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Comment Re:One would think... (Score 2) 118

Of the hundreds of emails I get each year, want to hazard a guess as to how many actually know what it means to "sign" an email? most think that means typing their name at the bottom. I had a user one ask me to help them set up a digital signature...by which they meant scanning a piece of paper with their signature on it to paste into Word documents. And that was for someone who would be considered an "Executive" level in academia.

Comment Predated by...Logitech? Sony? (Score 3, Interesting) 117

We got a Logitech Revue when they dropped the price on them a few years ago. Been pretty happy with it, although not with the major broadcast networks who think that there's a difference between watching browser- based streams on a computer vs on a set-top android box, but that's another post.

Sadly, Logitech last released an update for the Revue with Android 3.2, and nothing new since then; they dropped support for it, and the only updates it seems to get any more are for the Google Play Music app. Some of the other providers, like Crunchyroll, have an app that will work with the revue, but many don't. The Revue was a good idea, seems to be pretty well implemented, but perhaps ahead of its time.

Comment Re:australian article and slashdot summary are wro (Score 1) 111

Actually, when people inside and outside of Texas say "the University of Texas", they are referring to that school in Austin. The summary is definitely incorrect; University of Texas at Dallas is a different institution and while both are members of the UT System, Dallas is not a branch campus of Austin but a separate university in its own right. It would be like saying "University of California" and meaning the school in San Diego and not UC-Berkley. Or, an example for Texans, saying "Texas A&M" and meaning Prairie View A&M, which is also part of the TAMU System but not simply a branch of the main campus in College Station.

Comment Re:Business as usual, but it still seems absurd (Score 1) 233

Line-item veto. In Texas, it's granted to the governor only over budgetary bills, but it's one of the ways an executive could potentially put a stop to the amendment abuse. Granted, of course, that said executive isn't the one who pushed for, or is at least complicit in, adding these ridiculous amendments in the first place.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 217

Actually, that illustration you have for "Apple were [sic] first" is not an apple device at all, but a Compaq IPAQ, originally released by Compaq in 2000. it's nominally a predecessor of the Touchpad, along with Palm. Perhaps you were trying to reference the Apple Newton, which first released in 1993? However, if you are looking for the first touchscreen telephony device that would be the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, of which the initial prototype was demo'd at COMDEX in 1992.

So...no, Apple was not the first. They were one of several companies working on similar technology through the 80's and 90's, each of which had their own take on things. Oddly enough, the iDevices remind me of the Palm IIIx and m500 devices I used back in the late 90's/early 2000's with the "screen full of icons" layout.

Comment Froogle to Google Shopping to...um...googlebay? (Score 1) 102

So Google is taking what is really a useful tool for consumers and make it another bidding system...only where the seller is doing the bidding. Now, if this means that all the ebay ads for products I'm searching for disappear, I wouldn't complain too much. however, all I see is this becoming another useless marketing site for moneyed resellers to push their drek, and price fixing so there won't really be any more deals to find. I don't mind ads but if I want to read a site with nothing but, I'll go to my local newspaper's classified section.

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