Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th May 2012 20:23 UTC
Internet Explorer "Microsoft is currently testing a modified version of Internet Explorer 9 on its Xbox 360 console, according to our sources. The Xbox 360 currently includes Bing voice search, but it's limited to media results. Microsoft's new Internet Explorer browser for Xbox will expand on this functionality to open up a full browser for the console. We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms." So, when did browsing on your TV turn into something that isn't useless?
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Usufulness
by zima on Thu 10th May 2012 21:15 UTC
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

So, when did browsing on your TV turn into something that isn't useless?

Maybe when TVs are relatively high res and large enough, so you can actually see such content with reasonable clarity? (and sitting distances, and so on)

Or: when large part of browsing is visiting Facebook (with its short text snippets and photos on timelines), YouTube, Twitter?

It's not like having that option will be harmful - X360 is already quite a bit more featured than the gaming consoles of old days. And generally, it seems to have the most healthy long-term prospects, among the existing lines of home entertainment systems (I kinda hope MS will release, in the upcoming months, some small X360 games using a wifi-connected WP7 handset as their controller - essentially what Wii U is supposed to bring, before its Q4 launch)

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RE: Usufulness
by Drumhellar on Thu 10th May 2012 21:21 in reply to "Usufulness"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Maybe when TVs are relatively high res and large enough, so you can actually see such content with reasonable clarity? (and sitting distances, and so on)


Came here to say that.

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RE: Usufulness
by ephracis on Fri 11th May 2012 10:33 in reply to "Usufulness"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

There's downsides and upsides to having a browser on a TV. Here's my story:

I read this article on my TV and now I am writing this reply from the comfort of my couch.

I have a 42" TV located about 3 meters from my couch. I have the zoom set at 175% in the browser and have increased the DPI in Windows 7. Screen resolution is set to max so my HD movies look as good as they can.

So, here's the backside:

Some applications don't care about DPI or let me change font settings (photoshop, winamp, foxit for example). I can most of the time see the content, but the font in the chrome is unreadable.

Some website lock down the font size. LinkedIn do this. It is also a problem whenever I stumble upon website that use Facebook comments for their articles. When I zoom in the website their articles get larger but the text in the Facebook comments stay at the same small, unreadable size.



A few years ago I used my PS3 as my main "media experience" on the TV. I really tried to make it work, but it never cut it. The browser was horrible, slow, didn't have tabs (only windows). The music player didn't have a search function, it couldn't play all my video files (like my HD mkv files) without me having to do some serious conversion or try to find a DLNA compatible server with on-the-fly conversion.

I gave up, I took some spare parts and built a cheap computer, hooked it up to the TV and installed Windows 7 on it. I have a bluetooth keyboard and mouse which works fine in the whole room (even at the dinner table which is located in the other corner of the room). I can write documents, surf the web, watch movies, listen to music, even do some web programming when I feel like it. All with comfort.

That's my experience.

Now, off to continue through the day's RSS feed with a cup of coffee.

Cheers!

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RE[2]: Usufulness
by RawMustard on Fri 11th May 2012 13:28 in reply to "RE: Usufulness"
RawMustard Member since:
2005-10-10

Some website lock down the font size

Why are you still using an idiotic browser that honors website preferences over user preferences? From memory the only browser that let sites lock font sizes was that piece of crap from microsoft. If you're using it, then you deserve everything you get!

Edited 2012-05-11 13:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Usufulness
by zima on Sat 12th May 2012 05:46 in reply to "RE: Usufulness"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Some applications don't care about DPI or let me change font settings (photoshop, winamp, foxit for example). I can most of the time see the content, but the font in the chrome is unreadable.

Wait, what? Why would you still use Winamp yourself - while developing, offering for download, promoting among others your own Stoffi audio player? ;)

(and generally, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10-foot_user_interface is for 3 m scenarios)

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RE[2]: Usufulness
by bornagainenguin on Sun 13th May 2012 17:44 in reply to "RE: Usufulness"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

ephracis posted...

Some website lock down the font size. LinkedIn do this. It is also a problem whenever I stumble upon website that use Facebook comments for their articles. When I zoom in the website their articles get larger but the text in the Facebook comments stay at the same small, unreadable size.


This! Totally this! I #@%* hate this so #$&@ much!

On Firefox NoSquint and changing the fonts in the preferences to use my choices only help mitigate this to a degree, but then I usually end up breaking the page. ;)

Why in this day and age are website developers still trying to force everyone to browse at their preferred resolutions and fonts? If they need that much control of the text they want PDF, not HTML!

--bornagainpenguin

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