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  • No more need for developers (that means you)

    Browser not supported. Meh.  I really wanted to see though so I used Chrome. :P

    It looks cool.  It's feels familiar, like WinForm'ish (since you can kind of draw the UI but it's mainly done through the properties dialog and not through code).  For cranking out simple apps this seems like a cool approach.  I couldn't see anywhere where you could add your own code (I assume they would have to translate it to make it cross-app viable which would make it complicated on their side).  With more widgets though to do different common tasks it could be very useful (like the ability to post form data as json to somewhere and accept a response, etc.).  Maybe that's there and I missed it in my 5 minutes of looking at it.


  • Xamarin and MSDN

    , Bass wrote

    Please. $1000 is not a lot of money.

    That really depends on someone's personal situation, it may not be a lot to you but it maybe a lot to someone else.

  • Ebola spreads to USA

    This is a little ranty, I apologize in advance (I find this topic intriguing).  I don't have much faith in the media.. we may have a free press but that doesn't mean every press organization has good content.  They're free to suck also (a reputations shared by news organizations on all sides of the spectrum). :P

    Ebola may not spread as easily as the cold, but it certainly spreads or we wouldn't even be having this discussion.  Touch an infected surface, touch your face, boom.  CNN is currently pushing the we're all racist line because the Texas patient didn't get the experimental meds fast enough.  I'm not an expert on the story but it seems like most other patients treated here were specifically flown in which gave the specialized medical facilities some lead time to get the experimental meds and go through the red tape which reportedly exists.  In the case of the Texas individual it was different in that he just showed up at the hospital and the health care workers made a fatal flaw of sending him home (also with no lead time to go through the red tape when he was admitted... clearly mistakes were made here though). 

    About the guy who was in the apartment unprotected because they were told there was no chance of contracting the virus.  Apparently they ended up incinerating all of their belongings... if there really was "no chance" of spreading it why would they do that?  Answer, because it can spread and there is risk of it and no one should have gone in there unprotected.

    I'm not panicking by any means but I'm also not buying the assurance of government officials anywhere.  There are risks, it can spread (and there's also the psychological factor/panic which is probably an even larger danger if it were to start spreading).

    • Officials: "It won't spread from the Bush"
    • Reality:  It did.
    • Officials: "It won't spread to the cities".
    • Reality:  It did.
    • Officials: "It won't spread in the cities if it gets there, it's too hard to contract".
    • Reality:  It did.
    • Officials:  "It won't make it to Europe or the US"
    • Reality:  It did.


  • Ebola spreads to USA

    It may not be easily transmitted but it is transmitted and in this outbreak far easier than previous warnings indicated.  The US is scrambling now to deal with a single patient and find his contacts which is what they should be doing, I wonder how well we will be able to do that when it's not a single patient.  Not fear mongering but it's worth thinking about.  If the virus mutated and became airborne, whole new ball game.  I'm not going to lose sleep over it but that possibility does exist (and they have shown it is mutating and luckily those haven't been an issue).

  • considering iPhone or Android phone.

    I used Android from 2009-2011, It was buggy for me all around them.  It was very slow, I was always having to kill tasks to bring the device back to responsiveness (even the characters lagged when you typed on the screen).. who doesn't love waiting a full minute for your picture library to load after all.  The final nail in the coffin was there was a bug (which may have been from Motorola and not Google) where I couldn't connect to my corporate Exchange server for 6 months without using a 3rd party app (Google, Motorola and Microsoft all pointed fingers at each other). I did like that I could just plug the USB cable into my computer and move content to and from.  I also liked that I could install 3rd party apps without having to go through the google store or jail break the device.

    I used Windows Phone 7 from 2011-2013.  I only had the choice of two phones on Verizon at the time.  The phone performed well on built in tasks.  There was a severe lack of other apps that the other OS's had.  I was stranded on WP 7.5 when my phone could have run 7.8 (AT&T pushed 7.8 for it, Verizon did not).  When I bought the phone I was told Microsoft controlled the updates.  That simply wasn't true (I blame Verizon mostly for this, although if Apple can push their updates out Microsoft should be able to do the same thing).  From a less important aesthetic standpoint I never loved the Metro interface even on the phone, I find it overall ugly.  I also hate interfaces that don't have visual cues and/or have icons with no way to know what they do (Apple does this often also, I find it incredibly obnoxious that I have to stumble around to figure out what a button does, for apps I don't use frequently it's very annoying).  Also, having to move content on/off via the Zune software was awful if you wanted to move it from your computer.  I had coded a few apps (that were very stable by the end) on the appstore with a few thousand users, wasn't worth it for me to renew my membership though.

    I've used iPhone 5c since late 2013.  It's the best phone I've personally owned (and I'm not an Apple fan, I love Windows at least on the desktop).  What I find a little ironic is that Apple is heading towards (with iOS 8) tightly integrating the phone and the desktop while other companies are shunning the desktop declaring it dead and mobile the king (the irony being that Apple really ushered in the mainstream popularity of mobile touch devices).  The phone has good battery life (I turned off all the location services that I didn't want on), great app availability and performs well.  My biggest beef with it is having to use iTunes to move things like music over to it.  I hate hate hate iTunes, always have.  I feel like they purposely make it slow (I'm sure they don't but they certainly haven't taken strides over the last 10 years to speed it up).  My desktop is pretty powerful and it takes iTunes a full minute to start and become responsive.   Photoshop loads faster.  :D

  • Android exploit - ouch

    On the other side, some customers would be upset to not receive security updates, patches and general updates that add other functionality.  I got rid of my Windows phone after my contract was up for a few reasons, but one was that that my hardware supported new versions of the OS but I wasn't allowed to update.  I didn't want to get stuck in that same situation where I was left stranded mid contract.

    If these phone companies are writing software that breaks every OS update (and they can't fix the issue in a timely fashion) then I'd argue that they're writing poor software. 

  • Android exploit - ouch

    Allowing cell phone companies to control update schedules for phones (or any mobile device) was and is a bad idea.  Sometimes, they don't even release updates even if the phones can run them (even if the phones support them and there's security fixes).  I would think that they would want patched devices on their network but what do I know?  :P

  • Microsoft Layoffs

    It looks like the Nokia workers mostly took it on the chin.  The article I read said 18,000 cuts with 12,500 of those coming from Nokia. 

  • ASP.Net/PHP Hosting advice

    , blowdart wrote

    @jinx101:There aren't any add-on fees like that. Unless you've selected services that cause them - SSL used to for example.

    That would be fine.  If I add something I'm totally willing to pay for it.  I went with Azure.

    Thanks again for the advice.

  • ASP.Net/PHP Hosting advice

    Ya know, I may do that.  I see they have a free option that can be upgraded to shared anytime (which is probably what I would do).  I may try that out tonight (the shared option for what I want looks great and it's 40% of the price of my current provider).  I kind of like that you can pick and choose your features and don't have to choose from bundles.  I basically want a stable service without hidden fees that pop up out of nowhere (and I understand shared hosting can be slow at times, that I'm ok with).

    Hypothetically, if the calculator there comes up with $20 for your monthly fee is it pretty much that plus any applicable taxes?  My current provider sneaks in fees on top of your monthly payment that show up out of nowhere, like a "threat protection fee" and "Universal Internet Service fee" (that didn't used to be part of my package and showed up mid contract).  I even had an ipV6 fee that showed up for a few months.