How would you want to access AVR Freaks?

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Hi All,

Regarding a redesign of AVR Freaks, we have a question for you...

If the user experience of AVR Freaks was equal across platforms (equally *good* experience, not equally bad), what kind of computing platform would you prefer to use to access AVR Freaks and contribute to AVR Freaks?

Desktop computer?

Laptop computer?

Smart phone?

Tablet computer?

Let us know.

Thanks!
Eric

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Is it really "prefer to use" as opposed to "most likely to use"?

Thanks for even considering this!

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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Is there really a difference between desktop and laptop in terms of modern computing? most folks doing dev work will have high res displays on both platform and will likely have a laptop that is used [i]like[/] the desktops of yor (desk station with monitor, key, mouse).

It seems that your poll should be "lower res (mobile)" or "higher res (1024x800 or larger)".

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I would like to see the forum take up more of the width of my screen. It would force fewer added line breaks into the code tags.

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I normally use an ipad. For the most part, i have no issue with the status quo. However, if you do perform major upgrades and detect the browser, please give us the option to revert to 'normal'. I can be frustrating with some sites that force you into a mobile page when you may not want to.

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I use three of the four depending on where I am. Desktop/laptop in the lab. Smartphone on the train.

Now that I purchased two iPADS for the wife and son I may have to do a little 'research' on them. ;)

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I voted for desktop. I'm not into typing long winded answers on my phone, and the Forum discourages using texting abbreviations.

I also find it hard to navigate the current Forum on my cell phone, and impossible to read a schematic posted by someone.

Additionally, any photos, code, links, etc., which I use on a reply are on my desk top PC.

JC

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desktop/laptop I call identical.

but as docjc says it will be demotivating to write long answers(when needed) when using a 'smart'device with touchie screen.
if one really wants do to it, then indeed make sure that people can revert back to the original screen layout. I know some sites where you can not go to 'normal' view when you enter with tablet or smartphone, that is a real pain in the ass.

and indeed as said, I think the forum can become a bit wider now the screens have higher resolution

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This should not be a "choose one" but a ranking. Here's mine:

1) Laptop
2) Smart phone

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I would like to see the forum take up more of the width of my screen.

Click the "Maximize" link at the top of any page at AVRfreaks.

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Desktop/Laptops are not identical (and the size of a laptop's screen may be more relevant than this distinction, however, as topics are meant to be read-I suppose- and written): some laptops ("net""books") are kind of hybrides between phones and PCs...

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I access Freaks using all of :

Desktop: in my office, an utter delight to use. You can run AS6 alongside to help you answer questions by trying bits of code. Even an STK500 and a real AVR if push comes to shove. The 105 keyboard is perfect for typing all the punctuation characters of C.

Tablet: I have a Samsung Note 10.1 (Android) I use to access freaks while watching telly or lazing in bed at a weekend. It's OK, I can even run avr-gcc on it but typing C even with SwiftKey 3 is a pain at best.

HTC phone: I use this if I'm out and about (sitting in car park, waiting in doctors etc.). Accessing Freaks is a miserable experience. There's no way to run code experiments (well OK I guess I could install avr-gcc for Android) but worst of all is the limited view and a keyboard that makes typing all but single lines of C a torture!

I'd expect most programmers to want to access via a desktop. If nothing else they are probably asking about some programming problem and want to copy/paste the code they have problems with, that's going to be on their desktop.

(in my eyes a laptop is just a desktop with fewer expansion possibilities so same for laptop)

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I mostly use the forum with my 24" screen desktop machine. (Win XP and IE8 if it matters)

If I'm out of the office I may use my smartphone (Android) to access the forum, at times to delete spam or to have a fix. :-)

If I actually happen to manage a few days away from home then it's the laptop or iPad.

John Samperi

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Voted laptop, but like the others here: desktop is the same IMO.

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Two monitors on machine at work.

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By way of elaboration... I answered desktop, but also use my laptop. Have also used my android tablet to browse postings but never to answer or post anything (still waiting for my bluetooth keyboard. Lost in China somewhere. Paypal investigating prior to full refund I hope.) So yes, the poll design is possibly producing flawed data.

Ross McKenzie ValuSoft Melbourne Australia

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I access most often from desktop. On occasion (less than 10 percent of accesses), its via laptop. Once in a while via tablet.

Of course, this will change over time (had no tablet until 6 months ago, no laptop before 18 months ago).

That said, WHERE is it important for me to access?
Office or lab? Yes, yes.
Customer premises? Not yet
Coffee shop? once in a while
Mobile (train, etc)? once in a great while
Home? Pretty often (desktop there)

So, that ought to tell you something about the odds of using a particular class of device.

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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Not much point in answering the poll. It is not representative of multiple platforms.

Location determines how I access AVR freaks. Most of the time I use the OS X computer on the bench. Separate from the dev computer. I scan the forums every day. Usually before breakfast. Sometimes before bed, so it may be twice a day.

When traveling I use an older laptop (OSX 10.5 ppc tenfour fox.) I may eventually get a tablet. At present it is not easy to write and edit code on a tablet.

iPhone. I use this at trade shows. You may even recall at Maker faire a few years back, that I showed you a cached version of the thread we were talking about. I have also showed reps at ESC and other trade conferences threads on the phone.

I do download PDF data sheets and books onto my iPhone. I use this when working in the field and do not have a connection to the net.

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Quote:
(equally *good* experience, not equally bad)
Nice qualifier.

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I would also lump desktop and laptop together for reading Freaks. My main desktop PC is actually a 17" laptop, and occasionally I add a 24" display to get some real work done.

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em21701 wrote:
I would like to see the forum take up more of the width of my screen. It would force fewer added line breaks into the code tags.

Have you clicked on the Maximize link at the top of the page?

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Hello Atmel,

Figured out how to retain the original Threads in the new system?

Several members, including myself, have expressed an strong interest in being able to do so.

To be particularly useful one has to keep the original link the same, so that links will still work, and so that a list of key links won't become worthless.

If the new software doesn't allow one to incorporate the old links, with their old address, into the new system, then perhaps they could be put in an "Archive" section, and presumably locked, but be still locatable and readable.

JC

Edit: Typo

Last Edited: Sat. Aug 17, 2013 - 03:18 AM
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Me too, the forum doesn't adjust to screen size like web pages do.

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stevech wrote:
Me too, the forum doesn't adjust to screen size like web pages do.

Are you saying the Maximize function of the forum does not do for you what it does for others?

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As of January 15, 2018, Site fix-up work has begun! Now do your part and report any bugs or deficiencies here

No guarantees, but if we don't report problems they won't get much of  a chance to be fixed! Details/discussions at link given just above.

 

"Some questions have no answers."[C Baird] "There comes a point where the spoon-feeding has to stop and the independent thinking has to start." [C Lawson] "There are always ways to disagree, without being disagreeable."[E Weddington] "Words represent concepts. Use the wrong words, communicate the wrong concept." [J Morin] "Persistence only goes so far if you set yourself up for failure." [Kartman]