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Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

10 responses to “Weekly Twitter Digest (Link Roundup) for 2012-11-02”

  1. Kary L. Krismer

    Here’s some interesting data on median family income in different cities in Washington State.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Washington-s-richest-and-poorest-cities-4001646.php

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  2. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: The Tim @ 2 – And I thought I was the biggest geek here. ;-)

    How are you enjoying Windows 8?

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  3. calvis

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 3

    Not even close Kary. You should check out Tim’s Kickstarter profile.

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  4. ARDELL

    RE: The Tim @ 4

    I screamed with glee when I first saw Windows 8! Looks just like my phone that I love. But I want Windows 8 in full touch screen capability and the mls sent us a notice that we can’t use the mls with it except in Chrome browser :(. That would be fine except Chrome doesn’t work as well with real estate contracts for some reason. So I’m waiting for the green light from the mls. They are working on it.

    My son in law couldn’t get his Windows 8 to work until he pulled out his avast, in case anyone else is having that problem. As soon as he deinstalled avast, it worked perfectly, and he fell in love with Windows 8 at first sight, as I did.

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  5. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: ARDELL @ 7 – I think Windows 8 will lead to laptops with touchscreens. That will compete with tablets like the Asus Transformer, which IMHO is the premiere tablet right now.

    On the contracts issue, they added the option to open the contract in a new window. That should take care of your concerns there, because it will open in Acrobat rather than a Chrome window.

    Unfortunately that doesn’t deal with autofill, where they don’t offer that same option. But, when you open each form it does give you an option to open in Acrobat, but that’s still in a chrome window. I’m not entirely certain how well that works. but whatever you do, don’t select Acrobat as the default. Some sites, including parts of the NWMLS site, don’t work with the Acrobat plugin. You’ll just get a blank page on such sites until you reactivate the Chrome plug-in.

    Finally, just because they say IE10 doesn’t work with the NWMLS, don’t assume it doesn’t work. In the past I’ve noticed that they say they before they figure out whether it’s compatible. I’m going to give autofill it a try later this morning using both Chrome and IE10.

    Finally, the main benefit of Win8 isn’t the tiles page that reminds you of their phones. That is fairly useless on a desktop without a touch screen, but I could see it might be useful with some apps. The main benefit is speed, especially with a SSD. For $39 it’s a steal. That said, I’m not upgrading any of my Win7 machines, just my Vista machine.

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  6. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: ARDELL @ 7 – FYI, I just did Autofill in Win8 w/ IE10, and it worked fine. Autofill is the only thing I’ve not been using Chrome for now for months, so between Chrome and IE10 you should be covered with the NWMLS site.

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  7. David Losh

    RE: The Tim @ 6

    Very cool.

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