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Comment: Re:Even without anything playing they're useful (Score 1) 262

by Utoxin (#45280555) Attached to: Do You Need Headphones While Working?
You must have exceptionally polite coworkers. Or none at all. I wish I could just say "Don't bug me right now" and have it work. Admittedly... they usually /do/ need to ask me something, but dear lord I wish they would all just leave me alone for a few days. I'd get so much done.

Comment: Do Not Want (Score 1) 371

by Utoxin (#44112459) Attached to: FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio
As an Extra Class license holder, I sincerely hope this doesn't get approved. Yes, it's restricted to only emergency communications, but allowing encrypted transmissions at /all/ means that any of them could be from non-licensed individuals, and brings into question legitimate uses of the airwaves. Leave our airwaves open!

Comment: I ate 500 fewer than I burned... (Score 1) 496

by Utoxin (#31627918) Attached to: In the last 24 hours, I've consumed ...
I don't know exactly how many I ate, but I know it was around 500 fewer than I burned from exercise and general metabolism in general yesterday.

I subscribe to The Hacker's Diet, and don't bother to precisely track my intake. I track my weight, using an exponentially smoothed average, and calculate the difference to figure out how I'm doing on keeping my intake under control. I've found that simply recording my weight each day and watching the smoothed average is enough to make me change my behavior and start eating better.

<shameless_plug> I also recently created and launched a new website based on the methods The Hacker's Diet teaches called TweeterDiet which allows you to utilize peer pressure to encourage you to keep your diet going by letting all your friends know how you're doing. Check it out if you're interested, and trying to lose weight. It's under active development, and I welcome all feedback as I try to improve it.</shameless_plug>

Comment: Re:like...WHATever, dood... (Score 2, Informative) 378

by Utoxin (#30528672) Attached to: The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade

... Um. Wow. Just wow.

See, I worked as a microsoft support tech for a while shortly after the release of Windows ME. A dark period in my career, I'll admit. But aside from a few nice troubleshooting tools (msconfig FTMFW), ME sucked beyond belief.

Troubleshooting Step 1: Reboot. If that solved the problem, we told the customer it was fixed, and to call back if it happened again. Really.

And at least once a day, I would determine that a machine was beyond recovery, and we would FFR it. (Fdisk, Format, Reinstall). And my experiences were pretty standard, from what I heard around me on the support floor. People who had transferred to the ME support team from 9X complained about how buggy and poorly designed ME was.

*shudders* So... no. ME was not the best of the 9x line. Arguably, 98SE was the best, although some people preferred 95.

Also, the article completely messes up the history of 2000 / 9X / ME. 2000 was /NOT/ the hybrid of 9X and NT. 2000 was the end of the NT line, and a damn fine OS. I ran it for many years, until my last CD bit the dust, and I grudgingly updated to XP.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw