* Posts by johnnytruant

319 posts • joined 12 Aug 2008

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Microsoft: Gmail rival Outlook.com will 'look good on your iPad' 

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Re: @ Taylor1

How to polish a turd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiJ9fy1qSFI (mythbusters)

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I like it

it's clean and it's simple and it appears to work. not that I really use my ancient old hotmail address any more.

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Sony Xperia Go waterproof Android phone review

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Re: Make sure it's network unlocked

Possibly the only thing they have in their favour is that Vodafone don't network lock their phones.

Complete shower of shit otherwise, of course.

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Brooks, Coulson to be CHARGED over phone-hacking

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Re: Stop Press - Reg headline to CONTAIN random capitalized WORDS for no GOOD reason

News International RAGS often CAPITALISE certain words in both HEADLINES and ARTICLES THEMSELVES, along with LIBERAL use of BOLD TEXT. I believe THE REGISTER was engaging in SATIRE.

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Dell seeks Linux fans to try cut-price Ubuntu Ultrabook

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Re: For that matter...

My last machine shipped with Win7 and Win7 didn't have drivers for it's wifi card.

Neither did Intel. INTEL. Not some fly-by-night hardware vendor.

I had to install some for a totally different card which somehow worked.

All the linuces I put on there worked perfectly out of the box.

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

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Joke

A rectangle without rounded corners?

I wonder if Sony (nee Ericsson) will be bringing a lawsuit.

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The touchscreens that push back, thanks to Brit hi-fi boffinry

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I remember those Wharfdale panels

They came out while I was working at Richer Sounds, there was much excitement when they arrived in the store and we set up a pair in the demo room, before being faintly disappointed but concluding there were definitely situations when fidelity, imaging and bass were less important than appearance or compactness.

Never saw a single set sold.

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Google Maps takes shelter from the British summer

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Re: Olympic...?

All right, no one is to stone ANYONE until I blow this whistle. Even... and I want to make this absolutely clear... even if they do say, "Olympics"

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Brit global warming skeptics now outnumber believers

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Once the majority believed the world was flat.

Eppur si muove. ("and yet it does move")

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BT to fibre up another 98 exchanges, puffs 'FTTP on demand' offer

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two days to go

and the exchange down my road goes live for FTTx

not sure if I want to stump up the extra cash just yet, as I'm getting 20Mb/s sync as it is.

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Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

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Re: thus proving

Maybe the only thing being proved is that if you're the kind of person who is prepared to spunk a thousand quid or so on a teeny little computer which is worth nothing near that, you're possibly also the kind of person who buys Macs...

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it's the 'ultra' that's the problem for me

For ages I had a lovely little 11.6" Acer netbook-plus thingy, which I picked up for something in the region of £300. It wasn't massively powerful, or stupidly high resolution but seeing as the vast majority of what it got used for was light web browsing and heavy SSH - it was perfect for me. That died over the weekend and I was forced to buy a hefty great 15.6" machine because nobody makes super-netbooks which don't cost too many hundreds of pounds.

I don't care about slim, or power, or ssds, or resolution or any of the other apparently 'ultra' features - but I'd love a small(er) screened machine which is simply one or two steps up from an Atom.

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RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

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Re: A shame

New to me. I'm an IT guy, not a finance one. I like these kind of pieces El Reg do from time to time, they shed light on a world which is usually as baffling to me as the internals of my servers are to my boss.

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Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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Re: perhaps controversially

"You've just labelled every "normal" user of a computer (ie, 90% of the population) as a blithering half-wit."

Interesting interpretation you made there. I've worked in user-level tech support and seen some of the ways people try to get control of their systems - yet I don't think they're stupid, they're just busy. Even the guy who called me out because his mouse wasn't working (it wasn't plugged in) - not stupid, just focussed on something else. He was busy brokering sales/purchases for the company I was working at - a task which, as far as I'm concerned, is high-level voodoo. For him, IT was something which either worked or you called someone to fix it - and how many things do you have like that in your life?

You don't have to understand every aspect of a tool to be a tool user, and not doing so doesn't make you stupid. I don't. I can change a theme on my desktop, I can write a script to do x y or z, but ask me to write assembler or lay out transistors on a cpu die and I'm as lost as nearly everybody else on the planet. We all use magic, because lots of technology is sufficiently advanced these days - and that's perfectly OK.

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Re: I run a similar 'flat' theme on Gnome 3 and it's fine

Metro's search driven menu is actually very similar to Gnome Shell and Unity, so "hit start button, type, press enter" is pretty much the same operation for all three of them. Last time I used MacOS I ran quicksilver which was the same again. Fiddling around with the mouse just to launch stuff and find files isn't something I've done for quite some time. Obviously other people's milage varies, that's just me.

On desktops - I keep pressing ctrl-alt-downarrow (new virtual desktop shortcut in Gnome) in Win8 to get to a new, empty, desktop and it keeps turning the screen upside down. I can't believe that inverting the screen is such a common operation there's a shortcut key for it.

If Windows users don't like MS's shell, and particularly if they do like Gnome's one, I don't imagine it'll be long before Cairo is ported to Win8. http://cairoshell.github.com/

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Re: perhaps controversially

My GTK/Shell theme is currently Elegant Brit, it's up on Gnome-look somewhere. It's not quite as polished as it could be, but the flatness does make a nice change from rounded corners and shiny FX, which I've been a bit bored of for a while now.

I've noticed techie types are often very protective of their UI. I wonder if it's because we're used to having so much control over our computers, and building up lots of muscle memory about how to do favourite tasks (if I had a pound for every time I've typed ":w" into not-vi...) and then when someone else changes it we feel like our personal space has been violated, and our precious efficiency has been ruined.

For the Normals, computers are just magic boxes. If one day you power it up and the magic looks and works a little differently - who cares? It's not like you can do anything about it anyway, you just hunt around for a vaguely familiar icon or two and click it until the internet or email or photo app or whatever is in front of you.

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perhaps controversially

I really like it. It's clean and simple and fresh - all things which a pleasant alternatives to the overload of saccharine candy my eyes have been subjected to since compositing window managers arrived (which, in MS world wasn't that long ago).

I run a similar 'flat' theme on Gnome 3 and it's fine - I can tell which window is the foreground and so on, not a problem. Microsoft - maybe, just maybe - have UI testing labs which this style has done well in. Canonical's Unity interface, which you'd think was utterly despised if all you listened to was comments on the internet, scores really well with everyday non-techie users, I expect this is the same too.

Amazed Windows isn't more themeable though. The people who don't like it could change it.

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Another investor pulls out of Habbo Hotel after grooming claims

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Headmaster

Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."

Indeed you are correct in that a lone bracket is a parenthesis. But, I put it to you, how can one close a single parenthesis?

If you had opined that the poster was "missing a parenthesis," then I would certainly have been the mistaken party in this debate, yet your claim that "you have forgotten to close your parenthesis" suggests you are talking about the twin-brackets which make up a singular unit of parentheses.

I ask you one more time, sir, for my overcoat.

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johnnytruant
Headmaster

Re: "Its spelt surely not shurely."

A fine effort, sir, but I fear your orthography is inaccurate - the word you were hunting for is 'parentheses.'

If you'd be so kind as to pass me my overcoat, please.

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Fate of dot-word bids decided by ICANN archery shoot-out

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Re: archery shoot-out??? surely its track and field stuff

QWOP tournament.

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johnnytruant

what a load of nonsense

clearly the process should be based around some kind of dance-off.

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Hands on with Nintendo's Wii U

johnnytruant
Meh

Re: 2 screens

'cos I'm playing through Mass Effect 3 at the moment, several things occur to me.

A switchable inventory/map/mission objectives screen - a "heads down display" if you would. Much as it's saved my life many many time, the whole "pause when entering inventory/map" thing I find does detract a little from the gaming experience - put it on a different screen means you have to find cover before you can chug health packs/switch weapons/ammo/etc.

Comms/team orders/team-mate status/position screen. Be nice to be able to quickly glance down and see where your guys are and how they're doing.

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Sean Parker launches Chatroulette killer: For why?

johnnytruant

That's all very well

But I don't see what Norwich City Football Club's newsletter has to do with it?

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Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

johnnytruant

Re: 20gb?

A full-size 64-bit Debian testing comes on 10 DVDs, but that's a complete copy of the repositories (ie, all the software available as well as the OS)

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Mary Meeker's top technology trends

johnnytruant

Re: As stated, probably yes.

Given the huge amount of Kindles given as Christmas presents just this year - reported widely as 1-in-40 - I'm guessing a fairly large chunk of that 29% is ereaders.

But I'm not entirely sure why tablets and ereaders are being put in the same stat. Apart from having a roughly similar form-factor, there's not much else to compare between the two. While web browsing is, theoretically, possible on an ereader, you'd have to be pretty desperate. Same goes for reading on a tablet.

It's a bit like saying "29% of UK Households now have a telephone AND a bookshelf."

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HP boffins create net-zero energy data center

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related

friend of mine has a startup which offers something similar: https://www.mastodonc.com/

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Fedora 17: Mm.. this stew of beefy source tastes just right

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UI consitency

" Of course, if user interface consistency is your highest priority then you probably aren't using Linux anyway."

I assume if that is your priority you're using a Mac, because Linux is far better at this than Windows.

Almost every piece of software on my Windows box styles it's window, menus, UI controls etc differently. Admittedly I don't use it for much, but the differences between Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, Traktor, iTunes, Live and various device-specific pieces of software (Sony Reader app, SEUS, the stupid bloatware graphics driver, the ridiculous trackpad controller, etc) are astonishing. There's a wider variety of weird chrome on show than a saturday afternoon at a scooter convention.

Most GTK apps look very similar, because they are all drawn using GTK toolkit so they can't help it. Menu layouts might be a bit variable, but it's getting better. KDE is even better than Gnome on the UI consistency front - almost MacOS good, I'd say, which is a pretty good achievement - because the situation used to be awful for both Desktops, back in the day.

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NHS axes HealthSpace: 'Just too difficult' to use

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Going on past government IT project costs, I think if it were just 'tens' of millions then we've got off very lightly indeed.

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Zombies, Run!

johnnytruant

Re: @johnnytruant

What A/C above said. Although looking a bit more at the two products, Zombies Run (the one reviewed) seems to be a bit different. Perhaps less interactive, although more suited to running the same route repeatedly or for use indoors.

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johnnytruant

it's not that original. There's been an app with the exact same name - albeit a bit less fancy - on Android for a couple of years.

But hey, what is original any more. The 'droid app is genuinely good fun, so I'd imagine this one is too.

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WTF is... Li-Fi?

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Re: mercedes are trialling LED headlights

Audi and Citroen (at least) already have LED running lights, and most manufacturers seem to use LED for brakes these days too.

If car-to-car comms were only used to say "Sorry, my bad, didn't see you" and "Thanks!" then I think it'd be a good idea. Not sure it would be limited to such polite messages though....

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'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8

johnnytruant

Re: Don't worry about it

Nice shell for Windows?

http://cairoshell.github.com/

I think is rather nice. if I had to use a Windows, I'd put this on it.

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johnnytruant

Er

wasn't highly rendered glass and graphically complex textures cheesy and dated when Aero was launched?

has it ever been anything other?

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Watchdog bites bar over 'offensive' Facebook ad

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Re: ASA powerless

Really? When did we get into using this nonsense left/right liberal/conservative drivel over on this side of the pond?

It's pretty meaningless distinction in the US, even more so in this country. Do attempt to get a clue, please. (hint: clue available here - http://www.politicalcompass.org/analysis2)

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Wolfenstein 3D shoots onto web

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related

Watch Carmack playing, and talking about, Wolf 3D here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=amDtAPHH-zE

He sounds like such a stereotypical nerd. Massive, massive respect for the guy though. You know you've made it when you can start your own space programme just for fun.

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Instagram

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18.5MB!

Vignette is orders of magnitude better for manipulating (and taking) photos and weighs in at a hefty 175Kb.

I don't have my phone to hand to check, but I'm fairly sure it'll let you post to Twitter/FB/Flickr/etc, seeing as all my apps seem to do that by default.

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170m people 'upgrade' to Google+, but how many stick around?

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I like Goop

But then I have enough friends posting on there to make it worth using. The S/N ratio compared to FB and Twitter is excellent.

I appreciate other people's milage may vary, just my experience.

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iPhone fanbois enraged by Instagram's Android triumph

johnnytruant

Re: New plan

3) ???

4) Profit!

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Like many of you, I work in IT

So I would assume that asking for my FB/email/whatevr login details was a test of my anti-social-engineering skills, to which I was supposed to reply "no, I don't give out passwords."

If I were interviewing, answering anything other than the above would get you removed from the list of potential candidates sharpish.

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American pies are cooling on the windowsill ahead of Pi Day

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As a friend of mine put it..

"This is what infinity means: Somewhere, encoded in the unending, random-seeming digits of the decimal representation of pi, is a perfect cut-and-paste-worthy 1080p H.264 widescreen encoding of the video to Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up.'"

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Game Group shares slide under a penny

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My local Game

Is actually rather good. Yes, they are a little more expensive than Amazon, but the guys (and they are just guys) who work there are friendly, well-informed and helpful. A few times I've been in and said "I like X, Y and Z, what should I play next?" and they're pulled a great game I've never heard of off the shelves. Sometimes going out the back and finding a freshly in-traded version they could sell me cheaper than the new one. That kind of thing I like.

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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Let's not get off track.

I think we're all beginning to lose sight of the real issue here, which is: what are we going to call ourselves? I say it's time to start the Campaign for Lessening Impact To us Of Rocks In Space.

I'll get some t-shirts printed up, someone go down to the ammunition stores, get the nuclear warheads and then strap one to Bruce Willis's head, he can nut the smegger to oblivion.

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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

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Re: Re: Re: Not going to use this mess

I have a feeling that Metro is very much like Unity and Gnome Shell - power users don't like it, but it tests very well with ordinary users. There are a lot more of those ordinary users than us - they're the people the UI designers are designing for, and rightly so. You can say what you like about MS, Canonical, Gnome et al but they know the importance of testing, and they know which part of their market needs the extra help of a change in UI. My Mum, for example, loves Unity - she says things like "I didn't even know I had this thing installed" and "it's like it knows what I'm looking for" and so on.

Personally I like huge controls/icons/etc. Makes my computer easier to use. I can click to the pixel too, but if I don't have to, there's a lower cognitive overhead to finding a control. Fitt's law applies to me just as much as anyone else. I love Gnome Shell - but it took me a couple of months to get used to it, but now it's so slick and easy I wouldn't want to go back.

[ caveat here is that my copy of Win8 hasn't finished downloading yet, so I can only speak for my experiences of Unity/Shell ]

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One thing I'm wondering

Is whether I can run this live off a DVD/USB, or am I to clear a partition for an actual install? Be nice if MS caught up with Linux on the liveboot front at least.

It's unlikely Windows of any flavour is ever going to be my OS of choice, but I'm always excited to see (and try) a new UI. Something new is always worth a look, that's what I say.

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Tomorrow's smartphone tech today

johnnytruant

Re: Re: Scanning stuff in shops

It's not just see-before-you-buy-online. Occasionally I see things on offer in shops and I want to check some reviews of them before purchase. Most recently, a fancy VAX cleaner at less than half-price - one quick scan later, and a read of the unanimously dreadful reviews it had - no purchase, money saved on a crappy product.

On the other hand, I recently spotted a PS3 game in Sainsbury's which looked suspiciously cheap. Quick scan confirmed it was a tenner less than Game/Amazon/etc, into the trolley, bosh. Sale achieved!

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Apple chief thinks about his MOUNTAIN OF CASH a lot

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Re: but how much of an area.....

I may be wrong here, but I think it's 4.7 centiWales.

Credit certainly due to http://www.simonkelk.co.uk/sizeofwales.html

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Grid Lens

johnnytruant

normally I'm not a fan of photo apps..

..because most of them tend to be exercises in polishing turds (or at least hiding shitty photography behind 'vintage' FX), but I rather like the look of this. It's based on the various timeslice Lomo cameras from a few years back, which I had one of and it was rather fun.

I have no iPhone though. Anyone know if there's a 'droid equivalent?

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Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

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shot on a Red Epic at a minimum 2K frame size

yet only available to watch on YouTube at 480p?

huh.

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UK gov rejects call to posthumously pardon Alan Turing

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Exactly

That said, a posthumous knighthood as recognition of his incredible contributions to computing, maths, pwning Nazi comms and so on might not be a bad thing. If a dead golfer (Henry Cotton) can get knighted, then surely Turing is worthy.

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Sick of Ubuntu's bad breath? Suck on a Linux Mint instead

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unless

The thing you like is Gnome. I really can't get on with Unity, KDE or XFCE, although I appreciate other people like them. I put most of my friends on one of the three main *buntus and they all seem fine.

But I like Gnome. I even like Shell. I also like tinkering. So I went back to Debian a while ago. It's nice to have options.

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