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2014-01-31 03:07:41 PM
Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.
 
2014-01-31 03:12:26 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.


You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".
 
2014-01-31 03:14:40 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.


RTF*ckingA.
 
2014-01-31 03:17:18 PM

NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".


It just seems like it will be more of a problem explaining to them how to use W7-8, Chromebook, Ubuntu, or a MAC.
/Is Medicare paying for this?
 
2014-01-31 03:18:26 PM
I don't even remember IE 7. I used IE 6 just to download a different browser. I have used IE 9 a few times and upgraded to IE 10 for no other reason than it was there.
 
2014-01-31 03:28:18 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.


A lot of corporate environments won't allow it. When I had a gig at a multinational insurance company a few years back, you had to request (and have a valid reason/position) to have FF installed, and said request had to go up the chain through about 15 people. And, for every plugin you wanted installed, you have to make another corporate request. It would be worse for Chrome, since it doesn't even have the native ability to open the majority of extensions that are often used for voice/video conferencing (it doesn't even know how to handle .WAV files without a plugin).

There are also plenty of companies out there who are still rocking XP with SP1, simply because to them, it doesn't make sense to spend the time and money to upgrade and ensure continuity for their programs.
 
2014-01-31 03:28:33 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.


The man hours involved to show dumbasses what it means to "download."
 
2014-01-31 03:36:24 PM
I quite like the thrill of using Internet Exploder.
i.imgur.com
How many toolbars can you add before the computer crashes?
 
2014-01-31 03:37:17 PM

NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".


shiat is unreal.  I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work.  Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over.  She kept asking, "Why is it doing that?  Why is it doing that?  I just wonder why it's doing that."  I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal.  I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that."  After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times.  Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.
 
2014-01-31 03:47:39 PM

Well I use Mac/Linux...: shiat is unreal. I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work. Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over. She kept asking, "Why is it doing that? Why is it doing that? I just wonder why it's doing that." I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal. I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that." After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times. Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.


Stories like this make me glad I've climbed the ladder high enough to no longer get those. Ever.
 
2014-01-31 03:48:01 PM
Ummm...

If only 1.5 percent of your users are using IE7... just drop support.  Are they really in such a tight market they can't afford a one-time temporary dip of 1.5%?

Because you know what's going to happen?

1) You provide technical support for their laptops - Well I think you just erased your savings and shifted the cost to support instead of development.  All those people now not knowing what the hell to do.  *Especially if it's a Chromebook*.  "Where's my start button?".
2) You don't provide support - Your going to lose a lot of them anyway due to frustration with the new machine.
 
2014-01-31 03:48:52 PM

Well I use Mac/Linux...: NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".

shiat is unreal.  I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work.  Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over.  She kept asking, "Why is it doing that?  Why is it doing that?  I just wonder why it's doing that."  I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal.  I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that."  After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times.  Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.


And she shouldn't need to know all that.  Someone else was incompetent and you were called upon to fix it.  The correct explanation has nothing to do with file systems or the nuances of 64-bit operating systems.  The correct explanation is that whoever wrote that update screwed up.
 
2014-01-31 03:49:19 PM

RoxtarRyan: Well I use Mac/Linux...: shiat is unreal. I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work. Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over. She kept asking, "Why is it doing that? Why is it doing that? I just wonder why it's doing that." I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal. I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that." After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times. Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.

Stories like this make me glad I've climbed the ladder high enough to no longer get those. Ever.


Sigh.  I hope to get there someday myself.
 
2014-01-31 04:01:01 PM

Well I use Mac/Linux...: NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".

shiat is unreal.  I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work.  Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over.  She kept asking, "Why is it doing that?  Why is it doing that?  I just wonder why it's doing that."  I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal.  I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that."  After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times.  Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.


This sounds like my former coworker.  She once asked me how to put "one of those gaps after a paragraph."  I told her to press 'Enter,' to which she responded she couldn't find that button on the screen.  Part of why I quit to make beer for a living.
 
2014-01-31 04:05:25 PM

Well I use Mac/Linux...: Sigh. I hope to get there someday myself.


It's a ton of steps over a few years, and expect some rungs to break on the way. Went from basic tech support, to managing a department for a smaller company, to head of IT for the North American branch of a worldwide manufacturing company (left that due to my employer willingly breaking laws in regards to EULAs... like pirating all their MS Server software), did an 8 month IT gig at a bank, to the healthcare company, and finally ;landed a career (note: not a job!) as Director of IT Services for a worldwide VOIP / Recording company.

Learn a bunch of new things, it'll definitely make your case, even if you don't have a Computer Science degree. Take online courses from MIT (they're free!), learn Python, get your paws in basic Linux coding, and if you are in college, commit yourself to extracurricular activities that show you have management skills. You'll likely end up doing a few 6 month contract gigs (don't ever buy into the "we'll hire you, we swear!" nonsense), but make friends with upper management and get endorsements on LinkedIn (employers actually do check for that, and a positive social media presence that is NOT facebook is a bonus).

I've heard people argue about real world experience vs. getting a college degree, and while a degree is good, in many cases it doesn't say anything about you. Oh, and if you lack charisma, work on it. Being charismatic in an interview can easily make up for a couple shortfalls in the requirements for the job, provided you show that you can learn and adjust fairly quickly and well.

Finally, never EVER stop learning. The minute you become stale in IT, you can be replaced! Keep it up, and you'll eventually have a fantastic career that allows you to telework, pays extremely well with awesome benefits, and something where you won't deal with fixing corrupted local domain profiles the majority of your day.
 
2014-01-31 04:09:18 PM
Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.
 
2014-01-31 04:11:53 PM

wildcardjack: Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.


The current version seems to have some issues.  I have a graphics issue with it, and someone I know has an issue where it defaults to a new menu setting which reduces the size of the browser in Metro mode.
 
2014-01-31 04:16:51 PM

pastorkius: Well I use Mac/Linux...: NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".

shiat is unreal.  I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work.  Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over.  She kept asking, "Why is it doing that?  Why is it doing that?  I just wonder why it's doing that."  I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal.  I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that."  After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times.  Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.

This sounds like my former coworker.  She once asked me how to put "one of those gaps after a paragraph."  I told her to press 'Enter,' to which she responded she couldn't find that button on the screen.  Part of why I quit to make beer for a living.


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-31 04:17:48 PM
By a similar logic, Soylent Green is retards.
 
2014-01-31 04:20:41 PM

wildcardjack: Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.


Sure it's not Firefox? Because it sounds like Firefox. You may have to dig into it to uncripple it a bit.

http://gregor-wagner.com/?p=27

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/939920
 
2014-01-31 04:28:28 PM

pastorkius: Well I use Mac/Linux...: NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".

shiat is unreal.  I was helping someone the other day who kept getting prompted for a Java update every time she went to a site for work.  Even after you installed the update, it kept asking you to install it over and over.  She kept asking, "Why is it doing that?  Why is it doing that?  I just wonder why it's doing that."  I figured out it was installing in \program files (x86) when it should've been going in \program files, so I changed the install directory and everything went back to normal.  I began to explain to her that it was trying to install the update like she had 32bit Windows and not 64bit, and she cut me off and said "That's IT speak, I don't need to know all that."  After literally asking me why it was messing up no less than 8 times.  Holy fark, I wanted to pull a Ghost Dad and choke her out through the phone.

This sounds like my former coworker.  She once asked me how to put "one of those gaps after a paragraph."  I told her to press 'Enter,' to which she responded she couldn't find that button on the screen.  Part of why I quit to make beer for a living.


I envy you. I no longer do desktop support, I do some support for SCADA programmers. It's better but not by much. Instead of being asked what the start menu is I get harangued about not being able to hook up a client's computer to two separate, air-gapped networks. Somehow "it'll cost us both our jobs" is never sufficient.
 
2014-01-31 04:30:22 PM

wildcardjack: Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.


Due to the way Chrome does sandboxing for security every tab you open is a new process.  I also think the more extensions you have just make it worse.  I've actually gotten a call asking "If our Internet Explorer was down" do with them not being able to get to one specific web page.......   How's making beer for a living going??  I know it would probably help with the insanity, but I still have to pay my mortgage payment each month, at least that is what the bank keeps telling me.
 
2014-01-31 04:33:01 PM

Valiente: wildcardjack: Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.

Sure it's not Firefox? Because it sounds like Firefox. You may have to dig into it to uncripple it a bit.

http://gregor-wagner.com/?p=27

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/939920


...say what?

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-31 04:38:03 PM

NateAsbestos: drjekel_mrhyde: Why not just have them download IE9-11, FF, Opera, or Chrome.

You'd be surprised at the portion of the population who still view computers as these magical mystery machines that nobody could possibly comprehend in any way.

I've seen people actually pick up the mouse and move it around in an attempt to move the cursor around the screen, and then refuse any help because they "got it".


It sounds like these same people are working for NursingJobs if they honestly believe that this is saving them money.
 
2014-01-31 04:38:11 PM

Valiente: wildcardjack: Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.

Sure it's not Firefox? Because it sounds like Firefox. You may have to dig into it to uncripple it a bit.

http://gregor-wagner.com/?p=27

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/939920


He said instances, I guess meaning Processes. Firefox doesn't multi-process tabs like Chrome does. Chrome puts each tab in its own process, among other things. And it's nearly up to 1GB on my machine right now, which is fine because web browsing is most resource-heavy thing I do.
 
2014-01-31 04:40:08 PM
Is this where we post a story on how we helped someone else with in IT problem that was really hard for them but simple for me to show how smart I am?
 
2014-01-31 04:42:36 PM
As an occasional web-developer, I refuse to support browsers more than one generation from current. I'll write something up to the current standards, and if whatever POS you're running isn't standards compliant, I don't need your business. If more people would just take a stand, maybe we could get a fully standards-compliant browser sometime in the next 5 years.
 
2014-01-31 04:44:55 PM

jonny_q: Valiente: wildcardjack: Could someone explain why Chrome balloons to a dozen instances and over a gigabyte of memory on this machine after a half hour of Farking?

This evening I'm gonna try uninstall / reinstall to see if it's just a fluke.

Sure it's not Firefox? Because it sounds like Firefox. You may have to dig into it to uncripple it a bit.

http://gregor-wagner.com/?p=27

http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/939920

He said instances, I guess meaning Processes. Firefox doesn't multi-process tabs like Chrome does. Chrome puts each tab in its own process, among other things. And it's nearly up to 1GB on my machine right now, which is fine because web browsing is most resource-heavy thing I do.


Is it actually used memory or just allocated?
 
2014-01-31 04:50:08 PM

Lusiphur: As an occasional web-developer, I refuse to support browsers more than one generation from current.


You must enjoy the extra work you make for yourself, since Firefox has undergone 8 full version updates since this time last year.
 
2014-01-31 04:53:40 PM
How about a deal on Vista? Windows 8? I'd settle for a case of PBR.
 
2014-01-31 04:54:00 PM

RoxtarRyan: Lusiphur: As an occasional web-developer, I refuse to support browsers more than one generation from current.

You must enjoy the extra work you make for yourself, since Firefox has undergone 8 full version updates since this time last year.


Chrome and Firefox's stupid rapid-release version numbers don't count.
 
2014-01-31 05:00:18 PM

XMark: Chrome and Firefox's stupid rapid-release version numbers don't count.


This. I mean real true versions, where major changes have been made to the renderer or the way they process HTML/CSS/JS. Speaking of which, looks like it's time for a Chrome update!
 
2014-01-31 05:01:44 PM

XMark: RoxtarRyan: Lusiphur: As an occasional web-developer, I refuse to support browsers more than one generation from current.

You must enjoy the extra work you make for yourself, since Firefox has undergone 8 full version updates since this time last year.

Chrome and Firefox's stupid rapid-release version numbers don't count.


Just saying, that statement makes it look like he doesn't bother supporting a large percentage of web browsers. Or was this one of those "I'm so hip and edgy, that by the time a browser has been around long enough to see a deployment over a large number of people I need to move on because my pages are that ironic" sort of things?
 
2014-01-31 05:10:03 PM
I must say that the Chromebook is an amazing invention.

It's a laptop.

That costs $200.

I mean, what's not to like?

And the $199 model is not a completely stripped down version.  Sure, no optical drive, but ports galore, a decent screen and keyboard, etc.
 
2014-01-31 05:10:26 PM

RoxtarRyan: Just saying, that statement makes it look like he doesn't bother supporting a large percentage of web browsers. Or was this one of those "I'm so hip and edgy, that by the time a browser has been around long enough to see a deployment over a large number of people I need to move on because my pages are that ironic" sort of things?


No, it's mostly saying that the effort required to build in support and proper rendering for every browser and version going back 8 years (8 farking years! Most people upgrade cars more often than they upgrade browsers!), I build sites to the specifications of the last major browser updates. This usually covers the vast majority of people, makes the sites run better, and makes everything safer since I don't have to worry about IE7 exploits that were fixed 5 years ago for people who upgraded. A site built to current standards will render almost perfectly down to about IE8, and FF and Chrome are pretty good about automagically upgrading and patching, so they're less of a hassle. Opera has been awesome since the late 90's, and is used by 3 people so not really worth worrying about. The costs for a standards-compliant website with no custom provisions for pre-IE9 browsers is so much lower than the cost for something that supports everything that the business you lose when an idiot running Netscape Navigator somehow stumbles on to your page and gets confused and leaves is negligible.

Well, that and most modern frameworks are built to degrade gracefully, which makes things a lot easier.
 
2014-01-31 05:14:29 PM

Lusiphur: RoxtarRyan: Just saying, that statement makes it look like he doesn't bother supporting a large percentage of web browsers. Or was this one of those "I'm so hip and edgy, that by the time a browser has been around long enough to see a deployment over a large number of people I need to move on because my pages are that ironic" sort of things?

No, it's mostly saying that the effort required to build in support and proper rendering for every browser and version going back 8 years (8 farking years! Most people upgrade cars more often than they upgrade browsers!), I build sites to the specifications of the last major browser updates. This usually covers the vast majority of people, makes the sites run better, and makes everything safer since I don't have to worry about IE7 exploits that were fixed 5 years ago for people who upgraded. A site built to current standards will render almost perfectly down to about IE8, and FF and Chrome are pretty good about automagically upgrading and patching, so they're less of a hassle. Opera has been awesome since the late 90's, and is used by 3 people so not really worth worrying about. The costs for a standards-compliant website with no custom provisions for pre-IE9 browsers is so much lower than the cost for something that supports everything that the business you lose when an idiot running Netscape Navigator somehow stumbles on to your page and gets confused and leaves is negligible.

Well, that and most modern frameworks are built to degrade gracefully, which makes things a lot easier.


So, no Flock, then? :(

/keed
 
2014-01-31 05:21:14 PM

mrlewish: Is this where we post a story on how we helped someone else with in IT problem that was really hard for them but simple for me to show how smart I am?


Of course it is, this is Fark.  I get frustrated when people ask me to help with obvious (to me) computer problems too, but I can't bring myself to complain about them because I know damn well that I sound just as stupid to anyone who has the misfortune of having to help me fix a problem with my car.
 
2014-01-31 05:27:41 PM
forteblast : ...say what?

I'm a heavy tab/extension user, I'm able to kill chrome quite easily. Also, firefox stability went up a ton as soon as plugins (flash) were moved to another process.

lordargent.com
 
2014-01-31 05:28:20 PM
Firefox, for the exact same 201 tabs open.
lordargent.com
 
2014-01-31 05:29:57 PM
// I think chrome memory use is misleading as well because of memory shared between processes (IE, loaded modules (or dlls on windows). IIRC, every process shows all of the memory and not just the memory specific to that single process).
 
2014-01-31 06:07:58 PM

darwinpolice: mrlewish: Is this where we post a story on how we helped someone else with in IT problem that was really hard for them but simple for me to show how smart I am?

Of course it is, this is Fark.  I get frustrated when people ask me to help with obvious (to me) computer problems too, but I can't bring myself to complain about them because I know damn well that I sound just as stupid to anyone who has the misfortune of having to help me fix a problem with my car.


Chances are you're not constantly second-guessing the mechanic, or hovering over his shoulder while he's working, though.
 
2014-01-31 07:33:34 PM
How original. A bigot of a blogger using the race card.
 
2014-01-31 07:49:42 PM

Geotpf: I must say that the Chromebook is an amazing invention.

It's a laptop.

That costs $200.


It's not really a laptop. It's a device that uses the Chrome web browser entirely as its operating environment. If you can't make Chrome do it, it's not happening on a Chromebook unless you load a more functional OS on it. Even a less than fully functional mobile device like a Kindle Fire or a Windows RT tablet is going to wind up being more generally useful unless you've specifically built your workflow around tools provided in the Chrome ecosystem.
 
2014-01-31 09:25:42 PM

likefunbutnot: Geotpf: I must say that the Chromebook is an amazing invention.

It's a laptop.

That costs $200.

It's not really a laptop. It's a device that uses the Chrome web browser entirely as its operating environment. If you can't make Chrome do it, it's not happening on a Chromebook unless you load a more functional OS on it. Even a less than fully functional mobile device like a Kindle Fire or a Windows RT tablet is going to wind up being more generally useful unless you've specifically built your workflow around tools provided in the Chrome ecosystem.


Yeah.  And for $200, that's not bad.  Toss it to Dad (luddite), and let him bang on it for a few years.   He doesn't do anything but the internet anyways, so meh.

Now, what's really, really funny is the FOURTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLAR Chromebook that's basically a Chromebook with a retina display.  That is the stupidest, most overpriced computer I've ever seen and I've actually purchased one of those gaming laptops that's 15 pounds with 45 minutes of battery life.

/http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromebooks.html#pixel
 
2014-01-31 10:10:24 PM

meyerkev: likefunbutnot: Geotpf: I must say that the Chromebook is an amazing invention.

It's a laptop.

That costs $200.

It's not really a laptop. It's a device that uses the Chrome web browser entirely as its operating environment. If you can't make Chrome do it, it's not happening on a Chromebook unless you load a more functional OS on it. Even a less than fully functional mobile device like a Kindle Fire or a Windows RT tablet is going to wind up being more generally useful unless you've specifically built your workflow around tools provided in the Chrome ecosystem.

Yeah.   And for $200, that's not bad.  Toss it to Dad (luddite), and let him bang on it for a few years.   He doesn't do anything but the internet anyways, so meh.



Posting from my cheap laptop.  $250 several years ago.
2.3gig dual core 64bit
3gig RAM
300gig HDD
15 inch(or so) screen.
Great battery life unless you're using the wifi heavily.

Sure, it runs Chrome, and anything else Win 7 64 can do. Just finished watching an HD local file(x264 1080p) piped through hdmi to the livingroom TV.  I do a lot of photoshop and media work with this.

/Lone Ranger is not a great movie, fyi, but watchable.
//Chrome book may be a tad lighter, but far less functional than what you can get for a similar price
///It may well be a good deal for people who are prone to screw up an OS, but other than that, whatever.
 
2014-01-31 11:51:52 PM

sheep snorter: I quite like the thrill of using Internet Exploder.
[i.imgur.com image 797x600]
How many toolbars can you add before the computer crashes?


Oh fark... it's that gordamn ape.  Nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure
 
2014-02-01 01:05:53 AM

likefunbutnot: Geotpf: I must say that the Chromebook is an amazing invention.
It's a laptop.
That costs $200.

It's not really a laptop. It's a device that uses the Chrome web browser entirely as its operating environment. If you can't make Chrome do it, it's not happening on a Chromebook unless you load a more functional OS on it. Even a less than fully functional mobile device like a Kindle Fire or a Windows RT tablet is going to wind up being more generally useful unless you've specifically built your workflow around tools provided in the Chrome ecosystem.


Crouton & Ubuntu is free.

I think the Chrome thing is great for general web stuff, plus the Chromecast hooked up to the TV. And once you throw on Ubuntu, then you've got a bunch of Linux stuff you can do on a Chromebook. Super easy for anyone even marginally technical.  I LOVE the Chromebooks we got.  Great laptops for the price (the $200 flavor, not the ridiculous Pixel)t, and keyboards are still great if you aren't simply LIEK TXTIN UR BFFS.

Win RT tablet? Hell to the no.

I have a Dell Venue 8 Pro. 8 inch tablet with the new quad-core Intel Atom. Cost me $250. Runs Win8.1, came with MS Office pre-loaded.  And since it's Intel (unlike the WinRT tabs), I put Steam on the thing.

I've been playing a ton of Crusader Kings 2 on my Win8 tablet.
 
2014-02-01 10:57:47 AM

Lusiphur: As an occasional web-developer, I refuse to support browsers more than one generation from current. I'll write something up to the current standards, and if whatever POS you're running isn't standards compliant, I don't need your business. If more people would just take a stand, maybe we could get a fully standards-compliant browser sometime in the next 5 years.


You should support IE8 because Microsoft doesn't offer newer versions for XP.
 
2014-02-02 12:15:39 AM
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