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Comment why? (Score 1) 239

How the heck does adding an option to Edge or feature to Paint qualify as an operating system update? The surround sound thing probably is tied to the OS, and the headset thing might be, too. Other than that, these are just software updates to things that people just don't need. For God's sake, deliver the OS and the apps separately. Give the apps away in the app store or, if they're really worth a damn, charge a few bucks for them....however ya want. MS knows how to do this....Office, Minecraft, etc. If people jump onto an app and it becomes the "next big thing", then GREAT! MS should spend some effort making it available to Macs and Linux users, too, and profit away. Just stop confusing updates to these applications as critical updates for the operating system. The average user out there probably isn't paying enough attention to know the difference, and making these updates appear important really just confuses the users when truly critical updates to the OS do get delivered.

Comment stuff to do.... (Score 1) 197

I've always made a checklist of "TO-DOs" to take from the conference to at least try out when I got back. These could include some product demos for things I hadn't seen before, or little tips that I could roll out the next week. I've gone to a show ever year for the past 4 years, while never having gone to one the previous 10. Beyond direct learning, the networking is amazing. With a little effort, you can build a network not just for your own career, but for bouncing ideas or looking for assistance in your current job. I find that they are totally worth it. They are NOT easy....you spend a lot of hours learning and meeting people. You can make it a boondoggle, but if you put forth a little effort, you will learn more in a week than you will learn the rest of your year.

Comment why? (Score 1) 69

I still don't see the use of such a gadget. As it stands right now, 3D TVs are out of production. Google Glass is gone. We all have multiple devices with multiple operating systems, with data thrown at us all the time in 2D. I don't know that, in general, people can handle much more than we have right now. Is there really a market for this thing beyond some niche video gamers or maybe some kind of high-end flight trainers?

Comment less confusion (Score 2) 71

If nothing else, at least this will eliminate some confusion in terms of selling Chromebooks. Most of the folks I recommend them for are basic users anyway, and many of them have smartphones already. Having to explain that they can't run the same Android apps as they can on their phones, when both devices have something to do with Google, is a pain.

Comment why? (Score 1) 91

Aren't there already plenty of low-cost options out there? Just because the OS is older or the hardware isn't speced to the gills doesn't mean older phones are unusable. I was using a 3rd Gen Moto G until last week and it served every purpose I NEEDED...only problem was 8 GB of storage. That's my own problem for being to cheap to spend more than $100 on a phone.

Comment go as big as possible (Score 1) 261

Take your the best job you can find with the biggest company and the highest pay first. Companies don't just pay you what they think they should....when you change jobs, you tell them what you make and they bump it a % to make you happy. I've found that by starting at a small shop with low pay, it took me many years and many job hops to get to where recent college grads were as soon as they got into the workforce. That said, paying my dues that way taught me a lot of technical stuff that corporate paper pushers never actually learned. Many (actually most) IT jobs in corporate America are basically project management or "service delivery" positions, and you may not even get your hands dirty in the code/infrastructure. It took me years to get to that type of job and then I realized it wasn't for me. Fortunately, I was able to move back to technical work and keep the pay. And accept the fact right now that forever, your family will think you fix computers for a living.

Comment edge stinks (Score 2) 280

I haven't understood the push for Edge, even with the previews I've been on for a couple years. It's far behind Chrome or Firefox in terms of features and it stinks to even try to use. I'm not patient enough to wait for their Agile-built app to go through enough sprints to become good. It's seems to me like when you are dropping your new app into an already fairly crowded space, the minimal marketable product must at least provide a damn-near level set of features to what is there.

Comment no way around this (Score 1) 221

You have to think of the repercussions of doing things like requiring ID at Will Call. Lines become long and eliminate the convenience of e-tickets. You wouldn't be able to buy your kids tickets to a show and let them go without you. There will always need to be some physical ticket that can be passed between people to get them in at the gate, and you can't make it inconvenient in this day and age. I LOVE the idea of clamping down on scalping and brokering, but the real problem is that the ticket is sold for way less than it's actually worth. The price of the ticket should be whatever people are willing to pay for it. If that means the team/venue/whatever charges $1500 per seat for a big game, so be it. The teams, promoters, venues, or whoever are the starting point for the ticket sales are the ones who need to put the work into predicting the actual value of their tickets before they put them out there, and then pricing them accordingly. Even if that starts to become what appears to be overpriced, it's no different than what the brokers are doing with them now, and that's a slimy business for sure.

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