible click, snap, or even tight feeling to tell that it's seated correctly. One bump, and it could easily jar loose. (I checked for obstructions and found none.)

I am looking forward to getting the replacement.

Submission + - Office 365 "On Demand" gone? ( 2

jbarr writes: Back in December, I paid for an Office 365 Home Premium subscription. One of the selling features (which is still being advertised as a feature) is the Office On Demand feature. You open a Web browser, login to your Office 365 account, and click on an "On Demand application (like Word, Excel, Access, outlook, etc.) and it launches a "streamed" instance of the application. It's like a Remote Desktop or Citrix session that provides access to a full version of each Office application from any Internet-connected Windows 7 and Windows 8.x box.

On Demand is not to be confused with their "Office Online" feature which are Web Apps of most Office applications (except Access and Publisher.) These versions are limited in function, whereas the On Demand versions were full, streamed instances of the application.

About a week or so ago, I signed in, and the ability to launch the On Demand applications was gone, effectively locking me out of an important feature that I paid for. I did a Google Search, and found several threads discussing this, yet no one seems to know what's going on. There is one kind soul who presented a workaround to launch Word and Excel On Demand which is great (thank you!) but to no fault of his, it doesn't address launching other On Demand applications.

I paid-for a feature that is still advertised, and it is now not available without notice. And there is no explanation. If servers are down, fine. Post a message stating it. If you are adding or changing features, then post a page stating it. But as it stands, all On Demand functionality has simply been stripped out with no explanation rendering my Access databases useless. Yes, I can locally install Access 2013 from my Office 365 Home Premium subscription, but that misses the point that a paid-for feature has been removed without explanation or compensation.

Comment Doesn't this really amount to extortion? (Score 2) 106

Doesn't the addition of all these domains mean that companies that keep a tight leash on their trademarking (like Coke, Pepsi, Microsoft, etc.) will have to shell out hundreds of new and ongoing registration fees just to ensure that some obscure domain isn't hijacked with their name? This seems more like a cash cow for ICANN than a thought-out expansion.

Comment How about "Anything"? (Score 1) 352

The patriotism of WWII, the urgency of the Space Race, the fear in the Cold War, the shock of 911--all these instilled a sense of pride and drive to accomplish specific and strategic goals as a nation. While you can debate the ethics behind and what came out of these endeavors, you really can't deny that the United States came together, pooled its resources, and focused on getting things done. We are so stagnate and complacent as a country these days that we have lost that drive, that pride in being great.

Comment Question: Am I really sharing THE ENTIRE WORK? (Score 0) 339

Let's say I have a file seeding on Bittorrent, and I am one of a number of seeders. Am I really sharing the whole file? Or am I really sharing multiple pieces of a file?

What I mean is that when someone starts getting a file via Bittorrent, he may be getting one or more parts of the file from me, and other parts potentially from countless other seeders. So if a copyright troll says that I'm making files available for download, in theory, aren't I only serving out "parts" of a whole, not the whole?

Obviously, there is no guarantee that a leecher isn't downloading EVERYTHING from me, so why not create a modification to Bittorrent that only makes a portion of the whole file available? THis way, no one could ever say that I am making THE ENTIRE FILE available?

IANAL, of course, but it seems to me that "the industry" thrives on splitting hairs and riding on legal fine lines, so why not exploit that ourselves?

What do you think?

Comment Re:GEOS! (Score 1) 654

Yep. I remember using GEOS on my C-64 back in College. I had a 300 baud modem attached, and was able to download a "GEOS Programming Guide" text file from Quantum Link. It took several hours to download, and when I printed all 70+ pages on my Star Micronics dot-matrix printer.

Those were the days of patience!

GEOS was later incorporated into the Casio Zoomer/ZPDA, a handheld PDA that came out about the same time as the original Apple Message Pad. It was the precursor to the Palm Pilot.

Comment News Writing vs. Reporting (Score 1) 75

To me, the biggest problem is that most news outlets are "writing" news instead of "reporting" news. Today, it's all about spin and market share. OK, so this is certainly nothing new. Heck, the "Oh the humanity!" reporting at the Hindenburg disaster was probably nothing new at its time. Maybe I'm just Old School, but when I see a newscaster reading a story on the 11:00 news, I have an expectation that what he is saying is as factual as the reporters were able to determine, and that opinion and editorial are left out. Unfortunately, that's an expectation of the past.

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