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Michael's Profile

Member since October 30, 2007

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    Michael Beckerman

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    United States of America

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  1. Review - Opera Next for Windows

    17.0.1241.11 Beta (Sep 9, 2013)

    Wow! VERY impressed with the new Opera 17. Best browser I've used so far!

  2. Review - Avant Browser Ultimate

    2013 Beta 105 (Apr 25, 2013)

    Beta 105 - Still has the exact same problems as before. Still won't go into split-screen mode under Windows 7 (64-bit). But, yet it will briefly flash a split screen mode at start up, for no reason at all. Not using this program until they managed to get this problem fixed.

  3. Review - Dropbox

    2.0.0 Final (Mar 12, 2013)

    I really do like this program, and I love the concept, but can you guys please come up with a more straight forward, easier to understand interface for your application? It's still way to confusing and hard to understand for as easy as a program as this is. Please have your people redesign your interface for this so that it is much more intuitive and straight forward. I know it looks simple to use, but this program is still far less intuitive that it should be at this point. Please do some more focus groups with users that have never used your program before so you can get the issues that I'm referring to here sorted out finally (They should have been caught and identified long ago by your internal beta testers!)

  4. Review - Avant Browser Ultimate

    2013 Build 21 (Mar 12, 2013)

    Beta 21 - Still has the exact same outstanding issues as before. Browser flashes a split view screen at start up unnecessarily (for no reason at all) and then when you go to actually open a split screen view by selecting that option from the menu, it will flash the split screen for a second and then goes right back to a single screen view. At least the new version loads faster with the new rendering engines in this build. That's at least some progress, I guess.

  5. Review - Avant Browser Lite

    2013 Build 11 (Feb 20, 2013)

    Beta 11 - Wow, this is just going from bad to worse. Now the program won't even open properly under Win 7. Lots of work to still do here on this app I'm afraid.

  6. Comment - Too soon to call HP's TouchPad a failure? We'll see tonight

    2013 Build 11 (Aug 18, 2011 - 8:28 PM)

    Right, but whoever HP gets to buy their WebOS operation, will have to absolutely support and continue that platform, or no one will have any incentive to buy the remaining 270,000 units that Best Buy is holding. If their won't be any further development for the platform by some new company that buys that division from HP, you won't be able to get customers to buy those tablets at all...at any price. That would be really sad if that happened. Now, the key question becomes who will HP get to buy it's PC and WebOS operations? I could see Lenovo as a possible buyer for both possibly, at the right price of course, as they are getting much more aggressive in both the PC and mobile spaces lately.

  7. Comment - iPad kills HP TouchPad, is BlackBerry PlayBook next?

    2013 Build 11 (Aug 18, 2011 - 5:37 PM)

    This move illustrates two very big mistakes on HP's part: 1.) Buying Palm. Why would you buy a dying platform that was obviously on the way out and had not chance at all of standing up against it's massive competitors? 2.) Launching the TouchPad. Why would you roll out a table using an OS that no one had any interest in, when your two very well established major competitors (iOS and Android), that already had 90% plus of the tablet market wrapped up? Had HP not made those to huge mistakes, one right after the other, they would be a very different company today and would be in a very different position than they are today. Now, you can peel that onion back even further if you like and look at other previous major mis-steps on their part if you like (Compaq merger/buyout) which don't seem to be such smart decisions today, in retrospect. It seems like the list of bad decisions at HP just keeps getting longer and longer.

  8. Comment - We want your Windows XP memories

    2013 Build 11 (Aug 18, 2011 - 1:27 PM)

    Memories? What are you talking about? Every system I run is still on XP today. Why? Because it still has the best user interface design of any OS that MS has produced. It's much easier to use (and better designed) than either Vista or Win7. When you use Vista or Win7 you just feel like MS couldn't get out of it's own way on the design and totally over thought it. The user experience on Vista and Win7 is a step backwards in my opinion. I know that Vista and Win7 are more advanced and secure, but that doesn't mean that users will enjoy using them and want to use them. If I was MS, I would have done a few more focus groups before releasing those OS's. They just feel like a step in the wrong direction when it comes to usability. Sticking with XP for as long as possible, because it's largely just a better design, all the way around, from an user stand point.

  9. Comment - Think eBay is the top retail or auction site? You'd be wrong

    2013 Build 11 (Aug 18, 2011 - 1:21 PM)

    ebay is it's own worst enemy today. They keep raising fees on sellers every time they turn around (out of sheer greed) and then wonder why they are jumping ship en mass to go to other platforms to sell their goods. eBay got way too big, way too fast and thought they would always be the only game in town. They got way too big of a head and forgot to actually be competitive. Their fault.

  10. Comment - Too soon to call HP's TouchPad a failure? We'll see tonight

    2013 Build 11 (Aug 18, 2011 - 1:15 PM)

    HP is about to learn the same valuable lesson that Logitech just learned with it's Revue product: when you drastically overprice something right out of the gate, no one is going to buy it. Price isn't HP's only problem with this product though. It's also based on an OS that no one knows about and no one cares about. HP should have been smart enough to realize that we don't need any more mobile OS's in this world. We already have too many now (are you listening Microsoft?). Unless it takes very drastic measures right now, HP will fail on this product for the exact same reason that Google will fail on Google+: there are already way too many other very capable, well executed and well entrenched competitors out there. The market may not be saturated...but it is satisfied. The world didn't need WebOS when it launched and it still doesn't need it today. Android and iOS are more than sufficient for the mobile platform buyers of the world. It goes back to the old saying: just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. The ONLY hope that HP has to save this product in the market place now is to DRASTICALLY cut the price of it down to $199 or lower so that people (and developers) will actually have a reason to take it seriously and pay some semblance of attention to it. If they don't do that very quickly (like this month), the platform is essentially finished, because it's largely a platform that never really should have come to market in the first place!. It clearly can't survive on it's merits alone, so the only chance it has left to survive and thrive now will be on (low) price, and even that's no guarantee. Hopefully HP has learned something from this mistake (the way Logitech has now) and won't be foolish enough to repeat it.