OT: Consumers Wait in Line to Buy New iPhone then “Charge” it in Microwave

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Jeßus, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Jeßus

    BuckyBalls Guest

    I have had *free* mobile phone for the last 10 years. The company gives
    me about 4 hours credit each month, which is always less than the calls
    I make. The SIM card has worked with later model phones which cost
    ****-all. I think they are expecting me to *upgrade* to an I-Wank phone
    with a hefty data contract price, but that ain't happening! So the
    I-Wank losers are paying for all of my calls!
    BuckyBalls, Oct 9, 2014
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  2. Well, (no) backups are only part of the problem. Even if one has
    backup, the problem is that with this kind of crap software, you don't
    know *what*, *where* and *how* to (not) restore.

    I.e. If iTunes has screwed up things, you'll have to investigate on
    the interwebs, what you should restore were and how and what you should
    not restore. (And no, (Windows) System Restore won't help either,
    because it's broken by design.)

    Anyway, there's ample choice: You can choose between bad Apple
    software, bad Microsoft software, bad Google/Android software and bad
    Linux software. Ain't life dandy!?
    Frank Slootweg, Oct 9, 2014
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    Jeßus Guest

    Heh. I guess at least you generally don't get raped in the wallet with
    Linux. Personally, I don't want or need any software to manage my
    music collection, or any other files, for that matter.
    Jeßus, Oct 9, 2014
  4. Well, (other than as part of the 'system') I never paid for Windows
    software and paid only once - a few Euro - for Android software (and
    never had - and probably never will have - an Apple device).
    'manage'? 'music'? 'collection'? 'files'? I've no idea what them there
    big words mean! :)
    Frank Slootweg, Oct 9, 2014
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    Andy Guest

    There's a few Windows and Linux offerings that don't randomly move shit
    around on the filesystem but are still capable of generating a 'library'
    and playlists at least, but yeah, last I looked nobody had figured out a
    way to do it that didn't suck.
    Indeed - My collection is managed/arranged just fine - alphabetically
    on the bookshelves in the spare room :)
    Andy, Oct 10, 2014
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    Jeßus Guest

    I've tried all sorts of HTPC and audio software that make things look
    'pretty' and does all sorts of fancy things - but quite simply
    Explorer does everything I need or want quickly and easily, whereas
    all the purpose designed software I've tried simply gets in my way all
    the time.
    So are my CDs and DVDs, apart for a couple dozen crates of vinyl. One
    day I'll have my music room built and it'll be another story then.
    Jeßus, Oct 11, 2014
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    Jeßus Guest

    The only OS I've bought was OSX, which went a long way towards
    encouraging my rabid dislike of Apple. It just seemed to fight me
    every inch of the way with everything I wanted to do and I couldn't
    take to their 'way'. I ended up putting Ubuntu on my G4, which was
    much better... not much later I sold the machine though. It was my one
    serious effort at giving Apple/Macs a fair go... and thus ended my
    dalliance with Apple on a permanent basis.
    Jeßus, Oct 11, 2014
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    SG1 Guest

    My "new" media machine uses VLC & Explorer. I do have a remote for WMP but
    that program is a PITA.
    SG1, Oct 12, 2014
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    Jeßus Guest

    I went through all the HTPC thing, looked at a lot of interesting
    purpose-built hardware too - but in the end I still prefer using
    Explorer, Foobar, VLC and MPC. Does everything I need.
    Jeßus, Oct 12, 2014
  10. Try "MediaMonkey." It takes the best features of iTunes without any of the
    crappy ones, doesn't move anything around, and can "sync" with anything that
    presents itself as a storage device (as well as iThingies, if you're that
    way inclined).

    Admittedly the full-blown version costs, but the freeware version is more
    than ample for most use.

    Bob Milutinovic, Oct 12, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Main thing nothing still does properly is keep track of where
    you have got to in each piece of media so that you don't have
    to watch it in its entirety and can come back to it again later.

    Almost everything except the Adobe reader does that
    with ebooks, but almost nothing does that with videos.
    Rod Speed, Oct 12, 2014
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    Toby Guest

    New record.
    I agree with R. Speed twice in one calendar year!!
    Toby, Oct 13, 2014
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    JW Guest

    Only one I've found that does do that is Bsplayer, but it's not free.
    You right click on the video and select "add bookmark". Then you can use
    the right click again to select the bookmark you want to go to.
    I wish VLC would add this feature...
    JW, Oct 13, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Roxio Cineplayer does in theory but it doesn't work with most files.
    I think its better to keep track of where you got up to automatically
    when you leave the file without getting to the end and then start at
    that place again if you play that file again. Cineplayer does ask you
    if you want to start at the place you left, but I think its better to at
    least be able to configure it to start at the last place auto so you
    can just return to the start manually if you don't want to do that.

    But Cineplayer has lots of other downsides and doesn't do anything
    like as well as VLC.

    DVRview also does it that way, but wont even play all
    DVR-MS files, particularly the HD free to air TV channels.
    Yeah, it's the only thing I really miss with VLC and is the
    only reason I don't use it for everything. I keep forgetting
    to suggest that they add that, maybe there is a reason why
    they have decided not to. I keep forgetting to check that too.

    Maybe they cant work out a good way to keep the last watched
    place details.
    Rod Speed, Oct 13, 2014
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    Rod Speed Guest

    Just done that.
    I have now, no sign of anyone even suggesting
    that that I can see with a quick look.
    Looks more likely it hasn't even been
    considered which wouldn't be surprising
    given how few players can do that.
    Rod Speed, Oct 14, 2014
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    Jasen Betts Guest

    mythtv has single-use bookmarks.
    Jasen Betts, Oct 14, 2014
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    Jeßus Guest

    Thanks for that. It sounds familiar, but I will check it out.
    Jeßus, Oct 14, 2014
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