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Comment: Re:It find it more amazing (Score 3, Informative) 207 207

IANAWE. I had a need to run Windows on something to develop a test TCP/IP server using VS/C#. It wasn't exactly a production system and I had SWMBO's Win7 PC to fall back on so I put Win10 preview on a new laptop and used it. VS 2013 works fine and I would expect that to be among the first programs they tested. I've also used a couple IDEs for embedded targets (Keil, PSoC creator) and they work fine on Win10 even when Win10 is running in a VMWare VM. The only thing I have seen not work is mounting host drives from the VM. I also see a null pointer exception for explorer.exe on shutdown for the most recent release.

The charms bar that pops up on the left if I ever get the pointer close to that edge is gone - Yay!
I can search the task menu with one click - Yay!
The propensity for built in apps to take over the whole screen and with NO option to minimize seems to be gone - double Yay!

And decades after other OSs have figured out how to manage multiple desktops, Win10 manages multiple desktops.

OTOH, Win10 still figures out ways to reboot w/out explicit permission from me. That has not been fixed. Would it be so hard to pop up a dialog box following an update that asks permission? There are times I've been in the middle of something but away from the PC and it restarts because I'm not there to stop it. That is incredibly rude and stupid beyond belief and yet Microsoft deems us not worthy to make that decision.

For my purposes Win10 is an improvement over 8.1 but not enough so to draw me away from Linux.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 830 830


And before you think they are really in bad shape, according to this National Donut Day article, Canada has more donut shops per capita than the US. http://www.usatoday.com/story/...

I presume this is a US national holiday and that donuts are sold by the dozen and not in some stupid metric count like deca.

Comment: Re:As a hiring manager (Score 1) 336 336

by Walter White (#49787095) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

Perhaps you meant Meyer's "Effective C++". Or is it Sutter's "Exceptional C++?"

I hope you are not the hiring manager who throws around buzz words to see if they dazzle the prospective hire.

It's been over a decade since I read them but I still remember the title and author.

Comment: One word: Google Services Framework (Score 4, Interesting) 434 434

by Walter White (#49625993) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

I believe that's what it is called. I didn't read TFA but it sounds like they are claiming that Google is not doing anything about the problem. Not true. They have started putting things you might expect in the OS in a downloadable app. Then when it needs to be upgraded, they put a new version in the store and you get it. You do not need to wait for your carrier/manufacturer to provide an upgrade.

They are also unbundling stuff from the OS like the browser. Several years ago the browser was part of the OS and recently a security issue was uncovered in it. Google declined to fix it knowing the possibility that manufacturers and carriers would roll out an OS update. Today the browser is Chrome and it can be updated separately from the OS.

Both strategies allow Google to bring new features to older phones regardless of the lack of diligence on the part of the carriers.

Comment: A better way to uninstall Superfish (Score 5, Informative) 134 134

by Walter White (#49100375) Attached to: Homeland Security Urges Lenovo Customers To Remove Superfish


And get rid of all of the other crapware that Lenovo put on your PC in one fell swoop. No doubt it will take more effort to do it this way but it will also be more complete. (I have no idea if this works outside the US.)

For further information I wold check the ideapad section at notebookreview.com where you can find reinstallation help (including the thread I just started.)

Comment: Re:ObFry (Score 1) 330 330

by Walter White (#48441211) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

Pisses me off that personal computing has gone the way it has, that being steered to moving media consumption

PC displays are not so much being steered toward media consumption. Manufacturing TV panels dominates the supply chain so to take advantage of that economy of scale the PC manufacturers adopted the same aspect ratio.

That said, I'm happy to have two 1600x1200 LCDs that are a few years old now. Two wide screen displays arranged side by side in landscape mode are IMO excessively wide. I've seen more than one person rotate one (of a pair of screens) vertical on which to view vertical oriented content (like documents, spreadsheets and web pages.)

I would be happy with a couple square displays side by side.

Comment: Home and offsite data center (Score 1) 287 287

by Walter White (#47944083) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

No racks. I have a Thinkpad T500 ('08 vintage) that I've bumped up to 8GB RAM and 240GB SSD so the T9400 Core 2 Duo provides decent performance. I've recently added a similar vintage aluminum MacBook that's been bumped to 4GB RAM and I've installed an SSD in that as well. Despite the 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo it does a decent job for surfing and perhaps some day some light IOS development. For heavy lifting I have a dual monitor workstation powered by an i7-4770K with a 260GB SSD (and an older 30GB SSD) for boot, system and home and a couple of RAIDED 7 year old 200GB Barracudas for scratch storage. This all gets backed up to a box with a couple 2TB drives that are mirrored. It was running on an Atom D525 but that motherboard stopped working a few weeks ago and has been replaced with one sporting a J1900 Celeron. With a newer PSU it idles along at 24 watts. That system also serves as NAS on the home LAN. I have a similar system (still running on a Atom) that is located at my son's place for offsite backup. In the middle of the night I send it a Wake On Lan packet (over the Internet), kick off the backup and when that's finished, it goes back to sleep. SWMBO has a couple year old Thinkpad that she uses. I have some older equipment that I don't count since it rarely gets used. I also don't count my smart phones or HP Touchpad since they're not real computers. ;) At the moment I also have a Cisco router that VPNs into work and an i7-4770 based Dell box (tiny little thing!) that I develop on. Everything except wife's laptop, MacBook and the work computer run Debian or Mint Linux.

Comment: More tools (Score 1) 387 387

by Walter White (#47867417) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

The more tools you have in your box (that you are actually skillful with), the more valuable you will be to any given employer/client. I got my foot in the door at a particular trading shop because I could program in C/C++ on OS/2. Later on I did another job for them because no one there wanted to deal with SNA networking. Skills like that earned me a *lot* of money over the years.

The way to make a small fortune in the commodities market is to start with a large fortune.