So, I was born on March 9, 1972.
It's nice to know Microsoft cares:
Bing: It's all you ever wanted in a search engine. And more.
So guys, how long do you typically hold on to your PCs, and generally, what kinds of things make you want to upgrade to the next greatest thing?
I ask because it finally happened ... I checked the "recommended requirements" for Star Wars Battlefront 2, and it said "Core i5 6600" ... whereas, I have a 4690K.
But for cryin' out loud, I'd be really, really lying to you if I said I wasn't happy with how my system is still performing (w/ 16 GB of RAM and GTX 970).
My laptop is an Asus 2-in-1 that I bought about 3 years ago, but geez ... it still works fine.
I even have a Google Nexus 7 tablet that I still use because ... well, it still works and is awesome.
Perhaps some of you might remember last year when I posted a link to Oh Christmas Tree, a rendition I recorded myself and uploaded to SoundCloud.
This year I decided to do Auld Lang Syne. Here is the link on SoundCloud if you are interested in listening to it. Have a Happy Holidays everyone.
Hello all. So if you may have seen my recent forum post about this, I recently purchased my first smart phone, an entry-level LG running Android. And although I have nothing against Android per se, my curiosity eventually got to the point where I decided to start piling it up with the Microsoft apps, such as the launcher, Cortana, Bing, OneNote, etc. (haven't installed their virtual keyboard yet). I was just wondering to what extent everyone here has been doing this to their phones as well, whether Android or iOS, and how you feel about doing that, whether you prefer the look and feel of the Microsoft apps versus the stock Android or iOS experience, etc.
I'm trying to figure out my motive for doing this, and I suppose it's a combination of the Microsoft fanboy inside of me plus the idea that I'm helping them sustain "some kind of" presence in mobile, even if it's just a software presence.
But I have to admit, I really think Microsoft's mobile apps are very nice.
It doesn't turn a phone into a Windows Phone, of course, but then that brings up that whole other can of worms that has already been discussed here. And it makes you wonder, would a phone that Microsoft sells that ran Android yet was completely replaced with a Microsoft skin actually be considered a Microsoft phone?
One can only ponder.
Hello fellow gamers,
Thoughts on this video?
My hope is this does not become typical of the new console. I have an original Xbox One (well, the Forza Edition), and it's not loud at all to me.
So. Where to begin.
I think ya'll will find this fascinating simply because of the inherent interest we have in statistical disparities. So here it is in a nutshell: I bought a new smartphone last week.
My ... first smartphone. And I'm 45 years old. And a tech enthusiast who has owned a variety of personal computers, laptops, tablets, game consoles, MP3 players, you name it.
Yes. Chalk it up to the fact that I was sticking to a simple principle, the notion that I *really* didn't think I needed one. What I was mainly concerned about was simply having something to make phone calls in the case of an emergency. I always thought, when I'm out and about, my first priority is to concentrate on the task at hand. If I was at the grocery store, I would be trying to decide between Cap'n Crunch or Cocoa Puffs, not checking Facebook.
Was there *ever* a time where I felt the need to look up something online when I was not at home? Not at first, but admittedly, that desire started to grow.
So I've been relying for many years now on feature phones. I've been a TracFone customer for a long time, and it suited my needs. The occasional call? Check. The occasional text? Check. Affordable? Check.
But I have to admit, recently, something happened. Things reached a boil, and I decided I wanted to upgrade to something better.
So I purchased a smartphone that made sense for *me*. Nothing fancy. In fact, it's another TracFone. Specifically, an LG Rebel 2, but it does run Android Marshmallow, and it's a step up in every way from what I had.
Okay, sure, it's an entry level phone. (If I had to be totally honest, I guess it could be called "low end," but that makes me feel so icky.) But here's the thing ... for my first smartphone, I don't think it *needs* to be more advanced than what it is.
I've been using it for a few days now, and it's ... fine. Maybe there's a little lag here and there, but overall the performance is okay. (It has a 1.1 GHz quad-core Snapdragon.) The internal storage is only 8 GB (yikes), but I added a 16 GB microSD card that I had laying around, and it's allowing me to move many (but not all) of the apps and games I've been downloading to that card. The screen quality is good. It's an attractive design and it's light. As far as I'm concerned, this qualifies as "good enough" for me personally.
So, sure, I won't be able to push this phone the way one would be able to with a flagship that had much higher specs. But that's okay -- I don't need it to do any heavy multitasking. Doing some Googling (or Binging), browsing websites, the occasional video, running a couple apps here and there. It's probably up to the task.
And the best thing about it is, since it still operates under the same TracFone payment system, I only pay for what I need. Over 1,700 of the minutes I had on my old phone were able to transfer over. I added 1,000 texts for $5. I then added 1 GB of data for $10 (I know that's not a lot, but I can always add more). It all gets rolled over as long as I don't miss my next deadline.
Now, I'm sure many of you may be reading this and kind of wondering how someone could put up with some of these ... limitations. That's because I have the feeling that the majority of the hard-core tech enthusiasts on this site are used to higher-end hardware based on more-or-less unlimited plans.
And I also must say, I have no problem with people buying what they want. Just because *I* don't have an iPhone 8/X or a Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn't mean that nobody should.
But I have to start somewhere, and I didn't want to go overboard with my first purchase (budget and income are factors). I have the feeling that down the road, I'll move up a tier. But this is fine for now. Hey, if I'm at home, I'll use the Wi-Fi, not the data.
What's so strange is that I think I *get* it now. I understand the purpose of this thing. It's a computer in your pocket that you can make your own and take almost anywhere. And I find myself now researching and reading articles about mobile computing as well as watching videos about various phones, even phones I know I'm not buying. It suddenly has become all so fascinating. (And believe me, it used to be extremely easy for my mind to wander whenever the conversation turned to phones.)
I was actually wondering if I could make the argument that for someone like me, it simply made *sense* to wait it out until the market became mature (like *really* mature, apparently). I'm not sure about that one, but it's an interesting idea to ponder. After all, look at other forms of personal computing technology. Maybe the first PCs were invented in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, but didn't it take almost two decades before they were commonplace in the average household?
Now, I still plan to stick to some serious guidelines. I refuse to use my phone while I'm driving, be it talking or texting. And I plan to obey the rules of smartphone etiquette. And I think we *all* need to disconnect now and then, go outside, and just get some fresh air.
But yeah, I'm glad I have one now. I'm glad I can communicate with the people in my life using this tool. And I'm glad I can now travel the information superhighway no matter where I am.
So thanks for reading. Hopefully others who are still holdouts might read this and have the same epiphany. Or not. At any rate, I'm just glad we live in such amazing times, and I hope that it keeps getting better.
One that I bought about 15 years ago that has a G3 processor, that is.
Yeah, took it along with an old CRT TV that I also wanted to unload to a nearby electronics recycling event this past weekend.
I used it up until about 2009 when I bought a Mac mini to replace it. Was my first real experience with a Mac. Started to learn my way around it. Ended up using it as my personal web server and did some MIDI stuff with it.
Anybody else here purchase one of these curvy guys back in the day? I wish mine was colored, like they originally were when they came out in the late '90s, but I think when I ordered mine all those cool colors were discontinued.
Honestly, I thought about the possibility of finding somebody who might want it, but there's nothing too special about this machine anymore, and I'm sure the version of OS X on there isn't supported (it's probably Jaguar or Panther, I think).
Hi everyone. So in the past, my relationship with Linux consisted mostly of running distros in virtual machines or dual-booting. But I finally decided to get a little more serious -- I purchased a refurbished Dell OptiPlex and put Ubuntu on it, so it's a dedicated machine.
The Dell came with a Core 2 Duo, 4 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB traditional (platter) hard drive. I put an additional 4 GB of RAM in it and also installed a dedicated (but entry-level) graphics card.
I've got to say, setting up was very easy and Ubuntu has been running well. The only criticism is it would be faster with an SSD, obviously, but I had to stop somewhere. Doing basic gaming on it is a piece of cake (I even have Steam installed).
I'm pleased with how popular apps are becoming more available. Spotify, for instance. And I can access other things via the web, like my OneNote notes.
So what's the point of all this? Tech curiosity, mainly, and to be able to say I'm familiar with more platforms than just Windows. Linux's UNIX underpinnings are quite fascinating the more I study it.
I've even started porting some of the games I've written to Linux. So this is the farthest I've ever gone with it. How about you guys -- are you curious about Linux, or do you use it yourself in your own life? How about those of you that prefer it and use it at home, and just Microsoft stuff at work? Any, heh, "switchers?"
Dined this evening at Taco Bell and purchased an Xbox One X giveaway meal.
Texted my code. Didn't win.
Oh, well. :-(
Okay, people. Let's put the cards on the table. I want cogent, detailed reasons why we have to move on from Win32 and/or .NET to whatever the next thing may be (UWP, or whatever).
Not trying to start any flames or war here either. :)
But I'm going through it in my own mind, and I'm not satisfied with just "out with the old, in with the new." Or nebulous reasons like "Win32 was for another era."
I was hoping we could shed light on the real technical reasons.
And I say this as someone who just recently published a simple game to the Windows 10 Store, a UWP app. Thing is, I wrote it in Clickteam Fusion, and it created the Visual Studio project for me. All I had to do was package it. I didn't see the nuts and bolts.
Come on now, don't be shy. Speak up! :-)
So if you have some spare time and are interested, I'd love it if you'd try out a new game I just wrote and put in the Windows Store. It's a UWP app, believe it or not, so now there's ... how many altogether? Seven? Hahahahaha...
But anyway, here's the link...
This is no AAA title of course, it's just a little something you can fire up to pass the time while you're waiting for your 4K Adobe videos to render. But I tried to do a good job.
So I work in a community college where I have to help people who use our systems in the classrooms, and the other day I came across an interesting one. The individual said things started to work once the "HTML cable" was plugged in to the laptop, and that in order for the system to turn on (and thus the projector hanging from the ceiling to cast an image), the DVD player needed to be turned on first.
HTML cable? That's a new one. :-)
And nothing is dependent on whether the DVD player is turned on. It doesn't provide power to other parts of the system.
But sometimes you just nod and go on with your day.
But hey, I admit, I don't know everything either. I bet if a mechanic tried to walk me through building my own engine or changing my own oil, I'd probably ask some silly questions too.
Anybody else got some recent humorous computer naivete to share?
Was on my Amazon Fire, then all of a sudden Wi-Fi goes out, and switching over to my Google Nexus 7 didn't help either. Our phone said "Check Tel Line."
Well, I figured it was going to be a brief outage due to the unpredictable weather we've been having lately, so I just said to heck with it, and grabbed my Zune for the rest of the night. (I don't have a smart phone, just a feature phone with no music on it.)
This morning, the problem still didn't go away yet. Turned on my gaming rig and couldn't connect to the Internet. Picked up the phone and there's a busy signal! Huh?
So I grabbed our last statement from Comcast with their phone number on it, and I was just about to call them on my TracFone, when all of a sudden -- *POOF* -- everything magically just started working again.
So guys -- how often do you experience outages?
This is mainly directed at Paul, but I'm sure it would appeal to most of us here.
Looks like there is a new documentary on the Amiga that recently came out.
Hi everyone. My 2016 Christmas music project is my personal rendition of the Peanuts version of "Oh Christmas Tree" that I created with a program called REAPER and a piano plug-in.
Here is a link to it on SoundCloud if you are interested in listening:
And the same music with accompanying video on my YouTube channel:
Thanks, hope you enjoy it, and Merry Christmas to all.
Was wondering, to all of you here who did programming back in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, what did you think of the Microsoft compilers and languages of the time versus the competition? Seemed like the two heavyweights were Microsoft and Borland, but I think there were others that were popular, like Watcom C.
As a hobbyist, I was in love with QuickBASIC at the time, but it had flaws compared to other comparable languages of its era, such as Turbo Pascal. Now that was a hit – and if I recall correctly, even Microsoft had their entry with Quick Pascal. Anybody here use that? Just didn’t eat into TP’s market share, but Windows 3.0 was on its way anyway, so…
When I went to junior college in the mid ‘90s and took C++, we used the Borland tools.
Of course, I was amazed when Microsoft finally fixed most of QuickBASIC’s problems and released the BASIC Professional Development System, but, I mean … Visual Basic, so…
(Topic posted in General Discussion because of its antiquated subject matter, as opposed to the Microsoft section.)
Just to let you know, I'm with you on the fight against scammers that call you on the phone who claim to be "helping you with your Windows PC."
A while back I got a call like that, so I decided to have a little fun. I ended up telling the guy that I have a Commodore 64 and that I was connecting to the web with a modem. When he heard that, he said "Oh, I see, sir. Well, have a nice day."
I've actually gotten multiple calls from those people, and my usual response is, "I know this is a scam, please don't call again."
Hard to know what difference one person can make, but we need to let them know we're on to them.
Semi-related, I once picked up the phone when I didn't recognize the number (assuming it was a telemarketer), so I decided to be a wise guy and I said, "Domino's Pizza." The guy said, "Oh really? What's your address?"
I paused because I didn't think he'd call my bluff, so I started saying something like, "123 Main Street" or something nonsensical, and he interrupted by saying, "Oh, I see you had to think about it, well tell ya what, we'll call back at a later time..."
And I said, "Yeah, yeah" and hung up.
Modern life and the stuff we put up with.