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  • iPhone OS 4.0

    There was some cool stuff in there but still not enough that makes me want to rush out and get an iphone.  I'm more curious about the announcment next monday from MS and how different from WP7 this new phone OS will be.

  • Is the iPad any good?

    CannotResolveSymbol said:
    CreamFilling512 said:
    *snip*

    I'll walk you through everything I used my iPad for today (although my usage patterns are likely to change, as I get used to it and the app ecosystem starts to fill in some gaps):

     

    * Went to my first class.  Attempted to (audio) record the lecture, and failed.  This is one of the gaps in the App Store I mentioned Sad  Evernote is apparently limited to 20 minutes, and there's not much else available right now.

     

    * Went to work.  Demoed our (internal) iPhone app running on the iPad.  It's (describing it vaguely as it's not public) a research prototype of a mapping application.  It makes a nifty demo on the iPhone, but it's beautiful on the iPad's larger screen.  Simply put, the iPad makes maps "come alive" (so to speak) in a way that neither paper maps nor maps in a web browser are capable of doing (and this runs counter to the opinion of one of our human factors researchers here...  going to meet with her tomorrow; should be interesting).

     

    * Worked for a while (not on the iPad).  Used the iPad for email as emails came in--  the iPad puts my three email accounts in one easy-to-access place (not that I couldn't do this with either of my regular computers, but I prefer to keep those machines connected only to my work email; the iPad (and my iPod Touch) accesses both work and personal email).

     

    * Went to second class.  Used iPad for web browsing while waiting for class to start.  Discovered I didn't have a printed copy of one of the papers we were going to discuss in class--  pulled up the paper on my iPad for reference during the discussion.  After class, used the calendar application to make a note in Google Calendar that we would not be having class next week.

     

    * Went home.  Surfed the web for a bit.  Started up my desktop, and that's where I am now--  for now, I'm using the iPad the same way I was earlier; primarily serving as an auxiliary device while doing actual work on a desktop PC.  I've got a paper to read through later--  I'll probably do that on the iPad rather than on paper because it's pretty lengthy.

     

    And, after relatively heavy use today, it's still sitting at about 62% battery life.  Can't do that with my netbook--  my Mini 12 has to be recharged after about 5 hours of heavy use.

     

    This isn't to sell you on the iPad, or even to convince you that the iPad is something you need to have--  as a student, I have relatively unusual usage patterns for these types of devices.  But, for my use, the iPad fits just about perfectly--  better than my netbook (which browses the web acceptably, but pukes when encountering Flash/Silverlight content and couldn't play a game more complicated than Windows XP's Solitaire) and better (for how I'm using it) than a full-size laptop (which is heavy and doesn't last anywhere near as long).  There are still a few cases where the netbook's better (remote desktop, SSH+X11, and the few Windows apps that actually run well on the thing), but the iPad does most of what I was actually using the netbook for...  but a lot faster and smoother.

    remote desktop, SSH+X11

     

    Even those you could do on the ipad through apps, though I never used either so not sure if they would replace the windows netbook in that regard.

  • Ideas for C# 5.0

    Ion Todirel said:
    exoteric said:
    *snip*

    I'd really want grouped exceptions:

     

    try

    {

    }

    catch (SocketException)

    catch (WebException)

    {

        // some common handling here

    }

     

    vs.

     

    try

    {

    }

    catch (SocketException)

    {

        // some handling here

    }

    catch (WebException)

    {

        // same handling as above

    }

    or something like:

     

    try
    { 
        ... 
    }
    catch (System.IO.FileLoadException, System.IO.FileNotFoundException)
    {
        ...
    }
    

     

    This is something I've been wanting for a while.  I especially hate having one line of code catch blocks just because I needed to catch some random exception that I didn't want caught by System.Exception.  Something like this would make things look cleaner I think.

  • Watch Channel 9 on your television

    CreamFilling512 said:

    Should put the videos on Xbox live dashboard, make it so.

    Now that would be awesome.  Yes, make channel9 videos accessible from Xbox LIVE.  It could even have its own channel somewhere on the dashboard.

  • I want a save button in OneNote

    Even if you do accidently delete something from you note, aren't you still able to undo all the way to where you need to get back to a working state?

  • Tell the Windows Server Team what you need

    intelman said:

    The webpage is not working, I will just state my concerns here.

     

    Windows Updates needs to require little to no reboots. Scheduling Windows updates is quite lame. Hell it bothers me on my desktop. Knock out two birds with one stone, finally fix the way Windows updates. 

    6 year old thread, just like the other two this guy dug from out the grave.

  • QuickTime installer fail

    Don't you know rule number one is, never install quicktime?

  • Anyone familiar with quirks with A2DP in winmo 6.5?

    I have a moto T505 speaker in the car that I used to be able to listen to phone calls and music from a blackberry I had.  Now I have a HD2 with one of the later builds of winmo 6.5, the so called 6.5.X.  I'm trying to be able to listen to music through my car radio via the T505, but the thing is that the phone just refuses to output music through the T505.  What's strange is that it routes phone calls to it just fine.  Anyone ever happen to have something like this happen or maybe know how to fix it?

     

    I've seen a video on youtube where a guy paired his HD2 to a T505 speaker.  He's using a stock ROM but I have the same bluetooth app and followed the same steps that guy did but still no music...  I guess it's what I get for going with a custom ROM, but I find it hard to believe that its the ROM.

  • Would the Segway have been more ​successful..​.

    mstefan said:
    ManipUni said:
    *snip*

    It's not that it's illegal (because there's no sidewalks), it's just that in a very practical sense you're taking your life in your own hands. In California, you're nothing short of suicidal if you're out walking in an area without a sidewalk, or biking where there's no bike path. The case that recently got attention because a doctor intentionally injured some cyclists to "teach them a lesson" is actually not that unusual; unfortunately, pedestrians and cyclists are largely thought of as nuisances.

     

     

    Pedestrians, no.  Cyclists, yes, and for good reason.  If you're going to be riding a bike on a road that is intended for cars, you're asking for trouble.  A bike is not a car, but cyclists never understand what "share the road" means, instead they hog the lane.  This doesn't apply to all cyclists.  The ones that ride their bikes on the sidewalk are perfectly fine, it's the guys that ride with those tight clown costumes with their butts in the air that are the nuisance.

  • USA now has healthcare / health insurance reform

    ScanIAm said:
    brian.shapiro said:
    *snip*

    I love how the HCR opponents suddenly want to offer up suggestions on how the bill could be improved after spending a year digging in their heels like petulant infants.  The bill is certainly watered down enough, and this is due, in no small part, to concessions made to these same opponents who still didn't vote for it. 

     

    Tort reform?  Arguably, it wouldn't have helped much, but it was certainly possible as part of the bill. 

    Expanding Medicare?  Quite possible.  Maybe you shoulda brought it up when the bill was crafted?

     

    But my favorite bit of waaaaaambulance is the whole "They pushed it through with no review, they broke their rules".  Seriously?  Some softcore pornstar gets elected in Massachusetts, and Obama WAITS NEARLY A MONTH FOR HIM TO BE SWORN IN before going to a vote.  You dummys had plenty of time to review the bill.

     

    Whine all you want, haters, this is only step 1.

    No, there was no time to review the bill.  The one that was started several months ago was not the same as what just passed...  The democrats health care bill has been rewritten twice already since being introduced.  Revision 3 is the one that just passed.  You have to know what's in the revision before you can debate it.  No use debating an old version of the bill.  And also, there were suggestions on how to make the bill better by republicans, many of them.  As far back as June, republicans proposed their version of an entire health care bill, but all you heard from the talking heads in the media, and from Obama himself was that the republicans were "the party of no" which was a bunch of BS.