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Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 19, 2012, 08:47 PM »
I've had the phone a week and have restarted it fewer times total than you did yesterday. I haven't made any videos but my photos upload silently in the background like they're supposed to.  I've had no connectivity issues and the browser seems fast enough. For the most part, everything just works. Is your WiFi and LTE connection generally good and stable for other devices? I'd say cause for concern. . . maybe a factory reset and a clean slate would rectify things or maybe you got a device with a defective radio or something.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 19, 2012, 03:44 PM »
I haven't had any problem with the camera roll auto uploading. Under photos, I have skydrive set to best quality (needs Wi-Fi) for both and it has worked. I don't think there's any way to get the other folders to sync at this time (Though the backup settings seem to imply ALL photos should be backed up). Have you tried rebooting the phone?

I am quite sure Java and Flash are never going to happen. With WP7, I don't think it was possible to make a browser that didn't use IE at the core--I'm guessing it's the same way with WP8. Maybe you should stick with Android :)

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 19, 2012, 02:13 PM »
My "Camera Roll" automatically uploads but that's it. . . I'd have thought everything would.

Living Room / Re: Patent on Turning Pages
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:22 PM »
Not Telling An Idea . . . that's brilliant! I just filed the patent, you lose cheapskate.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 17, 2012, 09:26 AM »
Check out and WPCentral -- both apps are superbly designed. 627 could be an alarm + weather app replacement if not for the fact that the api it uses for weather data is about 10 degrees off (at least for my location) ruling it out for me. Still, it's nice to look at.

Living Room / Re: First Time With Win 8
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:36 AM »

Allen's an alien?  I should have guessed he got 'taken over' once he got rid of (most of the) beard.

We need a "like" button or something like that around here . . . instead, I'll just settle for this stupid post and an emoticon.  ;D

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 16, 2012, 07:44 AM »
I hadn't realized you could drag stuff directly to the device either, I assumed you couldn't as was the case with every other zune/post-zune device they made. While trying to find out if the Desktop WP app was better than the metro one, I found this handy reference.

I haven't transferred anything over yet as I've been trying to give the Xbox Music experience a go. I let it scan and match my library on one pc and magically most of my music is available to stream on my phone and laptop. The music player needs a little work before it's up to the standard Zune set for seemless use/navigation but otherwise I'm pretty pleased with the setup. Granted, at some point I'll need to figure out the most convenient way to actually put music on the device rather than stream it.

As for jumping to conclusions... we're all trying to feel our way through. Windows Phone does things differently. Even coming from Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 is its own thing.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 06:06 PM »
If you're talking about music, photos, documents, etc., just plug it in -- unlike WP7 you can mount it and copy files back and forth.  The filesystem doesn't give full access to the phone's internals, if that's what you're after, but it is an easy way to move things around.

Living Room / Re: First Time With Win 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:58 PM »
makeuseof won't let me use a mailinator address... drats!

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:39 PM »
With WP7, the updates had to go through the carrier. Not unlike Android, they were slow, painful, few and far between. My understanding is that with WP8 they're coming straight from MS, so they can keep the updates rolling. I sure hope that's the case--considering WP8 needs some update love, sooner the better.

General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for Windows 8 (got any?)
« on: November 15, 2012, 03:44 PM »
Lockergnome has a pretty good cheat sheet that covers both new keyboard shortcuts and those that have been around for a while.

My personal favorite new one is win+. and win+shift+. (That's win period). Some of the new "modern" apps are pretty cool when pinned to the side of your desktop. I most often use it for Music, mail or twitter depending on what I'm doing.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:49 AM »
I had the same questions.  Why is MS rushing to make any release?  Who is making the schedule?  Just make it right!  If you need to meet a date, just spend another few thousand and get a few more people.

I think they wanted to push the many screens idea, keeping win 8, win rt and win phone 8 all in a close time frame. Why they weren't able to get everything right in time, I don't know, but I think they were probably right with the timing.  And it's all got to hit the shelves for the holidays, otherwise everybody will get their new iphone or android and so much for WP8.

There are some shortcomings, for sure, but the big pieces are all there. I love the 920 and I really want the WP platform to succeed. . . my beloved WebOS is dead and I don't like Android or iOS.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:43 AM »
It does feel like a transitional period.  I'll be very interested in developments with file transferring between the phone and pc.  That WP7 wifi sync described above sounds great, I hope they bring it back.  Or I hope someone else will make a 3rd party app for stuff like that.  Am I crazy in believing that Windows is interested in giving developers a flexible platform to program in?  Or are they limiting what you can and can't program?  For example, apple won't let you do any programs that mess with the alarm clock features.  Is Nokia/MS going to be like that also, where developers won't be allowed to touch certain low level OS features, like stuff in the control panel, wifi settings, file/folder exploring, etc.?

Sorry, pal -- you're thinking of Android. Microsoft is going the way of a tightly controlled ecosystem. I believe that WP8 gives developers access to a lot of things that were restricted in WP7 but it's still a matter of you having access to MS provided API's, not total system access. If you want an open platform, Motorola+Android.

I believe MS does give the vendors (HTC, Nokia) a great deal more access. One example that comes to mind from WP7 was the camera flash -- I don't know about 8, but on 7 only the camera had the ability to control the flash led. HTC phones came with a "flashlight" app that would turn on the camera flash and keep it on. Non htc phones couldn't do that.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:19 AM »
Out of curiosity, does the Win8 phone have a desktop app similar to iTunes that allows you to do minor admin type things to it, or does everything need to be done on the device itself?

Sync is one place they really dropped the ball moving from Windows 7/Windows Phone 7 to 8. The way WP7 synchronized with Zune was excellent and could be set to automatically do so over WiFi when charging and idle. The Windows 8 RT style app for Windows Phone is a joke. You can use it to push music to your device and download photos but it requires a USB connection . . . backwards progress. I'm guessing the app superboyac linked to is just a normal desktop version of the same halfbaked sync features but I'll install it and see.

Microsoft has mentioned on more than one occasion that they ran out of time with the release, so hopefully what we're seeing isn't a vision of the future but an awkward transitional period.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:27 AM »
I'm not aware of any phone updates, but if there are/were it'd be under settings -> phone update. Nokia updated a bunch of their apps today (open the market, should be an "update" option on the bottom to update updated apps).

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:18 PM »
I don't know a wasp from a yellow jacket from a hornet, so thanks for clearing it up! They've been invading my house for about 3 weeks now. One managed to sting me, I've killed a couple dozen...

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:58 AM »
I'm in the same boat as you, I like the feature. I only mentioned it because I'd been perusing the support forum and it's a pretty big issue to a few very vocal users. It was actually a mildly amusing thread -- One side pretty much word for word what you said about physical security while the other side yells back about cockamamy workarounds and complacent users who stand for this issue still being present in WP8. . . both sides have their merits, I suppose. I'm just one of those complacent users whose needs happen to be met. Lucky me.

I really like the camera. darn wasps

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:26 AM »
It worked! And this time I linked to the right video. Thanks guys.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:22 AM »
I'm still waiting for Sprint to get their head out of their ass and offer some proper W8 phones. But for my current W7 phone the office mobile's Outlook tied to exchange does great for scheduled calendar events - I'm hoping/assuming that hasn't changed) - When a scheduled event pops up it plays a sound and a quick glance tells me what it's on about. I don't really need to swipe the phone open it's just there on the lock screen to snooze or dismiss.

How is the camera on the 920? I couldn't care less about the purest nitpicking about maximum bla-bla-bla ... I just want to know if the thing will take a descent picture that will still look right when it gets to a desktop. My current W7 HTC Aspire's performance is less than stellar in that regard.

I've never used my phone with Exchange but as near as I can tell mail hasn't changed moving from WP7 to WP8. Those screen waking "toast" notifications are still in play -- much to the chagrin of some who feel it's a serious security/privacy issue.

The camera is fantastic. The way it stabilizes and compensates for my shaky hands is amazing, which also allows it to keep the shutter open longer in poor lighting making it likely the best low light camera phone on the market. I've seen some complain that images taken in good light are a bit washed out... nothing that can't be fixed with a firmware update. I think it's largely people who were hoping "Nokia PureView" would allow them to give up their SLR. It's still the best in-phone camera I've ever used.

Just took this - if you look closely, it wouldn't hurt to apply a little sharpness I guess.

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:33 AM »
One more try at embedding

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:30 AM »
The original Zune came in brown, it was lovely! While I'm partial to matte, I really like the "storm trooper" white -- which I'm now into 2 phones deep.

Also, if you don't have a wireless charger yet--get one. I learned this a couple years ago with WebOS--fucking magic.

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:29 AM »
It's all gotten really weird. Android is the obvious (only?) go-to for a true Linux geek. It is to mobile computing what old "Windows Mobile" was. Meanwhile, Windows Phone might be a better fit for true iPhone users than the iPhone--it's both simpler AND prettier. iPhone is perhaps best suited for only the most dedicated of Apple fans.

Windows Phone doesn't appeal to any sort of geek, inherently -- it's just nice and tied tightly to the cloud. Pretty damn pop. I'm a geek, but I like my tri-corder to be bubble gum.

(What I love about Windows 8 is it totally appeals to BOTH wholly. Oh I wish I could afford a Surface with RT... donations please! :)

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:20 AM »
It can actually be a pretty great music player too, especially if you buy into their subscription model. Unfortunately while Zune and WP7 + Zune (for PC) had industry-best podcast support, podcasts kind of suck with WP8. I sincerely hope that's not a shift of priority indicative of the future but more "we ran out of time, it's coming" thing. . . we'll see. I guess podcasts aren't as important to me as they once were. . . maybe they're ahead of the curve on that.

Entirely unimportant, but what color phone did you get?

Living Room / Re: Well, I got it: Nokia Lumia 920, Windows 8
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:07 AM »
This is probably better suited as a mini-review than a comment, but here goes anyway. At this time, I am on my third Windows Phone device and very happy. I had a first generation device, HTC Trophy on Verizon. I switched to AT&T for a Lumia 900 and am now carrying a Lumia 920. Now, I was I was happy -- but that happiness isn't the kind that comes from having everything. It's more an inner peace that comes from finding joy in ones limited state. Maybe it's a Zen platform.

Coming to this place has been a journey. I've owned palms and I've owned old Windows Mobile devices, I've owned more than one Android phone and multiple WebOS devices. In many ways, all of these other platforms gave me more. Deeper menus and complexity, bordering on attempting to be PC replacements, small as they may be. While on some of these platforms I may have had more power to affect change I can't help but feel like it was ultimately a great deal of time wasted fiddling because I could (as with my experience with Linux, could becomes must...).

A couple years ago I stopped thinking about my handheld device as a computer replacement or even extension of my computer and just embraced it for what it was -- took it instead as a separate thing altogether. That change of expectation made a great difference. Windows Phone is a much simpler experience than Windows -- you could argue it's all superficial. But here's the meat of it: it very elegantly does everything I need it to do. I can't do everything with it, but oh how I love what it does.

I know that some are really upset with Microsoft right now -- I'm the opposite. In the last few years, I've gone from jaded and Linux bound to becoming alarmingly close to fan boy. . . I guess I like the cloud and "not manly" icons.

Living Room / Re: First Time With Win 8
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:13 PM »

Also, I am obligated to say this as I say it any time I see reference to him -- Chris Pirillo is a troll whose Internet career should have ended 12 years ago.

  Gee, don't hold back, tell us how you REALLY FEEL!   :D

   Why do you have it in for him?  I've only read a couple of Pirillo's writings, and watched about 30 seconds of one of his videos before stopping it.  I just couldn't handle his whiney shrill voice.  From what little I've seen from him I came to the conclusion that he's a geek and a little goofy. 

He's a little geek, a little goofy, and REALLY opinionated. The problem is that despite being "famous" for being a geek he really has only a very superficial level of knowledge. Enough to convince MSNBC anchor people he's a geek but not enough to ever contribute anything meaningful to tech journalism. He's the Wolf Blitzer of technology.

He's a brash, whiny troll. And he gets the girl. All of them. :)

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