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Comment Re:How about this (Score 1) 633

I think someone else made the same comment though. $12 a year was for an ad filled magazine. The ads paid part of the costs of printing, distribution, and paying for staff. With no ads, the price would have to go up.

I'm more in favor of paying my share of whatever the ad revenue brought in for whatever I'm reading. Not for the entire site.

[John]

Comment Re:What do you propose that they do? (Score 1) 633

On my iPad, I get the same ad on various forums and news type sites. I pop over to Amazon to check out the price of a specific guitar. From then on, whether or not I buy the guitar, I get ads from the various guitar sites (sweetwater, reverb, etc). The same ad, over and over again, following me around the 'net.

[John]

Comment Re:How about this (Score 1) 633

1 dollar a week is 4 to 5 dollars a month or $52 a year not $50 a month.

I have to weigh whether the few times I go to Wired is worth $1 month though. Do I really read enough Wired to justify that cost? I used to have a subscription years ago but the content wasn't interesting enough (kind of a People magazine of Tech) to maintain it.

[John]

Comment Minimal, Clean Desk and Cabinets (Score 2) 112

I have a desktop phone, my backpack, my laptop, oversized Thunderbird monitor, keyboard, mouse, notepad, smart phones (personal and work), and my drink. I could easily lose the phone.

I have no pictures up on the cubical walls. My cabinets and drawers are 95% empty.

Even my computer desktop is empty of all but the Macintosh HD icon in the upper right corner plus the menu bar and icon bar.

Everything I use or need are on the computer. I take weekly USB based backups of my personal stuff on my laptop and remove them once they're home. Pithy sayings or odd pictures on the walls are boring after a short time. I've brought things in, pictures, calendars, little miniature figures. But it doesn't take long before I take them home again and put them away (besides the occasional "that's inappropriate" from management for Zombie pictures). Company awards, certifications, training, all eventually get taken home.

Heck, my boss has put pictures up in my cubical (Bill Murray, "Who's Awesome, You're Awesome.") which has come down again in a few weeks.

I've been a contractor or consultant for many years. I'm able to pack up and bail at a moments notice.

I will say that I don't clean the desktop very often although I do clean the monitor (it gathers dust).

[John]

Comment Re:Let's be clear (Score 1) 665

Well I do have a CentOS 7 disk in addition to the Windows disk. Since I do game (Rocksmith), I am somewhat limited in my options; Microsoft, Apple, or Sony. At least as far as gaming is concerned.

I am right on the cusp of playing guitar without using the Windows partition but I still pop in now and then.

On the plus side, the flakiness of Firefox in Windows 10 is about the same level of flakiness of Firefox in CentOS (the nVidia drivers in both places I imagine) so other than Rocksmith and Carmageddon, using one or the other just depends on which one I select on boot.

[John]

Comment Re:Let's be clear (Score 4, Informative) 665

Yep. That's where I was. I simply let it go and then tested my apps. Everything seems to still work but there wasn't a clean way to prevent the upgrade. I'm still checking some of the third tier apps I use (don't run very often but want to check) and can just reinstall Windows 7 if I find something horribly bad (yes, I have regular backups as well).

[John]

Comment 35 Years Coding and Admining (Score 4, Interesting) 162

Started with computers in 1980 as a Typesetter. Then a Timex Sinclair followed by a Color Computer and then an IBM. Professionally coding in 84. Building LANs and managing networks in 86. On the Internet at Johns Hopkins APL in 89 and managing 3+Share. Then 3+Open, LAN Manager, and Windows NT, then Solaris, Irix, HP-UX, and Linux at NASA. Now FreeBSD, Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, and Tru64.

Downloaded Slackware in '93 I guess with all the 3.5" floppies. Mandrake, Red Hat, OpenBSD, Ubuntu, and still Slackware on my home gear (along with Windows and Apple gear).

[John]

Comment Re:I offer conditional support (Score 1) 536

Sure, but it's one that I recall. That doesn't mean there aren't quite a few more who indulge and did it right or at least didn't perform a DIY episiotomy. I don't follow sports so for all I know, some guys might just cut off their own balls but I don't think it's a fair comparison.

[John]

Comment Work Sucks (Score 1) 324

Work has decreed they will no longer provide a Company phone for us in IT per the corporate overlords and that we have to load the company email application on my personal phone, for which I'll receive a few bucks compensation a month (but they also dropped the internet compensation they've been paying for years).

Rather than giving the corporate monkeys World access to my personal phone, I added a second phone sufficient to run the company email application and isolated it from my personal data. New Apple account, don't browse the web other than for work related stuff, don't check my personal email.

16G is fine for what I need it for. More than that would be a waste of space.

[John]

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