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Comment: Re:Skip the gimmicks, focus on the 4 pillars: (Score 1) 117

by AVryhof (#43870493) Attached to: Motorola Building "Self-Aware" Smartphone

My Droid RAZR Maxx has all of this... but I would love to have a slide out keyboard. Even more, I would love all of this in a waterproof, more rugged case. (I really don't want to need an otterbox since it increases the size of the phone) If my hiking GPS can do this, why can't my more expensive phone?

Comment: Computing from a young age, but very limited (Score 1) 632

by AVryhof (#41582949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

It was the mid-80s, most of the computer labs were loaded with Apple IIe and TRS (Trash) -80 computers. The school was just starting to explore computing and most of what we had was Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. There was also the occasional "What will you be when you grow up" or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator but that was the meat of it for most students. I was lucky enough to have extremely bad handwriting, so they put me in a special computer class where I learned typing and mouse use on one of the few Macintosh computers the school had at the time. It was enough to get me hooked, but the TI/99 was in storage, and we didn't get a home computer until 1991. It was a Tandy 1000 and was fun to do what was included at first, then I messed it up and watched one of my parents' friends who was an expert recover it. After that, I really started experimenting and learning QBasic, Batch Files, 4DOS, and anything else I could get my hands on.

In High school, all we ever used computers for was typing, graphing, and some CAD in shop class. I did everything else on my own. The coolest thing I got from school was one of my math textbooks had BASIC programs for working through the problems, and I was able to relate it to actual use.

Comment: rsync (Score 2) 188

by AVryhof (#36892900) Attached to: DIY Dropbox Alternatives

rsync + ssh + cron + unlimited web hosting (that allows ssh access)

or

rsync + ssh + cron + a tunnel between the computers you want to sync

You might also want a manual update script to update between cron syncs.... or better yet.... write your manual update script and have cron call it for easy maintenance.

Comment: Re:Daily Fail (Score 1) 371

by AVryhof (#36447906) Attached to: How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

So..which is it? Simple or sophisticated? Or simple?

You are under estimating modern intelligence. Sophisticated these days doesn't mean what it did back in the golden days of computing.

Now days, you can be considered sophisticated if you are simply observant. I see it day in and day out being a web developer and the company's "IT guy"

I wonder if Citibank pays it's web developers more than what I make a year. I consider my user systems simplistic, but they authenticate the session on every page and will only give you your own data.

Comment: Dreamweaver (Score 1) 545

by AVryhof (#36433824) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

Of all of the web editing products I have used throughout the years, Dreamweaver has had staying power.

I learned HTML way back when by fiddling with it in Netscape composer in WYSIWYG Mode and seeing what it produced, then reading docs and writing my own code.... then I wanted to do some more advanced stuff, so I switched to doing everything in Notepad, and eventually FrontPage 2003 because it was included with MS Office. (not anymore...imagine that)

When my company wanted to start making it so everyone could do web editing, we had to find a Window/Mac compatible program, there was GoLive and Dreamweaver. Adobe had already bought Macromedia so we could see GoLive being killed soon, and as much as I love Open Source, NVU/Kompozer/BlueGriffon/Seamonkey just aren't a choice because they screw up my hand-coded stuff, and Aptana often gets in the way of how I work. (I could probably get used to it if I used it for a few years) Quanta looked promising until it stopped being developed (Kate is OK), Bluefish is OK too, but it still feels more like a text editor than an HTML editor.

Even if you never touch Design mode, Dreamweaver does it right. Tag hinting, Auto-closing when you type / (though it would be nice if it highlighted matching braces and tags like PSPad does) TopStyle's CSS hinting, the ability to expand the tag library, DOM Hinting in JavaScript, an expandable/organized code snippet library, flexible templates, the ability to make a website editable with Contribute (which is handy for when non-technical types have to be able to update the site without screwing up the design) and everything a great Web development IDE should have, as well as the WYSIWYG editor.

At work, we have CS3, and are trying to get the board to move up to CS5 (more for our design staff), but here at home, I use Macromedia Studio 8. It installs and works perfectly under WINE, and with how I work (mostly in code, with some visits to design view), it works fine for coding HTML5. The only things I really miss from newer versions of Dreamweaver are things like built in CVS Support and improved testing/production server support.

Comment: Re:Horrible link... (Score 1) 248

by AVryhof (#36292302) Attached to: What's Killing Your Wi-Fi?

I second the vote for old PCW and Byte. I miss the codes you could type into debug on DOS, and things like Byte's CD full of compilers.... the stuff that inspired you to try some new programming language because you want to do something neat. Some of these old mags also developed some cool tools like notepad alternatives, disk format utilities, and things you might not always care about, but are useful.

Comment: Maybe they should.... (Score 1) 413

by AVryhof (#36272414) Attached to: RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots

Some of the things they could to that might bring in money

1. Bring the Tandy name back to computers. Offer up a Tablet (Tandy 11 - x86, resistive touch screen, SSD, OS on SSD, NOT in ROM.), Netbook (Tandy 11+ - WIndows or Linux), Notebook (Tandy 110), and All-in-one desktop (Tandy 11000), and a Barebones kit with build instructions/video (Tandy 11500). (the 11 being the last two digits of the year - All in Windows or a Radio shack branded Ubuntu derivative)

2. Build/Brand a media center device. Blu-Ray/DVD/PVR, USB/SD/Firewire (a lot of people stull use MiniDV Camcorders), Bluetooth remote and game controllers, the 25 licensed Sega games you see included with every $25 gaming toy preinstalled, some motion sensor games, and an interface built with XBMC or MythTV

3. Good selection of Digital cameras, camcorders, and accessories. A few high end/prosumer grade some mid grade, and a small selection of cheapos.

4. Selection of Tandy branded computer components. Video cards... some for people who want to work with Adobe apps, some for gamers, and some using chips a few generations back as Value cards. USB Hubs, SD Card Readers,cpu/case fans, some CPUs, Motherboards based on AMD and Intel reference boards....nothing fancy

Stuff that appeals to the mainstream crowd with more technical versions that appeal to the "techy" (or wannabe) crowd.

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