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[#] Mon Dec 19 2011 16:50:32 EST from wizard of aahz

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You realize you can get a pretty darned good quad processor Acer laptop for under 500 dollars? Why bother with a netbook.

[#] Mon Dec 19 2011 17:06:50 EST from dothebart

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because of I had a 15" dell one in advance, and its a lot to carry around, the screen starts to hump while you type to it on your lap.

it was > 10x as expensive as the netbooks were.

typing dvorak makes typing on tiny keyboards not that much of a hassle as typing qwertz on these.

as for the big ones... been there done that. prefer the smaller ones for ones not standing on the desk having _huge_ screens.

plus... using a windowmanager as scaling equal well on tiny as on huge multi screens is a clear advance.


[#] Mon Dec 19 2011 18:53:54 EST from zooer

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It is a weight issue for me, I want something lightweight.  My laptop still works, and I have decided I will just continue to use it until it fails but it is heavy.

[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 01:24:44 EST from Animal

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Yep... with the "internet everywhere" deal, most of the time anything I
can access another computer on is enoguh to do what I need to.
LogMeIn rocks.
But sometimes, you need a machine to dump GPS data to, dump pics/videos
from the day onto, and clean off memory cards. Nice to have the
capability to work with the larger files locally too... graphics/video
editing over a remote desktop is teh suck.

I've considered a netbook before, but the Droid now fits the
portable-wifi-device pretty well. A lot smaller than carrying a
netbook, and if I'm near internet or in cellular range, I can remote to
my laptop.

[#] Tue Dec 20 2011 09:48:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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AT&T has officially ended its plans to acquire T-Mobile USA.

This is good for pretty much everyone whose name is not "AT&T." The deal would have reduced competition and screwed subscribers, while limiting choice and destroying jobs -- essentially the exact opposite of everything AT&T said in its obnoxious press releases.

I have little doubt that T-Mobile USA will eventually get acquired by *someone* -- simply because Deutsche Telekom wants to get rid of it. T-Mobile *is* profitable, but they don't currently have the capital to do an LTE buildout.
While I personally think HSPA+ is a perfectly good 4G technology, there are some who refer to it as "faux-G" because it isn't LTE.

Anyway, if T-Mobile is to be acquired, I'd like to see it acquired by someone who isn't already one of the major wireless carriers. Google comes to mind, but that would probably incentivize other carriers to switch to non-Android phones.
Hopefully that will keep the computer industry's two big bullies (Microsoft and Apple) off the list of potential suitors as well.

[#] Thu Dec 22 2011 08:08:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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My phone woke me up last night with a lot of beeping and booping, so I looked at it and it said that it was getting ready to do a software upgrade. I thought, awesome, I'm getting Ice Cream Sandwich! I was disappointed to learn that it was just a point release upgrade of Gingerbread.

However, they did add T-Mobile's lovely WiFi Calling software to my phone, which is cool. Actually it's a good reason why I may actually consider *not* going to Cyanogenmod when it becomes available for this device. AT&T and Verizon charge big bucks for femtocells; T-Mobile just builds it into the phone software.

[#] Sat Dec 24 2011 23:25:35 EST from fleeb

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Ha... glad I didn't jump.

[#] Sun Dec 25 2011 06:14:39 EST from dothebart

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time to install cyanogenmod?

[#] Mon Dec 26 2011 01:16:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yup. Basically there's room on the S for either ICS or their custom crap, but not both, and the custom crap won, or something like that. But there will be very little trouble getting Cyanogenmod running on the S.

I have the S II, which will be getting an ICS update. I may put Cyanogenmod in anyway.

[#] Mon Jan 02 2012 10:24:26 EST from zooer

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IGnat, are you a T-Mobile subscriber?   I think my one sister is and she has some coverage issues.  I was think of giving up Verizon for many reasons but didn't know if I should go with the major names Sprint or back to AT&T or on to something like T-Mobile.


[#] Mon Jan 02 2012 12:37:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Yes, I'm on T-Mobile and I'm quite happy with them. I checked out their network in 2007 and it was terrible, then I looked again in 2010 and it had improved quite a bit so I signed up. Count me in among the many people who are happy to do business with anyone other than SBC (or as they call themselves these days: "at&t")

[#] Mon Jan 02 2012 13:24:51 EST from zooer

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I still have time to decide before my contract expires and then I have to think about what smartphone or classic phone and tablet to get.

[#] Tue Jan 17 2012 16:40:41 EST from skpacman

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I know I've bugged about this before.

Why doesn't webcit work very well in mobile browsers? (android browsers like the stock one, dolphin, skyfire, maxthon, etc).

Specifically, it doesn't allow scrolling through long lists of messages, and the text input for login and messages is buggy.

Say there's 10 messages on one page and they go past the height of the screen.

On a regular desktop browser, you can scroll through them. The header and navigation bar on the left stay put.

On an android browser it shows as many messages as it can before it hits a maximum page width and height, then it only scrolls the whole thing (including the header and navi), not just the messages.

I can't figure out if it's the mobile's web restrictions that are causing it, or something in the webcit display code that doesn't allow it to work like it does on a desktop.

It makes it extremely difficult to go through UCG while on the go.

If I knew how to edit the webcit code, I'd try to fix that and contribute some code for you.

And after thinking about that for a while, I noticed a mobile's web browser does that on a lot of pages... hmm...


[#] Tue Jan 17 2012 17:29:59 EST from dothebart

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yea, its similar on the WII opera.

RTFM here:

it might be something in conjunction with xhtml compliance...

[#] Fri Jan 27 2012 17:49:49 EST from the8088er

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I know on tehe iPhone you can sometimes scroll internal panes by dragging with two fingers.

Have not tried with webcit though.

[#] Tue Jan 31 2012 18:34:13 EST from the_mgt

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There is leftöver stuff specially for mobile devices in the webcit directories. I didnt bother yet to fix it, since I am occupied doing other stuff, but I will definetly look into it. (Fixing the non-mobile stuff across desktop browsers is more than enough pita, btw.)

If you want to have a look, search for filenames like "something.m.html" or more generally the letter "m" between dots.

Also there is lots of precentile voodoo done in order to squeeze in the iconbar (the menu on the left). Thats the next thing I plan to eleminate. While doing so, some of the absolute/fixed stuff will improve, too. And the main divs (banner, iconbar, content) need reworking, atm this is a hack, too, which some of you might recognize from oddness in the navbar (the menu at the top) looks.

But don't expect it before version 8.10! 

[#] Wed Apr 04 2012 14:36:58 EDT from "IGnatius T Foobar" <>

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The latest market share figures from comScore (February 2012) have been published.

(If you can't see the image go to ; source: ESR's blog)

Android has surpassed 50% market share in the US.  It is now the majority leader, surpassing all others combined.  This is no surprise, of course; if you look at the trends this is happening pretty much right on time.

How many generations of iPhone have we been through now, where the fanbois all clamored that this would be the one that knocks Android out of the market for good?  Well it looks like the 4S failed to get that done, but we'll probably hear the same thing when the 5 comes out, etc. etc. etc.

Not that it's a bad place for Apple to be, and they may be there intentionally: firmly cemented as a high priced, high end niche player, while someone else who has portable software claiming the majority/commodity share, just like the desktop computer scene ended up playing out.

Poor RIM is tanking.  I personally think they should just move to Android, but it may already be too late for that play to succeed for them.

And of course Microsoft's story in mobile continues to be: fail, fail, fail.  It seems that the old adage that Microsoft gets it right on the third try and begins dominating on the fourth is no longer true: they have now shipped seven generations of phones that nobody wants.  I can't begin to express how happy I am about that.  :-)

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[#] Wed Apr 04 2012 15:50:35 EDT from zooer

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Sure the government can track me... but my phone is cool!

[#] Fri Apr 06 2012 13:31:31 EDT from shadowjester

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Wed Apr 04 2012 14:36:58 EDT from "IGnatius T Foobar" <> Subject: Android surpasses 50% market share

And of course Microsoft's story in mobile continues to be: fail, fail, fail.  It seems that the old adage that Microsoft gets it right on the third try and begins dominating on the fourth is no longer true: they have now shipped seven generations of phones that nobody wants.  I can't begin to express how happy I am about that.  :-)

Personally, I use a Windows Phone, and my experience with it has been a hell of a lot better than with Android. The only other operating system which is as nice is WebOS, but we won't see a whole lot of support for that anytime soon.

The downward trend in those scorings have to do with the general abandoning of Windows Mobile, not a failure on Windows Phone's part. I wish those score charts would actually split out Windows Mobile from Windows Phone, so we could get a better picture of the adoption rate of the new Microsoft mobile OS.

Also, with the cross-development potential for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 (Apollo), we may see adoption rates for developers and users spike in the coming months.

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