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  • The should I give up my windows phone question

    Ugh, IE crashing on AT&T website when looking at Lumia 950. How... ironic...? poetic...?

    Go here then click on the Reviews tab. Not sure whose fault it is.

  • The should I give up my windows phone question

    You will always have a better UX with a native app, period. Unless of course it is a crappy native app implementation, but that is a different story.

  • Windows 10 + 4K Monitor - Painful

    @jamie: I considered the Philips but it uses PWM to dim its LED backlight. Philps claims the monitor is "Flicker Free" since the PWM is at a higher rate, but the Samsung I got uses 240Hz and it caused eyestrain for me. PWM with LEDs is a problem compared to CCFL since CCFL has some fading lag (afterglow), while LEDs turn on/off almost instantly. So while the flicker is at a high rate and the average light is lower, your eyes are constantly bombarded with high light peaks, causing your eyes to have trouble adjusting to the correct intensity, resulting in eyestrain.

    Also, AFAICT the Philips doesn't support 4K @ 60Hz 4:4:4. The 4:4:4 is important if you want sharp text. Incidentally the 404K I bought uses the same panel as the Philips you got.

    I was misled by some people that the Samsung supports 4:4:4. However it turns out those testers that claim it does support 4:4:4 did the test while zoomed into the test image, which nullifies the results. 4:2:0 or 4:0:0 are sub-pixel compression modes. It basically means you lose subpixel resolution on the red/green/blue pixels. To test it, follow the link I posted below and look at the image unscaled. All lines of text should be 100% readable. In the case of the Samsung, I could not read the last lines of text that have the blue and red backgrounds (it looks like the text on the 3rd test image).

    To test for 4:4:4, go here. To test for PWM, go here.

    The otherwise crappy 404K I got passes these two tests with flying colors, and since those are the most important things to me, I can live with its other flaws.

    BTW I think the only graphic cards that can support 4K @ 60Hz 4:4:4 right now are the GTX 960 and up cards.

  • Windows 10 + 4K Monitor - Painful

    , TexasToast wrote

    @BitFlipper:Yeah I see that one on ebay for $650.  Let us know how it works out.  I am getting tired of the 2 monitor thing too.  I guess I was not thinking about the 4k thing other than TV but I see now others using it for a computer monitor.  

    I got the monitor and hooked it up. Definitely not the same build quality as the Samsung but for 1/2 the price it was expected.

    I didn't find any dead/stuck pixels which is great because they generally don't except returns for dead pixels. I did get the "Perfect Pixel" version so there were only supposed to be 0 - 1 dead pixels max, so I guess I got lucky.

    I do miss the curve from the Samsung, which does help the fact that when you look at the edges of a 40" monitor from ~2ft away, it is at quite an angle. But I think I'll get used to the flat monitor soon enough.

    Text is crystal sharp compared to the Samsung, so the 404K definitely supports 4:4:4 at 60Hz. For my case sharp text is more important than accurate colors so I'm happy with the 404K.

    If you do plan on getting one, make sure to get the Final version, and preferably a "Perfect Pixel" version since you are less likely to get dead/stuck pixels. This is the one I got. BTW amazingly I ordered it on Friday and it got delivered for free today from Korea. Not bad.

    Just one problem... Don't use a 40" 4K monitor if you would ever be required to go back to a non-4K/smaller monitor again. It is physically impossible ;)

  • Windows 10 + 4K Monitor - Painful

    , TexasToast wrote

    @BitFlipper:What brand monitor did you buy?   Why the 40" over a 32"?   I am still waiting for a vista type theme which they promised at build for windows 10.  I too like to be able to see windows borders, menus etc that stick out.

    I bought the Samsung curved 40" TV, see this based on good reviews stating that it makes a good monitor. However I found out the reason text is blurry is because contrary to what people say, it doesn't actually support 4K @ 60Hz 4:4:4. So I'm returning it and instead bought the Crossover 404K which should arrive today. It is a cheap Korean monitor however it gets good reviews if you ignore the build quality, bad stand, dodgy warranty etc.

    As for why 40"? Because 40" 4K is roughly the same DPI as a 20" HD monitor. If I got smaller than 40", I'd need to enable DPI scaling which I'd like to avoid at all costs due to some applications not working properly when scaled.

  • Windows 10 + 4K Monitor - Painful

    I just got myself a 40" 4K monitor. Fantastic, and now I can never go back to 2 cramped "HD" monitors.

    Anyway, while I complained in the past that I don't like the flat theme, it turns out to be a real problem on a big monitor. Since I do real work on my computer, I don't do just email, or just browse or just play silly games. Instead I end up opening a large number of windows, all overlapping.

    The idea of maximizing a window on a 40" 4K monitor doesn't really make any sense. Instead you just "spread out" the windows all over the monitor with the main one you are working on in the center somewhere (usually VS in my case).

    All I can tell you is that with W10 it is a PITA because the window title/borders just blend together in one big mess with weakly defined edges. Very often when I want to resize/move/close a window, I end up interacting with the wrong window. For example the fact that the sizing cursor hit area is now outside the window border is also causing problems when you have many window borders close together.

    On the other hand, when I RDP into my work computer, which still uses Windows 7, the experience is much nicer with easy to distinguish window borders and controls. The difference is like night and day. It's the 1st time an RDP session is more enjoyable than working locally.

    Is there no way that MS can at least allow theming, so that those of us that do real work can get themes from 3rd parties since MS themselves don't want to do it?

    This is just crazy. I can't believe how anyone can still think the flat theme is a great improvement over Windows 7. We have lost all depth cues and as we move to higher res and larger monitors this will become a bigger problem, but most people won't even realize why the experience feels sub-par. I mean, a theme is just a cosmetic change, right? Right?

  • The should I give up my windows phone question


    I think it is more likely that these companies are waiting for WP to gain enough market share to be worth the trouble than waiting for W10.

  • The should I give up my windows phone question

    I'm also facing this question. I'm still on a Lumia 920 but my wife's phone has a cracked screen so I'm thinking of getting a new phone and giving the 920 to her. Maybe a Lumia 950. Maybe.

    However the app situation is as bad as ever. There are just so many missing apps. I don't use a lot but the ones I do want to use aren't there.

    For example 5 Miles. Another example is Waze, although available for WP, it has been abandoned since Google took it over. It is now missing all of the latest features and bug fixes. It often loses its mind and goes into a mode where it crashes every time I open it. The only "fix" I found was to give up and try it a few days later again after which it mysteriously works again.

    So not sure what I should do. I already gave up on an MS tablet (my SP3 can't qualify as a tablet) and got an iPad Air 2 for the times I need a functional tablet. So my dilemma is whether I should just jump ship altogether and get an iPhone or not.

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild

    I just turned on my laptop and again there was an update dialog, again with no option to postpone. It was just 1 update, but I timed at and it took over 13 minutes to complete.

    So if I really needed to use the laptop during the next 30 minutes I would have been screwed. Luckily it was "convenient" for me this time around. Thanks MS!

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild

    , magicalclick wrote

    Business computer should go Pro.

    But even Pro has that problem, unless you turn update off altogether. Why does it have to be all or nothing?

    One thing that really bugs me is when people make significant changes like this but aren't capable of thinking it through, and can't imagine that there could possibly be a use case where said change will have an undesirable impact.

    An intern could have told them it's a bad idea.