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Comment: Depends on the era for me. (Score 1) 359

When I was doing BASH/C/C++/small-time x86 Assembly (high school/college), it was usually in VIM (for the *nix platform). Nowadays I'm a Windows user (just because software I need runs so much better on it), and utilize a combination of Notepad and Geany (nice little multiplatform editor), doing HTML/CSS/PHP. At the office I use Dreamweaver because, well.. the company paid for it, and it does the job :)

Comment: I just can't understand the logic of this. (Score 1) 364

As an indie musician (not tied to a label at all), this blows my mind.

I myself, as well as numerous other friends, love to look up indie artists on YT before we hit a show, or when we're deciding who we're going to go see. I myself frequently research other bands I'm performing with (especially if they cover a tune that I also cover).

Musicians sign to labels so the label can handle a lot of the administrative work, as well as provide financing for production. If a label is unable to handle the time-sink of YT uploads (which is extremely important for the SEO of a band when done properly), that's one more thing the musician has to take care of by hand.

Increasing the overhead, or reducing the income to indie labels hurts the indie artists. That's what Google does when they force already well-squeezed labels (most indie labels don't pull down the huge chunks major labels, or even the major vanity labels do) to cut their limited profits more.

Comment: I've had a variety of starts.. (Score 1) 141

by SocialEngineer (#47255547) Attached to: I typically start my workday ...

..But my current one is definitely my favorite.

I get up at 6:30 AM, relax, and breathe a bit before getting ready. At 7:30 I bike to work, and walk in the doors at 7:45. I check for "holy shit" e-mails, then clock in around 7:55. Hour lunch. Leave at 5, and once I'm gone, I don't have to think about work.

Plus, I make more money with this job than I have any other gig.

Prior jobs include systems manager for a newspaper (on-call 24/7, and believe me, they called - plus I usually worked 7 AM to 7 PM, salaried), artist for same newspaper before that. Left the newspaper industry to go work for a dot com where I had to live and breathe the job, got laid off, went back to the newspaper industry where I worked 3 different shifts depending on the week (some days I'd go in at 3 PM and work until 2 AM, others I go in at 7 and work until 6 PM).

Comment: Nearly everywhere I've worked. (Score 1) 158

My first "real job" was as an artist for a newspaper (even though my degree is in IT, I also do graphic & web design). Because of my IT degree, though, I was the backup for the IT person should he go on vacation/sick leave. Eventually, I became the systems manager there.

Years later, after working for a failed dot com and getting back into the trenches as a newspaper geek doing production work, my IT experience gave me a leg up in doing a lot of troubleshooting/automation, and I was also able to suggest upgrades to the production setup that improved our print quality by leaps and bounds. Now I'm working as a web/digital artist again, and still utilize my IT experience here in there (if not for anything else, then to make IT's life easier when submitting support requests).

Nearly any office job can be improved by some IT experience, especially in the realm of scripting/automation. The best part about IT experience? Understanding how and why something works (or doesn't). General logic skills combined with a little tech/scripting experience can go a long way to improving your workflow.

Comment: I didn't even notice. (Score 2) 164

by SocialEngineer (#47009711) Attached to: Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

I work as a graphic and web designer, and I live in Photoshop and Illustrator. We don't utilize Typekit, or the cloud storage, so it didn't really affect us here at the office.

As long as I can still do my job, I'm fine. I'm not a HUGE fan of CC's monthly sub, but the cost/benefit ratio can be insanely beneficial if you HAVE the money for the monthly fee. Now, for my freelance work? Forget it. I'm still using CS2 at home, and don't see it changing right now unless I come into a huge chunk of change.

Comment: Re:I wrote OpenRC (Score 1) 533

by SocialEngineer (#46952313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

Glad to see dhcpcd is still being maintained. I rarely use *nix anymore (I do design and audio recording using software that doesn't always play well in Wine; it's easier to just make use of Windows for now, although I may be putting a Linux/BSD distro back on my laptop), but if it weren't for the clean and simple functionality of dhcpcd, I would've had fits doing networking way back when.

Comment: Re:Dead-end bureaucracy (Score 1) 230

by SocialEngineer (#46880809) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

I started with basic way back when I was a kid (I'm 30 now; some would say I'm still a child, but now I'm a child with arthritis and acid reflux :P), probably around 8 years old, plugging in BASIC games that I found in 321 Contact magazines. While I look at BASIC now and think, "Ugh, who would use that language", it did at least help me learn the basics of math and variables when it comes to programming, and by the time I hit college I already covered the Intro to C++ course myself quite some time before.

If it weren't for 321 Contact, I would've never even gotten into programming.

Comment: Re:Your local newspaper. (Score 1) 285

by SocialEngineer (#46778303) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Definitely a shame, but one big reason why your local paper isn't that big is because of a lack of financial support. The paper I used to work at in my previous town of residence went the same way; they weren't able to generate enough revenue for the corporate owners, so they had to budget less for news and more for advertising in order to stay afloat.

In cases like that, the best you can hope for is a change in leadership/ownership of the paper. I myself would love to see newspapers go non-profit.

Comment: Your local newspaper. (Score 5, Interesting) 285

by SocialEngineer (#46774089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

Disclaimer: I've worked for 2 newspapers, and currently work for a media company (in the online division).

Why? Because a local newspaper is going to cover more relevant info, with more details, than numerous other mediums. It's an at-your-leisure consumption device, too.

I get the Sat. & Sun. local papers here. The Sat. for general weekend news, and the Sun. for big feature stories. Our paper frequently has some amazing local content; I recall a great 2 page spread on a local barbershop, and when one of the historic buildings burned down, they had almost daily coverage on the progress.

Plus, it's great for information on important city council stuff. Our city has been having the Great Trash Debate for some time, and now it's finally coming to a close (trying to figure out if trash pickup should be privatized, or if they should increase the cost of trash stickers to cover rising costs of maintenance for the trucks).

If you live in a major metro area, seek out the smaller hyper-local publications for your area.

Comment: Just another NYT Troll Article (Score 4, Informative) 463

by SocialEngineer (#38348426) Attached to: Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

I'm an owner, and am VERY satisfied with my device.

The complaints I have are minor. It can take a little bit for it to connect to a wifi network, but that's not a huge deal. Sometimes, it's a little sensitive in registering taps, but that's once again not a big issue. The carousel is a little too speedy for my liking, but I rarely use it, and when I do, it's usually just to open the very most recent thing I've opened.

I haven't noticed any real speed issues with it; at least, nothing show-stopping. Books read fine. If you're trying to fly through a bunch of pages like you're thumbing through a book to find a certain page, sure, it can slow down there, but I almost never do that. Games & streaming content perform perfectly.

I didn't notice any real issue with the browser; I was able to load websites faster on my Kindle than a local iPad owner, over the same wifi connection.

Typing is easy for me; in landscape mode it can be slightly difficult, but not unusable. I usually use portrait mode, anyway.

The lack of physical volume controls doesn't bother me at all. It's stupid-easy to get to, and keeps me from accidentally raising/lowering volume.

I do wish I could change the lock screen photo(s) easily, but that's not exactly important.

Regarding the lock/power button, I have NEVER accidentally tripped it, and I'm using it on a daily basis in a variety of situations.

If you look at reviews on Amazon, there are a good number of 4 and 5 star reviews; more than 3 or less.

Comment: TV isn't on-demand. (Score 1) 839

by SocialEngineer (#38270596) Attached to: TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

Sure, I can turn on a TV and find something reasonably entertaining (or functional as background noise) if I'm just bored, but that doesn't solve the problems surrounding the fact that I want to watch certain shows, at certain times. I'm not paying another monthly bill PLUS buying a piece of hardware just to do that when I can get a good selection of TV shows and movies streamed to any one of my computers or my Kindle Fire for a significantly cheaper price.

The industry evolution needs to stop trying to trap people into one delivery system and accept that internet delivery is becoming increasingly popular.

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