* Posts by jelabarre59

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Koi no Mikuru Densetsu

Considering "Lucky Star" made a reference to ringtones some 11 years ago...

https://youtu.be/PU8Cb4_TPME?t=1m29s

or you could use this one....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZgihTHAkQ8

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Anyone who doesn't use Windows' "silent" sound profile should be dragged from the office and beaten to death with their laptop.

Or set their machine to load the 10-HOUR version of "Carameldansen".

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Deinstall Win 10?

flash drive images are ok if you happen to have a spare one handy that'll do the job. but everybody's got a DVD drive, more or less, with very very very few exceptions. And I still got a couple o' boxes of blanks

And you can crank them out for pennies; basic USB sticks are cheaper now, but you could probably get 25 blank DVDs for the price of a decent USB, and have more flexibility.

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10?

I'm holding on to Win7 for now, but what's everyone else planning to do in Jan 2020?

Continue using Linux Mint, as I am right now.

Or, if you like, ReactOS is actually approaching a base usability now. Not sure it would play any intensive games, but Wine under Linux is getting better in that area.

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Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

I still miss Win2k. Such a nice, clean UI, with things where they should be.

Exactly. Up through MSWin7 you could still get the nice clean UI back by disabling the "Themes" service. MSWin8 & beyond put an end to that.

Now if "replacement shells" were still a workable option, would like to use Cinnamon as the MSWin UI.

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Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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Edge case

Firefox users are out of luck for Calling or Meetings and should download a desktop client. Oh, or use Edge.

So here's a use case for making a UWP runtime for Linux (still don't know if it would be Wine-based or not). Biggest hack after that would be getting the Edge browser code *without* MSWin10. In theory it's doable, but all it gets you is a bunch of crap MS apps.

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: If you build it will they come?

Amazon sells a colour tablet for £49

I had one (briefly). It was ONLY useful if you were as heavily tied-into the Amazon Ecosystem as Apple-heads(tm) are tied into their own particular walled-garden. If your world revolves around your Prime membership, then the low-end tablet is probably usable. Not so much if you don't get your music, movies and books through their accursed "1-Click" system.

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Re: it's like Vertu only cheaper

There exists a - small - group of individuals who are Google hardware fanboys. They buy Pixel phones, tablets, Pixelbooks, etc. And they believe these things are cool. At a minimum, cooler, or better than all the other brands.

And I'm in the opposite group, the one where your bragging rights is how *little* you've managed to spend (or hacked together something from discarded parts) on making a usable device. Kind of like the time a co-worker tried to brag "I bet I spent more on my tie than YOU did", to which I replied "Probably. I usually never spend for than fifty cents or a dollar on mine." He slunk away thoroughly shot down and defeated.

Sure, sometimes it bites you in the ass (like my piece-of-crap Insignia Flex tablet from WorstBuy), but I'd *still* prefer to spend $100 or less on a piece of shit than $1000+ on something that's almost as much of a piece of shit.

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Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

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Re: Who, and how much?

Acting like a spoiled teenager and insulting the people leaving because they don't like the way the product changes tends to convince those people to remain in opposition rather than switch back. It's counterproductive as well as being childish.

Ah, so they brought in developers from the Pidgin and Gnome projects?

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Re: Who, and how much?

@peter2 That's one of the main reasons that I switched to Pale Moon. It's not getting enough traction in my opinion, but it's a very nice alternative to Firefox that deserves a look.

I'm using Waterfox, which seems to get more effort put into it than PaleMoon. But that's still not workable for my 32bit Acer netbook, and trying to run it on my RHEL7 work machine would have required too many library hacks.

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Re: Babylon 5 photo with Star Wars references...

I think you are confusing your universes.

Yes, but did you then hear the phrase spoken in each character's voice in turn? Kosh's sounded something like "wiggle-giggle-sniffle-snort-snarf".

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Reference

I have generally thought of AOO as a "reference implementation". Not something people actually use on a significant basis, but rather a working model showing functionality of specifications and document formats. It could still hold a purpose as that, presuming such a thing is still needed.

Meanwhile *actual* daily usage of the standards and specifications is handled by LibreOffice, and supported (in part or whole) by other vendors' applications.

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Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: An untested fix to an untested feature

Remind me why this continuous release using Windows 10 was a good idea?

There you go ...

And again, fixed it further.

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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To be replaced by...

So I guess Google will be replacing Google+ with...

Google++

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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hacked? obviously

I mean, if I found Oracle on my server, it would be obvious it had been hacked. It isn't like someone willingly installs that bloated sack of protoplasm.

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First it came for your desktop, now Windows 10 1809 is coming for your Things

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Re: Licensing v. Litigation

Personally I don't really see why it's worse that a non-producing company buys IP from a producer and licenses it, rather than a producer (like Microsoft) doing exactly the same thing.

"...and Microsoft sued itself, accidentally. It was the beginning of a golden era for lawyers..."

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Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android

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Re: Microsoft Android ®

The main issues are that cameras generally use FAT for their SD cards and that Microsoft makes it difficult for Windows to use anything else.

But (as I understand it) MSWin has long had an "installable file system" API, it's just that no one wants to use it. If the various camera & consumer electronics manufacturers decided to adopt ext4 (or some more flash-friendly file system), you'd only need to install the IFS driver *once*, and it would be supported for anything that used it.

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Dirty tactics with the settings reminders

I notice the reminder you get after installing the service pack are heavily biased towards trying to get you to turn on datamining features.

The other nagging is when you do a clean install, and try to create a "local" account. First you have to make sure to click on the right link. Then for each-and-every screen for creating a user account, it will say "...or you could use an Online account...". Yeah, if I said I wanted a local account, that means I didn't want an online one. So just STFU, Microsoft.

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One way of getting round the problem with edge not working would be to install chrome or Firefox. Isn’t that the first thing you do with Edge, aka the chrome downloader?

Don't even need Edge for that. Just install Chocolatey, then from an elevated command prompt, type "choco install -y waterfox".

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Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

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Misread that

At first I read the first paragraph, ("Apple takes great pride in shipping macOS annually, as regularly as clockwork") without the "nu" in "annually". Much ore amusing, and probably more appropriate.

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: Castration anxiety

This is why I wear practical but unfashionable trousers with side pockets on the legs, where wallet, phone and anything else bulky can be stored so that I can seat myself with reckless abandon without a high pitched scream or the sound of a glass screen cracking.

I go for the "Batman look". I have a belt pouch for my phone (not one of those oversized phablets, I generally only use it for, *GASP*, phone calls). If I need to carry around a multi-tool, etc, that's another accessory on the utility belt.

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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No doubt it will probably tie my PC for the best part of a day to get this 'feature update' so I will continue to mark my WIFI network as metered to get just security updates and stick with the last years Autumn update until the support runs out for that and I am forced to take the feature upgrades.

Yeah, looks like's already time to once again disable the 'Windows Update' service on my brother's W10 machine in the Catskills (on a sub-1mbit DSL line). I'll put the mega-"update" on it probably in Dec or Jan, the next time he brings the machine down this way. Otherwise the update will completely hang and fubar the system when it *tries* (and fails) to update.

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Re: Yep

just got it. It even sounded like the old ones on TV.

Just checked now to see if it came through. If it made noise I'd never have heard it, since I keep the phone on the charger in the kitchen while working (and pretty much the rest of the time as well).

Surprised it worked, as we have pretty much NO signal at the house.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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microSD

You just need a barely-provisioned TracFone (or equivalent) with all the files needed to reconfigure it (afterwards) on a microSD card, which you keep *under* the insole of your shoe (or maybe figure out how to make a removable heel).

Or start designing Android phones that look and behave like an old-school GameBoy; it powers up and plays games enough to convince the inspector, then later on you slide off the back cover and carry on using your phone.

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NASA to celebrate 55th anniversary of first Moon landing by, er, deciding how to land humans on the Moon again

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Re: It just make me sad...

In 1969 I was seven years old watching men walking on the moon on a huge black and white TV in the school hall.

I was 9, but same idea.

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Fine, go ahead and downvote me for bringing facts to a comment thread. Shocking, I know. I just thought you might like the revelation that amazon don't give a shit what noises you make during sex.

Where do you think Amazon gets the money to cover development costs?

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Re: Wut

I don't know about you but I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen a sysadmin offer a Buddhist shrug to something suddenly and inexplicably breaking, no matter how many failsafes they had in place to minimise down time for end users. Usually there's a lot of swearing.

You mean you didn't know that swearing is an obscure form of Buddhism?

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So...

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

And this is a bad thing how???

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Sync your teeth into power browser Vivaldi's largest update so far

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Re: Good news

In that circumstance, Vivaldi offers me nothing spectacular at all over Chrome, so it'll likely be ditched.

Main reason I have Vivaldi is because it's the only Chrome/Chromium-based browser I can run on my 32bit netbook (AspireOne) that will actually support the GoogleDocs offline caching/editing plugin. Google dropped the 32bit Linux version of GoogleChrome some time back, and the plugin is severely broken (as in non-functional) under the bog-standard Chromium (32 *and* 64-bit clients, at least on Linux).

No, just fanfiction on my GoogleDocs account, nothing mission-critical, before you start laughing.

Just hoping they don't decide to drop the 32-bit version any time soon.

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I like thunderbird, and have used it extensively for years multiplatform. However, I feel that it is the unloved stepchild of any hair colour in the Mozilla family. I would like to see something that continues refinement to something that is nigh on perfect (I still suspect memory consumption could be easily improved with Thunderbird, althought checking it now I am pleasently surprised. Maybe I am being harsh. ).

I am seriously concerned about the future of Thunderbird. As the Mozilla-based backend continues to migrate in inexplicable ways, they'll have to expend more and more effort shoehorning it into the client. And they're finding themselves with fewer and fewer staff, rather than the more that they need. If TBird breaks, there really isn't a usable replacement for it. The calendaring functionality (at least when tying into the Google Calendar we use at work) is already severely broken, I don't see them being able to fix that with the resources they have now.

Throwing money at them will only go a little ways towards fixing their problems; what they need is development staff, and they need it quickly. Just dread the thought I'd have to resort to web-based email (*ugh*, *spit*). Would definitely be cancelling a majority of my mail lists at that point.

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Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Margin Calling..

Best case may be a buy-in/out and an experienced automotive board appointed to rescue Tesla..

Oh yes, "experienced" auto execs like the ones that, in a market that has been rigged heavily in their favor for 40-50 years, *STILL* had to be bailed out by the US Government. Yeah, *they're* going to do a real bang-up job of it. /sarc

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Re: Maximum Hubris

Battery technology still isn't there. Electric cars will not take off until I can travel 300+ miles in a 5 minute recharge. As it is with internal combustion engines, I pull into a gas station and, assuming it is not busy, 5 minutes later I am leaving, including the time it takes to pay.

But then you need to factor in the hundreds of thousands of years it took to create that oil that became petrol. Getting energy *out* is always much faster than getting energy *in*.

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Re: It's just a figurehead

I had wondered the same thing. Perhaps by having a figurehead the other lazy & corrupt agencies could point to, those other agencies figured they couldn't be arsed to think about security concerns. Realistically it should be an integral part of every agency's infrastructure, and eliminating a convenient patsy means they'd have to get off their asses and do the job themselves.

Not that they will, mind you.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: broader scope

personally, think there should be a wider rule - if a device has a function/feature when you buy it, the manufacturer should not be able to remove that feature afterwards

"We are altering the driver, pray we do not alter it further..."

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Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Smarter

I've often suggested the reason there are fewer women in the IT field is because they're smarter than us men, and therefore less likely to get roped in.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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I do wonder though if it might have been brought up by family, not fellow developers. His kids are old enough that their friends will know who Linus is, and they might have asked dad to tone it down for *their* sakes.

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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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"why is the most technologically advanced nation on the planet providing slower speeds to fewer people at higher cost than any other comparable Western economy?"

I expect that aging existing infrastructure has a lot to do with it though. Granted, that can *also" be put down to companies that want to charge more for doing less. But that also points to governments and special-interest groups blocking efforts on those occasions when a company *does* want to fix things.

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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Re: I suppose it's better than by hand...

...but I really liked the anime series "Planates", which focused entirely on a orbital garbage collection crew on a knackered space station. 'Twould be cool to see it as reality.

Yes, I need to get a copy of that, it could be useful for a story I'm working on.

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Re: Orbital velocities

Requiring space operators to build end of life deorbit procedures into all objects being launched, include booster stages is going to be helpful.

The problem is there's a lot of small bits out there. The bigger pieces like satellites are easy enough to spot, it's the tiny debris, like trying to avoid a USB stick on the highway while you're driving at highway speeds.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: Does anybody here remember...

Honestly, exactly, what do these people get out of testing windows for MS for free?

Entertainment value? Finding new-found appreciation for your primary machine that's running Linux?

Actually, I have an old scrap laptop running the tech preview, mainly so I know what shit is coming down the tubes before friends and family encounter it.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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even simpler

The most effective workaround this problem is not to have anything on your laptop worth stealing (or at least not worth the effort this would take)

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: @karlkarl

No, Apple let you download a purchased movie from iTunes to an arbitrary disk drive of your choice. Said file will only be playable via iTunes on an authorised device, however. i.e. one that is associated with your iTunes account.

And fuck-all use that is to me if I'm not using an iTunes-compatible platform (Linux, Android). I have a test-machine that happens to have a redmond-flavored OS on it, which can be used for downloading music to play on the aforementioned Linux and Android devices (and converted to MP3 to play in my car), but I'm not going to be watching movies on it. So no movie sales to me. I'll stick with DVD for purchases, and streaming for everything else.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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The den?

When I first read that headline, I only saw "Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den"...

I wondered why a failed regional (NY State) chain of gaming and comic book stores was buying a failed UK store chain.

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Amazon Prime Now will deliver anything from a UPS to a PSU in a matter of hours. Anything more urgent than that, I should have had it in stock already, or be able to cope without it.

Only if you're living in Downtown London (or downtown NYC or Seattle for us Yanks). I'm 2 hours outside of NYC, and even the cows don't deliver that fast.

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Multiply the value of the do-dah by a factor of, say, 10....then the online option and a wait time becomes more attractive.

But when you have to order those 5 or 10 different do-dahs from 5-10 different places, and pay S&H for each one, At that point the local Maplins-type shop (or RaidShack/RipoffShack for us yanks) becomes useful again. But RadioShit had become (obviously) shit some 20-25 years ago, it just took a long time for them to finally die.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Penny for your thoughts

Is this like the whole rabbid movement in Liverpool where they decided to rename all the locations named after slave traders, including a particular lane named after James Penny?

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Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

c) Tori / Uke (Judo terms. Judo.)

I was thinking more like "Seme / Uke" ("yaoi" fiction)

Or if you want to make a reference to a well-known fictional Python programmer, you have "Kobayashi / Tohru" in the master/servant roles.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Developer PC

There was the time our company upgraded our NetWare 2.01 (running on a '286) all the way up to NetWare 2.15. That seemingly small jump (I don't think the 3.x series was out yet) turned a decently-performing network into a SLUG. A slug on a sub-zero January morning.

I managed to memorize the key sequences needed to log-into my system in the morning (depending on whether I had to run an EDI pull at the time). I would boot my machine (which loaded it's basic boot from floppy, no HDDs here) and type in as much of my morning login procedures into the keyboard buffer as possible, then go get my morning coffee. Then go back and pick up at whatever point it had ended up at. Entering customer orders was horrible, you could watch the order entry screen redraw line by line. Fortunately the boss accepted the point that the server HAD to be upgraded (a shiny-new '386, woo-hoo!).

Of course, running on ArcNet, there was only so fast the system was ever going to be (ethernet still being wildly expensive at the time), fortunately RealWorld accounting was text-only at the time.

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 release creeps closer with a cluster of builds

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Re: meh?

The Microsoft Launcher is quite nice, though. Clean, efficient, nice interface, prefer it over may of the other Android launchers out there. In fact, it's *so* well done I have to suspect it was the work of some short-term intern at MS, one that hadn't yet been corrupted by MS design/programming practices.

Which means in a year or so, once the regular staff start getting their grubby fingers into it, it'll turn to shit.

(yes, i did try it out on a sacrificial device first)

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Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill

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Re: It is all Apple's fault

I'm just waiting for the interocitor phone...

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