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Reply #105 on: September 19, 2017, 09:19:51 PM

no one wants to fix a tablet

if you're doing things that are breaking a tablet, it's you, not the tablet
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Reply #106 on: September 19, 2017, 10:57:52 PM

Yeah, that.  The entire point of a tablet is you just buy it and use it.  That's why Apples work so well, that's the realm of things they are strongest in.  It extends to phones for me as well.  Mind you I haven't tried them all, but every time somebody hands me an Android, I always feel like I'm struggling with the shitty interface.  Pretty much have to use Apple for phones/tablets now, as everything else drives me bonkers.

Also, all electronics five years old or more are completely worthless.  Phones, computers, tablets...I use them as Frisbees or target practice.  It's completely stupid of Apple to give any money for that worthless garbage.

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Reply #107 on: September 20, 2017, 12:57:25 AM

We give money for that stuff because its better than people tossing them in landfills.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #108 on: September 20, 2017, 07:44:05 AM

We give money for that stuff because its better than people tossing them in landfills.

Businesses never do anything for a reason like that.  I'm assuming they buy them back for parts they can sell in the Asian markets and any rare metals that can be extracted and reused.

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Reply #109 on: September 20, 2017, 08:25:44 AM

Pushing updates isn't an Apple thing, it's an industry thing. I've turned off every option I could find for updating apps, uninstalled as much crap as I could, and every time I connect my Galaxy tablet to the wifi, it sucks down all my connectivity updating shit I don't use.

Though it would be nice if Apple would stop asking me DAILY if I want to update their suite of bloatware on my laptop.

Also, ShirleyBob, for the love of Odin can we get an HDCP chain? I have the Apple-branded C -> HDMI adapter and it breaks HDCP. C'mon, man.

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Reply #110 on: September 20, 2017, 09:18:55 AM

We give money for that stuff because its better than people tossing them in landfills.
Oh, come on, that's greenwashing rhetoric for the rubes. You don't give money someone could use in a restaurant (or to buy a competing product), you give store credit that can only be used inside the Apple ecosystem, exchanging a portion of your extremely fat margins to take used product out of the market (so that you can sell used goods at 10% off the price of new).

Which is fine, it's a business strategy and as such not really subject to moral judgements. But don't pretend that the goal is anything other than profit.

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Reply #111 on: September 20, 2017, 09:55:35 PM

I've started hearing Rick Sanchez when Dave posts.

Not that I use a tablet.  They are in-between bastards for my purposes, rather use a phone for lightweight/mobile and a laptop for heavyweight tasks.

Moving to a Mac from a Win laptop has been summarily incredible.  This is because it just fucking works.  There are two parts to "JFW": I don't have to install a lot of intermediary applications to do my job, and it doesn't break.  Guess how many times I've had to restart the print spooler in Windows in any single year since 1996.  Now guess how many times I've had to restart the print spooler on the MBP over the past 2.5 years that I've used it.  Hint: the number is the same even when you multiply it by the 3 Macs that I now own/use.

Bonus points if you guess my interest level in PC repair these days.

I'm really thinking of moving to iPhone after using Android since it was a thing I could buy.  While Apple makes expensive things that JFW, Google makes free/cheap shit that works for some percentage of the time with an even lower percentage of features.  Maybe Project Fi was the last straw, failing to meet the advertised ability once again.

Feel free to sprinkle several "Aw, geez" in there.

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Reply #112 on: September 20, 2017, 10:29:19 PM

I've started hearing Rick Sanchez when Dave posts.


You kind of asked for this.

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Reply #113 on: September 20, 2017, 11:12:58 PM

Project Fi has been nothing short of perfect for me, but I go out of my way to never ever go to most of America.
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Reply #114 on: September 21, 2017, 09:46:36 AM

So does Project Fi! BOOM!

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Reply #115 on: September 22, 2017, 07:06:31 PM

I've started playing around with home automation vie Amazon Echo, the Logitech Harmony hub and a handful of WeMos.  Not gonna lie, it's kinda cool to tell your house what to do with simple voice commands and have it work.

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Reply #116 on: September 23, 2017, 12:58:43 PM

I've dipped my toe into those waters recently with a Blink camera system.  I have one set up to watch my front porch so I can see when I've got packages waiting for me at home, and a nightvision-enabled one in the backyard so I can spy on the local wildlife.  Whole thing is connected to a free cloud service and is controlled via phone app that lets me turn cameras on and off, get live video, etc.

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Reply #117 on: September 24, 2017, 01:26:35 AM

Yeah, but how long before your house is hijacked by some script kiddie in Estonia and is used to DDOS Amazon?

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #118 on: September 25, 2017, 08:12:22 AM

my current iPad Pro got stuck in a loop verifying the OS11 update. Can't even turn it off.

completely forcing a reset seems to have worked, annoying
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Reply #119 on: September 25, 2017, 02:46:57 PM

You kind of asked for this.

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Reply #120 on: September 28, 2017, 12:42:12 PM

I've started playing around with home automation vie Amazon Echo, the Logitech Harmony hub and a handful of WeMos.  Not gonna lie, it's kinda cool to tell your house what to do with simple voice commands and have it work.

I have an echo dot in the kitchen and I use it for times and music. It's great.

I have an Nvidia shield tv and im looking forward to Google Assistant.
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Reply #121 on: October 04, 2017, 03:31:03 PM

Fucking amateur hour over at google. AMATEUR. HOUR.

They make it so fucking hard to BUY A PHONE.
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Reply #122 on: October 04, 2017, 04:25:02 PM

What happened? The only thing the headlines tell me is that one or both have a very nice camera.

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Reply #123 on: October 04, 2017, 04:45:04 PM

Argh.

Fucking iPad trade in website didn't take my submission properly 2 weeks ago when I submitted it and now the estimated value is $25 less. Of course, since it is a contractor that runs the website when I call them they say "your quote request was not submitted properly" even though I went through their process properly and asked for them to ship me a return pack. It kicked me to their "check the status" page as soon as I accepted their terms. Since "Apple sets the values" I am apparently out the $25 because I didn't call and check earlier.

The question now becomes, is it worth my time to try and navigate through the Apple bureaucracy to get that $25?




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Reply #124 on: October 04, 2017, 06:08:40 PM

Iíve never once had Apple successfully bend policy or protocol. I enjoy the products overall, but Iím always purchasing with the idea theyíre fucking me in one way or another. I hope you win.
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Reply #125 on: October 05, 2017, 08:40:05 AM

Yeah, you have to go into being an Apple customer with the understanding of the massive ego of their corporate culture.

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Reply #126 on: October 22, 2017, 04:36:33 PM

Man, Google. Fuck you. You release the Pixel 2 XL. You don't stock enough of the OBVIOUSLY superior black and white one. You offer a good price on a Pixel XL trade-in ($400). And then your fucking shopping cart breaks. And before you restock them, the price of the trade-in on the Pixel XL starts going down.

If Apple didn't offer even worse trade-in prices, this would be the end of that shit. I'd be on that ridiculous iPhone X in the blink of an eye. Alas, Apple's trade-in prices are somehow more insulting.
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