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Comment: Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 1) 669

If the Ribbons in MS's various products were even remotely configurable/customizable, they wouldn't nearly be such an atrocity to me at least (maybe others?).

MS has almost always had customizable toolbars, floaty-undockable, multiple toolbars and drop down menu's that hide unused features.

Vs. the Ribbons: Hide/Display and can't change.

If you try and make a custom Ribbon, you can't accomplish the same layout due to placement and sizing restrictions.

Performing an action via Toolbar or Drop-Down menu, doesn't change your menus or interface. Whereas the Ribbon requires - changing to a "specialty" ribbon, finding said function on the ribbon, clicking, changing back to "Home".

Conceptually the ribbon is good, but when it's implementation comes with the complete removal of previous functionality it completely goes against the flexibility that we've become accustomed to over the years, and feels like a slap in the face.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 99

by CrashNBrn (#47310033) Attached to: Opera Releases a New Version For Linux
I wish I could still use Opera 12.x - I've run into far too many JavaScript problems. Go to any sitepoint article that has "disqus" comments, each Opera (sitepoint) tab will consume 12-20% of the CPU; other sites are worse than that.

Opera would of been much better off either replacing their JS engine, or Hooking up with FF to bring out a browser that is stable with lots of tabs, and still has a usable (non-lagged UI). FF is getting their with the multi-process Nightly.

I think if Mozilla would stop pulling options out of the browser, and leave the infrastructure in place (Add-On Bar, Status Bar options) without forcing users to recover removed features via Extensions they could very well be on track to be the best browser: both in terms of Stability (with heavy tab usage) and customization --- the new "Customize" option is a page out of Opera's playbook, and its pretty damned cool.

Comment: Re:8.1 !=Start Menu.. Why Win8 was doomed... (Score 1) 516

by CrashNBrn (#47150105) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
I think if I could of gotten drivers for my last PC upgrade, I might still be running Win2k. Windows 2000 was a Rock-Stable OS that I used from 2004-2010/2011. It didn't take that long to acclimate to Windows 7, so it was a worthy upgrade. Win8 is "ok", I really hate the control it has removed from the user - in so many small ways, along with hiding things - just to make it difficult.
e.g. After applying Win 8.1 update, you have to bounce around until you realize it *IS* possible to login without a fucking MSN/Hotmail/Live/whateverthehell login.
Or when you try to download and run an installer from IE... blocked outright, until you realize clicking on "details" will allow you a button to override that block.

Another poster mentioned discoverability and how Win8 basically shits all over that concept. On that I totally agree. Some things are just a complete pain in the ass.

Comment: Re:flame away, but... (Score 1) 516

by CrashNBrn (#47150009) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
Windows 8 would be fine if the Start Screen was moderately customizable. Even Windows 7's Start Menu was degraded - you could no longer custom-arrange folders, like you could in pretty much every other MS OS.

The Start Screen - if it allowed SubFolders - when clicked open's a blank Start Screen that you could organize. Assign a hotkey to said SubFolder. Instead we have a single Start Screen, and horizontal scrolling bullshit.

Even Stardock's Fences allows for multiple "desktops" as such - although that too doesn't allow you to organize your Fenced icons at all, making it nearly useless. Along with it's "pin a folder view to the desktop, which sounded really awesome... except it's just a crippled directory view with - yep - no sorting option or any of explorer's Menu's/or toolbars.

I've been testing out ReviverSoft's Start Menu Reviver 2. It's decent, but lacks in a few key areas:

No "normal" right-click context menu on the replaced start-button - which normally shows most of the utilities/tools that a power-user would need to access.

No way to customize where it appears; with a TaskBar on the left, it appears to the right. If one could make it appear on top of the TaskBar, and change the left-column buttons, it would allow for two clicks - without moving the mouse to still open the Start Screen --- instead click the replaced start button, move the mouse to find the Start Screen "button" - if yer actually trying to get to the start screen, instead of Reviver's start menu. Or even allow assigning Shift+Win to display the Start Screen.

Other than that, I think it's probably better than Stardock's Start8 or even "classic-shell" which has far too many quirks.

Comment: Re:$400 ain't cheap for that hardware (Score 1) 121

by CrashNBrn (#47144875) Attached to: HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop
November last year, I got a HP 17" (non-touch), AMD A8-5550M, 8GB Ram, 640GB HD, with Windows 8, for $450. Granted the touchpad mostly sucks, and the keyboard layout is non-optimal even with the NumPad. But it was $450. I just use an external keyboard sometimes, and mouse.

If the 14" even has a SSD - and not just basic flash-ram, a 64GB SSD should be about equivalent with a 500-650GB HD. A touch screen tends to add nearly a $100 to a laptop... but with only 2GB of ram, and a standard dimension screen, I don't see how that can be worth much more than $250-$300.

Comment: Re:That's not who we are at Mozilla (Score 0) 195

by CrashNBrn (#46968047) Attached to: Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans
Opera did this - maybe still does - who knows only the sheep and clueless haven't abandoned that sinking ship. Wasn't a big deal, it was just a handful of bookmarks, and ~9 Speed Dial items, that most "geeks" replaced. They should of just gone forward with it, bring in some extra non-google sponsored-directly revenue, and let people change the defaults from a clean install as they wish.

Comment: Re:The textbook industry... (Score 1) 252

by CrashNBrn (#46951961) Attached to: $200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?
I used a few years back. Prices were 1/2 to 1/4 the MSRP on used, and you would get something like 50%+ back for a new book if you returned it at the end of the semester. Amazon used books is also decent. And you need to keep an eye out for the school's own book drive --- usually run by the student council - for good deals on next semesters books.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 860

by CrashNBrn (#46414139) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
What they should do. Is just make windows WORK like every other version in recent memory.
--- The visual appearance/display/theme/skin/whatever should be customizable. Give users the option of the contextual-free flat pastel shit that is Windows 8 Modern, or Win 7 Aero, or WinXP/2K Classic Mode or whatever.

If MS can fix that for Windows 9; actually clean some of the legacy cruft out, things might not be so bad.

I mean can you imagine if the "Uninstall Dialog" actually showed you PROGRAMS you installed... instead of Programs, pre-loaded-bloatware, MS Hotfixes, and "Platforms (.NET, etc)."

Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use? 130

Posted by timothy
from the bar-codes-and-magnets dept.
First time accepted submitter Defenestrar writes "I've recently taken a job at a large state university where I manage the laboratories for a couple of departments. We have a good system to pro-rate costs for shared use of big ticket items, but don't have anything in place for small to medium expense pieces which don't require software control (i.e. AD user authentication logs). It is much more efficient to designate a common room for things like water purifiers and centrifuges, but log books have a history of poor compliance. Also, abuse or neglect of communal property has been an issue in the past (similar to the tragedy of the commons).

Do any of you know of good automatic systems to record user/group equipment usage which would allow for easy data processing down the line (i.e. I don't want to go through webcam archives). Systems which promote accountability and care are a bonus, but for safety reasons we don't want the room's door locked (i.e. no pin/badged access). Most of these systems also require continuous power — so electrical interlocks are not a good option either.

I call on you, my fellow Slashdotters, to do your best and get quickly sidetracked while still including the occasional gem in the comments."

Comment: Re:Begun they have... (Score 1) 234

by CrashNBrn (#46180291) Attached to: The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory
Not surprising that SlashDot revenue is decreasing over time. Before I disabled ads completely (flash is off by default) the ads being shown here, apart from the amazon crap that displays stuff I've recently viewed on Amazon, were 3rd rate companies that you wouldn't even see advertising on CNET.

The straw that broke the camel's back, was when Opera prevented a pop-up from Slashdot...when the tab was in the background (not the active tab). Fuck that noise, JS disabled completely on slashdot.

Comment: Re:Industrial - not "Electronic"; Beta Sucks (Score 1) 271

by CrashNBrn (#46179529) Attached to: Skinny Puppy Wants Compensation For Music Used in US Interrogations
Their videos tended to be on Much Music on Friday nights - late 80's/early 90's. Anything non-mainstream was fair game - it might of even been called "Alternative"-something-or-other. Music from Ministry, Skinny Puppy - were all classified at that point as "Industrial".

IIRC most indie/used CD stores in Nova Scotia - that carried that "kind" of music would also likewise have an "Industrial" section.

The odd time you might find Skinny Puppy in the "Metalz" section - if that was the case - the store in general probably did a poor job categorizing any of their music by genre at all.

I'm sure one could argue over Synth-this-Electro-that, or even put NiN in the same general group...but I wouldn't. Industrial (alternative, being unnecessary) to me (and maybe others) was akin to Metal+ModulatedVoice(sometimes)+CreativeSamples+...

I think one would be hard-pressed to be more specific with a genre for Skinny Puppy, beyond "Industrial" that would accurately fit all the songs on a given album without just shoehorning.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)