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4381  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Logitech Revue on: November 05, 2010, 05:49:12 PM
My son-in-law installed/demo'd this on my media center/home office network. For me, it didn't add much functionality as I have the rooms hardwired with usb & network jacks where needed, so a full keyboard and trackball is readily available.  However, what did make me pay attention was the app that was available for the iPhone (android, too??) that essentially bypassed the keyboard and put the Iphone in command of everything.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/smartTV/revue

US only, I'm guessing.
4382  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 05, 2010, 05:22:17 PM
>Beer prices same as London - ie not cheap, but not 10 a pint either.

We pitched Reykjavik privately two or three years ago, before the crash. That came to a screeching halt when Torben gave us a reality-check on the prices.

>Reykjavik sounds like a great idea.

I'm in.  Is it still frozen in May?
4383  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Need a Decent Accounting package on: November 05, 2010, 05:12:24 PM
15 years ago Peachtree dominated the small biz accounting market here in the US. Quicken (basic checking) expanded into Quickbooks (full accounting) and essentially swept the market.  You can get QB Pro 2010 on Amazon for about $125, I think ...as 2011 version came out in Oct.  Wherever you get it, read the reviews on Amazon or business forums to get a feel for the tricks Intuit pulls. There has been, IMO, some elements of crippleware and heavy doses of walled-garden marketing to the user base built into past packages.  Nagware was also I problem.  Still, even with the ugly warts, most of us on QB can't find a better alternative.
4384  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Archos - 8GB Touch Tablet - ANDROID + Wi-Fi on: November 05, 2010, 05:01:37 PM
I have netbooks lying about and they mostly go unused. The original idea was to have so many that if I stretched while I yawned then I'd be in danger of knocking a netbook off a cabinet.  That went pretty well for a while but I ended up just using the one next to my place at the table or going to drag out my favorite.

I have friends and nffc (hhh) in the biz who keep me CONSTANTLY and nauseatingly updated on the abilities of the ipad. And where it seems to take the far lead in the convenience factor is #1 boot-to-web time and #2 battery life.
4385  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: Archos - 8GB Touch Tablet - ANDROID + Wi-Fi on: November 05, 2010, 03:26:34 PM
>too small for 46 year old eyes

This Archos certainly isn't going to burn your retinas, it's weak in the size/resolution area.  But for throw-aways, it looks promising overall.  Personally, I'm waiting until after Christmas and will probably pick up an iPad or maybe an iPhone with a swapped sim.  But don't tell NFFC.
4386  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Archos - 8GB Touch Tablet - ANDROID + Wi-Fi on: November 05, 2010, 02:39:41 PM
Not an Ipad, but not an Ipod either.  At $145, it's a throw-away.  There are cheaper android tablets out there, Walgreens recently had one for $99. BUT it was an earlier version of android and supposedly couldn't be upgraded.  This one is Android 2.1 Eclair (upgradable to Android 2.2 Froyo when released).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16855501056&cm_sp=DailyDeal-_-55-501-056-_-Product
4387  Why We Are Here / Traffic / Re: Who's a FB expert? on: November 05, 2010, 01:15:53 PM
"Home improvement retailer Lowe's went on Facebook and invited all of its friends to a totally awesome pre-Black Friday party late Thursday night and early Friday morning. Like all really fun parties, too many people showed up and things got out of hand. Which is to say that the doorbuster item, a KitchenAid stand mixer at 90%, sold out quickly, and took the store's entire site down with it."

http://consumerist.com/2010/11/lowes-holds-sale-underestimates-demand-for-90-off-kitchenaid-stand-mixers.html
4388  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 11:31:36 PM
>allowed to do that on a motorcycle?

Until the oil in the crankcase freezes.
4389  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 11:03:05 PM
Actually, I'd rather go to Alaska that Dublin.  In fact, the boys have been talking about a meetup in Yellowstone NP but -damn- talk about hellatious logistics!
4390  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / NFFC, so help me... on: November 04, 2010, 10:54:43 PM
...if you start that Apple fanboy stuff I'll nuke your a##.
4391  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 10:52:05 PM
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That kind of defeats the object for me. If people want a holiday / vacation then go for a holiday vacation not an industry catch up.

>So how about Alaska, I've never been there

Oh, so YOU get a vacation but I can't go to Dublin?  How does that work?
4392  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 10:42:23 PM
hhh. welcome home, mivox

>AU

Yeah, I've been begging Woz to set us up for -what?- 10 years now.
4393  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 10:00:08 PM
No, I'll stop there.  And I'm not really suggesting this (yet. And ignore anything NFFC or the Vikings might say about our "Redneck Tour Service"), I was just seeing if you were flexible. Stansted would likely be the way to go for the coming May.  But, as familiar as you EU'rs are with Stansted, you should know that it's not particularly easy to get to from the US.  Schiphol is far easier.

And ORF is actually about half-way between our EU contingent and our West-of-Vegas group.  But, again, I think that's for another time.

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And, of course, we have the fringe territories to consider; AU, JP, and --if mivox is still living there-- the independent country of Alaska.
4394  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 09:14:59 PM
>Dublin

I'm just moving you westward.

Virginia Beach?  Airport = ORF
4395  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: Conferences on: November 04, 2010, 08:48:33 PM
Hey Jason, what about Dublin instead?
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