227 posts • joined Friday 28th January 2011 14:11 GMT
Re: For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.
What about the blind or partially sighted?
From 2009, UK government browser guidelines
Graceful degradation without scripting/ plug-ins and accessibility are required (paragraphs 41-42)
Of course the link there now gives a 404.
For a safer, faster, better experience online you should upgrade your browser.
Using Firefox 20.0
" But windows installs dwarf Linux on desktop so new logic applied"
Do pray tell, where can I get dwarf Linux?
Is it any good?
Re: @ M Gale
'A bad worker blames his tools'
You never saw my father's toolbox. It was full of rounded screwdrivers.
I swore to myself that when I grew up I would invest in good quality tools, and I did so.
Ask any craftsman or mechanic what tools they buy, how much they cost and how much time they take looking after them for your answer.
Re: But, but...
can't we just store all the data into The Cloud?
If it takes 88 days to transfer a petabyte from one tape medium to another, how long will it take to put it in the cloud?
Re: He's very good...
">> He's very good...
...at all that literature stuff.
But is he really? If his depth of knowledge of literature is on par with his technical knowledge then I have serious doubts."
Well I think a scholarship to Cambridge and graduating with upper second class honours demonstrates that he does know a thing or two on the subject (source: Wiki if that doesn't scare you)
Re: With Unity being pushed down the throat, who cares
@The lone lurker
"It's been a while since I played with Mint but is there not a version based on Debian?"
Yes, Linux Mint Debian is here
"Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) is a semi-rolling distribution based on Debian Testing."
So it depends on whether you are happy using the Debian Testing stream. I had a brief try and I might have been unlucky with the timing but I had several things breaking due to that.
Re: Makes Torrent look good.
The “personalised and local experience” amounts to a message in cyber-speak that basically says "F#ck off!, we have you by the short and curlies".
I still get that sort of thing with languages. When I am doing international support I want my software in English please. I live in a German speaking part of the world but that doesn't mean I want the German version of a software product.
Re: good for the soul..
As well as Freelance I remember Presentations which came with the WordPerfect Office Suite.
My copy of WordPerfect Office was bundled with a PC and I think it was the NT variant mentioned here, because it although it came with a Win98 system I swiftly upgraded to NT4 and it ran fine there.
"It annoys me there is no notepad++ for OSX".
and there's also its bigger brother BBEdit.
Re: 'mind-crippling' COBOL
"COBOL has many advantages in helping the programmer understand what they're actually doing."
Agreed. I also learned a lot about eliminating unnecessary I/O and ending up with a program which ran efficiently.
"COBOL writer's cramp" was a myth too once you got away from pencil and paper.
With a decent editor you could be very productive.
Re: 2013 blows almost as much as WinH8TE
"3 - I never understood why anyone would be dumb and lazy enough to buy the OEM/card version of Office 2010 which is only licensed to the computer it ships/installed on. ie: Office2013. There is *NO* discount savings buy about $10 or so. If it was 50%, maybe."
A couple of years ago I saw the downloadable version and the full retail DVD version on the shelves of a local shop at exactly the same price. Since my first job would have been to back up the downloaded version it would have actually cost me more (albeit not much, but that's not counting my time).
All your eggs in one basket isn't a good idea
A real world demonstration that having all your eggs in one (third party) basket is asking for trouble.
Re: Just had look at the "License"
"if you run windows in a VM under windows then you need two windows licences, one for the main "windows" and another for the copy running in the VM."
Not if you are running a non-WIndows host. I have Windows Home Server 2011, Windows 7 and Windows 8 running here in VMs hosted by Linux and OS X.
"Weirdly it wasn't preinstalled on the Mac I bought recently; I'm not sure if that's because it was refurbished (though iPhoto, GarageBand, etc, were there)."
As far as I am aware iWork doesn't come on new Macs either, but iWeb, iPhoto, Garageband etc do.
Re: Libre Office
"Can be easily downloaded for the Mac- no messing."
I've been using it on Mac, Linux and Windows systems for a good while now.
On the Mac I find iWork and Libre Office complementary. I use each for the purposes they are best for.
Re: IBM's arrogance was that they could make standards ..
I also recall printers and disk drives being "field upgradeable", and that was achieved by snipping a link to get increased speed and capacity respectively.
Re: Must be a blue blood blue fondling thing...
"Big Blue (IBM), supercomputer Blue Gene/Q Sequoia (IBM), The Blue Card (American Express), Blue Ray (Sony) and now Microsofts' "Blue". I seem to notice a lot of blue fondling by big wigs here. Are they trying to tell us something?"
I have also noticed that a lot of new bits of kit have blue lights.
Is blue the "new green"?
Re: No improvement in quality
"However the Be checker claims that the BT database gives my line as being 2665 metres."
Ah, their database is always right you see.
Just like the way their database was right that I still had an old style telephone socket in my house back in the 1990s. Except of course I had the new style socket.
Dunno what happened in that instance but at a previous address I discovered that paperwork could get lost in the BT system and the database didn't get updated.
But you can run LibreOffice without Java
"My Mac was Java-free for years. I only installed it because Libre Office moans constantly (with annoying pop-ups) if it's not installed. I'd be very happy if Libre Office could remove it's dependency on Java."
I caught an indication a few months ago somewhere on the LIbriOffice site that they were working on removing the Java dependency.
The latest release didn't give me the nag messages about the lack of Java the first time i ran it, and where the previous release moaned when creating a new Text document, I haven't seen that in the latest release either.
I haven't had any problems actually running LO without Java, of course with the caveat that I don't use the database side of LO.
Re: UL standards?
"This appears to be a UL standard"
The clue is in the name. UL stands for "Underwriters Laboratories". Here's their Wiki entry
Re: @Thad Do you remember....
" used to work with/for a former Ashton Tate/Borland employee/refugee and he told me it was a pun on "1-2-3", by using Spanish... Uno, Dos, Tres... Quatro, but they used two "t"s in the name."
I always thought it was Italian, which does have two "t"s. Audi also made the Quattro spelling well known.
I really liked Ami Pro but for me the Windows version of 1-2-3 was the first spreadsheet I had ever used and it kind of sat there like a dumb thing without giving me any hints how to drive it. Fine for existing users, not so good for a novice IMHO.
In contrast Quattro Pro did give me hints how to drive it, especially with the way right click produced context sensitive menus, It remained my favourite spreadsheet for a decade.
The last version of 1-2-3 I worked with was in 1996 and someone somewhere had decided that table pivoting was a job to delegate to Approach. It was truly painful to watch an animated graphic displaying "connecting to database" (client server architecture being the latest buzz phrase then) and then see it fall over in a heap. After an hour struggling with that I slipped the data onto a floppy, took it home and did the job in 15 minutes flat on my home system using Quattro Pro.
"I'd love to see where that came from originally.. what's the oldest version of it that you've seen?"
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince was my inspiration, and I found others had beaten me to it.
Re: Ah the good old days gone by...
"16Mb RAM on your computer was something to be envied.
That was an unimaginable RAM size until when - late 1990s? Chips or SIMMs were reckoned in KB increments.
Got my first 64MB PC in 1997. With 2GB disk, decent monitor, CD drive, audio card, NT4, Office and a DAT drive it came to about £4K.
And it still didn't have a NIC :-)
Re: Ah the good old days gone by...
"A 2Gb hard disk was awesome."
I remember getting my first 2GB disk and wondering how on earth I was going to fill it. The first quarter got dedicated to a full backup of my laptop and the rest only lasted about 9 months
No you mention it I think I tried a demo version of the AltaVista local search software.
It looked good but I just didn't have enough data lying around at the time.
"I think that for the £25 the upgrade cost it was worth it."
Where I live £50 is more the mark.
"I think the ribbon interface for explorer is fantastic, who hidden files and file extensions are now both right there on the ribbon rather than buried on the second tab of a screen opened from a menu."
Er, no. In Windows 7 or Server 2008 you can get to the dialogue where you can tick both checkboxes at once. With Windows 8 you have to navigate through the ribbon for each one.
The jury is out at the moment. I installed the free Pokki to get a more Windows 7 interface back, but after a reboot it came back with TIFKAM. Not impressed by that.
Re: Oh, I love this!
"Better advice would be to close all browser sessions, launch a new one to do your banking and then close it when you are finished regardless of which browser you are using."
My bank advises exactly that.
Does anyone use them?
And I've still *never* seen anyone use one.
The competitor isn't the iPad but the MacBook Air
Comparing the Windows 8 Pro US prices, if you add $100 for the keyboard you are at exactly the same prices as the 11 inch MacBook Air.
90% of customers use Charms on the first day they get the product.
The other 10% haven't found where Charms is yet.
Re: "OS/2 also needed a couple of extra megabytes of RAM"
Note for the kidz: You could buy a second hand car for the cost of 8 megs of RAM in the early 90s. (Yes, I really did mean to type megs and not gigs.)
I can't remember what it cost for 8 megs for our work PCs, but I upgraded all 3 of them to 12 MB and both Windows 3.11 and Windows 95 ran sweetly in that.
It was some £350 for the upgrade from 4MB to 12MB on my 1995 Toshiba laptop.
At the same time a Vauxhall Cavalier in decent condition could be had for £500.
Re: OS/2 Warp
I got Warp running on an Apricot which had 12MB RAM. The first installation attempt keeled over but gave a sensible error message. Posting that on CompuServe got me a very prompt answer which solved the problem.
But to be honest I found the colours ugly, and Windows 95 was just a couple of months away, so I lost interest.
Re: Linux Mint + Maya thumbs up here
Agree. Plus, it's an LTS, and runs lovely on my 12-year-old Compaq Deskpro, which can only have 512 smegs of RAM.
Agreed. I have Maya on a couple of oldish HP systems. A requirement of LM 14 Nadia is PAE required for 32-bit ISOs and I have yet to check whether my HPs can do that.
Re: Mint is great
It's slightly odd, and cool, installing a fresh copy of Firefox and booting it up to find all your bookmarks already there, even the tabs you had open before you reinstalled.
There is nothing to stop you creating a tarball of your ~/.mozilla directory and restoring it on another system.
I regularly do this when I create a new VM. SImply restore your tarball to a freshly created account before running Firefox and hey presto, all your bookmarks and setting are there.
Re: ..."modern IBMers must suffer through Lotus Notes" ... or not.
Up until now I could write "in the last 25 years I had not heard from anyone who used Lotus Notes who did not regard it is a personal enemy"
Then our setup must have been done by someone who knew what they were doing.
When we moved from Lotus Notes to Outlook a decade ago, I really really wanted Lotus Notes back.
Maybe our Outlook folks were still going through a learning curve, but I regarded Outlook as my personal enemy for the couple of years before I moved on to pastures new.
Re: Windows 8
Here is what is going to happen when I buy UEFI computer.
Or try and buy a computer without Windows 8 to start with.
Or what will work for the technically able of us:
Buy a server system which is offered for sale without an OS and stuff it full of RAM.
Disable secure boot and install Linux or *BSD of choice
Run virtual machines in it.
Re: Reboot culture
Ha ha, this morning I had to reboot after plugging my mouse into a different USB socket. On Windows 7. I kid you not.
I've seen that on Windows 7 as well.
It's right up there with the NT4 (or was it Win98?) message:
Keyboard not found. Hit any key continue
XI (11) is after X (10). After 12 years should they be doing a new major version rather than iteration?
At an OS X Terminal command prompt, try
say os x
say OS X
The first says "Oh Ess Ecks", the second "Oh Ess Ten".
Re: Here (in the UK)
I heard rumours of exactly this happening in the UK about 30 years ago.
I have no idea whether it was illegal then, nor what the current position is under UK law.
Re: The sheer arrogance is baffling...
Here's a really funny one: Liechtenstein? Monaco? Can't target those, check out the List of regional info for Winphone development.
It gets worse when you look at the payouts minus sales tax. See Tax details for paid apps
Looking at the EU countries there, the lucky developer sees the VAT applicable for each country subtracted from the payout.
Re: Liquidation Sale - big fail
someone seems to have forgotten what a real liquidation sale should be like
At one proper liquidation sale where the shop was closing for good, it was a matter of "no reasonable offer refused", I chucked in an offer I thought reasonable for a washing machine and it was accepted.
CICS vs C.I.C.S.?
"A bit of IBM trivia here: In Canada CICS is pronounced "kicks" whereas the rest of the world pronounces it C.I.C.S."
It's been a long time since I used the product, but my memory of its pronunciation in the UK was "kicks".
Re: Nothing to see here...
"Don't put "Fragile" or any other such thing on a box EVER!!!"
One of my student holiday jobs involved collecting goods from an early morning train.
Anything marked Fragile was thrown rather than carried off the train.
Re: cost-effective buy
"f you are really lucky boot into the recovery disc creator image and spend an hour or so in there before you get to the desktop)"
You missed the bit where you don't have any spare writeable media, the salesdroid didn't tell you need any, and the shops have closed until tomorrow.
This happened with my very first laptop.
So much for the live broadcast
It wasn't working here.
Re: I'll argue the difficult
"My main problem with MS's Azure service, is that last time I checked (would love to find out they've changed it but not aware they have), they couldn't guarantee that they would run a server purely in the EU. Which means American data protection laws. Which means no data protection as far as I'm concerned. Could be wrong."
The Reg had a webcast on this subject either earlier this year or in 2011. I think it was a project for the Royal Mail and Microsoft did offer a guarantee that it would be hosted inside the EU (Ireland and Holland I think).
Unfortunately shortly after that there were a couple of reports about the US claiming they had the right to drop a couple of sites they objected to, one because it was a .com, the other because the domain registrar was in the US. See US claims all .com and .net websites are in its jurisdiction
@ A J Stiles
Beware of the cowboys who think all you need is an Ubuntu install CD, is all .....
Absolutely correct, and this is where a proper consultant comes in. I would feel derelict in my duty if I were to take on such a conversion then left the client with a bunch of non-working documents.
However, as part of such a conversion one should only agree to convert the documents specified in the contract. You can bet your bottom dollar that someone will have a document hidden somewhere that is a real pain to convert, and if you haven't worked that into the price you can get badly bitten.
Re: Think this will affect you?
@ Gary F
It's not possible to swap a decade of Windows experience for a decade of Linux experience unless you're Joe 90.
But for those of us reluctantly dragged screaming into the Windows world some years ago, it is relatively easy to go back to a command line interface. In contrast with the hostile CMD.EXE interface, bash et el are relatively easy to get the hang of.
One could argue that we're trapped and hostage to Microsoft's will and pricing policy. But given the retraining costs and the huge dip in skills we'd suffer for several months (or years?) it's still worth paying a bit extra to remain users and developers on the Microsoft platform. I believe that's exactly what Microsoft is depending on.
Let's not forget that WIndows Server 2012 has a strong emphasis on Powershell, so that environment is also changing, and retraining will be required.