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Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382 382

Pro business tip: try to get your clients to be completely truthful and upfront on the requirements, and find that half don't even know or have the slightest clue, and the other half will lie through their teeth, why I just don't know.

In fact, I was well into the installation when it was brought to my attention that the time clock app quit working. *That's* when I find out about the Java v6 issue, after the Java versioning was discussed at several meetings leading to the installation, and I've been mindlessly installing the Java v8 RT with medical office's complete knowledge and permission.

But thank you for your sage advice...

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382 382

Note: I'm the IT support/installation vendor of one medical app, the one that requires Java v8, the time clock app that requires Java v6 is a completely separate vendor of human resources software which I have nothing to do with, other than to try to share non-compatible Java versions. The mutual client is a large public health clinic spread over a 60 mile radius.

Just so you know the whole story, and so can quit thinking yourself such a damn smarty-pants...

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 1) 382 382

Seriously, I see no NEED for Java any more. I probably have more Silverlight things I like to use than I do Java, and neither are vital any more.

As much as I'd love for Java to be dead, that's as far from reality as you can possibly get and still be walking on terra firma. That's completely ignoring the corporate world, where Java is just as much a part of life as .net and IE compatibility. I don't like it, you don't like it, but it's still a fact of corporate life. I was just dealing with a large medical client yesterday whose big name time tracking app requires v6 (v6!) of Java, while our own medical app requires v8. And I've rarely gotten multiple versions of Java working on one workstation.

Personally I detest Java, too, and find it frustrating to program in, which is why I gave up Android app development. And slow, Java is slow as molasses in the depths of a winter snow storm. But there it is, still being used, and a lot, in the corporate world.

Comment Re:Cracking down? (Score 1) 290 290

Someone working on Excel, a product used inside government agencies and nearly every major business, including secret unapproved features? Yeah, that's absolutely a fire-able offense.

Didn't at least Excel 97 include a striped down version of Flight Simulator? You had to open an empty spreadsheet, fill in some value at some specific cell, voila, you're flying around. I'm sure that including that Easter egg was approved by Excel development's management, but unless they had a government and/or business specific version of Excel, it was there for everyone to play with. Did anyone at a government agency or business get fired for playing it?

Comment Fogerty's Case (Score 2) 386 386

Fogerty's was a very sad case, indeed. It probably had less to do with a faintly similarly sounding song than with a perceived insult the president of of CCR's former record company felt over a solo song Fogerty wrote about how the president basically stole CCR's music catalog. It's why Fogerty didn't perform those old songs for so long, he didn't want to put money in that guy's pocket. Fogerty won all those cases against him, and later started doing CCR songs again.

Comment Re:Do it like Linux (Score 2) 516 516

I must be maybe one of about remaining four people who -still- prefers the nice boxy greyness of old beloved OS/2 2.1

http://www.classic-computers.o...

And maybe I'm one of the last two people who loved programming OS/2 apps, or at least remembering doing so.

Probably the reason I try to shoehorn FVWM onto Ubuntu...

Comment Re:Bioaccumulation Ahoy (Score 1) 180 180

As a long time resident of the Central Florida - Orlando area, I give you beautiful Lake Apopka.

Ah, once beautiful. It was the bass fishing capital of the South. Large clean lake, the tastiest bass you could ever catch. A virtual paradise before Disney.

Then WW2 happened, the top third of the lake was drained for war-time farming. Then the land was given over to the farmers, who loved their pesticides and fertilizers. All that flushed into the lake, freely and without restriction.

The fish, and everything else that depended on the fish, like the birds and the lake's fisherman, all died out. The lake turned into a huge sewer, almost completely bereft of any hint of life. On a hot August day, residents said you could smell the lake from downtown Orlando.

In the last twenty years, we've slowly brought the lake out of its catatonia, and life is starting to return. Birds have come again (at least two times, the birds were killed by the lake's poisonous muck), and there are fish, not bass, and not edible.

But to celebrate Lake Apopka becoming possibly beautiful and fishable, there's a nice proposal to build a large airport very near it. That won't scare the birds, we're advised.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 200 200

Yes. When I think government service, I think good customer service. Then we would have the choice between an ISP that charges for carry on and another that is modeled after the DMV.

I don't know about your state or province (or whatever), and as a resident of Florida, I can certainly find a lot to complain about with my state's services. Our DMV is not one of them. Excellent and friendly service, in and out in minutes (beside a the small wait in the lobby), just an overal great experience from off all places, a freakin' state agency. As the guy ahead of me mentioned, my time with AT&T is nothing to compare with our DMV. A lot of companies could learn from them.

Comment Re:This could be cool (Score 1) 165 165

you are correct. I keep them in a climate controlled area, but id say 1 out of 10 that I try are corrupt. Its a shame but I just cant bring myself to throw it all away eventhough the truth is they are 100% useless, even if they work in todays world

I still have my old Kaypro's, an '83 IV and a 10, loved them then and love them still today. It was fun running the IV as a terminal to an old 386 running Minx and a highly modified Apache, just for shitz 'n giggles. Anyway...

Oddly, the media included with both the IV and the 10 are all good, and run perfectly. I copy them to floppies (which are getting increasingly very hard to purchase), and after a good while, the floppies start going bad. I took the time to make images of all the media I have, still do when I have time. A spare 250G has thousands of images, hardly any space taken. Then I start to find a floppy I made a couple of years ago has gone to crap and have to start over. Gonna run out of blank floppies, and I'm sure as hell -not- going to use the original floppies for work.

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