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Comment Re:How I Found Linux (Score 4, Interesting) 136

I became a UNIX bigot in college in the late 80's. I remember following William and Lynn Jolitz's series "Porting UNIX to the 386" in Dr. Dobb's in the late 80's/early 90's. My first experiences with DOS PC's were disappointing, as I saw them as a big step backwards. My first download was something called Monkey Linux. A zip file that spanned 5 floppy disks, that when extracted to a DOS directory was bootable as a UMSDOS FS running a derivative of Slackware. I followed a pointer to the official Slackware package mirrors, and never went back.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 698


On a keyboard that follows the Windows 104 key layout, it is the key that activates the same menu that is activated by a right-click of the mouse. One of the ancestor posts mentioned the Apple key and OSX that corresponds to the Windows logo key, but I'm not familiar enough with Apple keyboards to comment on them.

Comment Re:"Don't buy it yet" strategy (Score 3, Insightful) 170

Toxic vaporware is tried and true Microsoft strategy. The fact that this time it is being deployed against a product that is still mostly vapor is noteworthy, but the fact that the actual name of the product is vapor is just too much irony too ignore.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 3, Informative) 698

You will not take my context menu key until you pry it from my cold dead fingers. I use that thing constantly. Maybe I use applications that hide an inordinate amount of functionality under the context menu (including my own). I really try to avoid moving my hands from the keyboard to the mouse (and back) until I absolutely have to, so I'm all about keyboard shortcuts. The context menu key is a handy one, for me at least.

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