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3081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 10:01:08 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 29, 2010, 09:59:38 PM

I like your post, but I was shocked at how many extras you will need to buy just for a normal day!  "Hit the Infrared Remote app (this requires an additional attachment)", "At the meeting, I use the VGA adapter to put my presentation up on the projector screen", "and start playing some background music through the Airport-enabled speakers".... not to mention a bluetooth enabled stereo in the car!  Seems like your iPad is going to need a lot of stuff to help it along. 

LOL, don't you realize the whole thing is just a way to jump start the economy?  I'm pretty sure Obama will have one on Day 1.
3082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 09:52:24 PM
There's been so much focus on what the iPad can't do and all the missing features, I think it's easy to lose perspective as to what it CAN do.  So here's a post I did on my blog, trying to relate the positive side to the new iPad, or at least to give a personal example of how I imagine it's usage in a normal day:

http://rittchard.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/apples-ipad-imagining-what-it-can-do/
3083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 29, 2010, 04:36:39 AM

Quote from: Laner on January 28, 2010, 10:33:21 PM

Quote from: Clay on January 28, 2010, 04:54:03 PM


I don't really buy into this. Nobody is forcing these down the throats of consumers. Apple made it quite clear that this falls between a phone and a laptop and is good for relaxed browsing, gaming, movie watching, etc... The iPad never was supposed to be a "personal computer."

Really?  I lost track of how many times Jobs either alluded to or directly referenced netbooks - which are most definitely "personal computers".  The iPad is being positioned as a netbook-killer, and as such is going to be compared to them - the "open-ness" of the platform being one of those criteria.

I actually agree with both of you.  Now my question is, exactly what is the netbook market targeting?  I think the netbook is a different animal to different people.  For the more tech savvy, it's definitely like a mini-laptop that you'd like to be able to do just about anything a "real" laptop can do, but maybe a bit slower and on a smaller screen.  People like me will go as far as to swap out the hard drive and add RAM, or try to overclock or whatever to get the most performance.  With the ION chipset in the HP Mini 311, the netbook really becomes a 3 pound mini-laptop that does a great job running Windows 7, and I was even able to get Dragon Age running on it; pretty sweet.  However, I've heard from many of my friends that their wives just want a "cute" computer that they can check email on and occasionally browse the web.  I suppose they may also want to check out some photos, listen to some music or watch a movie or play a very casual game.

For browsing the internet, the netbook is still not quite the convenient experience I'd like it to be.  Booting the unit is fast but still takes 45 seconds.  I can put it to sleep, but even the wake on sleep takes enough time that it's not the "instant gratification" device I'm looking for. The trackpad is OK, but it's nowhere as good as the one on Macbooks, and I am convinced a handheld touch interface is going to be much much better.  For email, it probably doesn't matter much, but from what I saw in the demo, email looked like a lot more fun on the iPad than it is in webmail or Outlook.  Ditto on media like photos, videos, music, and of course books.  The book reading experience will clearly be better than on a netbook, if only by virtue of the ease of rotating to an instantaneous portrait view.  

Gaming is probably the most interesting place for comparison.  A netbook (particularly with Ion) will have an almost limitless access to all of the best PC games of all time, even including some of the newest releases.  That's hard to beat.  But the iPad has a big following, tons of casual games and an interface that is unique to it, something the netbook cannot duplicate.  I think casual users are going to prefer the iPad, and hardcore gamers would likely be gaming on something more powerful for the power games.  

So all in all, for a generic casual user (who may or may not be the target audience for netbooks) the iPad pretty much accomplishes everything they might normally use it for, but in almost every instance, it will do it *better* - easier to use, faster to access, more fun to get involved with.  Where netbooks and iPad cross-over in usage, the iPad is likely to win in every category.  Netbooks can ultimately do more and are of course much more versatile, but that may not really matter.

In some ways it boils back to the same thing.  Feature sets and pure specs on tech devices are not the end of the story.  You could have the best hardware feature for feature and all the bells and whistles any one could dream of, but it would still be worthless if the end user experience wasn't as engaging as a lesser device.  Look at how successful the Wii has been with lesser hardware; people just love the interface.    
3084  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 29, 2010, 04:14:16 AM

Quote from: morlac on January 29, 2010, 12:13:25 AM

Quote from: Geezer on January 28, 2010, 11:13:36 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on January 28, 2010, 10:50:36 PM


touche.

thumbsup


That's gross.

Yea, where is that thumb supposed to go?  icon_eek

I don't do that unless you ask really nicely.   saywhat
3085  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Workaholism on: January 29, 2010, 04:13:37 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 29, 2010, 03:24:36 AM

One of my coworkers is like this. The only reason he leaves work is if his wife calls and begs him to come home.

At Thanksgiving he took no time off, working all day Thanksgiving Day. He just had a baby and took a week off. The day after the baby was born I was getting work emails from him and saw him logging into the servers to check things.

He has told me that he actually sleeps with his pager beside him, even when not on call. He has his servers set up to page him for everything - CPU load, disk space, paging files, etc. and responds to every page, even if it's in the middle of the night. I know he works most of the weekend, and when he's not actively working on issues he's reading vendor documentation in his spare time.

Don't get me wrong, I admire a strong work ethic. And the guy is really smart and one of the best engineers on our team. But seriously - that's got to take a toll on your family and your health.


Wow that is actually a bit frightening.  I guess it's all relative because it sounds like in comparison I'd have to say my partner is not that far gone.  Then again I guess it all depends - if you can work that hard and then shut it all off when you are interacting with friends and family, that's one thing, but if you are just never really able to turn off that little voice that's telling you to work, that's another.
3086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 09:37:35 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 28, 2010, 08:12:56 PM

Having had a night to sleep on it, I think probably I'd want to wait and see how content and unique apps shake out for it. It's funny to read some of the hard-core techie sites and how they seem to want it to be exactly like umpteen other tablets (mostly Win7 gizmos) that are already on the market and aren't selling in any appreciable numbers or creating any sort of new audience. Apple wouldn't make something for that narrow an audience, at least not on purpose  icon_razz.

This is the thing I find kind of bizarre, people whining about it not having x set of features that I've personally already owned on numerous devices since 2006.  The fact is none of those took off, and none of those were nearly as friendly or fun to use as an iPhone or iPod Touch.  Nor did they have an installed base of 100,000 apps developed specifically for them.  So the iPad (version 1) is basically a giant iPod Touch - that's still going to be infinitely more useful to me than any of those other devices.

BTW, have any of you used Logmein?  This allows you to remotely control your own desktop, so effectively you can do your own "cloud computing" and "multitask" to your heart's content.  It will only be that much more awesome and easy to use on a large screen.
3087  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 28, 2010, 09:31:11 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on January 28, 2010, 08:45:36 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on January 26, 2010, 04:51:12 PM

Sweet!  Anything goes while Naednek is at work.  W got the next 8 hours to raise hell!
On topic:  I like blowjobs.  



Any preference as to who performs this activity for you?

Are you offering?

Ale

Don't offer or people will get mad at you!!!
3088  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Workaholism on: January 28, 2010, 09:29:54 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 28, 2010, 09:20:57 PM

When you hear nothing but bad stories, it sounds like a shit job. But I'm the kind of person who will never be relaxed and upbeat about a job. There's always negatives, and they often seem to outweigh the positives. And when you're buried under the shitstorm, it's hard to find breathing space. Yet I always squeak through.

That's definitely interesting Dragon...  I wonder though without being too nosy are you married or spoken for?  Do you have any issues with your relationships that might be affected by your work?  Are you able to relax when you do finally get time?  Do you feel like you have time to pursue hobbies or other interests outside of work?

It actually sounds like you have quite a few of the "symptoms" they talk about in the book (and much of what you describe sounds very much like my partner's day in a very different type of job), but it sounds also like you are pretty happy overall, so that is definitely a much different perspective.  If my partner came home happy from all the hard work, I think I'd actually be much more able to live with it - it's seeing him miserable and constantly complaining that is also driving me a bit crazy.  I hate to sound selfish, but I don't think he has any inkling of what the effect of his overall work and home attitude is on me.  Even when I've mentioned that, he just gives me a sarcastic "boo hoo" - because obviously nothing could possibly be as bad as what he has to deal with (from his perspective).
3089  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Workaholism on: January 28, 2010, 09:23:04 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on January 28, 2010, 09:05:07 PM

What you're describing actually does sound a lot like alcoholism.  Switch out working for drinking, and the story is the same one I've heard a thousand times in different AA rooms.  Unpredictable temper, wanting to stop but can't, repeated promises to change that don't go anywhere.  The story is disturbingly familiar to me.

You can't change him.  That's the bottom line.  If he wants to change, that's got to come from within.  You have to accept who he is, and find a way to live with the situation, or you have to decide to leave him.

Thanks for the feedback...  I think that's where I'm at right now, trying to figure out if there's some way I can at least help with the process.  I actually told him I was considering an "intervention" (half jokingly) but the problem is the only friends I think he might actually listen to are hundreds of miles away, and are unlikely to visit.  I'm going to finish reading through the book and see if there's anything useful in there, and I may or may not give it to him to read as well.  We'll see.
3090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Workaholism on: January 28, 2010, 07:47:54 PM
It's recently come to my mind that my partner is a real workaholic.  Not in the conventional sense that we all might generally talk about it, but in a deeper, clinical sense more akin to alcoholism - as a serious disease or obsession.  I checked online briefly and was surprised to see there was actually a Workaholics Anonymous site, as well as numerous books that treated this as seriously as I finally am starting to think I should.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still skeptical about it, and some of it sounds like self-help mumbo-jumbo, but the more I learn, the more I feel like this is something I need to understand more.  I'm reading a book now called "Chained to the Desk" which helps define the difference between people who work hard and true workaholics.  It's pretty fascinating as it is helping me to identify and grasp some issues from a slightly different perspective.

Now I suppose at some level I've always known this about my partner (we've known each other over 15 years now) but I didn't really know how to address or identify it.  He has always been more stressed out about his studies (then research, then degree, then job 1, job 2, etc) than what I'd consider is "normal" but I just chalked it up to him being him.  And as the book points out, workaholism is a devious addiction because it is generally celebrated and promoted and even encouraged in our work-based culture.  So I think I've unfortunately also helped to enable him to continue with this pattern, even as it's been getting progressively worse over time.  The worst part of it now is that he is in a job and position that utterly and exhaustively feeds on a workaholic.  This is a job that simply will take as much as an individual will give with no let up.  He works on site for at least 11 hours a day, and then brings home more work at night.  Saturdays he works about half a day, and then again brings back more piles for Sunday.  Hours-wise it may not sound that horrible to some people, but trust me, the overall impact is huge.  Because ultimately there's nothing else on his mind, the only thing I can always easily get him to talk about is whatever the latest problems at work are.  The longest vacation he took last year was I think 3 days for Christmas, and 3 days for his mother's 70th birthday - of course half of the time was spent driving and there was no relaxation involved.  I can tell that most of the time I talk to him he is not paying attention.

He makes OK money but it's more or less a dead end job where he can never catch up, always runs in crisis mode, gets routinely yelled at by his manager, and the owner is a cheap bastard who doesn't want to pay him what he's really worth or spend more money on hiring people to help him, or buy the equipment they need.  And yet he won't leave this job, even after 2 years of telling me day in and out that the job is "a living hell" and that every day he thinks can't get any worse, but it does.  Then he complains I am unsympathetic and not understanding of his situation.  And at this point, yes I'd agree.  I think I've run out of compassion for someone who seemingly won't take a stand for himself or even accept that part of the problem is inherently within himself.  I've tried to suggest therapy but he poopoos that and tells me he has no time (the last time he went I believe it was really helping but ultimately it made it difficult for him to qualify for life insurance, I think it was, and now he blames me for that).

There have been a couple of break points where I almost left him, or we almost broke up over the years, or more recently where we'd finally have some discussions about changing things for the future, but generally they've amounted to nothing much different.  Most recently we had a bizarre incident where I walked in to where he was sitting at the computer at home and made a snide joke about watching TV together, to which he looked enraged, grabbed a ruler and hurled it at me; it drew minimal blood but I was pretty shocked as he is generally a pretty nice guy without a big temper.  He later apologized and said he was trying to be funny, but we both know that was not the case.  The overall stress and resentment is constantly there and this just hit a boiling point.  His temper has been getting worse and worse these days.

At this juncture I don't know how to properly confront the issues at hand.  He claims he is going to start working on his resume this weekend, but I've heard that a dozen times now and nothing has come of it.  But more to the point, I don't think just changing a job is going to solve the deeper underlying issues, which I am now thinking true workaholism is at least a part of.  A new job (if he can even find one in this market) might help mask some of the problems but really isn't confronting them.  And of course a bigger problem is that at this point, he doesn't want to hear this from me (I guess no one likes to get criticized or confronted by their partner?), so I have to be very careful how to approach it.

Any thoughts or similar life experiences?
3091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 06:57:25 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 28, 2010, 05:20:38 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on January 28, 2010, 05:13:24 PM


This is a good one!

OMG, you guys are going to get me fired I was laughing so hard on this one.  I thought the Darkfall one was the best I'd seen but this is definitely number one!
3092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 05:49:26 AM
Gaming - whoa!

The demo today they showed Nova, a 3D FPS which takes advantage of the touch interface to add special things like 2 finger gestures to hurl a grenade, or drawing a window around multiple enemies to fire at them all at once.  EA showed Need for Speed where you hold the iPad like a steering wheel and the accelerometer allows you to control the steering by rotating the unit.  Very very cool, as they describe it it's like holding an HD screen in front of your face and interacting with it.  The added screen space allows them to add other small touch screen finishes like touching the mirror to see what's behind you or a gear shift that pops up for you to adjust via touch.  I'm glad the devs are finally starting to take real advantage of the touch screen.

- - -

Again if you are on the fence or are truly interested in seeing what this is capable of, I'd definitely recommend watching the keynote address or at least the mini video demo.  Just the internet browsing alone is going to make this device worth the price of entry. Like the iPhone at release, though, it's hard to describe in words.  It's going to take people seeing it in action to really drive sales up and suck in some of the skeptics.  Then again they claim there are 75 million users already (iPhone and Touch), so the initial fan base is already there.
3093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 05:21:07 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 28, 2010, 05:06:18 AM

I'll be honest - if this was a Windows based device (instead of iTouch OS), with a bit more storage (like say 32GB, for $500), I'd consider this a hit. I'd quite possibly grab one, even though I already have a gaming rig, a laptop, and a netbook.

But for what it is? There's no way I'll ever own one in its current incarnation. It really doesn't 'fill the gap' between netbook and laptop. Or much of anything else.

The only niche it fills is the one that Apple just made up, and decided that you need.

What you just described is exactly the Archos 9 pctablet.  Did you read my review of it?  There's a difference between making something that sounds great on paper like the Archos 9 with tons of capability and features, and something that actually is useful in practice.  The Archos 9 can probably beat the iPad on a feature by feature basis, plus it runs Window 7 Ultimate!  But guess what?  It is awkward to use for just about everything, because the OS and interface were just not thought out well enough.  It has touch, it has a stylus, it has a little mini mouse thing, but none of them work well enough on their own.  It can multi-task, but with 1GB of RAM it does everything slow, so you pretty much won't want to run more than one application on it at a time.

http://rittchard.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/archos-9-pctablet-first-impressions/
3094  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 05:14:41 AM

Quote from: Wargus on January 28, 2010, 02:08:46 AM

Huh, color me unimpressed.

So, this essentially a 64gb touch screen computer with no keyboard selling for $500 and a monthly data fee? And you are all excited? REALLY?  I have this bridge...

Keyboardless tablets have been tried in the past, lack of keyboard killed them.  Also, if you have black cover with a flip screen cover, why on earth wouldn't you just put an ultralight keypad in that?  So this is a not-computer, not-phone that needs a dataplan, has extremely limited memory for a device of its size. It is an e-reader, email checker web surfer that will play limited casual games.  WOOhooo!!!!!

I realize the memory is par with tablets, but please explain why I'd want the ipad over a laptop?  The HP Pavilion tx2110 is a tablet that will have up to 3gb ram, 250gb hard drive, touch screen, keyboard that folds away.  The only thing the ipad has over it is weight (1.5 lbs vs. the HPs near 4).  It is essentially a laptop with a touchscreen. OH, and it is going to sell for $600.

If you don't get the difference between a 4 pound laptop and a 1.5 pound tablet, you are clearly just not the target audience for a device like this.  This is not about specs-manship, this is about the casual, intimate space where you might want to cuddle up in your favorite chair and browse the web, or read an ebook in bed, or watch a TV show while on the treadmill, or check email at the kitchen table while eating your cereal, or play a few rounds of a TBS game on the toilet.  You aren't going to do this with a 4 pound laptop, and trust me, even on a 3 pound Macbook Air it's awkward at times to do some of these things, and there are times you might just not want to take the unit around.  Instant-on + lightweight + 10 hours of battery life means this will always be available to you when you want it.  Not 45 seconds later after booting up, or even 20 seconds to wake from sleep, but exactly when you want, instantly.

Lack of a keyboard is not a killer.  For general surfing and quick emails, the iPhone has already proven the touch keyboard is adequate.  If you must do true work and typing on the machine, there are bluetooth keyboards and the docking option they showed.
3095  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 28, 2010, 04:56:26 AM
It's always interesting to see the various reactions to Apple's inventions and releases.  There's always the haters that jump out and hate on whatever it is, then the skeptics, the fanboys and then a smattering of in-betweeners.  For those that are skeptical but interested, I encourage you to watch the demo show because that will give you a much much better idea of what the user experience might be like.  More intimate, more convenient, more compelling because it's in your hand and yet big enough to give you a more full-featured experience.  Steve Jobs clearly lays out the intentions to create tech in this space, not just to fill the spot, but to do things like web browsing and email *better* than conventional devices.  Watching the internet browsing experience alone makes this a winner in my book, even without Flash.  Knowing what it feels like on the iPhone, I can only imagine how much better it's going to be on a much larger screen.

There's definitely some misses here, but remember who you are dealing with.  This is Apple and they WILL hold things back, either on purpose or because they simply aren't ready.  What's important is to see they are going full force to tackle this intermediate space and like it or not, it will inevitably change the landscape of the portable computing world in the same way the iPod did.  This is just the initial release, so it's probably worth waiting for the second or third generation if you aren't a rabid fan.  I'm thinking that like the iPhone, it will probably the third-ish gen that's really going to command the market.  But by launching this version early, it can start building the App base (games games games!!!) and peripherals NOW so that by the time the third gen comes out (again like the iPhone) it can completely dominate the market.  

Misses (with commentary):

Weight - 1.5 pounds is on the border of being too heavy, I know this because that's the weight of the Archos 9.  It's OK with one hand but not great.  My target would be 1 pound to seal the deal.

No Flash - ouch but it's just a matter of time I believe.  This is probably the biggest disappointment overall

Multitasking - would be nice, but honestly is this really that big a deal?  What exactly is it you feel you have to be doing in the background of a casual device while you are watching a movie or reading an eBook or playing a game or browsing?  If it's just listening to music, that an already be done.  In any case, this is just a matter of time as well as the work on multi-core ARM processors is already in progress

Front facing camera/iChat - my guess is they are purposely saving this for a later release, this will be a key selling feature later on, possibly 3rd gen.

Large bevel - looks kind of awkward and photo frame-ish, but as you could even see from Steve Jobs' demo, you want an area to hold the device that is not the responsive touchscreen

No eInk - not ready yet but coming soon, look at Pixel Qi to sign the death warrant of the Kindle.  A relatively cheap screen tech that supposedly matches eInk for reading but also changes to regular LCD screenlike performance.  If Apple gets its hand on this or something similar (maybe third gen?), it can take complete command of this space

Keyboard - I'm skeptical about the giant keyboard on-screen.  Once it's on your lap it will be wobbly and hard to type.  I don't think this is the best solution, I think I'd prefer something like what the Samsung Q1 does with 2 small thumb based keyboard on the left and right sides.
3096  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 09:17:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 27, 2010, 09:00:39 PM

it really bums me that multitasking is out.  when you have such a powerful device in your hands, running just one app on it at a time knocks it down a notch, especially compared to similar devices.  

the 3g is nice, but $130 nice?  they need to drop the price difference down for me, but having 3g would make this a glorified phone with voip, no?

Keep in mind this is just the first iteration, and is just a precursor of where they are heading.  Mutli-tasking is likely already in the works as they develop their own chips via PA Semi.  I'm sure there will be deals with Verizon and subsidies, etc to tackle the 3G business as well, and of course price drops and feature adds in the coming months and years.

This article pretty much states what I was saying a few posts ago, if you look down the line, with this device Apple is trying to take over conventional "casual" internet/computer/laptop use, or re-defining it the same way they did with music and the iPod.  Whether they succeed will have to be seen in the next few years.

http://i.gizmodo.com/5458349/apple-ipad-just-tried-to-assassinate-laptops
3097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:26:46 PM

Quote from: Devil on January 27, 2010, 07:24:21 PM

Am I missing something? Why would you pay MORE for 3G when you would pay MORE per month?

No subsidy - it's essentially "unlocked" so you are paying for the feature itself.
3098  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:21:06 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 27, 2010, 07:20:00 PM

Starts at $499.  Even below my lowest estimate.  Nice smile

Very nice!!  Someone called the $500 rumor yesterday, right?
3099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:19:55 PM
Starting $499!?!??!?!
3100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 07:19:16 PM
Damn this price structure is just tempting enough to whet my appetite!  Must.... resist....
3101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:56:22 PM
I guess they really are going straight for the jugular against Kindle, ouch!!!
3102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:42:53 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 06:31:42 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 27, 2010, 06:29:47 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 06:25:46 PM

Looks slick, but how are they gonna market this thing.  It's a big iphone without the phone.

Uhhh hasn't that been covered a bunch of times already?  It's the space between the iPhone and a full laptop/desktop, eventually replacing newspapers, magazines, books - and likely becoming your primary home web browser and email client.  I could go on and on but I won't because I know how people hate when I keep revealing I am an Apple fanboy icon_wink

Yes that's Apple's line, but I'm not getting the draw here.

I'm sure there will be many people like you who won't see the draw at first but might get interested later, and there will likely be some haters that will always refuse to recognize the potential.  But keep in mind it took some time for the iPod, and later the iPhone to really move to a more mass appeal status.  My guess is it will take about a year or so before this really sinks into the mainstream population.  I think a lot of people will be skeptical at first until they see how their friends, colleagues, schoolmates, etc are using the device in their everyday lives - but again it will take some time for that kind of market penetration to occur.

For early adopters though, it's like a wet dream.  You don't know how long I've been waiting for a decent slate/tablet like device - I actually own one of the original old Newtons lol.  Every single one (and I'd include things like larger PMPs from Archos and UMPCs) has failed in one aspect or another, all the way up through the Archos 9 I recently purchased (reviewed in Hardware/Software).

My prediction: this style of device is going to be the next-gen of computing, possibly overtaking the netbook and low-end laptop market over time (a few years or so).  If the majority of people use their netbooks/laptops for browsing, media, light gaming, email - why not use a device that is even handier, lighter and (theoretically) easier to use?    
3103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 27, 2010, 06:33:46 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 27, 2010, 02:57:27 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 27, 2010, 02:52:31 PM

The difference with Sam though was it ultimately was a ploy by the bad guys who then executed the useless sub characters. Which was orders of magnitude awesome. I hope something similar happens here bu I'm suspecting that won't be the case. Just a feeling. And I'm all over Dark Renee. Not sure what that says about me though.

Also Sam only left CTU once during the entire season and that was for 5 minutes when he got mugged. Other than that he was balls to the walls mean with his managerial style. Really his silly plot twist only lasted 2 episodes and then it was done.

Plus it ultimately set up his awesome sacrifice scene which looked like it could have been pulled straight from Lord of the Rings - the 24 Edition. 

I'm not saying it's the same exact plotline, it just feels soooo familiar.  Hopefully they will go a completely different direction with Starbuck and surprise us.
3104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:29:47 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2010, 06:25:46 PM

Looks slick, but how are they gonna market this thing.  It's a big iphone without the phone.

Uhhh hasn't that been covered a bunch of times already?  It's the space between the iPhone and a full laptop/desktop, eventually replacing newspapers, magazines, books, of course also much nicer for mobile watching videos/TV shows/movies on-the-go - and likely becoming your primary home web browser and email client.  I could go on and on but I won't because I know how people hate when I keep revealing I am an Apple fanboy icon_wink
3105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 27, 2010, 06:25:21 PM
I can't believe they really went with the "iPad" name because all I can think of is that post someone made here earlier with the tampon or whatever that was lol.

The device looks a little too large to me, kind of surprising how big the borders around the screen are.  Just a very initial impression though.

I'm not too surprised about the Flash - if this is using iPhone OS, though of course it would be disappointing if there's no long range plan to get it in.
3106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 24, Season 8 discussion (there are spoiler tags for a reason) on: January 26, 2010, 09:47:02 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 26, 2010, 04:02:26 PM

Starbuck is the new Kim. Her storyline is ridiculous and completely unnecessary. I think I may impose the KB rule of fast forwarding through all of her scenes.

Yeah what a waste of Starbuck.  Though I suppose the actress herself might enjoy playing a more hapless character rather than always being a tough kickass or psycho like in Bionic Woman.  Worst part of this plot is it seems way too similar to the season with Sam where he kept getting pulled out of the office to deal with some home situation and he eventually compromised CTU.

The main plotline is definitely suffering, I agree.  But two words keeps the season entertaining: DARK RENEE.  She kind of grew on me by the end of last season but this one she's lots of fun.  And even better, next week's preview has Dark Renee going.... DARK!!!
3107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Deep End on: January 26, 2010, 09:36:59 PM
I watched it and was only mildly interested even though I do like that Matt Long kid.  It was billed as a "Grey's Anatomy with lawyers" but I didn't really get that feel.  I'll give it another week or 2, but I may have to bump it for Survivor.
3108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 26, 2010, 09:35:43 PM

Quote from: kathode on January 26, 2010, 09:21:18 PM

I'm betting in the $600-$800 range.  I don't think they'll go over regular mac pricing with it.  Could definitely see myself being wrong though.

I'm guessing $899-999 for the base model(s) perhaps with different amount of memory, then maybe some incredibly annoying Verizon subsidy ($40/month unlimited data) that takes $200-300 off, which would get you pretty close to the Apple nut guy's rumor.
3109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: January 26, 2010, 12:04:02 AM
I was with Verizon when they first announced the iPhone.  I bitched and moaned forever but finally gave in.  AT&T coverage in general I knew would be worse, but oddly enough in a couple of key spots it was actually much better than Verizon.  For instance my office is in a basement type area and got no Verizon signal.  But somehow I get a full 5 bars of AT&T.  Also whever I was at the beach (usually once a week) Verizon signal would die completely, but usually with AT&T I could manage a call or text.  Very odd.

Anyway, I'm actually hoping the Tablet won't come with any partnering, or at least an option to just be wireless only.  I don't know if I can handle a whole big round of phone provider changing and anguish again.  Honestly I wish there would be more engineering investment in just having wireless available everywhere and phasing out these annoying phone companies and their stupid 2-year contracts.
3110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a term on: January 25, 2010, 11:58:31 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 25, 2010, 11:24:25 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on January 25, 2010, 08:23:41 PM

There's a term for a person's consciousness being put into a computer.  I can't think of what it is and it's killing me.

Immortality?  Well, at least until the warranty expires.  paranoid

That was the whole concept of Dollhouse!
3111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Legion on: January 25, 2010, 11:06:33 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 25, 2010, 04:33:35 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on January 24, 2010, 04:22:44 PM

And whoever is the main character Jeep...ya, that guy needs to stop acting ASAP because not only cant he deliver a single line, but he looks like a mongoloid.

Lucas Black.  I'm curious to see this even more because that kid was an amazing child actor on such things as American Gothic and Sling Blade.

I thought he did a decent job - it wasn't like the script required that much of him.  The one scene that required some decent acting (where Paul Bettany gives him his speech) I thought he pulled through and held his own.  And I don't think he looks like a mongoloid, I thought he looked just fine.
3112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pandorum on: January 24, 2010, 09:10:44 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 21, 2010, 03:32:33 PM

I didn't think it was awful, but i did find it be a bit derivative of The Descent.  It wasn't nearly as original as I'd hoped it would be.

Wow, I finally saw this last night and loved it!  Then again my standards are probably pretty low these days as I have been desperately craving some new sci-fi, and more accurately I've been craving a horror/scifi movie with an at least hopeful ending.  I've watched a bunch of really crappy horror movies of late (not on purpose, just by chance) and for some reason they all seem to be ending with everyone (protagonists included) dying or the whole thing being a trick or some other reversal or whatever.  

Anyway, back to Pandorum.  Definitely a combo of Descent, Sunshine and maybe Aliens.  I did like the opening with the confusion factor - as mentioned a bit like Cube or Saw.  But after that, I wasn't thrilled with the rest of the first half hour or so visually, which just felt literally way too dark - dark as in so dark I couldn't see or tell what the heck was supposed to be happening in a number of the sequences.  The (in some ways needless) cheap scares were kind of hit and miss because of this, since half the time I couldn't really see anyway so I'd miss what was supposed to be set up to scare me.  I was intrigued by the premise enough, though, to be nervous they were never going to bother explaining the backstory and plot and just make the whole movie one "jump out and scare you" moment to the next.  To my pleasant surprise, they actually did fill in the storyline and had reasonable explanations for pretty much everything (though I was still a bit confused about some of the plot elements).

All in all, I thought it was a nice addition to this sub-genre of sci-fi/horror (end of earth send a ship out to save humanity but get stuck with creepy killers on the ship) and I will probably watch it again at some point to fill in the missing pieces of the story (or see if they are actually there).  I thought the plot was reasonably intelligent enough with just the right amount of mystery and "twist" to it.  It could have used some lightening up, both literally and figuratively, but all in all I felt like it satisfied something I have been missing for quite a while, particularly with the conclusion.  The acting was all solid (Dennis Quaid twice in one day for me lol!), there's a couple of nice fight sequences, and the direction well done.  Effects were decent enough and kept minimalist by using a lot of darkness.  Some of the gross out stuff was a bit over the top but not horrible or Saw-esque.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I admit to be a sucker for a happy ending, and even though it was a mostly tragic and pretty gross story, at the very least our hero and heroine survived to the end and the finale gave you some hope for the future.
3113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spartacus: Blood and Sand [new TV series] on: January 24, 2010, 02:36:02 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 23, 2010, 11:11:41 PM

I'm not impressed with the first episode. The show has promise, but only if they stop all of the fucking slow-mo and blood sprays (and stop magically manifesting tears in people's faces in less than a second). I don't think I exaggerate when I say that roughly 1/4 of the episode was in slow motion. That effect can be cool, but only when it's used sparingly and as an exception, not a rule.

On the other hand, it's refreshing to see a show with full frontal and swearing that isn't on HBO.

Agreed on all accounts.

The sad part was I found myself just wondering the whole time how much money HBO must have spent on Rome to make it look so good, because this just looked like a cheap production in a number of sequences.  Now a part of this was due to my watching on a new TV that apparently needs some adjusting (it's making a lot of HD stuff like kind of cheesy).  But for the most part it just made me want to rush out and buy the Blu-Ray of Rome and re-watch it.  I'm hoping the show will get better once he becomes a full slave/gladiator.  But more than that I'm hoping A Game of Throne won't suck (luckily on HBO)!
3114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Legion on: January 24, 2010, 02:32:57 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 24, 2010, 02:29:24 AM

Is the ice cream guys as freaky as in the trailer?!!?!

Yeah but sadly he's hardly in it.  Ditto to old lady (who gets a bit more screen time).  On a side note I was at the supermarket afterwards and a couple of old ladies there totally creeped me out.
3115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 24, 2010, 02:31:00 AM

Quote from: Mithridates on January 23, 2010, 01:08:36 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 22, 2010, 10:17:32 PM

SWEET!!!

I'm pretty good at this (or so I've been told) so any GTers wanna get in line?   icon_twisted  Tongue

Yes, we know you are gay.  Congrats.  Why does it seem like you have to include that in every post?

I was thinking about this all day and idly wondered just how often it comes up (no pun intended) that I insert (no pun intended) some sort of gay-related comment into my posts.  I know there have been times in the past where I've consciously tried to not do it so much in case it came across annoying or offensive.  Generally I'm just trying to relax and have fun here like I would with my friends.  And come on, a topic like this one is like a huge piece of bait. 

But anyway, I just went back and skimmed through my last 100 posts on these collective forums (I post all throughout GT in a wide variety of topics).  Guess what I found?  A total of FIVE posts (and a couple of them were arguably non-overt) made direct reference to my being gay.  Which kind of begs the question why it would feel like to you that I am including it in "every post".  Food for thought.
3116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Legion on: January 24, 2010, 02:15:49 AM
OK I just came back from seeing Legion.  Honestly I had a pretty good time and thought it was a decent, fun movie for this sub-genre (keeping in mind I was a fan of The Prophecy way back when and am one of the few people I know of who liked Constantine).  It's an interesting combination actually of a few different genres, the battling angels mixed with some apocalyptic future melded with the bunch-of-strangers meet in a diner scenario (Identity-ish).  It also evokes comparison to a number of traditional zombie flicks as well as, oddly enough, the first Terminator.  The lead actress does a nice job of evoking Linda Hamilton from T1 in her narration sequences.

The ensemble cast is pretty much as good as you could ask for in a B movie of this type.  Fans of television (and movies) will have a blast trying to figure out where they recognize the various cast members from.  I had to rush back to IMDB to figure out that Willa Holland was Kaitlin from The OC.  Anyway, they all do a decent job with what they are given, treating the material with just enough weight and seriousness without going too far over the top.  You could argue some or all of them are a bit wasted in this scenario, and I'd probably have to agree.  It's tough in these ensemble pieces to choose between having more familiar faces or giving more screen/story time to less people.  I personally would have reduced the cast by maybe 1 or 2 and beefed up the backstories to allow the audience to invest more in the remaining cast members.

I was surprised to actually enjoy some of what I assume critics hated, the slower talky portions of the movie.  I thought a couple of the speeches were actually sold pretty well by Paul Bettany, and I enjoyed his interaction with Keamy (Kevin Durand from Lost).  The more I see that actor, the more I like him.  He makes for a great villain or anti-hero/villain.  And because of my personal familiarity with some of the cast members (such as Kate Walsh of Grey's Anatomy/Private Practive), I think I had a little extra investment in them in advance.

I'm going to go out on a huge limb here and say I think I actually enjoyed this movie (upon leaving the theater) more than I did Avatar.  It had many of the same negative elements (a plot we've seen before, mix of copycat-ish action/serious sequences, sacrificial sub-characters, predictable sub-plots, some preachy context) and yet I didn't come out of it feeling annoyed by them.  I think script-wise they did a better job keeping it tight and less pretentious, and unlike Avatar they give most of the ensemble memorable (or at least relevant) end sequences plus the "villain" is more multi-faceted and definitely gives a more interesting and nuanced performance.

All in all, a decent setup/script, some fun and funny moments, a good cast, and a few good angel battle action sequences.  I wish they hadn't given away some of the more otherwise surprising moments in the movie, as that would have made it even more enjoyable.
3117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 23, 2010, 09:59:37 PM
Sorry just having fun here. I will try to contain myself. Bit the fact is I think if you track and read ALL my posts you'll see that a very small percentage contain gay content. I think I am just as profusive (or offensive) with Apple fanboyism and Diablo and Lost and MMO etc topics.
3118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Giving blowjob can be good for your health on: January 22, 2010, 10:17:32 PM
SWEET!!!

I'm pretty good at this (or so I've been told) so any GTers wanna get in line?   icon_twisted  Tongue
3119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown on: January 22, 2010, 10:16:08 PM
They're launching their whole lineup coinciding with the Apple Tablet (also on the 27th)  icon_razz
3120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / PS3 Hardware Shortage? on: January 22, 2010, 10:13:50 PM
I was just debating over lunch whether to pick up a new "slim" PS3 (vs. a Blu-Ray player); I like the new form factor and the built in wireless should be nice for where I want to put it.  I went to Best Buy and they had zero in stock.  I could swear there were a bunch not too long ago but perhaps it was my imagination.  The guy tells me they may be getting more in tonight and I should come by and put my name on one or something.  I was like, uhhhh OK is it 2006 again?

So I went back and checked their website, and they simply don't tell you stock info for the PS3.  I then checked Target and they were out of stock everywhere.  EBgames had 1 listed in some weird place many many miles away.  Amazon says in stock on 1/24 and says it is in "great demand".  I'm sure I can get one if I order online, but I was just a bit surprised they weren't more reasily available.  In contrast, BB had a ton of 360s in every shape and package.

So did I miss something?  When did the PS3 become so hot again?  Or is this some weird ploy by Sony?
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