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Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say
« on: September 23, 2012, 08:15 AM »
This Samsung commercial seems to start out a little like the video in the original post:

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Find And Run Robot / Re: New CPanel alias discussion and suggestions
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:04 PM »
What is different about cpanel? Mine's altered, so maybe that is why I am not seeing any changes. Does it still pull from %FARRDIR%\scripts?

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 21, 2012, 05:07 AM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsuppo...ree-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online  there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

Looks excellent! Thanks for the link!

We're not quite at that stage yet, but I'll be keeping this in mind.

Of course now that Microsoft has essentially bought out (or more probably bought off) B&N (in an effort to get out of that ridiculous patent lawsuit they themselves started) there's every indication the new Nooks will soon start being based on Windows 8 rather than Android as the current models are. Could be good or bad. Only time will tell on that score.

This really pisses me off. Even when you want to just go and get a book for your kid, you have to worry about this crap.

Nothing against you 40 - you've pointed out a valid issue. But should it even be an issue? Sanity would say "no". Reality on the other hand isn't completely sane. :(


After Borders closed, showing that all brick bookstores will die eventually, buying a Nook from the other big brick-and-mortar bookstore seemed like a sure dead end, and Amazon seemed like it would be the last bookstore standing. At least the partnership with Microsoft seems to change that, so in that sense it is an improvement.

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Living Room / Re: Cascading grammar trolls
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:53 PM »
Priceless.



from Tmonews


Lol is an acronym, not a word, so it should be LOL.
 ;D

It is also a sentence fragment. :-)

Unless it's taken to be in the imperative mood, in which case it's an order for the other person to do it.

(That's a) good point.

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Living Room / Re: Cascading grammar trolls
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:24 AM »
Priceless.



from Tmonews


Lol is an acronym, not a word, so it should be LOL.
 ;D

It is also a sentence fragment. :-)

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Living Room / Cascading grammar trolls
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:14 PM »
Priceless.



Screenshot - 9_17_2012 , 6_12_00 PM.png



from Tmonews

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Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say
« on: September 17, 2012, 04:39 PM »
Wouldn't that be going back to the old school PDA? (I have and still use an 11 year old HP Jornada 540 through wifi)

You know, I miss my old Palm Tungsten.  I didn't have to worry about each and every app's different configuration to get it to sync with whatever variant of cloud storage they use.  I just put the thing in the cradle, pushed a button and everything on my desktop was synched with the device.  Simple.

At least that's the way I remember it, but maybe time has faded memories of problems I encountered?


Nope, that's really the way it was, and perhaps you used something like Plucker or iSilo as an offline web browser to generate "e-books" out of rss feeds and web pages to sync to the device so you could read them instantly instead of having to wait for them to load over an internet or network connection. On my iPod Touch 2, even if tried to load something stored on the device, I still had to wait. There is an Android version of iSilo, although at least one review says it hasn't kept up with the times (the desktop client always had a few quirks, too). Wonder if it is worth a try. but it is fairly expensive (for a smartphone app).

When I get an Android device, I will attempt to locate tools that can make desktop sync as simple as Palm OS or Windows Mobile (I had a Tungsten T3 a Dell Axim x51v too)

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Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say
« on: September 16, 2012, 08:18 PM »
In fact my last phone was an iPod Touch, which can't make calls.

In fact, I wonder if smartphones will eventually find a way to take "phone" out of the name, since making calls is probably a tiny fraction of what people use them for nowadays.

Wouldn't that be going back to the old school PDA? (I have and still use an 11 year old HP Jornada 540 through wifi)

Yep.  :Thmbsup:

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Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:19 PM »
[deleted.. overall irrelevant - actually not sure, brought it back]

No, but it did come with double mins for life, no extra card to buy.  Net10 is where I first saw a Huawei phone.  Their android phones require the 50.00/month plan, which made me think of it in the first place:
http://www.net10.com...?model=UCMTST_009539
Unfortunately, no Net10 android phones are available in my area, which I cannot understand at all.

Once you start talking about Android phones and $50 plans, you may as well get a SIM from Straight Talk (same company America Movil (based in Mexico) as Net10/TracFone) and get whatever unlocked phone you want for $45 a month.

In my case, I'm good with 100-300 minutes of talk and some data, so what makes the most sense for me is either:

Virgin Mobile - use one of their phones, pay $35 for 300/min + unlimited (throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB)
T-Mobile - buy a SIM and put it in whatever compatible phone you want, pay $30/min + quasi-unlimited (throttled after 5 GB/month)

Nice round-ups of Prepaid plans in the US is on Prepaid Phone News (the second link I used as a source for the above info):
The Best U.S. Prepaid Voice and Text Deals
The Best US Prepaid Data Deals

I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know, and mobile phone requirements are very personal, but I can't help myself. :)

daddydave notes at long last this topic does not have the word phone.


[irrelevant to getting a cheap Android phone and just using as wi-fi. but possibly relevant to being disappointed that Net10 doesn't have Android phones in your area -- so that is why I undeleted it, I'll let you decide]

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Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say
« on: September 14, 2012, 06:20 PM »
I got a LG500G prepaid through Tracfone, and it suits me just fine, though I've lately considered buying a cheap Huawei android phone and just using it through WiFi... kinda like a tiny tablet computer.

Do you have the triple minutes for life deal? My phone is NET10, and would probably grab a LG 800G (touchscreen) with triple minutes if I weren't itching for an Android phone. Then I would paying like 3.33 cents a minute. Crazy deal.

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Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:28 PM »
Brand insanity aside, these phones are getting too f****** big! A PITA to lug around and easy to smash up!

For my next phone I'm seriously considering going for the smallest, lightest device available that lets me make and receive calls, that's it.
~hipster-nosh

I seriously considered getting the biggest device I could fit in my pocket, and didn't really care if it could make calls or not! So there! In fact my last phone was an iPod Touch, which can't make calls.

In fact, I wonder if smartphones will eventually find a way to take "phone" out of the name, since making calls is probably a tiny fraction of what people use them for nowadays.

(I fibbed a little. Actually I am still using a dumbphone for that for the moment -  LG900 which has a qwerty (which in a dumbphone is probably a good thing because people were always saying "send me a text", and I liked it at first but don't recommend it because I've had 2 and same issues with both: the charging port goes bad, and the camera locks up when you try to take pictures to the SD card. )

My wife is the same as you, though. I just bought her a pretty decent quad-band flip phone recently, and the process of buying it made me realize that "dumb" phones are still evolving and getting better.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 13, 2012, 11:40 AM »
Of course now that Microsoft has essentially bought out (or more probably bought off) B&N (in an effort to get out of that ridiculous patent lawsuit they themselves started) there's every indication the new Nooks will soon start being based on Windows 8 rather than Android as the current models are. Could be good or bad. Only time will tell on that score.

Maybe we should just run the Kindle app and the Nook app and whatever else on a rooted Nook. That's kind of future proof. Maybe the same could be done on future Windows devices.

Windows Phone 7.x is supposed to be really good at running on low-end hardware, I wonder why it wouldn't be better to use Windows Phone 8 instead of Windows RT 8 since basically all it has to do is run the Nook app.

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Living Room / Re: Initials That Meant More Than They Realized
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:52 AM »
In reference to the picture in the original post, the World Taekwondo Federation should sue.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:23 PM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsuppo...ree-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online   there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

On investigation, ebook is defined very loosely there..any web site with a story on it seems to be considered an ebook. But still worth some digging though.

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Living Room / Re: Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:02 PM »
Don't don't know the answers to these, but FYI, I recently stumbled on to this
http://www.techsuppo...ree-books-online.htm
Maybe there are some kids' books in there ...

Nice..found a link to 161 Places For Free Children's eBooks Online  there. That will keep me busy for a while. :)

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Living Room / Kids E-Book Ideas?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:42 AM »
School has just started here, and it seems like this may be the (school) year of the e-book. I was already thinking of getting a couple of Kindles,  and my kids told me (after I expressed that I was considering buying some Kindles) that there will be an announcement very soon about increased used of ebook readers or tablets (I know they bought a bunch of iPads). They say some of their classmates already bring these to school.

Most of the children's ebooks I've seen on Amazon are twice the price I would pay for the typical paperback kid's book, so I am having doubts as to whether I would really gain anything other than saving a trip to the public library. Amazon allows you to rent some books from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library once a month, but all they can tell you is they have Harry Potter, the actual books available in the Lending Library are apparently a big secret unless you buy a Kindle.

Aside from paying for ebooks through Amazon, I am looking at borrowing ebooks through the local library. I will consider paying for a library card from out of town. But every library I've checked (including NYPL)  seems to have the same crappy browsing of all juvenile ebooks not categorized by age group.

So I guess I am looking for any of the following:
- Better way to navigate kids ebooks by age group and get suggestions
- Awareness of any independently published children's books or website specializing in kids ebooks that can be read on a Kindle or other reader
- Any suggestions of ebooks kids in the upper single digits (say 7 to 9 years old) can enjoy, that can be borrowed or otherwise obtained inexpensively.
- Any other children's ebook tips


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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: September 11, 2012, 10:53 AM »
My plan is to buy a T-Mobile version of Galaxy S II very soon, used ones seem to be going for about $250 (or closer to 200 if I am patient) and that is about as much bang for buck I can expect right now. Not in the original 150-200 range and not born with ICS,  but meets the other (revised) requirements  and still should be useful for a while.

T-Mobile is supposed to roll out LTE on their AWS (1700/2100)  bands next year, but supposedly it will coexist with their HSPA+ 42 network. (Source: CNET -- see the blockquote there) So I have some hope it will not become a mini tablet when T-Mobile LTE rolls out. Although HSPA+/UMTS will be on the 1900 Mhz band at that point (Source: Fierce Broadband Wireless).

I looked at the Galaxy S Blaze too, and I was going to go with that one since T-Mobile was running a promotion of $299 including $50 refill card, but when I posted this I wanted to post a comparision with the the Galaxy S II (here's one via PhoneArena) , and I saw that the S II specs were not only better, the used ones end up being cheaper because there are so many of them (it's a better known model so I am guessing they produced a lot of these and maybe a lot of people are trading up to the III).

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Living Room / Re: 2G Quad Band in a 3G/4G World
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:24 PM »
I've noticed that T-Mobile USA's 3G bands (UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPDA) operate using both 1700 and 2100 Mhz frequencies (at the same time) and India also uses 2100 Mhz for its 3G, so that seems to be a happy coincidence for those who travel between both countries.

Apparently T-Mobile will be using 1700 and 2100 Mhz for LTE and move UMTS over to 1900 Mhz in the near future (source: Fierce Wireless). Would existing T-Mobile UMTS phones start supporting LTE at that point? I know jack about the technology, but  I know different phones support different speeds of UMTS/HSPDA+, so it seems too much to ask.

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Living Room / Re: Windows system "aliases"?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:29 AM »
What happens at Start > Run is somewhat governed by:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths

Look at the pbrush.exe key there in the registry. If you type Start > Run > pbrush, it will run %SystemRoot%\System32\mspaint.exe.

Mainly this is used for Windows to find paths of programs under Start > Run without them having to be in "the path", but I don't see a way to allow the command line arguments which would seem to be needed if you are trying to avoid batch or ahk files to open multiple web pages.


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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:35 PM »
I can never remember to check Task Manager when it happens, but in Firefox and Waterfox both, I often get a frozen browser for nearly a minute before I can scroll or click on another tab, while seeing a busy cursor (going in circles animation, I guess that replaced the hourglass in Win 7).

I have just set Microsoft Security Essentials to exclude firefox.exe and waterfox.exe from monitored processes to see if that is an issue. Many will recall we had a thread about issues antivirus software was causing with FARR for this reason. So this is just a test at this point. I will let you know how it goes.

AdBlock Plus is a necessity. I've never seen any ethical dilemma there, unless someone believes it is unethical to fast forward through TV commercials, and it cuts down on malware, especially if you have kids. The default for ABP these days is to "allow some non-intrusive advertising" which lets in some text ads, that I'm OK with. Besides that, I have four domains in my exclusion list, the one I remember adding is MakeUseOf.

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Living Room / 2G Quad Band in a 3G/4G World
« on: September 02, 2012, 10:08 AM »
Obviously not every country has 3G, but how far are we on the way toward a 3G/4G equivalent of 2G quad band? Are we there yet?

I've noticed that T-Mobile USA's 3G bands (UMTS (W-CDMA)/HSPA) operate using both 1700 and 2100 Mhz frequencies (at the same time) and India also uses 2100 Mhz for its 3G, so that seems to be a happy coincidence for those who travel between both countries.

Other countries also use the UMTS 2100 band, I see. So it may be a matter of picking your countries from the start and not aiming for universal 3G.

Otherwise I am not seeing much of a movement toward a universal 3G/4G phone, but maybe I am misunderstanding things and will appreciate any insights.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 02, 2012, 07:53 AM »
I am back to regular Firefox again for now. I've had a lot of issues where the cursor goes into swirly mode when I try to switch tabs or scroll down, and been going back and forth between Firefox and Waterfox to try and remediate. (I suppose these would be CPU spikes, but I haven't really been checking Task Manager when it happens.) So I will give this new version a try in the Firefox main build.

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N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge & Release: Image Grid
« on: September 01, 2012, 01:06 PM »
I also agree with JavaJones above that having the option of white borders (margins) between the images would be a plus.  Maybe a standard number, say, 30 pixels.  Or perhaps allow user to choose the actual margin width.

Thanks!



I third it, and I would also like to see an option to fill in space created by non-equally-sized images (which work fine even though this is meant for equally sized images) with "transparent" instead of black.

And it is super useful.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 01, 2012, 09:45 AM »

Even worse, i think opting out from installing the "adware/toolbar" i was unable to even run the browser.  :(
I've got Windows 7 Home Ed. 64 bit at present time so it should work just the same no?

Yes, I was able to opt out and then the new version of Waterfox installed fine. Try it again!

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General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 15 less of a memory hog
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:38 AM »
Something ugly about the Waterfox variant of version 15. By default it wanted to install an antivirus program (AVG) including a toolbar that it said only works in 32-bit browsers (Waterfox is 64-bit), I hate bundleware, and not expecting to see it in something downloaded from Sourceforge. All versions of Firefox freeze like crazy these days to me, I hope this is better.

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