30 posts • joined Friday 17th February 2012 14:49 GMT
Re: Adobe Reader
> 386sx with 4 gigs of ram
Holy crap. I want the PC you had 9yrs ago.
Re: 140 laptops onboard
Simple way around this. Put them in The Cloud.
The Cloud solves everything, don't cha know.
I think this is a particularly crappy move on the part of Adobe, but I don't use PS much any more so I don't really care. They can take their overpriced software and shove it up their activation API.
Back when I did more graphics, though, my go-to vector app was often Xara X. Now called "Xara Photo & Graphic Designer" or "Xara Designer Pro" depending on edition.
Worth a look if you want to get off the Adobe treadmill and CorelDRAW or Inkscape don't quite do it for you.
Re: I guess fancy UIs matter to some people
Who says I don't use an old school Nokia with a black and white screen? ;-)
Also... *requirements*. If one of my requirements was, say, to have an always up-to-date calendar in my pocket then I'd probably be carrying around a smartphone. Regardless of what I thought about the pointlessness of shiny-UI discussions.
I guess fancy UIs matter to some people
I use what works for me. I tend to keep using it until my requirements change, or something new comes along that fits them better.
I don't give a crap whether it's boring, exciting, looks clunky or whatever. There are bigger things in life to worry about than flashy new shiny.
Re: Lazy coders
Joel Spolsky has an anecdote about that particular bug:
Yacht? Aim higher.
In other 2012 news, Larry Ellison now has his own island. For 2013 I quite like the idea of him building a lair underneath, and holding the Moon to ransom.
Mine's the one with the Walther PPK in the pocket.
I wanted one of these
My Win7 Acer Aspire Revo, which was less than half the price, is a bit underpowered for high-res video. And its HDMI support is patchy.
I thought that if I got a Mac Mini, everything would Just Work. Sounds like maybe I dodged the metaphorical bullet by reading this review first...
*scratches Mac Mini off Santa list *
Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?
Only met the guy once or twice, but I have a lot of respect for Mark Shuttleworth. Despite a few major missteps, he's done more for F/OSS than I (or most of us) ever will. And the technical people I've spoken to at Canonical have always seemed on top of their game.
My occasional dealings with their marketing people have, however, often left me scratching my head. I get the impression they don't really know what they're doing, or how to engage with their target market.
This feels like another example of that. Might've been an OK idea if they'd been upfront about it and made it opt-in. But they misjudged their audience and went about it all wrong.
I agree with everything you've said, but you shouldn't discount the value of an arts-centric education *too* much.
English was always my favourite subject at school. And, yes, I got very into literary analysis and similar pointlessness. It wasn't until later that I got a technical education. That happened because I was interested in technology, but also because I discovered literary analysis didn't always get you very far in the job market.
When I (finally) got into it though, I discovered something else interesting about the job market. Out there in the workforce, you need people who can communicate ideas clearly. Often, not always, the people with arts backgrounds are the ones who seem to be good at this.
We now return you to your regular RPi programming...
Re: "Try opening a coffee shop without the Starbucks brand and see how much money you can make"
They already get my money. I make a point of not buying coffee from Starbucks.
Coat, because I take mine and go across the road to their competitors.
Re: Incredibly annoying
> use the Start Charm
"Start Charm"? Blech.
Icon, because "charm" is the most ridiculous (and oxymoronic) UI metaphor I've heard of in quite a while.
the company's new CEO Marissa Meyer
Has she changed her name then?
I'm thinking a good measure of FLOPS is the "facebook IPO"
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I once spent an hour on hold to Ansett
Some people might remember them; used to be a Qantas competitor. They went out of business a couple of months later, which in hindsight is maybe why their call centre was so understaffed.
Less charitably, perhaps airlines Down Under are just bad at this sort of thing. Though things are hardly any better here in Blighty - my all-time on-hold record is something over an hour for BT. Then they cut me off.
Re: Love to know the details
> one of the de-facto document management companies
Are they? Everything I've seen about them suggests they're into CRM and telco billing software. Nary a mention of document management. Microsoft also does CRM software of course.
Re: Puma redux
Pedant alert: Linux != Ubuntu (or Fedora, or Mint, or any of the other distros that name their releases).
Incidentally, I thought "Beefy Miracle" was a brilliantly silly name for a release. Much better than Alliterative Animals.
Re: Open Source document manipulation
I like LyX a lot. I wrote my thesis in it. But an equivalent to Adobe Acrobat it is not. More like an equivalent to FrameMaker.
The only Linux PDF manipulation tools I've found to be as good as the likes of Acrobat, are Windows ones that I've run under WINE. On the bright side, they did run quite well.
Manos: The Hands of Fate
Saw that recently. Terrible, but in a so-bad-it's-good way, like Plan 9.
It's so, so tempting to vote for the execrable dreck that is Highlander 2. But I'm not sure I've actually ever watched it all the way through without giving up.
The Matrix Reloaded and Phantom Menace, however. Both appalling followups to brilliant, inventive originals. Both made to milk as much lucre out of the franchise as possible. It's got to be one of them, but which...
Re: Re: Supply & Demand
Yes. I had no milk this morning. I suspect Tory and/or CIA and/or Tesco involvement.
I'm not going to have any beer tonight, either.
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