Finally. We can now measure the value of kit in "Turings".
"That Apple stand for 10 Alans is a bit steep."
"Nice laptop, must be worth a few Alans".
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How is it more productive than the CLI? Or better yet an IDE with GIT integration? I'm not extremely old school, but I'm not exactly new to dev either (20 years).
Introducing an additional tool seems wasteful and slow to me.
E.g. if I wanted to commit a change and push it to staging for testing I can do that with two or three quick commands from a single window on the CLI from the desktop session I'm already in.
With a GUI I have to faff around connecting to the remote box, firing up my GUI of choice, drilling down the branches etc and then pull the changes in.
What could possibly go wrong.
Are there offline installers for Office 365 products? Certain organisations like the MoD have networks that have no direct access to the internet so how is Office 365 going to work in situations like that?
Also, has anyone managed to smoothly migrate a gigantic organisation to 365 without a hitch. Every time I hear "Office365" and "Migration" its almost always followed up with rage and anger.
I know the organisation my missus works for has cocked up a lot of migrations recently including 365.
I wont name the firm but its a well known health provider / gym that recently bought a load of Dickie Bransons cast offs.
"No. We tried that with Australia and look what happened - Fosters and Rolf Harris..."
They half arsed their beer and sex offenders. Just like they half arse cricket and rugby.
We have Tenents Super and Jimmy Savile.
The only thing the aussies do better than the Brits is export droves of scrounging bar workers and backpackers.
Yeah its sad, however I tend to find that OEMs are problem here dragging out old hardware longer than necessary.
The netbook niche angers me the most. Its a brilliant form factor but the specs are woeful.
Theres a whole lot of Celeron and Pentium landfill out there.
I was hoping the Core-M might fix this problem but a Core-M based netbook is rare as rocking horse shit and when you do find one they cost far more than they should.
A good example is the Lenovo Yoga 710. Cracking piece of kit but flawed. Its 11.6", has a 1080p screen and a Core-M CPU...but its touchscreen and expensive presumably because of this.
Ive been desperate to bridge the gap between my workhorse laptop (Asus UX303LA running Arch) and being out and about for a long time now.
I love my 303 but its a bit too large to shove in a bag and dash out with. 11.6" is perfect for whacking in a small bag and trotting about with to nail those tickets you get at 8pm on a Friday or while you're away on business.
Deapite what most people say you can't just get by on a Celeron N3040 with 2GB RAM. Especially if you have to tunnel into a DC to manage $JAVA_BASED_KIT.
ILO and DRAC run like shit on low end kit such as Celerons.
Aside from server management I do a fair amount of coding which in itself isnt a heavy task but if you need to spawn a webserver for testing etc netbook specs start to get a bit thin.
Core-M, 6GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 1080P TN (none touch) screen and 6 hours of battery. That should be easy to achieve and should cost no more than £500-600.
Dont bother with Thunderbolt, AC wifi or gigabit ethernet. Keep connectivity "good enough". Id rather forego decent networking in favour of carrying a dongle or two.
You could buy a cheap Linux compatible printer. Or you buy a damned fine one that will last for years that has Linux support.
I have a Laserjet 4050 at home. Bought in 1999 and it is still going strong. Never had to replace a single component. Works flawlessly with Linux via an old school Jet Direct.
It does about 30,000 pages per toner cartridge which means Ill replace a cartridge once every 2 or 3 decades...maybe. Ive got another 5 stashed away that I picked up for buttons about 4 years ago. So my great grandchildren are taken care of.
I also have a couple of maintenance kits if somehow this warrior breaks. Its been through 3 house moves and dropped down two staircases. It won't die. Its the Jason Vorhees of printers.
HP used to make amazing kit. You can still buy the 4050 on ebay for £50. Do it. Do it now.
Anyone that buys brand new printers is a bloody idiot. The golden age has gone, the manufacturers know this which is why modern printers are crap.
The 4100 was badass as well. It all went to shit with the 4200.
If you need colour printing the 2600 is badass as well. I had one of those for ages. I got shot of it when I realised I never printed in colour plus toner was getting hard to find for it. Genuine stuff anyway.
Agreed there is a small amount of elitist sounding bullshit around Arch purity and all that...but my understanding is that its more about sticking to a core set of concepts...which you don't have to follow if you don't want as the primary concept is that you should be able to build whatever you like from the base.
For those of you wanting to take it for a spin but are somewhat intimidated by it take a look at http://www.antergos.com
Thats where I started.
You can pick from a range of DE options (no specific one is foisted on you) and you can specify what you want preinstalled. Its all your choice.
Its pretty much a nice graphical installer for Arch theres a great community around it. Ive always had a positive experience. Most people there are like minded techies and have a pretty relaxed temperament.
If you're more in line with the Ubuntu approach of bundling tons of preinstalled apps and yearn for the days of compiz take a look at Manjaro.
Be warned though theres a lot of wankers in the Manjaro community. Theres a lot of strong opinion.
To be fair its the only subset of the Arch community that has ever pissed me off with all of its dick waving.
It appears to be full of weirdos with shitty respins as well. Spatry comes to mind with his crap CupOfLinux manjaro respin (downvoters of this are Spatry fans).
In fact most respins of Manjaro are shit. They're usually just the base Manjaro install with a crap theme and wobbly windows turned on in Compiz.
None of them seem to fulfil a specific purpose. Stick with the base edition.
This is why broadband rollouts in rural areas are miserable.
Its to stop a farmer uprising.
That said, farmers block the roads all the time in slow tractors. So slow internet for farmers seems proportional.
Anyone ever been stuck behind a farmer on the internet? I don't venture into the rural areas of the internet very often.
Is it true that it smells of horseshit and there are wide open websites there?
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