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3151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: June 03, 2011, 01:12:55 PM
*Sigh* At least there's still hope for the server OS's (i think...).

There will be until Microsoft decides to drop Windows Home Server. It really is a little gem.  smiley

WHS? ...What...Everybody doesn't have a domain controller on their home network?!? My god! ...How do they keep track of the kids?!? (comment loosely relates to other thread - hehe Wink)
3152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: June 03, 2011, 01:02:40 PM
Or me, but like I said, we're used to it (and or have/know alternatives). Let me phrase this a bit differently.

You know that call you get from a client now and then, they're in a cold sweat, panic in their voice, 'cause -even if they are completely innocent- they're worried about what the MS guy will think when/if they call? These are the same people that would peak nervously out the window for hours after getting an Illegal Operation error in the Win9x days.

^^^Those People^^^ think it's annoying to have the shit scared out of them...  cheesy
3153  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: June 03, 2011, 11:50:33 AM
So in short, this really is the beginning of the end for computing as we know it.

I many respects, yes.

Damnit! ...Why can't I just once be cynical and wrong, at the same time?!?

*Sigh* At least there's still hope for the server OS's (i think...).

Where that leaves us geeks and techno-wonks is anybody's guess.

Marginally justified in being misanthropic?


Thank heavens for Linux.

It's not a bad exit strategy if need be.
3154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: June 03, 2011, 11:24:21 AM
I'm not a Microsoft apologist, but they do have a business to run. And activation and "genuine advantage" aren't too burdensome the way they've implemented it.

Well... That's easy to say when your sitting there with an MSDN subscription and a spread sheet full of keys (which we both have iirc) for anything you might want/need to play with. But the view is not quite as clear cut for everybody. Mind you I'm not disagreeing, I'm just pointing out a teency bit of a glass house factor to the position on something we're sort of insulated from.
3155  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is the Core i7 2600K really worth the extra cost over Core i5 2500K? on: June 03, 2011, 07:09:06 AM
Here is a related question for those of you who know....Assuming you are not gaming or doing any high-quality artwork, is there any reason not to use onboard video?  From what I have seen, the onboard video cards are quite capable, even for gaming (as long as it isn't cutting edge games).

The Dell Dimension E521 I'm using here at the office does just fine with onboard video. Granted I don't play games on it (well okay Mahjong once or twice) but for workstuff or just general computing it's fine by me.

And yes it was a cost cutting excercise. I got a base machine with a CPU selected by best price point, and added RAM later when the price dropped. It's been a great machine for what I do.
3156  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: June 03, 2011, 06:56:11 AM
So in short, this really is the beginning of the end for computing as we know it. As more and more devices are being merged and fed the cloud. Fashion will win over function (as it always does) because work isn't fun. All we need now is for someone to finish working out how to access the human brain directly and then the only HID needed will be a single receptacle where the device connects to you. Then Apple can jack that technology and come completely out of the closet, by releasing the iButt (guess where that goes).
3157  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: June 02, 2011, 04:23:56 PM
 smiley Damn app103, that was beautiful!  Thmbsup
3158  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: June 02, 2011, 12:01:49 PM
I wouldn't worry about it. My guess is that Microsoft is already working with some select hardware vendors to come up with solutions that will address all the UI/input device concerns.

It's not the input devices that concern me. You see, the 'T' in T-Clock, stands for Tray. As in SystemTray. So... If there is no TaskBar, There is also no SystemTray. Hence the project (that I've been working on for a decade) would be dead.
3159  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Looking for Component to Fill Boxes on: June 02, 2011, 11:53:28 AM
Not sure if it helps, but SpaceSniffer is the same type of application, and has the same type of control. It looks to be a pure Win32 API Delphi application.
3160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WordWeb on: June 02, 2011, 11:42:32 AM
I like the software version too.

But if I had a grand to blow I'd rather spend it on the 60 volume Great Books of the Western World collection put out out by Encyclopedia Britannica. I've read a little over half of them. I intend to read them all before I'm in my dotage.  smiley

That or save up the additional $400-$500 and get the encyclopedia itself.  Grin
Well, of course!  He had that entire set long before he got the dictionary!  Cmon now...

He had the entire set?  (40hz surpresses a rare twinge of envy. Grin )

$1,000? Any interest in the full set my parents had in their last yard-sale? It was printed back in the early 70's ... But I'd wager at least half of it's still right...
 cheesy
3161  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is the Core i7 2600K really worth the extra cost over Core i5 2500K? on: June 02, 2011, 11:19:50 AM
Same here too - I stepped-off on nVidia back when Vista was in beta, they were just taking way too long to create a stable driver. I grabbed an ATI card (X300 IIRC) for my at the time test box ...(damn thing ran just fine with OOB drivers)... And I ain't looked back since.
3162  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft unveils new UI prototype - Windows 8? on: June 02, 2011, 06:29:22 AM
I am NOT trading in my taskbar full of icons for that stupid start screen!

Um, Yeah... Pencil me into the You Gotta Be Shitting Me! list also. Totally did not see this coming. Crap.
 Sad
3163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I delete over 6,000 recursive directories? on: June 01, 2011, 06:17:51 PM
Have you made sure you have the necessary permissions for the directories in question? Taken ownership of them etc.?

rmdir /S /Q dirnamehere

hehe Been awhile since I've had to use that one for anything. It might not hurt to try this also:

rmdir /Q /S \\.\C:\Target_Folder

Had to use that on a few hidden directory FTP server cleanups (back in the day).
3164  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decided on RAID 1 - SSDs or HDDs? on: June 01, 2011, 03:22:47 PM
eh,
hope it's going well there Renegade cheesy

Thread has been eerily quiet for a while now, hasn't it. Hope he skipped the spill vodka in computer, and jump out window steps.
3165  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decided on RAID 1 - SSDs or HDDs? on: June 01, 2011, 07:17:47 AM
Hm... if SeaTools wont run on a SeaGate HDD (assuming it is th latest version...), that would indeed be a bad sign. Hitachi has a good one for doing any (or oddball) drives, but there's enough propriatery error checks/codes to make cross brand testing a bit iffy.

 Perhapps best to stop screwing with it until everythng is safely backed up. (Yes, a last minute quicky - for the really critical stuff - is recommended if the ship is sinking slowly enough)
3166  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: June 01, 2011, 07:09:06 AM
You people are making it really hard to curtail my cynicism.

 cheesy
3167  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is the Core i7 2600K really worth the extra cost over Core i5 2500K? on: June 01, 2011, 07:04:10 AM
IMO, if you're doing professional video editing, CGI/animation, or serious 3D modeling, the i7 may be worth the extra money. For everything else most mortals will be doing, the i5 2500 should do just fine. And then some. It should be overkill for what you're using it for. If I had an extra $100 burning a hole in my pocket, I'd opt for a more powerful video card rather than spend it on a hotter CPU. But that's me. I'm usually out for more 'bang for the buck' than I am for absolute specs. So I always look for that sweet spot. Which is usually two or three down from the flagship when it comes to Intel's CPUs.

Not having deep pockets does that to you.  Grin

+1

I'm running Windows 7 x86 on an AMD 64 X2 3800+ with 2GB of (Mushkin) RAM here at the office, and it's actually quite tolerable for a 4/5 year old machine. Having 50 windows, MSVS2005, and a Virtual PC running doesn't even cripple it (Adding a 2nd VM will however).

I've setup several i5 (and i3) office workstations and the i5's really are nice even with a basic (business) hardware package.
3168  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Decided on RAID 1 - SSDs or HDDs? on: June 01, 2011, 06:44:05 AM
Just wanted to point out that while the error does look ominous...It's not necessarily damning. Get a copy of the manufacturer's diagnostic boot CD, and see what it says first.

I have seen disk errors flood logs simply because of a driver hiccup. The first time it happened I too had a similar reaction. However. The box in question (My SuperMicro server), has continued to run just fine on the very same drives for several years (about 4) after the initial incident.

Best I can tell the Virtual Servers occasionally get into a pissing contest with the host machine, which causes the logs to get flooded with disk events until the next reboot. Damn strange, but I still do an offline diag on the drives now and then just to be sure all is O-Tay.
3169  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Buy & Sell Source Code on: May 30, 2011, 12:19:13 PM
@Stoic Joker

I hope you're wrong.
Me too man ... but never the less. That (rather dark) cloud... is (rather obviously) on the horizon.


Though, I'm still partial to paid software... Feel free to call me on that one. Yes. I have a vested interest.

Understood, and I wouldn't dream of calling you on it. But you're are talking about a finished product there. Not a piece of something, that could be something, if... (Ya know)

Hell I wish I could come up with something that people would buy. But I'm just not quite that clever. So I suffice with creating things that make me happy ... And occasionally share them in the hopes that they may help someone get something done, or at least make their day suck less.


It only has the potential to be 'monetized' (oh how I hate that term)

+1 as it was coined by the crowd that is doing their dead level best to suck the innovative spirit out of everything. Create something out of curiosity, or for the betterment of mankind? pffft hog wash - The Ferengi will not tolerate that kind of nonsense!
3170  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Buy & Sell Source Code on: May 30, 2011, 08:42:24 AM
I've written about this so much I must sound like a broken record, but I think I have the opposite impression than Stoic Joker.

Not so much really, you're speaking to the why/how we got there ... and I'm speaking of the what's next.

As Renegade mentions peer envy/camaraderie (however you slice it) drives Certain behavior. However. That dynamic assumes/requires that people be into a technology/field because they actually like it (/enjoy what they do) ... And people of that ilk are a dying breed. They are quickly being replaced with the monetize any & everything crowd as the InterWeb slowly (glacially) slides into the hellish despair that is cable TV.

So yes I can easily see the likes of Code Project disappearing, as the trend toward the product being less important than the profits being made off it continues.
3171  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Buy & Sell Source Code on: May 30, 2011, 07:56:58 AM
While superficially it may sound cool for commercial coding, I fear it may also signal the end of an era for the free access hobby coders (e.g. Not all of us are in it for the money - per se).

Most of the code I write is (one off stuff) done for the companies internal systems. It's not for resale, or even (due to being rigidly focused and therefore inflexible) marketable. The rest is stuff I play with, because it's fun.

So if the trend catches on (and they tend to $$$), that you can get top dollar for a program fragment ... Instead of having to waste time developing the whole thing. The comraderal support offered by the free source code sample sites may quickly dry up.
3172  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 26 Terabits Per Second... WHOOSH~! on: May 28, 2011, 10:43:37 AM
I'm still on 1 mbps!  (see attachment in previous post)

And I'm lucky to get 26 kbps! The only downside to living in a forest.

So your connection Tera-Bites?
3173  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 26 Terabits Per Second... WHOOSH~! on: May 28, 2011, 08:06:15 AM
Is that fast enough for anyone here?  Grin
I'm a bit scared of how to view all those DVD's in that short timespan, afraid that my head will explode stars

That'll probably be the new RIAA penalty for the p2p crowd - Spontaneous Decapitation - It's not just from snorting dandelions anymore!
3174  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Now you're REALLY screwed... on: May 28, 2011, 08:01:55 AM
To every season, Turn, Turn, Turn...
3175  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Which is more important: the gadget, or the software and apps that runs it? on: May 28, 2011, 07:58:47 AM
Wouldn't you love to see all the devices on the table and be able to say:
I want THAT tablet,
with THIS OS,
without a cellphone contract,
with THESE apps.

If only I could say it with such brevity. Thanks! And as you say, we have to ability and for the most part, the [open] formats to make it so. But as you note, companies are after excessive profit, and to get that, they run a continuous series of lawsuits against everyone else under the guise of patent infringements. Patents were around for centuries before the US adopted its own Patent Act in 1790. In the following century a certified Steve Jobs-like jerk named Tom Edison patented everything he looked at, and then spent the rest of his life suing everyone on the planet (sound familiar to today tech landscape?). Until this line of thinking is changed by governments, then my Holodeck ain't never gonna come true.

Patents are not the sole evil of the modern world, but they are a big one. Capitalism has always been far too wasteful with resources:
-- Kill the environment, to hell with the future;
-- Distribute all the wealth to few at the top, creating a plutocracy;
-- Enact laws like DMCA, ACTA, et al., then sue everyone from former employees to competitors to even your own customers;
-- Find ways to charge people for every little move they make --
  • Want to own and drive a car? Let me see how many ways I can tax it and fine you over it.
  • Want to start a business? Let's see if you have the guts to withstand the crushing regulations and taxes you'll pay every three months.
  • Want to listen to a song? Let me see how many ways I can make that act illegal.
  • Want to read a book? Let me make sure you pay for every time you try to read it for the rest of your life.
  • Want a college education? Let's saddle you with crushing debt that will last a lifetime and hinder your future with each decade that passes.
Oy.

+1

You said what I could never say without resorting to massive amounts of obscenity and profanity.
+2 (one for each)
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