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[#] Fri Jul 29 2016 09:32:37 EDT from fleeb

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I want a teleconferencing solution that is hosted behind my firewall, yet can also display desktops.

But you have to pay for that kind of thing.

Unless you write it yourself.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2016 18:04:51 EDT from LoanShark

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Apparently there used to be integration with Picasa for certain
features (like de-dupe)... But guess what? Picasa is dead.

Its corpse is still shuffling along (the website is still there) but maybe not for much longer.

[#] Fri Jul 29 2016 18:05:55 EDT from LoanShark

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What what? Is it being replaced by something else? Hangouts works
much better than Skype for me.

Skype is awful these days. Frequently, messages not delivered until hours later or overnight. Just can't rely on it for anything critical. I guess voice calls work well, but the instant messaging is bad.

[#] Wed Aug 17 2016 17:16:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Ok folks, what's your favorite non-Google search engine?

(Serious answers only. "Bing" will not be accepted.)

[#] Thu Aug 18 2016 02:34:44 EDT from LoanShark

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Err what are you talking about?

[#] Thu Aug 18 2016 14:42:37 EDT from fleeb

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I might go with Yahoo.

I just tried this, typing 'lemmings in skirts', and noticed a link to "Pineapple Apocalypse". The absurdity factor is a serious draw for me.

[#] Thu Aug 18 2016 14:56:54 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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2016-08-17 17:16 from IGnatius T Foobar

Ok folks, what's your favorite non-Google search engine?

(Serious answers only. "Bing" will not be accepted.)

While you may hate it, Bing is the best contender in the number two slot.

But you can check out Duck DuDuckGo or Dogpile.

[#] Sun Aug 21 2016 20:30:29 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I was going to suggest a true Libararian..

[#] Mon Aug 22 2016 08:13:55 EDT from the_mgt

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DuckDuckGo it is here on all devices as default.

The thing is, for a while, I needed to go back to google to find some things. This has become more rate, but I can't say if I just shrug it off or if the search got better.

But I had felt a decline in quality on google before. It might work for common stuff, but detailed linux/computer or philosophical research brought up too many crappy results.

[#] Mon Aug 22 2016 09:34:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I've tried DuckDuckGo before but was unsatisfied with it. But now I've been using it again for the last few days and I am pleased with the results. They've improved.

It should be noted that I am not dissatisfied with Google as a search engine, nor does their snooping/tracking behavior bother me. I'm tired of their propaganda/censorship/politics injected into the user experience. For example, when I went to Google to search for DuckDuckGo ... first it played a Doodle depicting all of the members of minority groups who invented the wheel, mathematics, air, sunlight, and happiness. Then when I started typing "DuckDuckGo" the "D" auto-completed to "Donald Trump eats babies." This, not the search technology itself, is what's turning me off.

[#] Mon Aug 22 2016 22:01:00 EDT from zooer

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Jebus chrips are the only videos currently on youtube Galaxy Note 7 unboxing videos?

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 12:53:58 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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There might be other videos. Not quite sure. Is the GN7 any good? I might consider a new phone this year. I love my Nexus 5 but it's just inside of three years old, the microphone is broken, and software updates are about to end (this device won't get Nutella or Nutbag or whatever they're calling it).

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 14:36:20 EDT from zooer

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Don't know if the Note is any good, I didn't watch any of the videos.*   How does a phone work without a microphone?
My Galaxy S3 still works fine.  The battery life has gotten "meh" and as of late it seems to act very sluggish.

*okay, I clicked on one Note video... my mistake.  I looked at the thumbnail and wondered "What the hell is that big round thing?"  turns out, it was the wireless charger.  


I still be happy with my Nokia 60xx, it made phone calls.


[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 15:31:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Don't know if the Note is any good, I didn't watch any of the
videos.*   How does a phone work without a microphone?

Most people don't talk on their phones anymore, silly. :)

But when I am on a call I have to use the speakerphone.

[#] Wed Aug 31 2016 16:52:22 EDT from zooer

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There is another way to talk on the phone?

I have a great but long story about texting, but it is probably funnier to me because I know the people involved.  The very short less involved version of the story....


My first cell phone was one of the first cell phone's AT&T offered with that feature.  It was the standard model but with upgraded software.  I worked for AT&T at the time, employees were the first to get it.  They were still testing it when my phone arrived, my first text was more or less 'Texting, sounds like a stupid idea.'  My co-worker replied, "I agree, why wouldn't you just call the person?"

[#] Sat Sep 03 2016 14:20:35 EDT from triLcat

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Just after I got a phone that could do texting, I was babysitting for someone and they asked me to call when their kid went to sleep, but they were going to be at a cocktail party... and that's awkward...

I remember them getting wide-eyed when I said "I could just text you" as if it was the best idea they'd ever heard of.

This was somewhere between '99 and '02. 


[#] Sat Sep 03 2016 14:42:29 EDT from zooer

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I had thought texting existed before my phone but I was told that I just happened to send my text in the "testing period"  (Part of my funny story)  A co-worker who had the same model phone as me but purchased it several months before didn't have the option to text.  That was the funny part, he looked so sad that my phone had this silly text option and his didn't.  He demanded a replacement which he got.  When it arrived he sent a text and it didn't go through. Angry he called tech support who had not heard of text messaging. He was furious. He talked to the next level of techs and  found out AT&T turned text messaging off for software updates, changes and other tests.
That was made it so funny.  My first co-worker and I thought it was stupid. Our first text sent were probably monitored by the engineers.  The other co-worker gets the same model phone as he already had just with different software and the software didn't work because the network turned it off.  (Poor guy,) 

That was around 2000.  


[#] Tue Oct 25 2016 15:31:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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When I first got a cell phone, I had to tell someone to stop texting me because I was paying per message. I was on Verizon then and I believe they were charging US$0.10 per send and US$0.02 per receive at the time. After I got my first bill I also found out that the phone's built-in AIM gateway also incurred text message charges.

Not that it was exactly a pleasure typing in T9 anyway. And to think, this was only a little more than 10 years ago.

[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 08:55:05 EDT from the_mgt

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You lucky bastard! I didn't even have T9 on my first four cell phones!

But we never got charged for receiving a message.

[#] Thu Oct 27 2016 09:55:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, I was probably one of the last people in the known universe to get a cell phone, so that probably had something to do with it.

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