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18 posts • joined 24 Oct 2010

All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

whbjr

Re: I remember

"Blame the teaching of product-specific IT at schools for that."

True - but that includes the schools which accepted Apple's hefty discounts to create a zillion Mac users... which, in my humble opinion, resulted in a zillion iPhone users, and now here we are with MS apps on Apple products.

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AWS’ gift to sysadmins: a cloudy command line

whbjr
Linux

Re: Automation and Anything Else?

"Given the choice between using an API and a CLI to automate, the API is always the preferable route. Less "geeky" but more stable and less dependent on a person to write and maintain the scripts on your side."

As a long-time script writer and script-READER, I find it much easier to read, maintain, and update a shell script, as opposed to a compiled program which requires knowledge of an API with calls and hooks and layers to semi-documented libraries. Yes, I'm a geeky sysadmin who prefers CLI, but I have a verifiable reason for preferring it.

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Newsweek succumbs to ad slippage, will kill print pub

whbjr

Re: M'eh, big deal. I won't miss 'em

"It certainly didn't help that when cable TV ushered in the 24-hour news cycle, outfits like Time and Newsweak became more and more irrelevant when, by the time they hit the stands, the "news" between their covers could really have been more accurately called "olds"."

Actually, when the 24-hour news cycle hit, I relied even more on newspapers and Newsweek to give me reporting with a bit of perspective - when every item is treated as "Breaking News!!" then no item is treated as uninteresting. Print news does a much better job of sorting that out... unless they stop spending the time and effort to do that, which is what happened at Newsweek.

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whbjr
Unhappy

If it wasn't dying already, Tina killed it

For some strange, inexplicable reason, once Tina Brown became editor, Newsweek's coverage of the fashion industry increased greatly... and coverage of just about anything else, including national (US) and world news, declined horribly.

I've been a subscriber since 1978, and it'll be strange to not have it in my mailbox. On the flip side, I feel incredibly intelligent for ignoring their offers: "Renew your subscription now! Before it expires! Only six months left!"

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Mozilla isn't a charity case - and Google's $300m will do nicely

whbjr
Holmes

"Better" at what?

It helps if you extend the quote: The purpose of Chrome is "to make the Internet better" at displaying the ads which provide Google with revenue. There, does that provide a better fit into your view of Google as a business?

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Yelp update ridicules Republican (ex)-hopeful Rick Perry

whbjr
Facepalm

Again and again and again

Graham: As a registered voter in Texas, I'm forced to agree with you. We seem to have gone bat-sh*t crazy at three (!) gubernatorial elections... My only hope is that the rest of the country sends Mr. Perry back to Texas, where we'll either reject him or put up with him. But please please please don't make him the leader of the country and our representative to the rest of the globe.

(Boy, this was supposed to be humorous, but then I started crying in my beer...)

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Dating sites can be haven for sex pests, say cops

whbjr
Trollface

Only on "dating sites"?

So, aah... What're you wearing?

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Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions

whbjr
Alien

Is this one of those delicious moments when those of us in the States get to chortle* about flaws in the British government? We need all the chortling time we can get, given our impending presidential campaign...

* Chortling so rarely happens here - the US is more of a guffaw sort of place.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

whbjr
Flame

I was a bit worried at first, since I read that as "... but we are thinking of opening up forums to reader-generated threats."

Although, come to think of it, readers seem to generate their own threats all the time, here.

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Microsoft's MS-DOS is 30 today

whbjr
Meh

The honest ones are not "highly competitive"

(Announcing features before they're ready for release is) "now a common tactic employed by highly competitive tech companies."

Meaning, MS and Apple? Anybody else, really?

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Developer fury as Google makes Android apps vanish

whbjr
Facepalm

Searching by what means?

Why do I have the feeling that searching plain old google.com for "Android Market foobar" would get more reliable results than searching the Android Market for "foobar"?

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April Fools Day's Finest

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Troll

Scent-to-Text

Geeks.com has several one-day specials today:

http://www.geeks.com/pix/2011/APRFDPROMO.html

Oh, and in case anyone forgot to mention, Gmail motion... (*runs away, laughing like an April Fool*)

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The Bayeux Tapestry archiving model

whbjr
IT Angle

Yes, yes, but it's really...

the first comic strip. Well, perhaps not the *first* comic strip, but one of the more significant ones. There's a direct artistic and storytelling link from the Bayeux Tapestry (which I've loved ever since National Geographic printed the whole thing in '66) to Peanuts, Doonesbury and the like.

But (said in my most condescending voice) if you IT folk would like a small claim to it, then we'll not object.

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Catch Notes

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Pint

Ditto

I've been using Catch for, oh, almost a year, and it does everything I ask of it. And no, they don't pay me to say this - I guess maybe I'm not asking much of a note-keeping service. Perhaps I should be more demanding!

One of the highlights for me is the lack of ads, and the lack of nagging to upgrade to the paid version. I sincerely hope they're making money - maybe someday they'll make money from me...

Beer because you don't have an Android icon, and I'd rather have a beer than a penguin.

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Diary of a Not-spot: The readers speak

whbjr
Pint

Safety Last!

"... a shock would require multiple failures, and be cut off by any modern fuse box, so overall a good deal safer than climbing around on the roof with insufficient safety equipment"

This whole project is a delightful series of slightly-less-dangerous choices. I'm expecting the next step to be a choice of TNT vs C3 for putty.

(Posting title courtesy of Harold Lloyd)

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whbjr
Paris Hilton

Mixed messages

"Keep feet together" --?! But then, how will I be able to RUN LIKE HELL?!

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Amazon invites 5 terabyte mondo-files into the heavens

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Thumb Up

Everything's Bigger in Texas...

...apparently, including file, er, "object" storage. On behalf of my fellow Texans, thank you for not messing with us (this time).

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Apple bolts chastity belt on super svelte MacBook Air

whbjr
Black Helicopters

The accountants stepped in and...

"Okay, how much do regular screws cost? Plus a sticker saying No User-Serviceable Parts? Let's compare that with Rare, Exotic, Tools-Not-Available 5-Prong Torx Screws? Ah, look - now we don't need the sticker at all! Penta-Torx it is, then!"

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