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(Gizmodo)   MS pledges at least four years of support for Surface products in an effort to compete with Apple. Samsung responds by pledging two weeks in addition to the 48 hours currently provided   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
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1625 clicks; posted to Geek » on 26 Nov 2012 at 11:53 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-26 12:38:23 PM  
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The thing is doomed. It's a proven fact users don't want a portable device that is easy to interface with other gear like digital cameras, memory sticks, hard drives, and micro SD cards. They want everything in a proprietary format with functionality intentionally limited by the corporation that sold them the device.
2012-11-26 03:44:44 PM  
1 vote:

styckx: Let me guess.. Samsung Kies? Worst-Software-Ever... I installed it once and it told me 3 times in a row an update was available, but the third time I realized it was downloading the same exact version over and over and over again.. *facepalm*..

Nope. Although I have used "Kies mini" that isn't the one I'm talking about. (Kies mini is not to be confused with other "kies" labeled software doesn't work with my phone. Found that out after a frustrating afternoon.)

The software I'm referring to is for my samsung camera.

Samsung software must be written by college interns.

Did I mention Samsung software is shat?
2012-11-26 03:13:45 PM  
1 vote:

moothemagiccow: I never got the "sync" thing. Can't you just mount the ipod as a disk like every other music player?

Dragging and dropping is fine if you only have a few songs to worry about moving. It kind of falls apart when you have thousands of tracks that you want to manage. For example, my wife has an iPod and she just wanted to swap out some of her normal music with Christmas music for the holidays. In iTunes it was a simple matter of unchecking a few dozen albums to remove them, filtering the song list for Christmas/Holiday music, and then checking the boxes next to the songs she wanted to add.

Something like that takes way longer if you have to dig around in the directory structure of your music player and your computer, and it is really confusing for non-technical users. iTunes is pretty much the reason the iPod succeeded the way it did, because once you get music players that are dealing with tens or hundreds of gigs worth of media manually managing content becomes a hot mess pretty quickly.
2012-11-26 02:41:40 PM  
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moothemagiccow: I never got the "sync" thing. Can't you just mount the ipod as a disk like every other music player?

It comes down to performance. At some point you're going to have to build a database of all the metadata in your MP3s so you can search it, build playlists, etc. Question is, do you want to do that on your computer, or on the device?
2012-11-26 02:25:56 PM  
1 vote:

styckx: Is MS vetting the apps submitted? I don't care if it had 25 apps if they were all quality.. I love Android but browsing the market is like shopping at a flea market. over 9000 bullshiat apps promising being "THE #1 _____ APP ON THE MARKET" with the developer and his botnet giving it fake comments and ratings..

lolque? I thought hating on Apple's oversight and rigorous control of their "walled garden" app store was currently in vogue on Fark. You do not belong; an app experience designed by the Somalian government is desirable. Android is teh freedom.
2012-11-26 12:56:51 PM  
1 vote:
My kids next (whatever) will be a MS or Droid product.

I hate Itunes.
Really, Synching to an alternate PC requires you to BLOW AWAY all the songs currently on the ipod?
You don't say. And why do I need to search for 3rd party apps to just upload one song or a ringtone? Because Itunes what? FU Apple.
2012-11-26 12:54:03 PM  
1 vote:
The fundamental problem with Surface: it's yet another platform, two in fact. It can't run Windows Phone apps, and it can't run Windows apps. The iPad runs iPhone apps. The iPod runs iPhone apps. Yeah, there are some iPad-specific apps out there, but the iPad wouldn't have been nearly as successful if it didn't have a huge library of apps already available for it when it was launched.

There's a version of Surface that will run Windows apps, but that's not really better - it just muddies the waters. If people are told "the Surface X runs Windows applications" then when their normal Surface doesn't have Windows applications available, they'll be pissed.

So, yeah. The Surface is a non-starter. If it ran Windows Phone apps, it might have had a chance.
2012-11-26 12:13:04 PM  
1 vote:
The surface would've sold like hotcakes six years ago. The hell is wrong with microsoft? I keep up with this shiat and it looks like another touchscreen to me.
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