* Posts by Allonymous Coward

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Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge...

Allonymous Coward
Linux

Re: "some design issues that prevents it becoming platform independent"

These days, a lot of the big GUI applications are based on Electron too. Sure, it's inefficient to start up a huge Chromium+JS+HTML environment just for a note taking app, but on a modern Linux desktop I'd take that any time if the alternative is not having the app at all.

I'm also a former Evernote user - the lack of a Linux client was a pain but I worked around it by just keeping Evernote open in a browser tab. What finally killed it for me was the incessant rolling out of glitzy new things like emoticons that I didn't need, along with the charging. I don't mind paying money for a good product where I use loads of the features, but with Evernote I was just taking text notes and having to bodge Linux access anyway. I could do all the same things on Google Keep for less money, so that's where I ended up.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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I just want to tell you what I'm merging,

Git will make you understand.

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Microsoft releases new containerised cut of Windows Server

Allonymous Coward

☑ This comment is running in a container.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

Allonymous Coward
Coffee/keyboard

I read a military autobiography once; the author was recounting his experience of being on an army base somewhere just prior to a royal visit.

After a couple of days of everyone sweeping, painting, polishing etc he realised the royal family probably go their entire lives thinking the world smells of polish and new paint. Sounds like Ginni Rometty might do the same.

Icon, because I wonder if they needed to polish their keyboards.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

Allonymous Coward

Re: PDF has its uses I suppose

This comment deliberately left blank.

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Allonymous Coward
Coffee/keyboard

Re: PDF uber HTML

I vaguely remember that too. IIRC back around Acrobat 4-ish I was reading the (PDF, natch) help file and it was going on about the advantages of PDF over HTML - formatting accuracy, multiple pages per file etc probably.

Icon, because I was just a little bit sick on my keyboard remembering that.

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Allonymous Coward
Facepalm

Re: Joke enters stage left...

You can embed video in PDF. I used to have an unrewarding job webmastering for a large public sector organisation. There was a policy of "all website video needs approval", because accessibility and generally lousy production standards of most of the stuff comms/marketing droids were buying in or shooting.

However there was no such policy for PDFs. And all of a sudden some people were uploading suspiciously large PDFs with very few pages. Upon closer inspection these were found to contain embedded video.

"Can" != "should". Unless you're a JavaScript interpreter perhaps.

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

Allonymous Coward
Coat

Somebody set up us the Bombe

What? Oh ok. I'll get it.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

Allonymous Coward

Re: Obvious

I sievers what you did there.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: Take it down

I haven't read the tweet. But some of my friends on social media apparently did, and are demanding for it to be taken down. So I'm going to demand the same thing.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

Allonymous Coward

Re: I can't believe y'all are still falling for this

Go looking for a guy living in a shack in South Dakota with only a cat for company...

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Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

Allonymous Coward

Re: The only Mac I ever owned had the worst keyboard I've ever used

Was it a MacBook Air?

It was a late model (~2011) polycarbonate MacBook. Admittedly not the highest-end of Apple machines, but everyone I knew that had one loved them, reasonable spec for the price and - shock - even some user-upgradable parts. I think its original hard drive is still kicking around as the OS disk in my NAS.

And it was OK too. Just not great. The quality for the price I paid was enough to turn me off buying another Mac so I don't really know if an Air or Pro would've been any better.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: A cunning plan?

their 2010-ish-era keyboards that are fab: slim, responsive, reliable

In my brief, disappointing, foray into Apple-based computing I found this too. The laptop keyboard was so bad I needed to buy an external 2010-era keyboard. It was really quite good and I'd probably still be using it if I could get my head around the slightly non-standard layout for a non-Apple system.

So they can do good hardware. It just seemed a lot more hit-or-miss than it should have been.

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Allonymous Coward

The only Mac I ever owned had the worst keyboard I've ever used

It was a few years ago now. I went into Mac ownership with an open mind and the expectation of frolicking in the sunny uplands with sexy hardware and lickable iconography.

The software was nice enough, but I really wanted the hardware to be good and it was quite a disappointment. The "L" key and spacebar sometimes failed to register. Screen viewing angles were poor.

The next machine was a T-series ThinkPad running Linux and the difference in hardware quality was very noticeable, even if it didn't look as nice. No idyll in the sunny uplands for me I guess.

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

Allonymous Coward
Alert

Re: Where did it go?

This isn’t the level of service that we pride ourselves on providing, and isn’t what our customers have come to expect from TSB, and for that I’m truly sorry.

We’re still seeing issues with access to our press releases. One of the steps we need to take to resolve this is to take our press releases down for a few hours.

We’ll be taking this offline and we hope to be back up later this afternoon. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available again.

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VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client

Allonymous Coward
Linux

Re: Steve - *applause*

Upvote for namechecking Proxmox. We use large helpings of it where we can't use The Cloud and it's great.

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Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

Allonymous Coward
Linux

Re: Wait, are we sure we aren't already here?

Obligatory non-xkcd ref:

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20000615

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Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

Allonymous Coward
Facepalm

Hold on a minute!

When did Situation Publishing get a nice icon in the footer? Have I not been reading far enough down the page in the past?

Pretty. I like the look of that.

Well done.

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

Allonymous Coward
Flame

It's getting to the point where I hope this kills the company

Or at least severely maims them. Every so often the beancounters need a sharp lesson in what happens when you treat IT as an overhead and farm it out to low-cost body shops, rather than treating it as a core part of delivering your business.

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Allonymous Coward

Definately.

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

Allonymous Coward
Pint

Re: Excellent idea

True. As a TSB customer and an IT professional it's easy to mock. But we've all been there, know someone who has, or had to clean up the mess someone else has made. So the techies scrambling to fix this have my sympathies. The architects, BAs, PMs and C-level execs who ultimately should've made sure this didn't happen, not so much.

Icon, for what I hope someone buys the developers, DBAs and ops people when it's all over.

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Allonymous Coward
FAIL

TITSUP

TSB IT Service Unavailability Problem

TSB IT Serviceable Usury Postponed

TSB IT Silly Useless Plonkers

TSB IT Switch to Unrelated Provider

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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Allonymous Coward
Pint

Re: Can someone explain in simple terms what this is and why I'd want to use it?

Thanks. Have an upvote and TGIF pint icon for a genuinely useful and enlightening answer.

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Allonymous Coward
Windows

Can someone explain in simple terms what this is and why I'd want to use it?

I get that it's a "distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore". But aren't there a million of those already?

For someone who doesn't keep up with the latest web-scale trends, what makes this great compared to, say, Mongo or Couch?

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

Allonymous Coward
Boffin

Re: Unisys screwed up

just making an html^H^H^H^HHTTP request

FTFY.

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Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

Allonymous Coward
Windows

I can't believe no-one's mentioned TeX versioning yet

Where the version number asymptotically approaches π

Icon because get off my lawn, etc.

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Allonymous Coward
Flame

Re: why use version numbers at all?

go for YYYYMMDD-style date stamps

I used to work with a guy who liked that numbering scheme.

He was one of the biggest assholes I've ever had the dubious pleasure of working with, for many reasons unrelated to his release numbering preferences.

Ever since then, I've had an irrational dislike of date-based release naming.

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2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

Allonymous Coward

a configuration in search of a useful scenario if ever there was one

I know someone who likes this particular ThinkPad feature. They do a lot of work up ladders and apparently a screen that folds flat makes this easier. No, I don't know why - easier to hold in one hand maybe.

I don't think I'd spunk more than £2K on a laptop I was going to take up a ladder though.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

Allonymous Coward

it shouldn't take months to sort out a new circuit board

Hold on, didn't you say this was public sector?

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

Allonymous Coward

Re: HOW many developers are they employing?

It's government. 54,000 person-years is just the project meetings and procurement paperwork.

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

Allonymous Coward
Alien

Re: Awesome

We're always blabbing about how unfathomably huge our universe is, but huge is such a subjective word, as our universe is only big from our perspective.

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

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18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

Allonymous Coward
Trollface

Maybe...

2018 will be The Year Of The Linux Desktop!

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Allonymous Coward
Childcatcher

beginning to look a little dated

I guess appearance over functionality matters to some people. I remember someone once telling me they didn't want to purchase a corporate web app because the blue used in its UI was "dull".

Personally, I think that if your office suite looks a bit dated, who cares as long as it works and works well? Where does fashion come into it?

One reason I like Linux is that prettifying-for-the-sake-of-it doesn't happen too often. Some of Canonical's "design" missteps aside. If you want software that doesn't "look dated" and is targeted at the "general home or small business user" perhaps Linux shouldn't be your first choice.

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Allonymous Coward
Facepalm

Re: Watch out for Netplan!

I like the idea of Netplan. But I have to admit to tearing my hair out on a 17.10 (where it was introduced, IIRC) machine when I couldn't work out why my network config wasn't being applied.

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Allonymous Coward
Linux

"But we're still in bug country, so run in a VM"

That's overstating the risk a bit, IMO. I've been running the daily build for a few weeks as my main workstation (it has one or two very important package improvements over 16.04) and it hasn't caused my PC to melt or the magic smoke to escape or anything yet. In fact it's been impressively reliable for a not-yet-released product.

Bugs there will be, but aren't there always? I've been pretty happy with it so far. It won't touch our servers until at least the first point release though.

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

Allonymous Coward
Devil

Re: Dates

voiding all warranties and support contracts

Oracle will still find some way to come after you...

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

Allonymous Coward

I always thought Notes was alright

Given the right problem. Except at email, it was horrible for that. But at $PREVIOUS_JOB 15-odd years ago we built a document management system on it which is still more effective than anything I've seen since (admittedly I now work for UK.GOV so it's entirely possible our problems implementing a sane document management system are - ahem - not technical). And our sales force had all kinds of little product databases and whatnot they could go all road-warrior with and sync up later.

I mostly worked with it as a user rather than administrating or developing, though. Perhaps I missed out on the fun bits.

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

Allonymous Coward

Replaceable battery

I missed that titbit the first time around. Bravo, Planet.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Far from complete

Maybe... personally (i.e. sample size = 1) I suspect people want a keyboard for keyboardy applications like ssh and email and don't care too much which OS underpins it.

That said, you can already get a Bluetooth keyboard for Android devices that are probably already better at being Android devices when compared to the current Gemini iteration. But a truly open & vendor-supported software stack is something that's missing in the marketplace just now. So I can understand the desire for Linux from a freedom/diversity/tinkering/differentiation perspective.

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Allonymous Coward

Where Gemini's value really lies

I think Orlowski missed a trick here. I can see quite a lot of potential value for people who really need a keyboard because their workflow doesn't support or require much else. Thinking of sysadmins and the like. It's not all about Evernote and MS Word.

Admittedly a niche market, but this seems like a niche product.

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

Allonymous Coward

Re: Offensive

Steady now. That sort of behaviour makes me uncomfortable.

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Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL

Allonymous Coward
Joke

The OpenSolaris that we know today

It's not dead, it's just pining for the fjords.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Allonymous Coward

"This much is true of the Surface too"

No it isn't. I'm no Microsoft apologist, and have a love/hate relationship with my work-supplied Surface Pro. But on the Surface you can in fact adjust the screen angle with the keyboard attached.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

Allonymous Coward

Re: Dividends vs Pensions?

A few years ago I was intrigued to learn that the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board is one of the world's largest institutional investors.

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Allonymous Coward

Couldn't happen to a nicer company

I've said it before, but it seemed worth repeating.

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

Allonymous Coward
Thumb Up

I'd like to have a C-level exec like this guy

Ours could learn a thing or two about recognition of huge efforts pulling business-critical systems out of the fire.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

Allonymous Coward
Terminator

Re: Reminds me of the old BBS days....

Reminds me of the old running-websites-in-the-NHS days. Not in a good way.

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