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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    yikes. a chromebook... lol...
    Yep, of all of the portable devices that I have used, I like the Chromebook by far the best. For $250, it boots super fast, can be reset to factory in under 1 minute. Doesn't have to be backed up. Has HDMI and USB 3.0. Has a web cam. Lasts about 6-8 hours on a charge. Is only 2.5lbs. Has a full size keyboard and a touchpad. And it syncs with all of my Google stuff.

    I didn't expect to like it when it was purchased. I'm pleasantly surprised.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I can't do that, honestly, I'm going to be putting an Xbox motherboard into my new PC rebuild as I know I'll only use from time to time and don't want it taking up space...
    I use my Xbox360 quite a lot. It's also the device that I use for HBO Go as well as some media streaming from my server. While it does take space, it's in my entertainment center with my center channel speaker, my amp, my DVR cable box and it's external eSATA drive , my ps3, my cd changer, my kids' WII, my switchbox for my headset, a keyboard which is attached to my 360, etc. So, it's just one more thing on a piece of furniture that is going to be there anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I can't do that, honestly, I'm going to be putting an Xbox motherboard into my new PC rebuild as I know I'll only use from time to time and don't want it taking up space...
    I use my Xbox360 quite a lot. It's also the device that I use for HBO Go as well as some media streaming from my server. While it does take space, it's in my entertainment center with my center channel speaker, my amp, my DVR cable box and it's external eSATA drive , my ps3, my cd changer, my kids' WII, my switchbox for my headset, a keyboard which is attached to my 360, etc. So, it's just one more thing on a piece of furniture that is going to be there anyway.
    So many devices with a vampire electrical load....



    If that were me, I would purge devices. I can't live like that having so many things when I can have a few that consolidates the rest. It's like having an ipod, pocket PC, and a cell phone on your person all the time, when a smartphone can do all that and more.
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    Well, I'm not going to purge my home theater system. I'm not going to be able to get rid of my DVR/Cable box...I could drop the external eSATA drive, but that would reduce my current storage space by about 80%.

    My 3 game consoles are all used. My 360 is what I use to game and for HBO Go. My PS3 is what I use for BluRay's and Netflix. My Wii is the game console that my 5 year old uses. I cannot get HBO Go on the PS3...they don't have a client for the PS3. And obviously since the PS3 is my Blu Ray player, it's part of my home theater system which I am not going to get rid of.

    I could probably take out my cd changer as I rarely listen to CD's anymore in the living room..but that device is turned off and not on standby...so I don't forsee it sucking vampire power.

    Which of my devices do you think I could consolidate on or purge? Which are unneeded?
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    I would get a Kinect and use it with the 360, get rid of the Wii. Unless if there are some Mario games your little one likes to play. Also, the Kinect is WAY neater to use, especially the Kinect Sports over Wii Fit, that's a workout!

    CDs are dead. I honestly had to use one a few days ago to make a Kaspersky Rescue Disk, as the PC didn't do USB boot or something weird. I'd chuck that.

    Netflix is also on the 360, so the PS3 ends up being a Blu-ray player that can run games. Unless if you use it often enough to justify it, like if you use it for a few games, I'd consider selling that and buying a stand alone Blu-ray player.

    The external drive is needed, that's a keeper for sure.

    Honestly, it actually sounds like a 360 with Kinect with a Blu-ray player can work with your theater setup. And, I'd personally get a decent power strip to kill all the power when you don't need it. That sounds like altogether might be suck probably close to 10 watts, I don't know what else you might have going, but that's a guess. That's like running a CFL bulb all the time... that adds up in energy costs over a year, five years....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I would get a Kinect and use it with the 360, get rid of the Wii. Unless if there are some Mario games your little one likes to play. Also, the Kinect is WAY neater to use, especially the Kinect Sports over Wii Fit, that's a workout!
    Oh, if only life were this simple. My son, who is 5, lives for Mario games. He plays Super Mario Bros Wii, Mario Galaxy, Mario Galaxy 2 and Mario Kart Wii. The new Wii U and a 3DS-XL are tops on his Christmas list.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    CDs are dead. I honestly had to use one a few days ago to make a Kaspersky Rescue Disk, as the PC didn't do USB boot or something weird. I'd chuck that.
    I don't use it often, but I do have a truckload of CD's that I have never gotten around to ripping. And I do listen to them from time to time. So, since it's just sitting on a shelf in my entertainment center and I don't have a burning need for anything else in that space, I'm just leaving it alone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Netflix is also on the 360, so the PS3 ends up being a Blu-ray player that can run games. Unless if you use it often enough to justify it, like if you use it for a few games, I'd consider selling that and buying a stand alone Blu-ray player.
    First, the PS3 is a super fast BluRay player. I upgraded from a standalone player (Panasonic) to my PS3 because it's so much faster to load movies. I do realize that Netflix exists for the 360, but the kids like the simple menu of the PS3 better than the 360...and I do too. The PS3 is the only device that streams movies well from my PS3 media server. They way I rip movies with DVD Fab and Handbrake works flawless on my PS3. It streams Dolby Digital 5.1 to my Home Theater and I can fast forward and can rewind. My 360 will play the files, but I cannot fast forward and rewind the MP4/MPV files. As luck would have it, there are a few games I play on my PS3...but I much prefer the 360 and the 360 controllers for playing games.


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Honestly, it actually sounds like a 360 with Kinect
    I have no interest in the movement motion games. No reason to get Kinect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    And, I'd personally get a decent power strip to kill all the power when you don't need it.
    I've got a fairly nice power line conditioner in place already. However since everything plugs into it, I cannot flip the switch and shut it down. That would turn off my DVR as well as it's external hard drive...which means shows wouldn't record. While I could get a second nice power strip....I might spend more money on that, then I do vampire power over the course of 3-5 years.

    Like I said, if life were simpler things would be a lot easier.
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    ..... get rid of the Wii.
    Seriously, removing the WII to a 5 years old ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by molebo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    ..... get rid of the Wii.
    Seriously, removing the WII to a 5 years old ?
    When I was five, I was WAY set for life with a cool toy car and a plethora of markers and paper.

    Boy, have times changed! Just today, I was in Target and there was this dad with his 10 year old son picking out a dumbphone and he wanted a touchscreen phone. When I was 10, and wanted something outrageous like that, my parents would had lectured me about that and I would had to work for it myself.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    When I was five, I was WAY set for life with a cool toy car and a plethora of markers and paper.
    Yeah, times have changed. My kids (7 and 5), don't have phones. However, they use our phones for playing Angry birds and watching YouTube videos. My son uses our tablet to watch YouTube videos of Mario games and has learned lots of ins and outs to completing the games, getting to warp zones, etc. It's absolutely amazing how resourceful kids can be these days. He is in kindergarten and the school uses a website that has math practice exercises and he logs into that website and does math all on his own.

    We do limit the amount of time he can play video games. And he goes in spurts where he wants to play a lot and then will go a few weeks and never touch them at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    When I was five, I was WAY set for life with a cool toy car and a plethora of markers and paper.
    Yeah, times have changed. My kids (7 and 5), don't have phones. However, they use our phones for playing Angry birds and watching YouTube videos. My son uses our tablet to watch YouTube videos of Mario games and has learned lots of ins and outs to completing the games, getting to warp zones, etc. It's absolutely amazing how resourceful kids can be these days. He is in kindergarten and the school uses a website that has math practice exercises and he logs into that website and does math all on his own.

    We do limit the amount of time he can play video games. And he goes in spurts where he wants to play a lot and then will go a few weeks and never touch them at all.
    This is true, my two year old niece can roughly use her parent's android tablet, but mostly it's just poking around than anything. I was watching her the other day and was going through my Picture Library on my puter to arrange things, and she was sitting with me. She kind of stands up from the chair over to the monitor and wanted to look at the folder titled BEBE! as those are her baby pictures, as was trying to touch the folder. And once I clicked on it, she was tapping on the screen. It was really interesting, because she's use a touch tablet and plays with her parent's smartphones, using a mouse isn't something she knows how to use, just touch.

    It kind of dawned on me, by the time my niece is 10, there's a REAL good change the mouse will become like a fax machine or a landline and I'll be telling her all these old technologies like an old fart...
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