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PPC640 could be bought with an internal hard disk - my brother has one which I fired up about a year ago out of curiosity and it all still worked perfectly (well, I didn't test the built in modem but I'm sure it'd be fine!) Funny, when I regularly have to bin failed hard disks that are less than a year old - outrageously expensive "enterprise" grade SAS or dirt cheap SATA, they're all short-lived rubbish these days.
Annoyingly they (stupidly offset touchpads) are not just common but almost universal. Which is especially annoying on machines that don't even have a numeric keypad!
One big thing in Dell's favour is that though they may not supply manuals with the machine, they usually have a good manual available online which actually covers disassembly and repair... I'm quite used to doing without, but it's definitely nice to know exactly what your best plan of attack is rather than going by guesswork and feel.
You've either got your dates or your Redhat version wrong there... I suspect both, actually! In those ancient days the only practical way for me to get as huge a set of software as a distro was on CD and I remember being delighted when SuSE made it onto the cover of a UK magazine. Possibly the same one you're on about, though this was 1998.
I still occasionally use OpenSuSE when I want a generic "kitchen sink" distro with plenty of quick access to a wide range of packages and it even came on a netbook I bought a few years ago - I ditched the dreadful install almost right away but it makes a nice change having a SuSE sticker in place of the usual MS one!
Re: I may have a fake copy
I've seen loads of these - lots of them were really obvious fakes because they didn't have a proper COA with the product key on them...
Yeah, what an idiot. He should have trusted all his personal information to Google, they never pry...
Brother's website is far from the worst of them IMO... which only says how bad some of the others are!
Personally I'd have tried a standard PCL or PS driver if in a rush - most reasonable network capable printers deal with that fine.
Re: Nice cat
I agree, they're often more than infuriating to use - but they're there and will continue to "work" long after the manufacturer loses interest in the device, and will work no matter what OS is running on your computers. Even on Windows I will usually install the most minimal drivers available to avoid the awful bloatware which comes with most printers and at best simply duplicates the functions available on the machine itself.
Edit : re-reading your post it looks like you've misread mine; I'm talking about a physical control panel on the printer itself, not 300MB of badly written malware which only runs on one version of Windows and a handicapped version which almost runs on some Macs.
Does it have Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest Cat in its ancestry?
Printers are annoying devices. Printers with their own proper control panel are slightly less annoying and USB only printers are rarely worth considering.
Re: and all people wanted was a movie player...
If by "X-Windows" you mean the network-aware nature of X11 then you're completely wrong. It provides capabilities that have been relied upon by thousands of people every day for years and does so with little fuss - nobody claimed it was perfect, but it definitely fulfils a genuine need. For that matter I have no idea why you've put CUPS in there, never mind "lp"... do you think that people aren't likely to need to print? Print spoolers and print servers are solutions to a problem people don't have?
In any case your argument against PDF is fallacious; if all you need is basically unformatted plain text then use plain text - PDF exists because of the difficulties in maintaining formatting appearance across devices whilst retaining the ability to preserve the textual content as such.
Re: What's the downside of the "upgrade?" vs Snow Leopard?
Thanks, will maybe image the drive and update sometime soon then. I wouldn't ever have paid real money for an OSX update but my wife (it's her laptop) was finding that ordering prints through iPhoto had stopped working properly and the new version wouldn't run on SL so maybe now's the time to update.
Sadly it won't cure the "won't stay turned off" problem the thing has had since before 1 year old as it seems to be hardware / firmware related (does the same thing even when running Linux off a DVD)... so long as it doesn't break anything more she'll be happy.
What's the downside of the "upgrade?" vs Snow Leopard?
As per title - on a 13" MBP from early 2010, running Snow Leopard - are there any disadvantages to moving to the latest version?
I seem to recall something about X11 support being dropped at some point - presumably this is available from elsewhere (though it was very nice indeed to have it built in.)
Re: Right click admin options
I'm still completely unable to find any kind of justification for the huge download - it still needs classic start etc to produce a half reasonable user experience. Advice to those who haven't tried the upgrade yet - don't bother.
Bewildering is right
Having dealt with loads of wildly different operating systems over the years, some with GUIs and some without, I don't think I have ever found one so bizarrely messed up as Windows 8 / 8.1
Configuration options are scattered around willy-nilly, there are usually at least two versions of any type of application, important menus are deliberately hidden - it's a completely unintuitive, illogical mess and only a retarded fool in severe denial could ever argue otherwise.
It's all the more astonishing as MS had finally, after decades of botched attempts just about managed to produce a version of Windows (7, obviously) which worked pretty reliably, supported a reasonable subset of hardware "out of the box" and had an interface with some kind of logic behind it.
Re: What are the alternatives?
LyX is very good indeed for writing technical documentation IME. I ditched Word in 1997 and have spent a good part of my time since then helping people to work around disasters caused by that abomination.
Note that most of these disasters are not merely a result of user inexperience but rather Word's infamous "random disaster generator" behaviour.
Re: Like BT and British Gas
"The workers get shares and sell them quickly when they realise that to go up in value, they have to do their jobs properly"
Except that they can't sell them for years yet (not their freely allocated ones, anyway.) Still, facts etc...
Ah, this explains why I was having difficulty updating / downloading a new copy of AVG on a machine earlier... it was the only PC there and riddled with junk but even after cleaning up everything obvious the AVG site would only occasionally load whilst every other site I tried, even anti-virus related, seemed fine. I had thought there might still be some kind of trojan lurking on the machine but obviously the answer lay elsewhere...
Re: Phone cams hard to use
"Smartphones on the other hand are frictionless slabs with nowhere to put your fingers, without touching the screen and thus firing-off some function."
Another reason why I like my BB 9105 (which works amazingly well as a camera despite the specs not looking too promising); the "shutter" release is the touchpad click, which is a physical switch. Impossible to press by accident and couldn't be easier to find by feel.
Re: Why? (@Pen-y-gors)
Actually yes, I know that TalkTalk give a better service than BT IF AND ONLY IF it's TalkTalk Business (which it would only seem fair to assume for this particular comparison)
Having suffered many times on other people's behalf at the hands of TT's various consumer arms, I would never have considered their business offering but ended up with them through the takeover and re-takeover of Freedom2surf.
On the couple of occasions I've had to call them I've had better service than I've found anywhere else, ever (and I spend time on the phone to the whole range ISPs on a weekly basis through work.)
You know you're going to get somewhere when you start the conversation by giving your diagnosis of the fault and a brief outline of the steps you've taken to deduce it and the person on the other end listens, actually understands and takes the issue from there. It's been my experience every time with TT Business... can't say the same for BT business (though they do usually get there in the end.)
Re: If it's too hard for the experts...
I admire your faith in Time Machine, but experience would suggest it's badly misplaced...
Re: Of course we are evolving
@Thorne; Your comment shows that at best you are extremely ignorant - not least because if you were to actually study the list of the very greatest scientists and engineers of the past few hundred years you would find that many or most of the very best of them are/were very religious, even to the point of religion being their main inspiration.
This, despite religion having been generally held in disdain amongst the majority in the "educated" circles during the same period.
The funny thing about this particular episode in the saga is that unless I'm very much mistaken, a good few years ago I used the ADSL connection in the very house in question here to provide a link to another building a few fields away!
Granted it wasn't a particularly wonderful ADSL connection but it worked. As did the link, remarkably reliably (just bog standard 802.11G bridge with reasonable POE APs and a Yagi at either end.)
The only fly in the ointment was the router having to live, unsecured, in a cupboard which guests and others had access to; the inevitable periodic resets were the usual cause for lack of connectivity at the other end. Why people invariably go to the effort of finding something pointy enough to prod the reset switch instead of just pulling the power cable out or even just switching it off at the wall I will never know...
You're mistaken about the probability of rain, that's the other side of Scotland - here we usually have some of the lowest rainfall figures in the whole of Britain.
Re: Even better
Whilst I agree with the sentiment in this particular case, it's definitely not true that what's known can never become unknown.
Re: I' not buying the Groklaw arguments - see the evidence..
Not necessarily dumb, but this is an IT site... the post is indicating that Groklaw has been using Google to supply their email services.
Since Google has always made it plain that there is no expectation of privacy for GMail / Google Apps users, it is slightly odd that Groklaw is now shutting down because their emails are being read by third parties...
Fully agree... in fact I'm right now sorting a machine which Rapport has wrecked (it's somehow mangled a pile of pretty vital drivers in this case.)
I have always advised people not to install it; at best it is guaranteed to slow down your PC and I've not seen any evidence of it actually doing anything genuinely useful.
My 9105 has a battery life that rivals the Nokia brick that it replaced - even now, three years on, it'll stretch to about a week of normal usage (i.e. mainly calls and the odd email/BBM) or a few days of heavier usage (lots of photography / GPS / browsing )
It's easily the most practical smartphone I've ever used, not lacking any feature I'd even "kind of like"; sadly most of the market apparently doesn't actually want a reasonably priced practical smartphone, they want flashy fashionable gimmicky toys.
Re: Your demands are getting ridiculous!
The funny thing is, I'm pretty sure that if Microsoft had done nothing at all other than maintain Windows 7, the PC market wouldn't be quite so poorly as it now is.
Compare the going price for Windows 7 Pro vs Windows 8 Pro... nobody in their right mind wants the new rubbish.
Funnily enough, one of the two routers exhibiting exactly the same symptoms (naturally, as the problem is at the other end) was a usually trusty DG834G.
The most annoying thing is that for the ridiculous price they are paying every month they could have a decent business broadband package with faults lines staffed by people who have at least a vague idea of what they're talking about...
I know it's not technically the same company now but having wasted several hours on the phone to them this week trying to get someone else's broadband authentication problem sorted I wish they weren't still around. (It took 3/4 of an hour of constant repetition and lying about yellow cables just to extract the expected username and password - teeth would be considerably easier!)
Still, they're going to send out yet another router so I'm sure that will magically fix the problem at their end...
Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?
And you clearly know virtually nothing about palaeontology yourself... just because some geology professor at university told you that garbage (I know mine did) doesn't make it true. The fossil record contains loads of things which had no skeleton. But then, people believe what they want regardless of the real evidence, particularly when it helps them convince themselves that they will never be ultimately answerable for what they do here in this life.
Re: Am I alone?
No, you're not alone - their consumer gear is truly hideously awful, really, really rubbish. I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole, particularly having had to sort out a few things for various customers under warranty - they're maybe not quite as bad to deal with as Apple, but poor.
On the other hand their servers are decent and I've been impressed with their customer support on these.
Er... I don't think you have the faintest idea why there's no proper X11 acceleration for the Rasperry Pi. I'll give you a hint though - it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that X11 has been around for a while.
Re: Display of incompetence...
"As a "Microsoft reseller", if you're not on Win8 and Office 365 (with Office 2013 installed locally) then you're behind the curve and doing a disservice to your customers."
Er... no, you're not (assuming you have actually tried them and found for yourself what a pile of garbage they both are - what a pain in the neck Windows 8 and associated "secure boot" / hidden product key botchups are proving in the real world.)
You might be doing Microsoft some kind of imaginary disservice by not forcing their latest products onto your customers "just because" - but for almost every type of SME I can think of, Windows 7 and Office 2003 do virtually everything they want for the forseeable future as it is (built in PDF printing excepted, perhaps, which there are obviously ways around .)
A better reason for buying from JL
is that you actually get customer support and a reasonable warranty.
Though Apple's rabid devotion to fashion over function means they don't actually make much that's worth buying these days anyway.
Re: SOFTWARE SOFTWARE SOFTWARE
Well, the thing is - lots of people (including me) find Outlook horrible to use due to its everything-and-the-kitchen-sink nature. If you must have a calendar function embedded in your mail client you can use Thunderbird + Lightning which works fine, though personally I'm more than happy with a web-based calendar (lots of open source options) and Sylpheed / Claws for email.
Active Directory... what are you using it for though? It's a bit of a sprawling mess in my experience and the documentation isn't good. There are open source directory services of various sorts around, but if you want an alternative sprawling monster to control everything from email address books to wallpaper settings you probably won't find one.
LibreOffice is just as polished as Microsoft Office (which again isn't exactly ease-of-use perfection IMO, particularly when you try to do more than the odd letter) even if it isn't a 100% feature complete clone. iWorks is in my opinion not nearly as good as LO. I personally use LO or LyX (which to my mind is vastly superior for many tasks) for document preparation and have never come across anything that they couldn't do. If you want DTP, Scribus is pretty good, though I don't often want to work that way and MS' own DTP effort is rather abandoned feeling anyway.
I think your "problem" is that you're really looking for a 100% clone of one or two particular applications - you're not likely to find that, and you don't really know that your workflow with said application is actually as efficient as it's possible to get.
To sum up; the "Linux Desktop" is every bit as usable and efficient as "the Windows Desktop" or "OSX Desktop" for most people, assuming someone equal levels of IT support; there are applications (open and closed source) available to do almost everything that the vast majority of people want to do. Doubtless there are corner cases where that might not be true and some people have invested too much time and effort into particular applications to consider changing to any other way of working but that's their own problem... it works for me, it has worked for me for a decade and a half and if it doesn't suit everybody I don't see that being a problem for me.
Re: SOFTWARE SOFTWARE SOFTWARE
I think you'll find that that the "Linux community" (letting that one go for now) has produced a wealth of "alternative" software, much of which is so effective it's entirely mainstream and in use on all the main platforms around today.
The Linux desktop makes sense for a lot of people and many of us have been happily using it every day to get our jobs done for years - into the decades now even. If you really think that "we" have some kind of desperate need to entice Windows and OSX users to switch sides, you're entirely mistaken...
Re: Perhaps a little research ?
Have you ever actually tried to use any Microsoft documentation? I know I have and I've generally found it useless, requiring resort to the usual searching of mailling lists etc instead. Documentation for open source software on the other hand is admittedly of variable quality but perhaps somewhat ironically I've found the Gnome 2 System Admin Guide very good.
Microsoft provides practically zero support to "noob users" and I've seen hordes of them completely unable to make the latest version of Windows do what they want.
Re: Bill the Sys Admin
CentOS with a GUI is anything but silly - it provides a stable desktop setup designed with system-wide configuration in mind and is supported for a very decent length of time after release (which almost nothing else is.)
Funnily enough that's exactly what most businesses need and want, not stupid and almost entirely useless desktop effects, not the very latest version of this or that application. CentOS 6 is pretty close to ideal for this use case, not silly at all.
Re: Well, I love Windows 8. There, I said it.
You seem to have somehow missed the point that the badly re"designed" start menu is only the tip of the iceberg; the real hatred is for the rest of the truly idiotic Metro interface, full-screen only applications with gigantic but oddly uninformative toolbars which appear and disappear at (their own) will for example.
And yes, previous versions of Windows, OSX's finder and many open-source launchers allow you to start typing the name of a command or program and hit enter to run it - there's nothing intrinsically wrong with that idea, just virtually everything else that goes along with it in Windows 8.
You have to laugh... in my experience users of Windows 8 regularly find themselves with things suddenly lurching onto the screen apparently at random - I hardly think that adding yet another stupidly placed button on a mouse which suddenly flips people to that pointless full-screen Duplo start menu is going to make this situation any better.
One of my pet peeves is mice with ridiculous numbers of buttons plastered all over them and embedded in them so that you can barely touch the stupid thing without inadvertently pressing one. Two buttons and a left/right/down clickable scrollwheel is all that's really of practical day-to-day use IMO...
As far as I can see Windows 8 supports 1 physical CPU unless you've forked out for the "pro" version which supports 2. Not that either run on the RPi...
In any case this article isn't about Windows - one of the most fantastic things about Linux starting to come of age a decade and a bit ago was the way that we (university research group) could suddenly double or triple the amount of computing power for the same amount of cash by not having to pay for Windows or (more usually) overpriced Sun hardware.
The Pi is probably about as powerful as some of the older Sun boxes we had to use!
Re: Well (@fmaxwell)
Just as well you've no vested interest in keeping up the panic levels then... nice scientific debating method, too. Just shut up. Doesn't get us very far, does it? Still, so long as you're getting the cash which almost certainly could be better spent elsewhere on more immediately beneficial research, all is well in your world regardless of any actual facts.
Re: Pearl in a shell
Agreed, it's close to being my perfect phone and if they hadn't dropped it the very month my contract was up for renewal I'd have happily taken another one. This one still works well enough, although having been dropped quite a few times over the past few years, sometimes from considerable height, the top row of buttons occasionally misbehave which can be annoying.
Still gives the best part of a week's use on a single charge, has a keypad that actually works for dialling numbers, all the features I actually need and almost all the features I want - oh, and it has a nice controllable touchpad instead of a slimy grubby smudge screen.
Re: Have they fixed the bugs from the last stable release?
Race issues on startup with multicore CPUs... are you sure this wasn't last century? I've certainly never seen anything like that on any one of many servers with between 2 and 8 real CPU cores over one or two sockets... not this century, or last either for that matter.
Re: Give me your money!
So, you have to pay for a new cereal bowl every month, plus a monthly charge on your mug? No, thought not. You bought those tools outright, just the same way that plain old software ought to be sold (if it must be sold at all.)
This IS just a greedy short-sighted money grab by Adobe.
Your logic is no better than your spelling... Why would one have to be better organised to eat breakfast at home on the way to work instead of in town on the way to work?
I hate getting up in the morning and am not exactly the world's most organised person and yet even I manage at least a few mouthfuls of cornflakes on the way out the door...
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