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An Atom MiniITX board (£80 3 years ago) With a generic server chassis (£40) plus two 1TB disks in Raid1 and 2Gb RAM, the board has a single PCI slot with an Asterisk card. It runs Debian Linux x86 and does whatever any of those cheap NAS units do plus much, much more.
If one piece breaks I can go to the nearest shop and buy a replacement, or I can take parts from the PC at home.
The OS gets updated when I need to, not when the vendor thinks it should be/can update it.
I can run windows/linux virtual machines/containers (not that I do, but I can if I need to)
Lots of room for expansion, if I need more slots or hard drives, I just buy a Mini-ATX board, plug the disks and chances are it just boots and continues doing its thing.
Not as energy efficient.
Requires proper IT person to set up.
Use what I use at home, Linux on the Laptop, Linux on the workstation (Xubuntu), and Linux on the Server. (Debian)
My daughter one day came with some nonsense about having to use power-point and word and that it was the end of the world if she did not use it.
I told her to politely ask her teacher to give me the money for Office and a Windows license, obviously she did not understand what I meant, so I explained her how to use LibreOffice & Inkscape, then I told her how to export to PDF and how to export to .doc, .ppt, etc.
She's quite happy and she says she prefers the desktop at home than the one at school. This could just be familiarity though, or that she likes my clutter-free approach to desktop configuration using xfce.
We never have any problem with any hardware in the house, because I'm one of those people that never buys anything that doesn't work with Linux, or at the very least have read that works with Linux. I also tend to stick to open standards for everything. I prefer not to buy if whatever I'm interested in doesn't play along.
I'm teaching my children in the same way, and my daughter 10, understands that it is the person who creates the artwork and types the text, the software is just a tool, and word is not going to improve your writing and photoshop will not make her paint skills better.
She understands what an operating system is, what a program is, what a file is in that a file contents and its name doesn't necessarily need to be related. She knows a file is data for the program to interpret.
I'm just introducing one concept at the time for her as she needs stuff done, so far she is doing quite well, she can do all her homework without messing up anything on the computer (as opposed to her mum)
Me and her share a Minecraft world we're building together on the local server, Minecraft runs on Linux perfectly.
I'm of the belief that when she earns her own money she can have whatever she wants though, but on the mean time she's going to learn some computing as she ages.
Are like any other toy, you let children play with toys appropriate to their age, so you let young children play a cute platformer/minecraft and a teenager play GTA/Rising Death.
As per the children turning into a murderer, if that was true we should have seen a really large epidemic of video game fuelled massacres by now.
In my experience it is quite the other way around, video games turn problematic children into more calmed focused individuals if for the sole reason that they sometimes want to play co-operative or in teams.
Ok if QNX could do it why not linux?
When are we going to get an Android runtime for Desktop Linux?
Come on, It should be possible to run .apks on Linux by now!!!!
Re: The next step
Producing an Android handset running their customized BBRY platform should have been priority from day one.
I do appreciate the technical mastery of the QNX guys, but at the same time it is a colossal waste of time when you think they could have just tweaked Android to make their own BBRY Android and they wouldn't have had to resort to hacking tricks.
Like someone said in the thread, I bet this doesn't work to RIMs advantage and plays more like it did for OS/2 to run Windows apps.
The only way to take cisco down
Is to produce something that can be managed like IOS (Same style, not necessarily bit by bit) and run on Linux on standard hardware.
Once people discovers that Cisco does nothing special, they will come to their senses.
Re: Smart PR move
Yes, the next best thing would be to let someone with a clue about what makes starwars great write a decent story.
Re: Oops. I'm ten years behind
Same here, using OpenOffice and later LibreOffice since 2007.
I have also done something I was not expecting, I replaced Outlook with Thunderbird, and while it is not perfect, it does an excellent job and I do not miss Outlook. The fact that mozilla is not obsessed with pushing silly updates to it and mostly only bug fixing is a huge plus!
I'm 100% Linux at home and at work, Windows is relegated to a XP vm for those rare occasions where I may need anything on windows.
Visio is the last bastion of MS for me, I run Visio 2003 in Wine which runs almost* perfect now.
Mozilla is winning
Winning on each version until total defeat.
I'm afraid that one of these days they will succeed, and will broke so much of the old functionality as to losing most of their users.
Just like Gnome did with Gnome Shell.
And learn how to use Asterisk, or its 3000 variants including the ones with nice GUI interface.
Asterisk may be complex to learn but once you're over the learning curve there is nothing stopping you from mixing it with anything and you're "vendor lock-in" free.
We'll have to build chips which implement better internal logic and design, rather than taking the easy route of shrinking everything...
I was working for a company that got sold to a foreign company and we'll all got tuped.
The very first month we all got demoted and made perform menial frustrating tasks.
If you do not leave and you stay at the end of the Tupe's salary protection period your salary is reviewed and lowered down accordingly.
So we all left a month after the sale.
All I can think of
It was about damn time!
"""Do you really think that anyone is deliberately choosing the most expensive methods of obtaining energy when all factors are taken into account?"""
Yes, I for one do, look at all the green-energy means of power production crap society has been spoon-feed as a viable option for power generation.
So let me recap.
Microsoft produced a crippled ARM tablet so they could have a product that can compete with the iPad and Android tablets.
They used Windows, but they restricted it so 3rd party software doesn't run. This includes viruses and bloat ware crap that infects lots of regular Windows PCs. (Imagine the embarrassment of MS if the tablets could catch a virus, Apple and Google will trounce them with marketing)
So the only advantages MS has (general purpose, Win32, freedom to develop whatever you want, freedom to distribute) are gone.
Most people do not like the product.
And this is the point I always make: PEOPLE DO NOT USE WINDOWS BECAUSE THEY LIKE WINDOWS, THEY BUY WINDOWS BECAUSE THEY RUN WINDOWS APPLICATIONS.
Besides this Microsoft's concern with market growth are their own doing, they pushed everybody out of the market, and forced everybody to develop free (as in cost and as in freedom) alternatives.
They made their bed, and they should lie on it now.
I want a Neptune orbiter
Please, I do not want to die without some more pictures/data about Neptune...
If Neptune is not feasible Uranus then.
It will not happen, politicos are in charge of the budget. :-(
It is hugely expensive for what it does, and "most" of what it does can be done using open source software.
Yes, I know it is not point and click and you need people who understand scripting proper, but it tends to produce better results in the long term.
For most ISPs Solarwinds and the like are ineffective and as I mentioned before way too expensive.
Teaching children about the dangers of piracy.
I'm all for my children to be told about the perils of piracy, how plundering, stealing, murder and rape are a big no-no, because it is a direct attack to both life and private property...
"pro-carbon fuels lobby"
I have to confess that I'm part of the "pro-carbon fuels lobby", because when I switch my toaster on I want it to heat and toast the bread, at night I want to be able to heat-up dinner in the oven. My kids are part of that "pro-carbon fuels lobby", see they are spoiled children and expect me to feed them warm food.
I'm a selfish b*****d I know, I could have solar panels and wind mills, and not eat warm food or toasts so often, but the wife which is a "pro-carbon fuels lobby" radical will not allow me anyway.
On a more serious note, I'm all for contaminating as less as possible and for finding alternative sources of energy which can meet demand and are economical. Because if they are not economical they are not ecological either. But all that is hard to grasp to the believers of the Climatologist church.
Imagine for a moment...
That rather than wasting time and money they had built an Android Tablet, and port the blackberry software ecosystem to Android, making their own Android version like Amazon did.
That people should try XFCE which IMHO is underrated and one of the best DE in terms of flexibility, features and sanity*
*A rare quality these days.
The solution is clear
We need to think of the children and close the interwebs...
Xubuntu and XFCE
All the way.
Re: Good and bad in the same time
"""Regardless what people say, Windows is going to exist masivelly on the business side. Because it owns it. Regardless of the numbers, I don't think that the PC is going the way of the Dodo."""
Of course, the IT vendors were used to just sell new stuff in droves, now that the market is reaching maturity and the seemingly unlimited market growth is over they want you to adopt a new form factor so you buy more and they get their market growth back.
See all those under powered tablets will be superseded in 9 months and it is time again for you to show the $$$monies$$$ in the counter.
"""Preview is integrated into OSX"""
OS integration is no excuse for Windows being that slow.
Re: Is it just me?
No, they are going downhill fast, for some reason the mantra in the IT industry is to change things that do not need changing every 6 months.
Re: Never going to use any work related thing with Metro on it.
Gosh it was designed by a she... that explains a lot.
And no, I'm not being misogynistic, women for some reason tend to design amalgam things like that: "A mix of a pull-down menu, a tool bar and a form" the only thing the old interface needed was a fucking setting to prevent the tool bars from float freely (another MS great invention, floating tool bars no one needs floating around).
Re: It could have been so good... :(
"""So why doesn't Microsoft take that extra step?"""
Because Microsoft is now in the same market IBM was before them, this is not about empowering the users or make the ecosystem better.
This is about turning the PCs into dumb terminals and preventing 3rd parties from doing precisely that, providing with something the users want.
Why? well because if a 3rd party does it for free they (MS) make no money, if a 3rd party does it for a price, they make no money either.
With the PC's locked down using cloud crap ala dumb terminal they make lots of monies, if they lock the PC and you buy an "app" through their (MS) store they make a monie's cut.
Microsoft for some reason wants to be the beginning and the end of computing each time someone invents or unlocks a market (Google or Apple). The most shocking thing is that MS is the first one to always dismiss those markets, IE: Tablets, Internet, etc. and then when those markets flourish suddenly they want in.
In the end MS is going to die of a thousand cuts and fade away in the next decade, it has been proven time and time again that they can not gain a foothold on a market unless they can kill all players.
Re: meanwhile back in the real world...
"""I would have to actively moderate my behaviour and learn how office politics works."""
How how do you learn that?
In my case I can deal with as many issues at once as I want, but I concentrate so much on the one at hand that if you interrupt me I will get quite angry and will not manage to do anything for a while. This means that if I have to do a-b-c I will do it at my pace and in the order that I better see fit, if in the middle of the work I'm told to stop working on a and do c instead for no real good reason I get completely derailed.
Another problem is that I need to understand why things are happening, and why something failed to the last detail. This becomes obsessive.
Re: Noise pollution
I'm scared now, I have the same very problem people is describing here.
In my case I can be on a meeting with several people and I can listen and pay more attention to the birds outside than the people in front of me.
In the pub it is as if people is talking on a different language.
Re: When will these idiots realise
Re: I have to disagree with the premise of the article
Nope, what will lead to more comfy piracy is H265.
Designed to reduce the space the nice 1.2GB BR Rips in half it means that ~600mb will give you a quasi HD movie.
Great for us poor souls with shitty Broadband ;-)
Re: Stick with watermarking
And produce content people like
And stop pretending it is not 2013
Re: Even less reasion to buy
"""You justify theft simply"""
It is not theft, no one has been deprived of anything.
Not making a sale is not "theft", copyright infringement yes, but not theft.
And people buy things they like if they are sensibly priced.
Current cinema ticket prices for example are not sensible, nor the majority of films released lately things most people like (pointless remakes) .
I liked "Pacific RIM" and I watched it at the cinema, but here is the thing I will buy it on DVD even when I do not own a DVD drive anymore. I will buy the DVD and not the Blueray because I can play the DVD anywhere I want to, and I can not do the same with the Blueray.
Having said that, the copy I will be playing from time to time is a 1080p rip from the net.
Re: Digital signature conundrum
Clever decimation plus some noise filters plus some re-scaling, plus some bit of sharpen and most watermark is gone.
What they are after is Joe journalist leaking review copies.
Re: @Trevor_Pott RE: "I hope they all get cholera."
LOL, LOL, AND LOL!!!
And there goes all the coffee in my screen.
Google and Cisco
Cisco should buy the QNX part, as they use it on their high-end routers, and Cisco has the necessary deep pockets to maintaining such kind of development.
Google should buy the Phone part and produce a nexus with a keyboard, decent battery life and a proper email application.
A man can dream...
Re: Make 'em pay
We westerners invented modern computing, it was mainly British and American scientists, and the restrictions of the day made provisioning resources for languages that use +100.000 characters a silly proposition.
I can not imagine coding in Chinese, neither can the Chinese apparently.
If Gates go
It's the end of Microsoft.
Microsoft is Gates, Gates is Microsoft. (And Ballmer)
I have been saying this for years, the only reason MS got that big is that Gates was one of the few CEO/CTO/Director of a big IT company at the time who knew about IT and Computing.
He's always being a botcher at things, but knew enough to make sensible decisions at the right time.
He and Ballmer are Microsoft.
If they will get rid of him (probably not) Microsoft will then be a very different company, one that I hope will just fade away quietly within a couple of decades.
Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
Ahhh the sheer ignorance.
There were plenty of home computers in the market at the time that not only just worked, they even worked better than MSDOS and Windows.
You just happened to get a PC when computing for the masses were beginning to be popular.
Re: "the company's audacious early goal of putting a PC into every home came to fruition"
I couldn't have explained it better.
Re: Linux fans should applaud Billy G
This legend that Gates and MS made computing affordable is bollocks.
The only thing MS made is kill the competition and hold computing back decades.
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