* Posts by Battered Pav

4 posts • joined 17 Jul 2009

Shadow Analyser speeds digital analysis of recovery files

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Hey Daf, work in a high volume production forensic environment, then we'll care. Grats on being able to use Windows Explorer though , while anyone with any competence in this area doesn't.

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Top security firm: Default Windows 7 less secure than Vista

Battered Pav

Re: Nagging isn't security

Nagging isn't security

Nagging isn't security

Nagging isn't security

Vista nagged incessantly to the point that clicking UAC dialogs became the primary activity for anyone doing something more technically sophisticated than leeching porn, while staring slackjawed at their browser and sharing the lulz on their favorite social misfit client. It became worse than useless, it became dangerously meaningless. But hey, the consultancy that wrote this yawnfest in their parallel universe uninhabited by humans exhibiting, you know, human nature, got their press release into El Reg. It's not hard, I hear.

The fact that Vista and W7 still need root access to do certain things is a more pertinent issue, but not really the point of the article.

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Vista and Lotus: Knowing when to let go of a brand

Battered Pav

The Notes turd

Notes - this one 'weak area' does matter to the user base, you know, the entire reason your IT organisation exists.

So what if Domino runs on the smell of an oily rag, or if Notes *could* be configured by enlightened and well funded developers into something usable. It's not what usually happens. Notes out of the box gets shoved down to the suffering users - the budget stops after paying for the oily rag and the licenses - and we have every good reason to be passionate in our hatred of it. Both Outlook and Pine have a better OOBE than Notes.

So it's really hard to drum up enthusiasm for 8.5, or believe that all its UI crimes against humanity have suddenly been absolved, sorry. Maybe the calendar in 8.5 doesn't completely fubar repeating entries or provide the most useless right click context menu ever devised any more. But every single UI function and the logic behind would need to be totally redesigned from the ground up for 8.5 to be considered anything other than a pig with lipstick. May as well rebrand it while they're at it.

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OpenOffice bug/feature stirs 'horde of angry chimps'

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Is this another YMMV argument?

So the answer from the OO adherents seems to be 'code the fix yourself', while wondering aloud why people still pay for MS Office when OO is so wonderful and free.

If the filtering issue doesn't affect how you typically use a spreadsheet app and/or you value your time differently to other spreadsheet users, by all means use whatever suits you for the lowest price possible. My time spent researching, testing, trying to get the current version of Calc to do what Excel does trivially, surpassed the cost of an MS Office license a long time ago.

If one day the OO devs do decide to fix the issues that affect my particular needs, I might be prepared to invest more time to giving it another shot. Until then, ribbon notwithstanding, you will pry Excel from my cold, dead hands.

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