47 posts • joined 24 May 2007
Casting my mind back to when beer was somewhat cheaper.
Way back in 1991 I was at University working on Sun IPC (or IPX) and Sparstation workstations. Most of the time they ran OLVWM which was a virtualised desktop; i.e. you could scroll around the desktop. I think Open Look's predecessor, SunView had something similar, my boss at the time preferred it, I didn't and it looked "old hat".
I also played with TWM, but I don't remember whether it had workspaces/desktops or was simply virtual.
On Windows 3.0 and 3.1 at home, I installed "BackDesk" which implemented a large virtual desktop; Big Desk; and Back Menu which provided a right click menu on the desktop. I even used this as my shell rather than Program Manager.
Moving forward a few years to 1994 CDE on HPUX and probably other implementations, had a multiple desktop feature, which included different wallpapers. HP Dashboard, Windows 3.1 also provided a similar look and feel on Windows.
Multiple Desktops have been on Windows since Windows 2000 and as discussed earlier there are Power Toys etc which can be downloaded to make this happen. Unfortunately MS are of the ilk where they like to receive $ for extra features and multiple simultaneous users is one of those features. Whist Windows has had this functionality in some form or other for some time, it's not widely documented and poorly implemented. For example there is no API to move a window between desktops.
Big Desk & Back Menu: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/comp.os.ms-windows.misc/Te1gXAwjhSo
HP Dashboard: http://home.comcast.net/~mernykdesign/BgHP3.htm
Windows Desktops: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx
Multiple desktops, yes please it would prove very when tailing sets of log files for multple process in different environments and still work on other issues.
Previously there was a Power Toy called "X Mouse". Originally this was a single "ini file" hack in Windows 3.0 / 3.1, then the Power Toy and finally several registry hacks.
I ended up with Option #3 but the values were different for me.
Can MS please implement "Focus Follows Mouse" as well, and make it configurable in a way that it's usable.
El Reg, can I have a "grumpy old man" icon?
The Chinese already have this.
Hong Kong's Octopus card already works on trains, buses, green mini-bus and ferries. You can auto re-charge from your credit card and use it fir purchases.
What's missing is taxis and cross-border integration with the Shenzhen Tong.
When the French speak about tax harmonisation, they want the rest of of the world to have the same taxes as the French. How about having competitive taxes that attract business rather than victimise it?
Re: A dedicated keyboard for a single app?
You mean like this one from 198x
Fully Buzzword Compliant
...And no onecwas really in charge that's convenient because no will be fired.
Try taking one in China
Multiple phones and they drive as if they are walking. If a vehicle pulls in front of you, you swerve to avoid them. If you are hit in the side it's the 3rd party's, the one who hit you, fault. Ignore the fact there were no signals or communication and you were possibly on the wrong side of tge road. This in the reasonbly sensible city if Shenzhen. YMMV in more remote areas.
No clouds in my sky
Sony is still on my "Don't Buy" list. The PS4 might have been granted an exception, but this isn't likely now.
1) I don't put my personal stuff (mp3, videos etc) in a cloud where they can be inspected by corps, govs etc.
2) Why would a buy a machine that does significantly less than the one I have
3) I still haven't forgiven Sony for removing "Other OS" from the PS3
5) Owning the content and the delivery mechanism could be a conflict of interests.
Sony peaked with decent hifi and the Walkman 25 years ago, it's been largely down hill from there. Blu Ray and the PS2 & 3 are the exceptions.
It's My Mouse
One day "They" gave me a new PC, ooo goodie, squeels of delight my 5 year old Dell (Core 2 duo) was swapped for a HP i5. They even made sure to move the extra graphics cards (4 screens, 1280x1024). It was delivered to my desk with the usual service, it has Windows and Office. Wonderful! Now I can spend 2 days installing software.
What did become apparent, within about 2 hours was my right wrist was beginning to hurt (no sniggering at the back!). Along with swapping out the PC the keyboard and mouse had been swapped. Until that point I hadn't given the previous one much thought. After 5 years it was looking used, the silver paint on the buttons had warn off and the beige plastic was visible underneath, but it was still usable.
This new fangled HP mouse must have been the cheapest mouse on the list. Some quick googling led me to a reasonably ergonomic Logitech jobby (M500) with a funky wheel that could go click-click-click or at the press of a button it could just spin wildly and my wrist was much happier.
Whilst I appreciate, that delivering stuff for a price is king and I could have argued about the mouse with HR / Occupational Health / <insert relative dept here>, I just invested 35 GBP of my own money and bought what I wanted. When I relocated, my mouse came with me, no arguments or bother.
Given this, if I found the need, I would willingly swap out anything I found particularly annoying. The human-computer interface is the one you need to have working. It doesn't need to work for HR or the IT dept. Fine if they can help, but you're the one in pain.
Re: Some people need a life
Thanks for the brief intro. I've never really taken a look at FreeBSD. I sort of know it exists and is "similar" to Linux in that's its a Unix based OS with a different licence.
I know this
My Fiancée's desktop PC has it. There's tons of crud on it and I'm not sure what is what because it's all in Chinese.
Until now it thought this was a re-skinned version IE.
Why do Reg Hacks live on the edge of society?
There's one who seems live up a mountain in Scotland and now Lester lives up a mountain in Spain. Are they trying to hide from someone?
"Sharepoint is SVN/GIT for management"
Thank you, that cheered up my afternoon.
I hadn't noticed the width of cattle class seats (trains or planes) getting wider. My netbook fitted nicely on the tray tables found in cattle class. My old school 15 inch laptop was a total failure for that. I shall mourn the passing of these little wonders.
Let's hop someone takes a leaf out of the Raspberry Pi (and similar), ups the RAM, adds a screen and keyboard. I'll happily run Linux on ARM.
In a few short years
The EU will investigate an impose tariff limits.
Re: So long and thanks for all the phish.
In a similar manner I have chosen not buy any more Sony hardware. They decided what I could use my hardware for, after the fact I had purchased it. These decisions have implications. Sony are no longer trusted enough to provide hardware and services. Generally speaking, if I can avoid Sony, I will.
Apple, buy it more than once
That's so you buy another device, iPhone that has the GPS, but a rubbish maps app. Are the maps the same in the mini iPad?
Because someone will pay money for it and you can take a cut.
Re: Does Google not know why people want local storage?
I've flown a good few miles in the last year or so. Radio transmitter must be switched off. Specifically mentioned are devices using WIFI and cellular phones.
Is it possible to store 13 hours (LHR to HKG) of video in 8 GB?
Back in the real world, local storage is much more important than Google give credit. Local sorage allows you to do stuf away from the internet. Chromebooks are simularly limited.
Not just Windows
I once had an update for Linux Mint that removed the nVidia drivers for my desktop (double headed) PC. After a fresh install Mint repeated the update with the same effect. Sometimes being a ludite is the best option. After that debarcle, I switched to Debian Squeeze (Stable)
Re: Ha, that's arssing ironic
All of my calls to my Fianceé are important and all of them are conducted over Skype. I live in the UK and she lives in Hong Kong. Other family members are also geographically distributed, my Sister lives in New Zealand and my parents in South Wales and using Skype as become as important as the regular telephone or snail mail.
If for some reason Skype doesn't work; I use Linux, my Fianceé uses iOS then we resort to alternative options.
I don't describe DSL as mission critical, I describe it as the cheapest available option, but it is not the only option. I seem to manage quite well with Lebara Sim card for DR/BCP.
Re: Computer misuse
Computer Misuse Act, 1990. Section 1
Unauthorised access to computer material.
(1)A person is guilty of an offence if—
(a)he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer [F1, or to enable any such access to be secured] ;
(b)the access he intends to secure [F2, or to enable to be secured,] is unauthorised; and
(c)he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case.
(2)The intent a person has to have to commit an offence under this section need not be directed at—
(a)any particular program or data;
(b)a program or data of any particular kind; or
(c)a program or data held in any particular computer.
Possibly section 3 as well, but that may depend on the EULA
I must admit, I deleted the Facebook App sometime ago and despite their nagging website I refuse to install it.
IANAL - I wish I was though!
Re: Action against GeoIP
Yes if they stump up the Tele Tax.
Shorter refresh cycle
Having a shorter refresh cycle increases Intel's revenue, but only because it hurts mine.
My 2004 era laptop is working fine and has 1040 vertical pixels.
I wonder if they patented it?
Re: Pure marketing ploy
and my money stays in my bank account until they're released.
Re: Re: I read that as.
It means "We're going to look at what people are discussing between themselves and publish that as if it were news."
It sounds so less fun and hip when the Mediaspeak is removed.
They cost a bit, but their technical staff are pretty good. They don't do unbundled.
I would still be using them if BT could have fixed their infrastructure. My line = 1500 Mbs, next door = 4500 Mbs
Message to Asus
Photograph the original transformer next to today's new paper as proof of Pior Art.
Do they suffer from hypertension?
Nice one Virgin.
I went to the pub and interacted with real people.
I deliver more
with a greater degree of success using far fewer resources.
We send Chris Hune and is clunkiest around the world at great expense, to agree nothing except to have another meeting. If that had been me, I would make them pay their expenses and the fire them.
EU doctors say...
...drinking water doesn't reduce dehydration, or some such...
Maybe if I stick the 95% pure stuff my thirst will be quenched.
My oldest CD still plays perfectly...
and I'm listening to it right now.
Purchased in 1987 it has travelled with me to University, overseas and has moved house countless times. It's still in it's original jewel case with sleeve notes and lyrics.
Actually I can't think of any purchased music CDs that have become unusable.
As for downloads, I have never purchased any music that way, preferring CDs. One CDs may no longer be produced, but I doubt it will be in 2012.
...that caused a stink!
Pub o'clock has come and gone
Thx for the laughs,
Clearly the log had been truncated.
IT = Excel + Word
I do wish Canonical would call them something like.
You chose to live there....
...you could always move to an area with decent connectivity, I did!
Is see this...
"Surely they would have done so by now if it wasn't in their interests ?"
Mono is probably still small enough to be an itch that isn't worth scratching. If someone produces a competing killer application that starts to take business from MS, I'm sure they will pursue.
Remember the mantra; Embrace, Extend, Exterminate.
They're going to be used for in advertising whilst you're watching the programme.
Re: By the way what happens to your data once you do become an adult?
Your data will be migrated to the ID cards database as you turn 18.
Why can they do that?
Why can US parties purge the voters from the electoral register (or whatever it's called Stateside). Shouldn't that be handled by the local authorities?
In the UK you have to complete a voter registration form every year. Updates can be made to it and provided you're registered by a certain date you can vote. The parties can't say, "We don't like this person because they might vote against us." and remove them from the register.
Well done for rescuing the voting rights of so many.
Home knows what it's doing
"It's left some in the internet industry wondering if the Home Office knows what it's doing,..."
It will be news when the Home Office does know what it's doing.
Just how many radios do you have?
If the digital switch for radio is handled as badly as the digital switch for TV, we'll all have to buy new radios.
Without including those provided by Sky or Freeview I have 5,
I'm sure some people have many more, for example MP3 players, mobile phones etc. No doubt the Government would like us all to replace our fully functional analogue radios with digital ones. Allowing us to give the Government another wedge of VAT.
Can we have a picture of Parliament in flames?
No experience necessary
I see on TV companies advertising training courses to become MSCE, with "No experience necessary". Doesn't this take the gloss off the whole certification/accreditation process?
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