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Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 3, Insightful) 326

by RandomAdam (#47905537) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction
I once tried to reply to a text while going down a gentle grade on my mountain bike....ended up on my ass....pine cone in a shadow caught the front wheel.....I had done it many times before and it was fine. Just goes to show just because you succeed in not crashing 100 times doesn't mean that you will succeed 101 times. I haven't done it again since...too much to do to risk being injured for a text message.

Comment: Re: Surprise? (Score 1) 579

by RandomAdam (#47706811) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft
Depending on the printer I found Ubuntu easier to setup then Win7. We had a Konica printer in the office; on Ubuntu I put in the IP address of the new printer and hit next a few times, having to select the postscript driver as the only choice point. Worked for printing etc... couldn't get the scan to samba working but eh...ended up using scan to email.

Win7 was a nightmare, had to go to the website and download various drivers and install them till one worked, what a waste of time; no we don't have an "IT" pro in the office, we are a 3 man operation. I'm sure if I had chosen the correct download first time it would have worked but that is just the way it worked out.

Comment: Re:Commercial games already made it to Linux (Score 1) 242

by RandomAdam (#41357669) Attached to: Are Commercial Games Finally Going To Make It To Linux?
Well I for one am looking forward to it. I used to game quite a lot, but I got busy and stopped playing a few years ago. It was about 6 months after that that I deleted my windows partition since I only ever used it for games.

Now with steam coming to linux I can have games installed on the system I actually WANT to use rather then the one I HAVE to use (but don't because I just can't be arsed installing Windows again) currently.

I doubt that I will get back into gaming like I was 5 years ago, but I also have a job that pays me enough now that I can afford to buy whatever title I like which I didn't in the past. GOOD games coming to linux an be nothing but an overall win for the platform.

In saying that battle for wesnoth is an awesome game. Though I haven't played for a few years since I ran through a few of the available scenarios available for it.

Comment: Re:Not Microsoft or Apple, DesktopLinux killed its (Score 1) 933

by RandomAdam (#41184299) Attached to: How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop
As a daily Linux user, there is only one thing that Linux lacks compared to Win or Mac, that is third party software support. That is it, I can't go and buy (which I would gladly do, for the correct tools) software package X that works across Win/Mac/Linux.

I hope the advent of Steam on Linux causes software developers to take Linux seriously, I purchased the first Humble Bundle, and I have watched all the others, no time for gaming anymore....but I notice that Linux usually sells about the same numbers as Mac and always has the highest per unit sale price.

Occasionally (1-2 Weeks a year, when our regular CAD guy is swamped) I have to so some 2D CAD work, two years ago I was running AutoCAD 2006 in a VM on my Linux box, then this year I found DraftSight, I can't tell you how pleasant it is to use native software compared to some other solution that you cobble together just to get the job done. If I had to do CAD more often I would gladly pay for the full version to get the scripting API's.

Most Linux users are not so purist that they wont pay for software at all, given the right tools for the job they are doing they will pay for commercial software.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz