Moments before it all stops, HL3 running on Hurd.
That's it, it worked, and the license let it pop up on a few CD cover discs with no hassle. At the time, we were a SCO Unix house, solid, worked, no complaints but the cost wasn't trivial. Still, worked and worked well. Messing about we looked at other unix things, one was.. (going off memory now) MKS Unix I think it was. And... can't recall the other, some 99 quid one that was also rough around the edges. Now, Linux was free, no 'get in touch for commercial reasons' and within a couple of weeks, we got an updated version. The other cheapo unixes we looked at had problems and didn't look like they were being fixed quick. Loading up all our code, and doing a make... it worked. It all flippin worked. Was
/really/ scary to see that the compiler was very decent, the headers all included, if it DID need any tweaks, they were so inconsequential that we knocked them out in minutes. Bosses were impressed, but worried about support, and that's why as a company we didn't go official, but all of us said "this is going to dominate one day, it works and works well".
But overall... availability/cost was the thing that got us looking at it. Plus, compared to other unix versions, it felt very similar to SCO in it's layout at the time (at least Slakware did, Yggdrasil had better gfx support for the cards I had at the time (Trident...? maybe?) but Slackware was very familiar.
Though I'd not have ever expected that one day I'd be lugging a phone around with me that ran Linux at it's core.
So this is how the US is doing it, anyone expect the rest of the world to be so secretive?
I'm waiting for the guy in the sting to go to the press and say "look what the FBI is trying to do! I was just playing along to let them provide the evidence, they're anti american and want to kill people just to up their budget".
I was used to this when living in the UK. Moved to the US, got the pool filtering 80% of the time at night, turned on the washing machine at night, after a year of this, wife asks why I do all this at night. "electricity is cheaper at night" "is it?" "of course...wait. maybe, lets ask your brother, he works for the power company"
/askBrotherInLaw "hahahahha! No! we managed to get that killed quickly, some people tried it, and we can offer that if you /really/ want, but we stack it up so much, that you'll never make a return on the investment for all the equipment you need to plug in for a big building (and we don't offer it to regular consumers, only big office buildings that beg, so, yeah,not a chance. We've stacked it to cost you so much more than regular electricity rates"
!So... that's great.
I recall xenix systems with microsoft copyrights all over them before linux was even a glint in anyone's eye. MS has always looked at unix to figure out how to do it right in the end.
Aye, think after all this time, it's muscle memory to CTRL-ALT-D or a dosprompt, ctrl-alt-N notepad, 'v' for visual basic->visual studio, Still faster to setup once and how I've done it since very first version of windows I used. Can simulate it a bit making a folder on the desktop, drag it down to the taskbar, but... it feels messy. They brought Desktop back and shrunk the metro thingy, would be great to not have to install Classic Start Menu, but if I have to, so be it! So far, Win10 seems pretty decent, but as with Win8, there's that bit of customisation that MS used to do that now seems tucked away to 3rd party utilities.
STILL the thing I'm missing. Sure, bring the Metro thingy up some place, but also have the Programs that cascade, so I can install stuff, right click and sort (or move things around as I like, and easily assign Ctrl-Alt-letter shortcuts. It's worked from Windows 286 (that I remember), all the way upto this Metro UI rubbish that slows down power users. Why even start menu/start to type when you can just hotkey a dosprompt, and if you don't have it setup, then at least navigate to where you think it might be.
If only they put the original start menu structure back in one of those modes, maybe an 'enterprise' or 'user with 20years experience on windows' option. Still need to install 'Classic Start Menu' to make things sane. Users I deal with will never switch to metro, they love using Desktop to dump all those files they're working with, at least can boot into Desktop mode now to save metro flashing up. but.. STILL need the start menu. Have the Metro 'view' slide into place when you select that menu, but for all that's workable, PUT BACK THE START MENU.
YES! that was my second thought after first thinking it'd be cool to do a Bowie and just have one eye blue, but then.. yes, having a pattern in the eyes? Far cooler.
I just wish we'd find out who some of these clients are. Yes, the bank should be in hot water for this, but so should the politicians, err.. I mean, random businesses who also use these services.
it looks terrible, doesn't have apps, compatibility (fixable), other company support, dev loving. I get that some beancounter is probably saying "hey, we pay Google 5 bucks per phone, if we didn't have to pay that, we'd make more profit", but breaking everything isn't the solution. And how they ignore their users for years over touchwiz, I'm not too trusting that Tizen will give users what they want. It
/can/ be fixed a bit, by making a Cyanogenmod like version of it, release the base code somewhere, like ASOP for Android, and it would get some love from the dev community I'm sure. But will/can samsung set it free? From past experience they want everything kept very close.
Heck, can even order a 'nice' version from Amazon for 20 bucks, drop in your phone, done, you've got a VR headset. Pretty amazing how well it actually works.
Usually jump all over new ROM's, new OS updates, all part of the fun. Though... I'm still not sure about this new Material look to everything. Running on a AMOLED, and rarely go outside, I prefer the black background, holo look. So... the 'xp feel' is spot on, I'm in a good place, everything works, and it looks good.
Been missing seeing Sony design something that looks good. Make a phone in this formfactor, size and all (bigger battery, better camera sensor, better grip), and I'd be all over it. Bored of slivers of steel when you can get something like that.