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2013-12-28 07:54:52 AM  
Anything with duck dynasty on it. Don't let them play you a 3rd time
 
2013-12-28 07:54:55 AM  
Summarizing the list: SMARTPHONES R DA BES CUS THEY DO EVERYTHIGN EVEN THO THEY DNOT DO ANY ONE THIGN WELL
 
2013-12-28 08:14:08 AM  
Deslided for your viewing pleasure.
 
2013-12-28 08:14:09 AM  
I lovely composting on my ipad because it auto connects everything form.
 
2013-12-28 08:18:47 AM  
Non-slideshow version.

God, I SOOO wish I could dump extremely expensive cable tv, but my elderly mother lives with me and can barely figure out the DVR, let alone any Roku device. She's very addicted to many channels and TV shows.
 
2013-12-28 08:48:04 AM  
But slideshows are still a hot seller.
 
2013-12-28 08:48:33 AM  
1) Cable TV
2) Land Line
3) GPS Device
4) DVD/Blu-Ray Players
5) Hotel Rooms
6) Two Year Phone Contract
7) Desktop and Laptop Computers
8) Extra Legroom In Economy
9) Credit Cards With Points Or Miles Programmes
10) Digital Cameras
11) Articles That Are Multi Page Slide Shows Without Even The Benefit Of Pictures.
 
2013-12-28 09:00:30 AM  
Don't they repeat this same list year over year?  Seems they've been decrying the death of cable, GPS and optical media for quite a while now.
 
2013-12-28 09:02:25 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: Anything with duck dynasty on it. Don't let them play you a 3rd time


Sonn all TV will be Duck Dynasty, like all restaurants are Taco Bell
 
2013-12-28 09:03:49 AM  

Ghastly: 1) Cable TV
2) Land Line
3) GPS Device
4) DVD/Blu-Ray Players
5) Hotel Rooms
6) Two Year Phone Contract
7) Desktop and Laptop Computers
8) Extra Legroom In Economy
9) Credit Cards With Points Or Miles Programmes
10) Digital Cameras
11) Articles That Are Multi Page Slide Shows Without Even The Benefit Of Pictures.


"Hotel Rooms" is retarded, everything else is trivial and/or obvious.

They still sell DVD players? Blu-Ray is almost 10 years old.
 
2013-12-28 09:06:45 AM  
Number 8 is a gigantic wad of bullshiat, at least on flights longer than an hour.  I fly to the States fairly regularly for business, and compared to the full-fare economy tickets business class is at least two, usually three times more expensive, and I assure you that tickets across the Atlantic cost more than $100 these days.
 
2013-12-28 09:16:15 AM  

StrikitRich: Peter von Nostrand: Anything with duck dynasty on it. Don't let them play you a 3rd time

Sonn all TV will be Duck Dynasty, like all restaurants are Taco Bell


Carl's Jr.
 
2013-12-28 09:19:09 AM  
Sorry, but the 'tablet will replace everything' is garbage.  I'm not even talking about code-monkeys.  Writing a 50 word e-mail or a short Fark post is a gorram Marquis de Sade pain on a tablet.  Or you can be like the tablet people I know who then always carry a bluetooth keyboard. And two chargers.  And the kitchen sink.

I mean... tablets are great... in their place.  When I am going to be sitting somewhere, I load up some Zinio magazines.  When I went backpacking in Japan, I carried just a tablet.  But, replace my laptop?  Aw, hell no.
 
2013-12-28 09:24:57 AM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: They still sell DVD players? Blu-Ray is almost 10 years old.


Yes, because 10 years ago people with shiatty TVs convinced everyone that there was no difference between DVD and BD.
 
2013-12-28 09:27:03 AM  
I get my internet access through my cable provider, so I'm confused...

(nothing else is anywhere as close to as fast or reliable in my part of the world)
 
2013-12-28 09:31:37 AM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: They still sell DVD players? Blu-Ray is almost 10 years old.


Not everyone has a TV that'll accomodate the higher resolution of Blu-Rays. Hell, we didn't upgrade our TV until 3 years ago, and we only did that because I got laid off and got 25 weeks of severance in one lump sum. And it took us another 6 months to upgrade to BR, and we still don't by BR discs unless the movie is visually stunning enough to require it (although now that they tend to package BR with DVD we're getting less picky).
 
2013-12-28 09:37:18 AM  
Let's see:
1) Cable TV - No problem, haven't had cable for about 8 years. We use Netflix for our on-demand stuff. Haven't missed cable, except for a couple of programs

2) Land Line - Trying to talk Mrs. Un into porting our number over to a VOIP service and upgrading our DSL. Yes, dear we can fax over VOIP (yes, we still do some faxing because some businesses we deal with are still using stone knives and bear skins).

3) GPS Device - Kind of agree, unless you want a hand-held for hiking outside cell coverage. I'm using a Sero 7 Pro (I know, it comes from that evil retailer. So pick another tablet) with the paid version of NavFree. Bigger screen and it is also a tablet and an acceptable e-reader.

4) DVD/Blu-Ray Players - Not dead yet. I do training at a variety of locations for my employer and we use DVD's to distribute the training videos. Plus DVD's are a cheap way to share large data files. Our home DVD blu-ray is also our Netflix streaming box.

5) Hotel Rooms - Maybe for a vacation, but for short-notice 1 night business travel, no.

6) Two Year Phone Contract - I was all set to pay full retail to upgrade my phone last time, but the weekend we went in was the "Verizon glitch" weekend, so we got the subsidized price and kept our unlimited data. I look hard every time we have hit contract renewal, and Verizon, even as expensive as they are, just do it for us in terms of coverage and features. YMMV, but they treat me right every time I deal with them. Back before smartphones, their CSRs gave me a great trick to save $$ when I had to travel to Canada for business on two separate occasions.

7) Desktop and Laptop Computers - I don't game, but from what I understand you still want a high-end (probably custom built) desktop or serious gaming. For business, I still need the functions I get out of a laptop. I don't have a work-supplied un-monitored 30 MB/s data line. I work on some large files and we have a couple of data-intensive intranet applications. My work hard-lines are pretty fast in most cases, but they monitor and websense the heck out of them.

8) Extra Legroom In Economy - TFA says it can cost $180 extra; every recent flight I have flown, it's been $10 to $25, which I am also not paying, though I have been tempted a couple of times. I am hardly flying any more, so meh.

9) Credit Cards With Points Or Miles Programmes - I am requried to use our corporate card for business travel, so whatever.

10) Digital Cameras - My smartphone camera doesn't have the flexibility I need from a camera, and the DSLR's are too big. I am looking hard at the Nikon 1.
 
2013-12-28 09:40:29 AM  

Mike Chewbacca: Not everyone has a TV that'll accomodate the higher resolution of Blu-Rays. Hell, we didn't upgrade our TV until 3 years ago, and we only did that because I got laid off and got 25 weeks of severance in one lump sum. And it took us another 6 months to upgrade to BR, and we still don't by BR discs unless the movie is visually stunning enough to require it (although now that they tend to package BR with DVD we're getting less picky).


I understand still having and using DVD-only; I'm talking about buying a NEW DVD player.  Blu-Ray players can play DVD, and low-end ones are going for under 50 bucks now.  Even if I never intended to buy Blu-Ray media, if my DVD player crapped out and I still wanted to play my existing optical media collection, I figured I'd be buying a cheap Blu-Ray player.
 
2013-12-28 09:41:45 AM  
Dang it ... from what I understand you still want a high-end (probably custom built) desktop for serious gaming

Also, thanks  Ghastly for the list
 
2013-12-28 09:42:34 AM  
I use my desktop every day. But I haven't touched my tablet since getting my Note 2.
 
2013-12-28 09:44:20 AM  
Great, one of these -- part "good point" and part "you're trying to clever, right?"

1) Yes, kill Cable TV. Reality crap has destroyed the medium, and endless marathons of shows have made it a waste of cash. If cable doesn't start doing a-la-carte soon, it's dead. It's not worth it for the 3 shows and occasional game you'd want to watch.

2) Maybe, but I'm still not a heavy cell-phone user. I prepay about $50 every half a year and supplement with a bundled landline with no change for long distance. YMMV.

3) GPS went from "must have" for people who can't read a map to a good idea for specialized uses.

4) Compromise and buy a Blu-Ray with Netflix/Pandora/Hulu/YouTube/whatever service built in.

5) Really? Did you run out of ideas? Hotels aren't in the same group as the cord that lets Honey Boo Boo enter my house.

6) Sure -- the revolt against crappy plans is here. You probably don't need to pay $70 for a cell phone plan just because AT&T won't let you upgrade your phone without it.

7) Cute, you think your IPad can replace a laptop. Let's just compromise and say that no, you don't need a laughably high-priced Mac product. A Chomebook may suit your needs perfectly, or a Windows computer might work for half the price of a Mac product even with the ugly UI.

8) Airlines are the cable companies of the sky. We're all in 1997 waiting for a better alternative.

9) Sure? Credit Card companies are there to screw you over, so choose whichever "bonus" you want.

10) Get a get phone and 80% of people are set. If you enjoy photography or just want something a little higher, splurge. Basically it's still 1980 with phones taking the place of low-end cameras.
 
2013-12-28 09:52:15 AM  
cable tv is not going away for 10-20 more years at least. the next door neighbor is 85 and cable has been at her house for 35 years. someone her age using a walker is not going to go to rabbit ears or learn to use a computer and stream.
 
2013-12-28 10:01:09 AM  
PC sales are going down because what you buy lasts much longer..  They are not going out of style.  ever.

How else are you going to play the good games?
 
2013-12-28 10:10:55 AM  

mrlewish: PC sales are going down because what you buy lasts much longer..  They are not going out of style.  ever.

How else are you going to play the good games?


Or work?
 
2013-12-28 10:16:52 AM  
the Nokia Lumia 1020 has an awesome camera.

otherwise, smartphones still don't hold a candle to digital cameras.

as for Airbnb replacing hotel rooms, hahahaha no. Consistency and service still have great value, and you don't get that with Airbnb.
 
2013-12-28 10:26:55 AM  
4. DVD and Blu-ray players

No. Absolutely not.

You want to buy movies through a streaming service that will cut you off in a few years time? Be my guest, but I'm sticking with discs.

5. Hotel Rooms
If you want to stay in someone's home rather than a professional service, meaning you have no idea about the quality of the mattress or bathroom. Me, I don't.

7. Desktop and Laptop computers
There's little reason to buy a desktop or laptop computer anymore. Tablets perform the same functions - playing music, sharing photos, Web surfing - that most consumers use PCs for and they're made to use while on the go.


I have a Nexus 7 and it is what it is.  It mostly gets used for something the kids can watch movies on in the back of the car or play simple games on. But at every level, it fails hard next to a laptop or desktop.

You want to actually do something, like write something, create code, compose music, edit photos, they suck. You want to play games? There's no Portal, no Half Life, no F1 2013. And I can only echo Tommy Refenes' comments about Tiger Console games for iOS.

I've just built a desktop for my kids for £220 + some parts. It does a gazillion more things than an iPad and will last longer than the couple of years of OS support that you'll get for an iPad (My guess, I'll be using it when they've gone to college in 6 years time).

This bears repeating: If you buy a PC with Windows 8 today, you have OS support for a decade. After that, you can probably pay £100 and get an OS that will extend that further, on a piece of hardware that cost you £400. A £450 first generation iPad from 2010 is no longer supported. The version of the OS is no longer supported by Apple, nor can you pay to upgrade it. As business ideas go, it's farking genius.
 
2013-12-28 10:27:35 AM  
List was even dumber than I expected.
 
2013-12-28 10:27:52 AM  
Sorry - but #1 is crap.  And I say this as someone without cable TV (just internet).

Almost everywhere you go, the fastest internet connection you can get is....surprise surprise....through the cable company.  And they all offer 'bundle packages'.  So the actual price difference for ditching cable and going internet only is usually pretty small.  At my last place, in Colorado, with Comcast cable it was $10 per month in savings to go from TV + Internet to just Internet.

Home media centers are pretty crappy to be perfectly honest.  I've had a few of them, and they've all had horrible problems.  Software based solutions on existing hardware like Plex, Windows Media Center and XMBC all have problems.  I've used some hardware based solutions too - I had a D-Link media player and an android based 'Smart TV' device.  They both sucked really bad too.  People just *want* it to work and they gloss over the problems.

I'm using a Netbook with Windows 7 and an HDMI out to the TV in the bedroom.  XMBC works great for local content - but it doesn't work with Hulu or Netflix anymore.  Certainly not out of the box.  Running the Hulu or Netflix websites are impossible for me.  I've got one of those USB Tv Remote Controls that can act as a crude mouse, but the experience is horrible.  If you hit the wrong button on the remote, you'll find yourself at the desktop again and, in some cases, the USB remote will stop working and require a reboot of the netbook.  Hulu used to have a decent stand-alone player that would work for people in my situation - but they discontinued it.  The only way I've found to run Netflix is through Windows Media Center - but WMC won't play all the same content that XMBC will - so I've got it setup to start WMC and then used a 3rd-party add-on to let WMC launch XMBC where I can watch movies and use some more 3rd party plug-ins to stream some TV shows from websites that make episodes publicly available.  It works - but it's about a million times worse than a TV with cable.  And again, one wrong button and you've closed the window or been kicked back to the desktop.

And you need a fancy, expensive, piece of equipment for each TV you want.  TV in the living room + TV in the bedroom + TV for the kids in the family room?  That's a lot of media centers you need.  And they're buggy pieces of crap for the most part.  I use a PS3 in the living room, but again, all sorts of problems.  PS3 can run Netflix and Hulu no problems - but it can't open lots of different types of media that XMBC can.  And you've got the problem of putting your entire DVD collection onto USB drives or some other storage.  It won't be long before you start thinking of buying a NAS or running a desktop PC 24/7 so that your media devices can access all of your family's media.  But then you realize you've got even more problems!  it never *just* works - and most of the media devices have horrible interfaces for interacting with a media server.  Navigating text messages on the PS3 is a real pain in the butt....but, inevitably, it won't be able to find the media server for no apparent reason.  Searching for media server.  Blah!  Then you'll start trouble shooting and before long you'll be looking at your router settings and fiddling with crap.  Then you'll find out that wireless internet in your home isn't quite up to the task when multiple people are streaming multiple things - at least - you think that might be the problem.  You just know that sometimes the streaming stops and your movie pauses.  Ugh.  So you search on forums and you find all these people who were telling you how great media centers are saying how they only use wired connection!  Now you're buying 200 yards of CAT-5 cable trying to wire your house up so that you can finally watch TV in peace.

Running the media server 24/7 gets expensive.  You'll also need a fairly 'beefy' PC to do it since some of your devices won't support some of your media - but fancy media servers will do on the fly trans-coding....but the server needs to have the CPU for that.  And, remember the more CPU it is using the more electricity it is using too.  I spent days trying to get the 'Wake On LAN' crap to work, but I never could get it....so then I tried scheduling shut-downs.  Which is great, until that one night when it's 2am and your decide you want to watch TV and then you have to trek downstairs to boot up the media server.  What a nightmare.

I really like Netflix - but after a few months I've watched most of what I want to see.  Hulu's commercials drive me mad too, because they are always the same damn commercials.  Watching the same Honda car commercial 25 times in a day is insanity.

If I were in the United States - I would absolutely get cable.  Totally worth it.
 
2013-12-28 10:39:20 AM  
Man, tech journalists seem to really, really want the laughable idea that tablets will replace PCs stick.
 
2013-12-28 10:42:59 AM  
Yeah, because I could totally replace my 30" monitor setup with a 10" tablet with no keyboard or development software.. That_would_be_great.jpg
 
2013-12-28 10:45:20 AM  

csi_yellowknife: 4) Compromise and buy a Blu-Ray with Netflix/Pandora/Hulu/YouTube/whatever service built in.


For Christmas, I got my brother what I call a media steamer with a Blu Ray player built in.

9) Sure? Credit Card companies are there to screw you over, so choose whichever "bonus" you want.

How do you get "screwed" by a company who pays you 1% or more to get a no-interest loan for 20-50 days, on top of a few hundred bucks for signing up?  Or are you doing it terribly wrong?

Fark_Guy_Rob: Sorry - but #1 is crap.  And I say this as someone without cable TV (just internet).

Almost everywhere you go, the fastest internet connection you can get is....surprise surprise....through the cable company.  And they all offer 'bundle packages'.  So the actual price difference for ditching cable and going internet only is usually pretty small.  At my last place, in Colorado, with Comcast cable it was $10 per month in savings to go from TV + Internet to just Internet.


Where I'm at, it's an extra $25 to go to the lowest plan that has anything on it with paying more than zero for off-contract.
 
2013-12-28 10:48:58 AM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: Ghastly: 1) Cable TV
2) Land Line
3) GPS Device
4) DVD/Blu-Ray Players
5) Hotel Rooms
6) Two Year Phone Contract
7) Desktop and Laptop Computers
8) Extra Legroom In Economy
9) Credit Cards With Points Or Miles Programmes
10) Digital Cameras
11) Articles That Are Multi Page Slide Shows Without Even The Benefit Of Pictures.

"Hotel Rooms" is retarded, everything else is trivial and/or obvious.

They still sell DVD players? Blu-Ray is almost 10 years old.



DVD players are cheap, DVDs are cheap, DVD playback is near universal- many more people have DVD players or playback on computers, so it's easy to trade or borrow disks, and the picture looks fine, even on a large screen as long as you are sitting at a normal viewing distance. I buy more DVDs than Blu-Rays for those reasons...
 
2013-12-28 10:50:26 AM  
There's little reason to buy a desktop or laptop computer anymore. Tablets perform the same functions

Suit yourselves on this one, but I have a laptop and a desktop, and no matter how good my laptop was I would still want a desktop. I farking hate the keyboards, the touchpad, the small screen, the heat produced by it, the ruining of your laptop battery by using it too much while plugged in, the lack of easy upgrade capability.

And the more you adjust your laptop to replace a desktop, the less portable it becomes (or rather, plenty of unplugging dicking around every day when you return it to its portable state).


And this website thinks I want a farking tablet? ugh.
 
2013-12-28 10:52:39 AM  

Yankees Team Gynecologist: Mike Chewbacca: Not everyone has a TV that'll accomodate the higher resolution of Blu-Rays. Hell, we didn't upgrade our TV until 3 years ago, and we only did that because I got laid off and got 25 weeks of severance in one lump sum. And it took us another 6 months to upgrade to BR, and we still don't by BR discs unless the movie is visually stunning enough to require it (although now that they tend to package BR with DVD we're getting less picky).

I understand still having and using DVD-only; I'm talking about buying a NEW DVD player.  Blu-Ray players can play DVD, and low-end ones are going for under 50 bucks now.  Even if I never intended to buy Blu-Ray media, if my DVD player crapped out and I still wanted to play my existing optical media collection, I figured I'd be buying a cheap Blu-Ray player.


True, you are better off buying a Blu-Ray player for compatibility sake, but you can't deny that there are some really good DVD player deals. I recently bought one for $19.99, and it had SD card and USB connections, that was worth the 20 bucks right there... Makes viewing pictures and playing MP3s on my bedroom system so easy...
 
2013-12-28 10:53:18 AM  

Ghastly: 1) Cable TV


I'm on satellite, but I've contemplated cutting the cord. If I could get HBO-Go as a standalone service I might do it.

2) Land Line

I've been land line free for five years.

3) GPS Device

I bought my first car with built-in Navigation last year. I would never go back.


4) DVD/Blu-Ray Players

Even on my 10 year old 1080i CRT based RPTV the difference in picture quality between Blu-Ray and recorded or streamed HD content is amazing. Long live Blu-Ray.

6) Two Year Phone Contract

I like getting a new phone every two years for $99-$199. I'm not going to switch to some cut-rate network and give up my LTE and visual voicemail either.

7) Desktop and Laptop Computers

Bullshiat. I love my smart phone, I love my tablet, but neither replaces my desktop.
 
2013-12-28 10:56:08 AM  

Unobtanium: Let's see:
1) Cable TV  - No problem, haven't had cable for about 8 years. We use Netflix for our on-demand stuff. Haven't missed cable, except for a couple of programs

2) Land Line - Trying to talk Mrs. Un into porting our number over to a VOIP service and upgrading our DSL. Yes, dear we can fax over VOIP (yes, we still do some faxing because some businesses we deal with are still using stone knives and bear skins).

3) GPS Device - Kind of agree, unless you want a hand-held for hiking outside cell coverage. I'm using a Sero 7 Pro (I know, it comes from that evil retailer. So pick another tablet) with the paid version of NavFree. Bigger screen and it is also a tablet and an acceptable e-reader.

4) DVD/Blu-Ray Players - Not dead yet. I do training at a variety of locations for my employer and we use DVD's to distribute the training videos. Plus DVD's are a cheap way to share large data files. Our home DVD blu-ray is also our Netflix streaming box.

5) Hotel Rooms - Maybe for a vacation, but for short-notice 1 night business travel, no.

6) Two Year Phone Contract - I was all set to pay full retail to upgrade my phone last time, but the weekend we went in was the "Verizon glitch" weekend, so we got the subsidized price and kept our unlimited data. I look hard every time we have hit contract renewal, and Verizon, even as expensive as they are, just do it for us in terms of coverage and features. YMMV, but they treat me right every time I deal with them. Back before smartphones, their CSRs gave me a great trick to save $$ when I had to travel to Canada for business on two separate occasions.

7) Desktop and Laptop Computers - I don't game, but from what I understand you still want a high-end (probably custom built) desktop or serious gaming. For business, I still need the functions I get out of a laptop. I don't have a work-supplied un-monitored 30 MB/s data line. I work on some large files and we have a couple of data-intensive intranet applications. My work hard-li ...


My Sony DSC-HX300 is amazing... A little pricey, but 50x zoom and takes really nice pictures, even in low-light with no flash. I've had all kinds of cameras, from basic point and shoots to Nikon DSLR systems, and I honestly feel like this is the first camera I've ever had that does everything good enough to make me happy...
 
2013-12-28 10:56:20 AM  

Great_Milenko: Yes, because 10 years ago people with shiatty TVs convinced everyone that there was no difference between DVD and BD.


They were correct.  Having a shiatty tv means not wanting to waste money on Bluray.  I no longer have a shiatty tv, but I could still give a fark whether I'm watching a bluray or dvd.

/and lower quality stuff downloads one hell of a lot faster.
 
2013-12-28 10:58:37 AM  

farkeruk: You want to buy movies through a streaming service that will cut you off in a few years time? Be my guest, but I'm sticking with discs.


You want to buy all of my useless optical media that came bundled with my digital copies?

They will probably degrade into unreadable coasters long before Amazon or WalMart go out of business.  Two of my original 1997 DVDs already have.
 
2013-12-28 11:01:25 AM  
If and when my firm wants me to be able to work from home, they'll give me a laptop.  Until then, I'm perfectly happy using the Linux-powered desktop I cobbled together from a few hundred Euros' worth of parts to write e-mails and manage my budget and browse the internet and doing all of those other computery-type things.  And when I travel, I have a tablet for keeping up with my personal e-mails and killing time in the airport/train station.  The tablet gives me more portability than a laptop, and if the HDD craps out or I want to upgrade the WiFi on the desktop I can actually fix the busted part instead of tossing the whole thing like one must often do with a laptop.  Works for me.
 
2013-12-28 11:05:57 AM  
Regarding tablets, it isn't entirely unreasonable to say that a large number of people don't use a PC for anything that a tablet can't do.

Although for a school age kid, I would say that they should have access to a real PC so they can learn to do all the good stuff a tablet can't.
 
2013-12-28 11:14:05 AM  
When I can get free sports (ESPN, Fox Sports, etc) over the air or online, I'll think about ditching cable.  Until then, no deal  It's not for the odd game, it's the odd game that I watch nearly every day of the week.

Tablets replacing Laptops/Desktop is laughable.  Sure it may work for some, but you probably weren't actually using the computer in the first place.  Kind of like saying free internet access at local library is going to make home internet obsolete.

Must have been a slow news day or something for the rest of them.
 
2013-12-28 11:15:09 AM  

BMFPitt: Regarding tablets, it isn't entirely unreasonable to say that a large number of people don't use a PC for anything that a tablet can't do.


I don't know what a large number is, perhaps you could use something useful like a percentage?

Also, I take issue with "can't do".  My tablet doesn't have a 30 inch monitor.  My tablet doesn't have a keyboard. 

In fact, it cannot be as convenient at having a monitor, keyboard, and mouse as a desktop.  I would argue that anyone who likes those things can't do them on their tablet.

But if you want to down that road, why not go a step further?

'It isn't entirely unreasonable to say that a large number of people don't use a PC, Laptop, or Tablet for anything a good smartphone can't do'

Hell, I probably like typing on my smart phone more than my tablet :)
 
2013-12-28 11:21:08 AM  
Many (most?) people overbuy with DSLRs. A simple point-and-click would serve them far better (and is cheaper to boot).
 
2013-12-28 11:25:50 AM  

Smackledorfer: I don't know what a large number is, perhaps you could use something useful like a percentage?


I would bet it is at least close to a majority.

Also, I take issue with "can't do".  My tablet doesn't have a 30 inch monitor.  My tablet doesn't have a keyboard.

Very few people have 30" monitors.  Although any decent tablet will take a Bluetooth keyboard and run HDMI to a monitor.

In fact, it cannot be as convenient at having a monitor, keyboard, and mouse as a desktop.  I would argue that anyone who likes those things can't do them on their tablet.

So would I.  That's why I will always have 2 or more PCs.  But what does that have to do with grandma who just wanted to read email and see pictures on Facebook?

But if you want to down that road, why not go a step further?

'It isn't entirely unreasonable to say that a large number of people don't use a PC, Laptop, or Tablet for anything a good smartphone can't do'


A smartphone is just a smaller tablet that can make calls natively.
 
2013-12-28 11:33:01 AM  

balthan: Many (most?) people overbuy with DSLRs. A simple point-and-click would serve them far better (and is cheaper to boot).


Exactly. DSLRs cannot be beat for specific tasks, but for most snapshotters they can limit you. For example, a DSLR with a 50mm equivalent prime lens is going to take BEAUTIFUL pictures for subjects that are maybe 4-8 feet in front of you, but become useless for subjects closer or further than that range. A zoom lens will get you more range, but quality starts to decline. No average person is going to want multiple prime lenses to cover every range and deal with switching lenses all the time, but that is what would be needed to get the best pictures at different distances. And the cost becomes prohibitive very quickly. For most people a good quality all-in-one is going to be much more useful for covering a range of needs. Even with a drop in potential picture quality, most all-in-one cameras these days have quality good enough for 90% of users. If you have specific needs and know what flash/lenses you need than a DSLR is going to give better results, of course, but they are overkill for most people.
 
2013-12-28 11:34:12 AM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: Sorry - but #1 is crap.  And I say this as someone without cable TV (just internet).

Almost everywhere you go, the fastest internet connection you can get is....surprise surprise....through the cable company.  And they all offer 'bundle packages'.  So the actual price difference for ditching cable and going internet only is usually pretty small.  At my last place, in Colorado, with Comcast cable it was $10 per month in savings to go from TV + Internet to just Internet.

Home media centers are pretty crappy to be perfectly honest.  I've had a few of them, and they've all had horrible problems.  Software based solutions on existing hardware like Plex, Windows Media Center and XMBC all have problems.  I've used some hardware based solutions too - I had a D-Link media player and an android based 'Smart TV' device.  They both sucked really bad too.  People just *want* it to work and they gloss over the problems.

I'm using a Netbook with Windows 7 and an HDMI out to the TV in the bedroom.  XMBC works great for local content - but it doesn't work with Hulu or Netflix anymore.  Certainly not out of the box.  Running the Hulu or Netflix websites are impossible for me.  I've got one of those USB Tv Remote Controls that can act as a crude mouse, but the experience is horrible.  If you hit the wrong button on the remote, you'll find yourself at the desktop again and, in some cases, the USB remote will stop working and require a reboot of the netbook.  Hulu used to have a decent stand-alone player that would work for people in my situation - but they discontinued it.  The only way I've found to run Netflix is through Windows Media Center - but WMC won't play all the same content that XMBC will - so I've got it setup to start WMC and then used a 3rd-party add-on to let WMC launch XMBC where I can watch movies and use some more 3rd party plug-ins to stream some TV shows from websites that make episodes publicly available.  It works - but it's about a million times worse than a T ...



Jeez...buy a Roku.
 
2013-12-28 11:36:08 AM  
Most of these are ok, but I have no idea what the problem is with buying into economy plus or whatever your airline calls the extra legroom. Ok, having elite status is better, but if I don't qualify for it I have no qualms about paying an extra $49-$69 for comfort rather than being scrunched into a regular economy seat. As long as its at least a two hour flight I'm doing it.

Their logic is that you're better off just buying a business class upgrade for "$100 to $200". Well, ok, yeah I'd do that too. But I've never seen a first class upgrade offered for that price at checkin or at the gate. Usually it's like $550 during the booking process or more. Maybe it's because I fly out of DC but there's always a hundred elites on the upgrade list anyway -- they'd never have any left over to sell at the gate if they wanted to.
 
2013-12-28 12:22:58 PM  

farkeruk: 4. DVD and Blu-ray players

No. Absolutely not.

You want to buy movies through a streaming service that will cut you off in a few years time? Be my guest, but I'm sticking with discs.


This.  Netflix is "expiring" a bunch of movies at the end of the year.  Oops, can't watch that anymore.
 
2013-12-28 12:43:57 PM  

ManateeGag: farkeruk: 4. DVD and Blu-ray players

No. Absolutely not.

You want to buy movies through a streaming service that will cut you off in a few years time? Be my guest, but I'm sticking with discs.

This.  Netflix is "expiring" a bunch of movies at the end of the year.  Oops, can't watch that anymore.


Apples to oranges. Netflix is analogous to HBO. Owning a digital copy of a movie is analogous to owning a disc, and in my opinion superior.

I will never buy a physical copy of a PC game again.
 
2013-12-28 12:48:37 PM  
What about the two-year satellite TV contract? I mean, as much as the companies like to get into pissing matches with content providers, is it worth it to sign one?
 
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