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TreeTwista10
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"I consistently carry far more than any of you guys ever will"


4/26/2015 5:03:22 PM

skywalkr
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neodata686 posts stupid shit, gets called on stupid shit, says he was just troll baiting

4/26/2015 5:31:30 PM

neodata686
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^^ Well it's true. After moving to Colorado winter mountaineering is my new hobby. That gear ain't light.

^Essentially. Although here's my general strategy:

1. Give an honest opinion on a new product re: new features, lack of features, etc. (In this case I pointed out wanting a higher resolution Macbook Air and my dissatisfaction with the performance of the new Macbook).

2. Continue emphasizing said point until someone like the above calls it stupid shit then keep going because it's fun arguing with you guys.

But yes in general more often than not I do unnecessarily instigate the continuation of an argument. Hey at least my underlying opinions on products are genuine. I truly wish Apple had updated the Air. Oh well.

4/26/2015 6:14:59 PM

eleusis
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[Edited on April 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM. Reason : image fail]

4/26/2015 7:30:20 PM

smoothcrim
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do you mean to say, winter mountaineering is your new hobby, but you're never caught without your ultra light laptop while doing it? I think most everyone here assumes you were talking about work travel, since you talk about ridiculous scenarios like sharing data with a client in a taxi on a tablet or holding your laptop in 1 hand at the terminal like a jackass with your phone boarding pass presumably in the other.

4/26/2015 7:30:36 PM

neodata686
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^^Was totally me a few weekends ago. My idea of car camping is packing in beer if the campsite is only a few miles from the trailhead. Carrying in 24 beers can easily add 40 pounds to your pack. Not to mention all the additional crap you're carrying.

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"do you mean to say, winter mountaineering is your new hobby, but you're never caught without your ultra light laptop while doing it? I think most everyone here assumes you were talking about work travel, since you talk about ridiculous scenarios like sharing data with a client in a taxi on a tablet or holding your laptop in 1 hand at the terminal like a jackass with your phone boarding pass presumably in the other."


I was talking about work travel but I was just pointing out that while I enjoy carrying lots of heavy things for recreation it's nice taking a break from that and having a light Monday - Friday pack for work.

I thought you said you traveled more than any of us? Those are not ridiculous scenarios at all. I'm in software consulting and my company is partnered with a rather large consulting firm and quite often we're riding between a client site and that firm's office in whatever city the project is in and we're usually prepping for an executive readout so yes we're usually reviewing material on someones laptop on the go. I've got the cool tablet convertible laptop so I'm usually the one pulling up the deck in the taxi.

Oh and in airports. Quite often I'm going through security with a Bluetooth headset and a tablet with a GoTo/Webex on it. Luckily it usually doesn't drop going through the scanner. Unless it's an international trip I always have my boarding pass on my phone.

But yes I'm one of those annoying people in the airport always on their laptop with a Bluetooth in their ear. Primarily why I'm making the argument for a light laptop. Just the fact that you said these are ridiculous scenarios means you probably aren't traveling the way I'm traveling. Or am I wrong?

4/26/2015 7:47:39 PM

smoothcrim
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I work in consulting/engineering as well, and put about 130k on the clock in ~10 countries last year, but fuck all that noise. If I'm traveling, that's work enough, unless it's convenient to grab a call from my phone on the uber to or from the airport. 90% of the time, I'm flying solo since I'm the specialist and I don't really have to pre-game. I wouldn't be caught dead with a bluetooth headset anywhere, though.

4/26/2015 8:02:18 PM

neodata686
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Understandable. However I'm usually working on at least 2-3 clients at a time so the only excuse for missing a call is if I'm on a plane. There's usually engagement managers, specialists, data analysts, and business analysts on our team and this firm we work with is annoyingly stringent about preparing for meetings and reviewing decks so unfortunately if my teams on a call (internal or external) I need to hop on fill in holes where needed. If I were an analyst traveling would be an excuse to not be on a call but if 2-3 of my data architects need me to answer questions on a particular client platform model then I need to be on the call.

Saying you're in consulting and would never be caught dead with a Bluetooth headset is hard to believe but I'll take your word for it. You're a lucky man then.

4/26/2015 8:16:26 PM

El Nachó
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Jesus Fucking Christ, this thread.

4/26/2015 9:43:35 PM

Ahmet
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lol all around.

Also, interesting so many of TWW has been so successful, but working in an office 9-5 is bad enough, I can’t imagine how much money it would take for me to be on call (almost) 24/7. No thx. Though, if my laptop had a retina display and weighed ~2lbs...

4/26/2015 10:03:09 PM

neodata686
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When I'm home my hours aren't that crazy. However when I'm traveling on a client site the hours can get a little hectic. Everyone asks me how awesome it is that I travel to different cities/countries for work and I usually tell them it's not as great as they think. It just means I work 12-16 hour days and don't get out much. Dinner's about the only time I can get people to go not work. There's the rare occasion I get to spend a weekend somewhere but usually I just want to get home to my girlfriend and dog.

4/26/2015 10:51:02 PM

Str8BacardiL
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I just need mine to use some web based forms software and uh facebook.

4/27/2015 12:53:27 AM

PaulISdead
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" everyone asks me how awesome it is that I travel to different cities/countries for work "


It's terrible

4/27/2015 8:18:44 PM

neodata686
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Yeah customs is the worst. Imagine spending an hour of your commute on Monday morning waiting in a custom's line. Also US cards don't have chip and pin yet which sucks because you have to sign everything. Luckily most US card companies are switching to chip and pin by EOY.

The points/miles are nice though.

4/27/2015 8:24:43 PM

El Nachó
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I'm not saying this is the end all argument for choosing Apple, but it does somewhat answer the question that the OP asked.

http://www.imore.com/difference-apple-samsung-industrial-design

And obviously, it's just one phone vs the iPhone and only one element of design. But it speaks a lot to why some people stick with Apple products. Because they take pride in their design even on small things that aren't "important" at all. It certainly isn't the only reason to buy Apple, but there is somewhat of an intangible feeling you get when you buy an Apple product that it just somehow is, for lack of a better word...better.

4/27/2015 9:36:10 PM

xienze
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^^ You sure you're a seasoned international traveller? My CC has had a chip for 7 years. Let them know you're doing international travel.

Edit: chip and signature, that is. That's what American CC companies are moving towards, not chip and pin.

[Edited on April 27, 2015 at 10:58 PM. Reason : ...]

4/27/2015 10:50:54 PM

neodata686
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"^^ You sure you're a seasoned international traveller? My CC has had a chip for 7 years. Let them know you're doing international travel."


Yes very much so. So have mine.

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"Edit: chip and signature, that is. That's what American CC companies are moving towards, not chip and pin."


Incorrect. I was hoping you caught your mistake on the edit but you didn't.

Someones not a very seasoned traveler. Yes many US cards have had a CHIP for years BUT they don't have the pin technology. They've had "chip and signature" for years. Everyone else in the world has "chip and pin" meaning you put your 4 digit credit card pin in. It's far more secure.

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/10/28/coming-next-fall-more-chip-and-pin-cards-in-the-us

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"As U.S. customer cards expire, some banks and financial institutions have already begun replacing the old magnetic stripe cards with chip-based cards. (The cards also have a magnetic stripe as a back-up option in case you visit a country or a merchant that doesn't accept chip-based cards.) Often, though, these are chip and sign cards rather than chip and PIN cards. "These have the anti-cloning benefits of the chip but lose the strong second authentication factor of the PIN," Camejo says. "These cards can also be very difficult to use at automated kiosks in European countries that utilize chip and PIN almost exclusively.""


Summary: FINALLY US card companies are moving towards a more secure chip and pin technology. The pin technology is a different authentication methodology with Visa, Mastercard, and Europay. (I work with most major credit card vendors and VISA).

Figured I'd post another article:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/leoking/2014/10/21/is-the-us-finally-accelerating-a-move-to-chip-and-pin/

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"US President Barack Obama has signed an executive order demanding that US government bodies make the move to chip and pin credit cards and terminals by January, replacing magnetic strip based technology. The move is designed to enhance transaction security.

The US is more than a decade behind many other countries in adopting chip and pin systems, which are standard in much of Europe and other developed countries around the world. Only two per cent of Americans have chip and pin enabled cards, according to the Smart Card Alliance."


[Edited on April 28, 2015 at 12:38 AM. Reason : s]

4/28/2015 12:31:38 AM

xienze
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Hmm, OK. I could've sworn I read that we were only going to have chip and sign this year.

4/28/2015 12:44:21 PM

neodata686
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Thankfully no. I've had to do chip and sign for years. Half the time the waiter doesn't even have a pen and has to go find one when you're operating the handheld machine. Can't wait for chip and pin.

[Edited on April 28, 2015 at 1:16 PM. Reason : pen not pin]

4/28/2015 1:14:48 PM

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