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Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 183

Not to mention if you buy from the Walmart site you're going to get the actual thing you ordered. Not a "maybe it's real maybe it's a cheap knockoff that they allowed into their warehouse".

If you bought, oh let's say a 128 GB usb flash drive. If you bought it and got one of those "4 GB of real storage and then it overwrites itself over and over" fakies, Walmart would apologize and give you a proper one (and then investigate to figure out how the hell that happened).

Comment Re:This is starting to happen in a lot of places.. (Score 1) 70

>>Actually, it's because they want their staff to actually work. Not mindlessly gossip over instant messenger with their mates.


I used to work for a company that used MSN Messenger as an in-house communications tool. They'd use your company email to make you an account, etc.

You were only supposed to add people on your immediate team, and supervisors (up to 2 levels above you). They canned the idea when a large number of people had every single co-worker on theirs and just IM'd them all day long.

Comment Re:First rule of journalism. (Score 1) 240

That's the problem. Your average user does what with their computer? Facebook, YouTube, types something up on Microsoft Office, checks their email, etc. My father got a hell of a deal on a laptop with an AMD A6 APU in it. It flies through everything he gives it to do, because, he uses it for tasks like I listed above. Sure, there will always be high-end high-requirement people wanting 8k 8X antialiasing in their games and 120+ fps for their freesync monitors etc, but... probably 80 - 90% of users couldn't care less. Even today, you could give your average user a Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad from 2008 and it would laugh at any tasks they gave it to do.

Comment Re:I understand the consternation (Score 1) 665

Thank you so much!

My wife uses her PC to work from home (medical transcription) and she's currently on Windows 7. Her transcription software should work on Windows 10 just fine, but if she ran into problems... it's not currently supported on that OS. So she'd have to wipe her system and use the built-in restore partition to go back to Windows 7 and then re-install her work programs, etc.

Which, when you have deadlines (minutes per week) to meet on 2 different contracts. would be a massive pain in the ass. Thank you again and take care.

Comment Re:The important details: Slower and over 540$ (Score 1) 75


My dad is in his mid 70s. He's stopped going to the local computer places because they won't stop hassling him about how he needs a new PC etc. His computer is about 7 years old. It's a Core2Duo E8600 (3.33 GHz), 2 GB of DDR2 and a SATA hdd (250 GB I think) with integrated graphics. He uses it for email, typing things up in Office, doing his income tax, looking at youtube videos, and occasionally (once a month or so) converting video footage my mom took with their video camera to DVD so he can burn it and watch it on the big tv.

The last time I was over there I fired up task manager and showed him that, other than when he was encoding or when he first started a program, it used 10% of less of his CPU's total processing power. That's one of the reasons he's so happy about getting an upgrade from 7 to 10 for free. He doesn't need to buy a new computer.

Your average user off the street just doesn't need and won't notice the difference in OOMPH if they get a new high-end computer. Wayyy back in my last year of high school (95/96) the school division gave every school a new high-end computer. My school was given a 486 DX4/100.. with I believe 8 MB of RAM. Our previous best computer was a 486DX/25. That new computer was a beast. You could boot to DOS 6.22 and be in Win 3.11 firing up the programs you needed in less time than it took your classmates to even boot up. And the high-school level stuff we did with databases, spreadsheets, etc went from "Oh geez how long is this stupid thing going to take?" to blink-and-you-miss-it.

That's the problem with how far technology has gone. As you said, it's gone PAST what your average slob needs or would notice in their day to day use. Isn't the supposedly magic number 15%? That an improvement has to be a MINIMUM of 15% over the previous for your average user (without prompting or telling them the upgrade is there) to notice the change and go "Wow"?

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