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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 11, 2014, 09:25:39 PM
In case you do get a Lumia, you would better go for the 835 than the 830.

the 835 isn't available here (Oz), but while the 830 specs are generally acknowledged as being a little behind the current 'standards' they appear to be more than adequate

re the G3, I'd be interested in some sensible feedback on battery life (I very much like the look of this handset).  Most reviewers seem to think that 1 day is acceptable (personally I think that's pathetic, but what do I know) .  FWIW I generally wind everything back as far as I can to stretch the battery as far as possible

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 10, 2014, 10:12:03 PM
thanks to all who have responded - I now realise I made a mistake in asking the way i did (it has the potential to degenerate into another 'fanboy discussion').  I wouldn't expect that to happen here but it wouldn't be the first time.

My struggle with the windows phone was that your brain wants to treat it like windows, the windows we love which is full of options and possibilities and third party tools, etc.  But the windows phone is none of those things.  it's even more restrictive than iOS, without the apps.  So it's essentially the most restricted device imaginable.  I stopped using it when the nexus 5 came out.

This seems to encapsulate the replies so far, but it's ultimately fairly inconclusive.

Reading between the lines here it seems that the user experience on WP is generally excellent.  The dissatisfaction (?) seems to centre around a lack (?) of customising options, and the fact that some (many?) of the applications available under other platforms aren't available under WP (is that a reasonable expectation?).

That said, WP seems to offer some options that the others don't?

FWIW the 2 handsets I'm considering are the LG G3 and the Lumia 830.  I don't have any particular dependency or affinity with android, nor do I have anything of importance that I might lose (that I know of ohmy).  I'm not terribly interested in customising nor do I have any particular expectations of the hardware, so long as it works well and is reliable.  

In the end this may come down to the toss of a coin

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / which phone? on: December 09, 2014, 07:21:13 PM
It's come around time for me to refresh my existing (android) mobile handset and I'm tossing up whether or not to dabble with a windows phone

I've read lots of reviews and I'm really no closer to a decision so I'm canvassing for some 'real world' advice

Anyone here had a foot in both the windows and android camps care to chip in?

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decibels, loudness, amplifiers, formulas...complete confusion! on: December 09, 2014, 05:18:40 PM
never mind the quality, feel the width!!
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 04, 2014, 07:07:57 PM
Hmm...check out this thing from Sony...looks just right, a wireless portable storage device!
http://www.sony-asia.com/product/wg-c20 (see attachment in previous post)

actually that's just a server, you still have to add some storage...

Seagate have a wifi HDD.   and Reviewed here (kind of )
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 03, 2014, 07:33:48 PM
[attachthumb=1]
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi project: wireless file server on: December 03, 2014, 06:08:33 PM
wireless portable HDD's are already starting to appear

not vouching for the content at all but this might be a starter for you top 5 wireless portable hdd's
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pdf to doc text converter? on: December 02, 2014, 11:01:51 PM
Is there a way to batch/global convert the doc from side-by-side pages to straight single ones? smiley

you mentioned Word before?  Have a look at your view - word doesn't use any sort of page arrangement (that I know of) but the 'reading mode' will present that way

or is it 2 pages to a sheet?  if so try looking at columns (use the show all tool...)
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / xmas advent calendars... on: December 01, 2014, 08:08:15 PM
2 sites I came across today offering full versions of software and ebooks for free in the runup to xmas.

changes daily so you need to watch it in case there's something of interest

ebooks - www.packtpub.com/packt/offers/christmas-countdown?utm_source=Sentori&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Create+Dispatch+-+End+Nov+14

software - www.mostiwant.com/blog/xmas-calendar-2014-giveaways

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 11:38:32 PM
as you say it's likely to be highly subjective, especially in a world where gigapixel displays are considered baseline.

It's probably also reasonable to expect that low end tablets are more likely to be a compromise than e-readers because they naturally incorporate greater complexity/functionality...

hmmmmm...
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 10:58:08 PM
granted, but is this significant?  I'd understand if we were talking 640x480, but 1200 x 800 is comparable to my work laptop (1366x780) and I can't say I have any real issues (though I'm getting pretty blind in my old age)

Not arguing with you here, I've struggled with the e-book concept for a while now so I'm interested in the outcome
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: November 24, 2014, 10:04:16 PM
is the low resolution an issue for a book?

for text (and probably line drawings and illustrations) I wouldn't have thought it was that big a deal
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 04:05:39 PM
not to forget that the mouse is 'controlled' so you can amplify or mute the commands, change speeds and/or resolutions etc

try doing that with your finger ohmy
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 22, 2014, 09:11:38 PM
You want me to build a site about epilepsy, too?  huh

no, that's inducing epilepsy!!
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 22, 2014, 08:05:17 PM
what about the epileptics???? ????????????? ? ? ?? ???????? ? ???? ?? ????? ???? ?    ?  ??  ?   ?? ? ? ? ??  ?? ? ?  ?????????    ?           ? ?? ? ????? ?????????????    ? ? ??? ? ??? ??
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 14, 2014, 06:10:37 AM


nice one!!
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: September 24, 2014, 08:52:24 PM
Anyone know of a really crisp way to search Google in privacy?

do it on someone else's machine?
18  Other Software / Developer's Corner / exercism.io - another learning channel on: September 23, 2014, 08:45:38 PM
Slashdot today referenced Exercise.io, which may be of interest to some here

looks like a sort of crowd sourced coding school. 

They work with several languages, and you download a set of exercises that are solvable in all of them. 

Submit your answers (for one or more languages) and get feedback from 'the community'
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: September 23, 2014, 06:03:16 PM
saw this this morning - Neptune Pine Review

I've been interested in the idea of a smart watch but I think that like most devices they're trying to put too much functionality into the things (just because you can do something doesn't mean you should).

At the end of the day I think we as consumers need to adjust our expectations -I mean, do we really need/want to do video on a 1-2" screen, or game, or browse the net?

Having said that I suppose we'll just continue to consume whatever we're fed (no matter how ridiculous) 'cos that's what we're trained to do
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 16, 2014, 07:09:34 PM
IIRC rainlendar has (or used to have) a pretty active community - plenty of skins available already so maybe something suitable already exists
21  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Giveaway: World War 2 Time of Wrath | Saints Row IV - Thank You Pack on: September 15, 2014, 10:32:41 PM
I'll have a go at saints row if that's OK...
22  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Ideas wanted for celebrating 10th Anniversary of DonationCoder.com on: September 11, 2014, 12:26:36 AM
How about some cool features that DC could add/host:

I don't think it's appropriate to place any further impositions on DC (mouser) under the guise of a celebration, else we'll have to run fundraisers in January and February

How about contacting some of the sites that are sympathetic to DC (like Ghacks?).  Could be they'd like to contribute/participate...
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 11, 2014, 12:13:59 AM
The friends I know do just what is intended... use recording among friends and family at certain events.  But that doesn't mean that they don't wear them at other times... and that seems to be what people get paranoid about- even though they are doing nothing wrong.  No filming, no nothing.  How is that right?

unfortunately it's the same old story where the few spoil things for the many.

too many people still don't realise that the internet is forever, and what someone thinks is harmless or a bit of a joke now could have real consequences far into the future

that and the fact that the media have trained us to be paranoid about both the technology and the people who use it (for whatever reason).
24  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Ideas wanted for celebrating 10th Anniversary of DonationCoder.com on: September 09, 2014, 05:03:49 PM
A new banner is a must  thumbs up

sounds like an opportunity for a 'competition'

best ones get displayed thru the month (ala google)
25  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: TouchPad Acer Coding Snack on: September 08, 2014, 04:47:23 PM
I can't vouch for this in any way but a google search turned this up - http://touchpad-blocker.com/
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