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Comment Re:Its useless junk (Score 1) 359

Frosted glass windows in the office barely let me know if it is sunny out. Today it is 47 degrees, last week it was 70. Knowing if I need to grab a jacket when I head out to lunch is nice.

how can you make meaningful changes if you do not measure what you are changing? Fitbits and the like are great at measuring exercise, then one can have a useful set of data when one makes changes to their habits. For me doing little things like parking further away and using the Bathroom on the far side of the building instead of the one that is 20 feet away has made a difference.

It is also nice to get notifications on my wrist instead of being that annoying guy whose phone chimes all the time.

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 257

It depends on the school. When I lived in the Midwest and Northeast, were the typical institutional meals- burgers and chicken nuggets, and pizza made from cardboard. In Louisiana, they had real southern cooking in schools. There can be good meals in public schools, but most places do not do it.

There is also the issue that some people have a gene, that if expressed, makes broccoli taste bad. For me, eating broccoli is like eating moldy food. I am just not going to eat broccoli no matter how hungry I am.

As far as Okra, try it fried or with stewed tomatoes.

Comment Re:Waste of time... (Score 1) 151

Yeah, what of all the Carrier and Vendor pre-installed crap. It all sits right there next to the Google apps. No one uses them because they are crap.

I remember an old phone (Infuse I think) where there was an AT&T map application that required some monthly fee to use. Who would use that when there was Google Maps sitting right next to it. I ended up using Waze instead.

Look at what the industry was like 10 years ago. You paid out the nose for a custom ring tone. Remember those locked in app stores? Google's insistence on forcing the vendors to install their stuff is why there is an open market today.

Comment Re:Photoshop (Score 1) 889

Apps aren't the blocking element for the switch to Linux. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it's the ability to recover relatively painlessly that is lacking in Linux. As for apps, there are hundreds of business specific ones (TimeMatters for the legal profession, Photoshop for graphic artists, Final Cut Studio for film makers, and so on) the open source alternatives for these are woefully lacking - most don't exist and if they do they are pale imitations of the originals (GIMP vs Photoshop... there's just no comparison). First and foremost, something like the MS KB system for errors with the OS rather than 3rd hand forum jockeying. Remote & trusted diagnostics/fixes that do not reset personal settings. Online anti-virus/malware/etc akin to Panda Software's old 'Active Scan' so that when stupid user syndrome hits it can be dealt with *without* having to lock my system down with every anti-whatever under the sun.

Once it's easy to recover, people like me will make sure the people around us switch and with userbase come the app developers.

CorelDraw (and the companion app) were really nice programs. There was even a version proted to Linux back in the day. Problem was, they were not Photoshop. Does not matter how good the program is, it does not have the UI of Photoshop so people complain.

You want a Vendor supplied knowledge base? You mean like ? Satellite, Puppet, or Chef can all automate and remote administrate machines. I am not aware of remote scanning for Linux, but not really needed if you enable SElinux.

None of this is available for cheap home use. If you want cheap, go do a web search for a solution to your problem.

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