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Comment Re:No, thank you. (Score 1) 865

My wife has a Prius with keyless entry/start. The keyfob hides a physical key that you can use to unlock the door and you can insert the keyfob into a socket in the dash if you need to (if the battery dies). Works great. Plus the batteries in the keyfob are readily available and easy to change.

I love being able to unlock the doors and start the car without needing to get the keys out. Makes it that much harder to lock my keys in the car.

Comment Re:Crashplan (Score 1) 983

Agreed. I'm backing up almost 1TB (most of which is my music/movie library). The only downside was the amount of time that first backup took. Almost 2 months on my crappy Charter Cable connection got my to 80%, switched to a fiber connection and it finished in 2 days.

Comment Do people still listen to music this way? (Score 1) 317

iTunes is nothing but the backend of my Apple TV these days. I can't remember the last time I played something directly on the computer. I just wish the AppleTV interface had a fast scroll option. When your library has 17,000+ tracks in it, it takes forever to scroll through it to the bottom.

Comment Using the XBox model (Score 1) 341

So they're going to try to use the Xbox model to try to get as many devices out there as possible. Unfortunately for MS, Android already beat them to this. Sure, it's possible to late to the game if you have a way of upping the ante in the market, but when you come to the table with a device that is at best on par or slightly below what is already there, then you can't hope to break into the market.

They should have spent more time/effort getting a foothold in the phone market. Windows Phone was DOA and hasn't gone anywhere lately. Do they even still make it? Both Google and Apple were smart to get their foot in the door with a device everyone carries. Then they expanded to the middle ground devices that people weren't convinced they needed. Why would buy a Windows tablet if you have an iOS or Android phone?

Comment Linksys (Score 1) 241

You're doing something wrong if you got though 1 per year. I've only had one router die on me in the past 13 years. And that was after about 7 years. My WRT-54G lasted for about 7 years with no problems until it died. But at that point I wanted to replace it with an N device anyway. Been using a WRT160N ever since.

Additionally we purchase about 9 WRT-54Gs for work in 2004. They were just now being to have issues when we replaced them in the fall of 2012. But the issue they had were with load due to a massive influx of iPads, not because of hardware failure. And the few we had that began having software issues, worked perfectly after replacing the default firmware with DD-WRT.

Keep looking, the problem isn't your consumer grade routers.

Comment Re:Labelling (Score 1) 1080

Most of the bulbs I've bought have had some sort of "instant on" advertising on them and have worked decently.

The exception is indoor VS outdoor. I tried to use the same bulbs in some exterior lights and when it's cool outside (50 F) these bulbs take close to 10-20 minutes to warm up. I ended up switching back to incandescents for these fixtures.

Comment Re:Real reason (Score 1) 523

No, those of us who fly infrequently think the TSA is doing a shitty job, just like those of you who fly regularly.

My wife was in a security line for an hour and a half a couple weeks ago and was only half way through the line when she finally had to go find someone and basically cut in line or she'd have missed her flight.

It should not take 3 hours to get through security at MSP, but apparently 54% of Americans think that is acceptable.

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