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Comment: Two machines left on XP, rest on W7 or Linux (Score 1) 879

by Firehawke (#38577736) Attached to: What's Keeping You On XP?

Those two machines are special purpose boxes with migrated older XP licenses. One does streaming video output from Flash Media Encoder, which still seems to work a bit better in 32-bit XP right now. If the situation ever changes enough to justify such a change, I'll gladly move it up to a 64-bit W7 build.

The other is a dedicated JDownloader/Ventrilo/Skype/VoIP box (running an ancient P4) to allow communications and downloads to keep going while other machines are rebooting, under maintenance, or whatever.

That second machine could be migrated to W7, sure, or maybe even Linux, but I've got a perfectly servicable license for XP and the machine barely touches the internet outside of those specific apps.

Really, the risk ends up being pretty minimal after you factor in the firewall and very limited port forwarding.

Eventually they'll probably get migrated up, but I think the comm box will end up getting a total hardware change along with a new OS. That's a long ways away, though. No need to upgrade those two yet.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 585

by Firehawke (#37560468) Attached to: Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

I can answer that. I used Firefox for years, but the memory leaks got worse and worse and the browser got slower and slower. Chrome was at least 500% faster right from the start, and as soon as extensions became available most of my Firefox extensions were ported. There's even a decent port of AdBlock-- the only major extension I miss is NoScript. I still have Firefox on here for the occasional site where I'd prefer to use NoScript, but I can certainly say there's still a major speed and RAM consumption difference.

Oh, and I'm 34, in case you were wondering.

Comment: Re:Die Flash games! (Score 2, Insightful) 258

by Firehawke (#31709448) Attached to: Google Gets <em>Quake II</em> Running In HTML5

Simply isn't going to happen until someone writes a development environment on par with Flash's, which doesn't seem to be happening any time soon. Chicken and egg problem. There's no interest in moving off Flash until the tools are there and nobody wants to write tools until there's interest in them.

Comment: Re:What's different? (Score 1) 430

by Firehawke (#30992638) Attached to: Using Windows 7 RC? Pay Up Or Auto Shutdown Warned

Had some early chipset driver issues in XP way back in the day (a six month period of major problems between Detonator drivers and Via's 4-in-1 chipset drivers) but in recent years (XP, Vista, and Win7) I've only had problems from the rare occasional "driver went very very wrong" crash or dying hardware crash.

BSODs don't show up nearly as much as they did back in the 9X days, that's for sure.

Comment: Re:Firefox can't even update via CLI (Score 1) 320

by Firehawke (#30793262) Attached to: German Government Advises Public To Stop Using IE

Did you put in a bug report on this, or at least check to see if one existed? If it's really a problem (and it sure looks like one) then there are mechanisms in place to tell the devs "Hey! I need this fixed!"

Note I never assured you that they'll LISTEN. That's a completely different angle, but you really can't complain unless there's at least a bug report on file.

Comment: Re:Caps lock will be the end of unintended shoutin (Score 1) 586

by Firehawke (#28510963) Attached to: Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys

I'll agree with you there. I was a CoCo user for most of my formative childhood, and I was sad to see the line die off. Great keyboard. I still have some mental adjustments when I switch between it and a PC, though. Shift-2 being " and the oddball shift-@ pause function.

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