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  • Tablets are dying

    Complaining about the start menu and metro in windows 8 is like complaining about airplane food at the Chuckle-Factory.  I've been developing in 8/8.1 for months now, and the only time I even notice either is when I hit the windows key combination and forget the second key.  It is literally never a problem in day-to-day work.

    You obviously want to continue to use MSFT products or you love the abuse you seem to feel is being aimed at you, so embrace it. 

    It's like the whole 'clippy' period of MSFT hate.  You know who never was bothered by clippy?  Me.  Because I turned that sh*t off when I found it bothered me.  I'm not going to waste the fleeting years I have left before I turn to worm-food bitching about something that doesn't affect me or the people I love.

    If you CANNOT work due to something in windows, that's one thing, but if you CHOOSE NOT TO then you are just creating drama for the sake of drama creation.

  • What's a good alternative to the WP music app?

    For music I want to 'own', I'd agree, but in this case, I just want to be able to turn on an playlist of songs/artists/albums that I know will have a decent tempo.  It's what Xbox music promised that it would do.

  • Best of //build/

    I'm interested in VSCode as a potential replacement for Notepad++.  It still seems geared towards scripted languages, but that's not a bad thing.


  • the next 5 years is crucial to MS.

    , Ray7 wrote


    Then you should really stop there :D

    Why start now...


  • What's a good alternative to the WP music app?

    I'm getting the

    "Can't Fetch Rights.  Sorry, we cannot get the rights for this song.  Please check to make sure your time and date are correct, or try again later."

    error message pretty regularly and instead of skipping the song and moving along to the next, it just stops playing the playlist or artist collection. 

    What's dumb is that in some cases, I can figure out what song it was trying to play and if I try again, it works, so it's obviously some f*ckup in the actual music app.  A google search for the error message finds loads of people complaining about it and not a single response from Microsoft about it, so

    I'm kind of tired of paying nearly $100 a year for music I can't hear and I'd like to find some other service that might work.  I need to be able to play songs even if I don't have an active network connection.  I'm not a luddite, but I'd like to be able to go running in the woods and hear the music.

  • the next 5 years is crucial to MS.

    Yeah, I'm not entirely convinced that there isn't something fishy going on with Apple's numbers.  I'll fully admit that I have nothing concrete to back it up, but I'm getting the same kind of vibe as we had back in the late 90s with telecom companies.  Anybody who wants an iPhone has one and the hamster wheel of yearly upgrades, while noteworthy, is neither universal nor sustainable for many consumers.  They've been pretty slim on exactly where the profit comes from, just that it exists, and I suspect much of it is due to share prices and creative accounting.

  • Free WiFi and Coffee at StarBucks

    Part of it is that we tend to turn anything we can into a fetish and then we naturally have to create luxury versions.  Honestly, though, soaking coffee grinds in hot water isn't hi-tech.  The coffee should be the major cost.

  • Tablets are dying

    , wastingtime​withforums wrote


    Writing a huge anti-W8 rant with dozens of links takes me far less time than you think.

    You have no idea how little time I think it takes you....

  • just tried the iWatch.

    , Bass wrote


    If you are a full time worker you probably can't take full advantage of your apartment, because you are at work or out and about most of the time. Yet I work with single folks who rent 2-bedrooms because they want the extra space or need a whole extra room to host their computer. Why is this sensible?

    Because nobody wants to trip over their stuff all the time?  Because they have hobbies?  Because not everybody is out and about all the time? 

    The difference in cost between a $30K car and a $20K car can be massive even if you lease or finance, easily an iWatch per month factoring in larger lease payments and collision/comp coverage. Yet people still buy $30K cars despite $20K car getting you from A to B in roughly the same comfort.

    Yeah, but not really.  A $30k car won't fall apart milliseconds after the warranty period and a 30k car is likely to actually last for 10 years if you take care of it.  Cars need to do more than just take you from point to point once, they need to be able to do it repeatedly and reliably.

    The iWatch is silly, but most consumer electronics are silly, wasteful, and not necessary.  I wouldn't fault anyone for buying one, I just wouldn't waste my own money on one and it certainly isn't 'a new paradigm of timekeeping'.

  • Free WiFi and Coffee at StarBucks

    I rewarded myself with a French press a few years ago...