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Comment: Drupal 7 on Postgres 9.3.4 (Score 1) 320

by KayakFun (#49300107) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB
I use Drupal 7 on Postgres 9.3.4 and it works like a charm, never crashed in 1.5 year.

I did have to convince the hosting provider to upgrade Postgres to a higher version, because we were the only ones not on MySQL, but after pointing out that they declared on their own site to being technically advanced etc they did this.

Comment: Re:Seems obvious but... (Score 1) 325

by KayakFun (#48774553) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
Our department of 3rd line support Java all had laptops because we were on standby duty 2 weeks out of 8. Realising my much older desktop at home was faster than those brand-new laptops me and a colleague traded one laptop for 2 desktops, and kept the other laptop for standby duty shared between us.

Our desktops worked like a breeze, never overheated, performed faster than the laptops of the other colleagues. For the standby duty we took the laptop home and everywhere we went, but standby duty has a much lower system demand. Remote login, ssh, stopping/starting services can be done fast on any laptop. But the real work we did during daytime (development and 3rd line support) that does put a heavy load on the PC.

It looks modern and professional to use a laptop, but the portability and battery life are a too-large burden on a PC. A roomy mini- or miditower with quiet cooling and 2x24" monitors (or 1x30") is the ideal PC for an efficient professional.

Comment: Re:Have Both (Score 1) 567

by KayakFun (#48580105) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
At my previous job I had both too. While you can put two browser windows side by side on a 27" or 30" monitor, we could not convince our boss to buy them. So we got 2x 21" monitors and used 1 in portrait mode to see a web page completely, and a landscape one for coding in Perl.

Even when monitors cannot be rotated, then it sometimes had a square connecting plate to the foot with 4 screws. Undo the srews, rotate 90 degree, and fasten them again.

Comment: Re:Your baseline is wrong... (Score 1) 277

by KayakFun (#48521593) Attached to: Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python
I went from a 90k EURO (~120k $) with 1 hour traffic jams both in the morning and afternoon, to a much lower paying job with only 14 minutes of empty motorway between my house and the job. I set my alarm clock 1 hour later, and I can do my shopping after work, cook/eat and still have a whole evening to myself.

Once you earn more than your living expenses, more money is not attractive, more time (and an interesting job) is the real benefit.

BTW, I was a Perl programmer/project leader, and am now a Drupal developer, which makes me a PHP programmer. Amazing similarities between Perl and PHP ;-)

Comment: German drivers (Score 1) 525

by KayakFun (#48506363) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
I live close to the german border in the Netherlands and drive a german car (Audi A4 avant). I do agree that german cars are engineered to go fast both on the Autobahn and more curvey NordSchleife, but the real compliment should go to the german drivers for their discipline.

German drivers do stick to the right-most lane, pay attention to faster traffic approaching from behind, and will even go as far as to slow down or even break a little to stay in their lane when they can keep the fast lane free for faster cars. Compare this to dutch drivers who drive anywhere in any lane because they paid road tax for all the lanes, and feel it is a constistutionary right to correct speeding cars by throwing their cars in the left lane with just 2 km/h faster than the truck they want to pass.

If there are no roadworks, and if you are not near a city that has a 100 km/h corridor around it, the german Autobahn can be as smooth a ride as listening to Kraftwerk's song "Autobahn" Even doing around 160 km/h or 200 km/h. Thank you german drivers!

Comment: Friends don't spy on friends (Score 1) 461

by KayakFun (#45119523) Attached to: Hillary Clinton: "We Need To Talk Sensibly About Spying"

The USA is spying on the UN and European Union
The USA is spying on peaceful countries like Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands
The USA is spying on Brazilian oil companies
The USA is spying on Airbus partners

What we see is 2 things:
1. The USA does not trust peaceful sovereign countries
2. The USA has economic motives for spying

To return to a situation of trust amongst friendly countries, this has to stop immediately and completely.

Comment: Re:one problem (Score 1) 201

I have one too, the Sinner Mango+ with a 170W assist. It has an 11-speed hub gear in the rear which allows me the switch gears while standing stil, and a big metal U-ring which I use to chain it to an ebject wherever I park, not only against theft but also against strong winds which my blow the velomobile away.

My car ride to work is 38 km and takes between 25 (holiday season) and 60 minutes (normal traffic outside holiday season). With the Mango+ it always takes 65 minutes as I am not slowed down by traffic. The removable battery needs to be charged home and at work, so half my energy cost is even subsidized by my employer (but it isn't much anyway). With motor off, I cycle at ~32 km/h, with power I manage 38-42 km/h. The seat is comfortable and all 3 wheels are sprung, but it still is a bumpy ride due to the road quality, and the fact that you must keep your tires at 5-6 bar to reduce drag.

Without the wind cooling you, it can be hot in the summer, even with the foam top off. In the winter I wear a nitted cap, and a shawl around my neck, the rest stays warm inside. For me it keeps me in shape without loosing time in the gym, I exercise in the time I could have spent in traffic. At work I take a shower, which I would have taken at home if I went by car. I clock in after the shower, of course. For safety, I have daytime running lights (LED) and I chose a 2-tone (red & white) paintjob. When sharing the car roads you have to drive it very defensively as if nobody is seeing or expecting you, on bicycle paths the danger is a lot less. Part of my trip is on a bicycle path parellel to the slow-moving traffic, and it is very satisfying to go faster than the traffic jam.

Comment: Re:Not ready for prime time yet (Score 1) 128

by KayakFun (#33834434) Attached to: Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta For Android, Maemo
On my Motorola Milestone with Android 2.1:
  • Default browser startup 1s, Newspaper 3 s.
  • Firefox 4b startup 8s, Newspaper 3s.

Especially for a mobile browser, that's a slow start as it is more likely to be started multiple times per day,rather than burn the batteries by being on or in the background.

Furthermore I had to throw out a lot of applications to make room for the apk file. It's huge, and it needs to slim down considerably.

Conclusion, although I'm a Firefox fan, is that they need to work on install size and startup speed before I will use it as my first choice.

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