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25. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 13, 2012, 13:57 Ant
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 10:25:
Actually I got my TV at Best Buy. It was an older model so it wasn't much cheaper online (especially not after shipping), and I didn't want to have to deal with potentially having to return it if it was defective/damaged during shipping.
Ditto. I also like to go into local stores to see and feel the products before buying. Also, buying in stores (assuming small to put into a car) are usually quick.
 
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24. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 13, 2012, 13:42 Ant
 
wtf_man wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:58:
DangerDog wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:55:
$39.99 is a decent price but I still don't feel the need to upgrade from win7.

I wouldn't install Windows 8 even if they paid me $399.99.

Fuck Metro.

On another note...
Best Buy mulls streaming online prices directly to stores.

Heh, looks like Worst Buy is going to try a new Bait and Switch scheme.
I get paid to test in W8.
 
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23. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 13, 2012, 13:30 Ant
 
DangerDog wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 15:55:
Verno wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 09:45:
I can't really think of any single compelling feature that's worth upgrading from Windows 7 to 8 for. Storage Spaces is pretty niche and there are stable third party solutions already so meh. I'm surprised there will be no XP/Vista upgrade options, I would have thought that would be a good upgrade source for them. I guess they want to preclude old hardware specs from trying to enter the pool.

XP is 32 bit and you should really be upgrading to 64 bit, even if I ever do an upgrade from 7 I'd do a clean format/install.
Ditto. I still use XP Pro. SP3.
 
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22. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 15:55 DangerDog
 
Verno wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 09:45:
I can't really think of any single compelling feature that's worth upgrading from Windows 7 to 8 for. Storage Spaces is pretty niche and there are stable third party solutions already so meh. I'm surprised there will be no XP/Vista upgrade options, I would have thought that would be a good upgrade source for them. I guess they want to preclude old hardware specs from trying to enter the pool.

XP is 32 bit and you should really be upgrading to 64 bit, even if I ever do an upgrade from 7 I'd do a clean format/install.
 
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21. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 11:38 RailWizard
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 05:55:
RailWizard wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 00:27:

Vista -> Win7 was FREE!
No it was not free. This is not an offer for new PC purchases.

ahhh that's what it was.
 
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20. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 10:25 PHJF
 
Actually I got my TV at Best Buy. It was an older model so it wasn't much cheaper online (especially not after shipping), and I didn't want to have to deal with potentially having to return it if it was defective/damaged during shipping.  
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19. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 10:04 nin
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 09:44:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 22:25:
wtf_man wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:58:
DangerDog wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:55:
$39.99 is a decent price but I still don't feel the need to upgrade from win7.

I wouldn't install Windows 8 even if they paid me $399.99.

Fuck Metro.

On another note...
Best Buy mulls streaming online prices directly to stores.

Heh, looks like Worst Buy is going to try a new Bait and Switch scheme.

I love how that article says Best Buy is only beat out by Amazon because Amazon doesn't have to charge sales tax. Bullshit. Look up any TV Best Buy carries. I would put down money that Amazon has the same model with free shipping for at least $200 less. I've used Best Buy to look at my last three TVs and then purchased them for hundreds less on Amazon. Games are less, movies are less, computers are less. I can't think of one thing that Best Buy charges less for.

Plus you don't have any brain dead sales kids doggedly trying up-sell you crappy store extended warranties or ridiculously over priced cables.


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18. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 09:45 Verno
 
I can't really think of any single compelling feature that's worth upgrading from Windows 7 to 8 for. Storage Spaces is pretty niche and there are stable third party solutions already so meh. I'm surprised there will be no XP/Vista upgrade options, I would have thought that would be a good upgrade source for them. I guess they want to preclude old hardware specs from trying to enter the pool.  
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17. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 09:44 Pigeon
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 22:25:
wtf_man wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:58:
DangerDog wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:55:
$39.99 is a decent price but I still don't feel the need to upgrade from win7.

I wouldn't install Windows 8 even if they paid me $399.99.

Fuck Metro.

On another note...
Best Buy mulls streaming online prices directly to stores.

Heh, looks like Worst Buy is going to try a new Bait and Switch scheme.

I love how that article says Best Buy is only beat out by Amazon because Amazon doesn't have to charge sales tax. Bullshit. Look up any TV Best Buy carries. I would put down money that Amazon has the same model with free shipping for at least $200 less. I've used Best Buy to look at my last three TVs and then purchased them for hundreds less on Amazon. Games are less, movies are less, computers are less. I can't think of one thing that Best Buy charges less for.

Plus you don't have any brain dead sales kids doggedly trying up-sell you crappy store extended warranties or ridiculously over priced cables.
 
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16. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 09:40 kanniballl
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 22:25:

I love how that article says Best Buy is only beat out by Amazon because Amazon doesn't have to charge sales tax. Bullshit. Look up any TV Best Buy carries. I would put down money that Amazon has the same model with free shipping for at least $200 less. I've used Best Buy to look at my last three TVs and then purchased them for hundreds less on Amazon. Games are less, movies are less, computers are less. I can't think of one thing that Best Buy charges less for.

My family's had bad luck getting TV's online: arriving either physically damaged or just plain-old DOA. So we tend to use brick-and-mortar stores for them.

However I don't tend to use BestBuy. There are a couple of small places nearby that offer pricing pretty close to Amazon for the stuff I've looked at (even after tax/delivery). No fedex/UPS/etc... they just deliver it in a van from the store if I want.

And I feel better that if there's a problem it's less of a hastle than dealing with an online place.


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15. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 09:02 wtf_man
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 02:49:
That said, I'm sure many apps will do an incredibly good job of hiding it.

I'll have to wait and see bout that. Until then, I can't see any advantage to upgrading... there's very little under the hood that entices me... faster boot... improved task manager... that's about it. Not even worth the $40, IMO.
 
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14. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 05:55 SpectralMeat
 
RailWizard wrote on Jul 3, 2012, 00:27:

Vista -> Win7 was FREE!
No it was not free. This is not an offer for new PC purchases.
 
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13. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 02:49 theyarecomingforyou
 
wtf_man wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 23:07:
Even then metro, will still be under the hood... and I'm not sure you can get rid of it all the way, nor the xbox live crap.
Xbox LIVE Games in Windows 8 is simply a Metro app, just like the other bundled apps (Mail, Photos, Calendar, etc) - it takes three clicks to uninstall it and is all done on the Start screen. As for getting rid of Metro, of course you're not going to be able to easily get rid of it - it's a core part of the operating system. That said, I'm sure many apps will do an incredibly good job of hiding it.

At $40 I'll definitely be upgrading, but I was planning to anyway.
 
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12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 01:34 Mashiki Amiketo
 
DangerDog wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:55:
$39.99 is a decent price but I still don't feel the need to upgrade from win7.
Only if it's $399.99 to pay me to take the PoS.
 
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11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 3, 2012, 00:27 RailWizard
 
More like downgrade for $39.99.

Vista -> Win7 was FREE!

They must have new improved wool to pull over everyones eyes.
 
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10. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 23:57 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 22:10:
What happened to 14.99?

That was for new PC buyers - if you buy a PC with Windows 7 preinstalled you can upgrade for $14.99. If you have been using Windows 7 for more than a few months it's $39.99.
 
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9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 23:07 wtf_man
 
Shok wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 22:09:
If I do buy it I will mod the fuck out of it to get rid of Metro.

You will have to run a different shell than explorer... like WindowBlinds or Aston.

Even then metro, will still be under the hood... and I'm not sure you can get rid of it all the way, nor the xbox live crap.
 
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8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 23:06 Overon
 
I'm sure sales tax is part of the story, it's s small part. It's mostly because Best Buy charges more for everything (even if you subtract tax) than Amazon. Boo-hoo we can't compete because of sales tax!  
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7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 22:25 Agent.X7
 
wtf_man wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:58:
DangerDog wrote on Jul 2, 2012, 20:55:
$39.99 is a decent price but I still don't feel the need to upgrade from win7.

I wouldn't install Windows 8 even if they paid me $399.99.

Fuck Metro.

On another note...
Best Buy mulls streaming online prices directly to stores.

Heh, looks like Worst Buy is going to try a new Bait and Switch scheme.

I love how that article says Best Buy is only beat out by Amazon because Amazon doesn't have to charge sales tax. Bullshit. Look up any TV Best Buy carries. I would put down money that Amazon has the same model with free shipping for at least $200 less. I've used Best Buy to look at my last three TVs and then purchased them for hundreds less on Amazon. Games are less, movies are less, computers are less. I can't think of one thing that Best Buy charges less for.
 
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6. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 2, 2012, 22:10 HorrorScope
 
What happened to 14.99?  
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