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Comment: it's good for a work phone number (Score 1) 166

by amigabill (#46495557) Attached to: Goodbye, Google Voice

I'm home office. We just moved. I don't have to get a lot of customers to update my contact info, my phone number stays the same.

Sometimes I go into the corporate office. My work number rings my desk phone there too.

My work number rings my home office phone, my corporate office desk phone, and my cell phone. My cell phone is not a great only phone. Since the demise of flip-phones, people tend to have a hard time hearing me on "candybar" style smartphones that do not get long enough to reach both my ear and my voice.

In my case, it's convenient.

I've never used transcripting or anything else. To me, it's only a phone number. I have seen a few voicemail transcripts from GV. Tremendously terrible. Not worth seeing again, so that feature is disabled.

Comment: I thought this was the case a whlie ago (Score 1) 358

by amigabill (#46486639) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

For some reason I thought the current almost-everyone using microUSB cable was exactly such a requirement form Europe, but that they had for some reason let Apple out of it. And that's why new Samsungs use the microUSB instead of their previous custom connector on my old texting feature phone for example. I'm happy to see a real standard being done, at the same time as I'm surprised that this requirement is new news.

Comment: Legal ROMs for emulators (Score 2) 45

by amigabill (#46410237) Attached to: Website Simulates Amiga OS

You can buy licenses at

You can also buy legit ROM licenses for Android based emulators at

The open-source AmigaOS-alike named AROS includes their own ROM equivalents now as well. (Be careful! WinUAE has old ROM included, Aros Vision needs newer ones (included in directiry “boot” of the distribution))

Comment: Obviuos question - Who else is infected? (Score 1) 137

by amigabill (#45986333) Attached to: Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

OK, so there's a lot of talk about this situation at Target. At least that one is discovered and allegedly fixed. Do these pranksters only target one store chain? Was this the easiest one to get into, and they are happy with that for now? Or are other stores similarly compromised, but either have not gone public, or do not know it yet?

Comment: Re:Too bad it's a C++ library... (Score 1) 147

by amigabill (#45397917) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

There's nothing wrong with C++. However, I do my programing in C (without the ++), and would love have something like this available that I could link to my C programs.

Excellent! There is some opportunity for you to create a C layer onto the C++ subsystem, then you yourself as well as others can benefit from that. :)

Comment: Re:Is it still relevant? (Score 1) 147

by amigabill (#45397909) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

The main reason for me to be interested in wxWidgets is the apps that use it.

I'm interested in KiCad, therefore I'm interested in wxWidgets. Audacity, etc...

I'm also interested in Qt, GTK, etc. as well. For example, I'm interested in GTKwave, therefore I'm interested in GTK... And so forth.

Comment: Make DST permanent! (Score 1) 462

by amigabill (#45350577) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Instead of ending DST permanently, I'd make it the permanent standard time instead of winter Standard Time. I have too much schedule requirement to do it nowadays, but for a handful of years a while back, when I did not have any particular requirements on any particular things my clock said, or anyone else's clock said, I stayed on the summer Daylight Savings Time as my own personal standard. This was great. I had an hour more daylight in the afternoon than other people did, which is way more valuable to me than early morning sunlight that burns before I wake up. Down with EST, and up with EDT for the win!!

Comment: Re:This made me use Internet Explorer (Score 1) 362

by amigabill (#45218585) Attached to: Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

Considering how my university has this VPN connection things set up for us students to use, I don't really have much choice but to use Java.

Also, my credit union''s online banking makes heavy use of Java. I don't know why, but I can't change that, and I really don't have any say in that matter either.

You can poke fun at me all you want, and say that I need to change banks or universities due to their IT choices, but that really isn't a practical answer.

I do use NoScript. Does that help the situation, or is it a do-nothing warm fuzzy bound to doom me? At least I'm trying to minimize my risk while keeping functionality where I need it.

Comment: This made me use Internet Explorer (Score 2) 362

by amigabill (#45209477) Attached to: Firefox's Blocked-By-Default Java Isn't Going Down Well

My laptop went bad about a week or so ago, and I wiped it and have been reinstalling. One item is a VPN connection client that allows me into my University network from home, so I can access software licenses and work on my labs. This is for an MS degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering. Firefox forbade that from installing on my recovering laptop (Win 7 Ultimate 64) and so I was forced to use MSIE just to get my link installed and configured. Sorry Mozilla, but you did prevent me from doing something tremendously important to me, and there was not a thing to click on to activate Java in this case.

Comment: combo eSATA/USB2/USB3 is old already... (Score 1) 282

by amigabill (#44137757) Attached to: Apple Files Patent For New Proprietary Port

A year or two ago I bought some combination eSATA/USB2/USB3 connectors for a potential project. Pretty neat.

And of course the more common eSATA/USB2 connector

There have also been a number of combo flash card readers, where a single slot take an XD or an SD or a... card.

I don't get this...

Comment: But I've only just seen it today (Score 1) 675

I bought the preorder back in October, but only today have had time to deal with the big problems installing it. Tried to install it over a Windows 7 Pro system, and every time just as it was very nearly done, it bluescreened on some IRQ error and removed itself, going back to Windwos 7. Though at some point Windows 7 developed a Counterfeit copy error and became a problem itself. I then tried to install Windows 8 to a clean hard drive, which it did successfully, but then failed to activate/authenticate due to the previous failed installs. And it took an hour or two and 4 MS phone reps to get that cleared out and working as it should have the first time.

So my experience so far is not a happy one. Though I really haven't got to actually use Windows yet, or install applications or games or anything to run on it.

And luckily I made a backup of Windows 7 before I started any of this, so I have it in good condition as well, and can wipe the mangled copy hard drive to use for something else.

Comment: i do (Score 1) 445

by amigabill (#42202741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

I need one. and i do have a smartphone, corporate IM, email, etc. though Skype is officially forbidden for some reason.

For my previous job, i'm not sure i ever had a work related phone call in almost 14 years. at my new job, i'm on the phone a lot. what i found is that just using my cell would be more expensive than getting a voip kit like Ooma for my home office, and connect a desk phone to that. then i use a Google Voice phone number that rings both that and my cell, so i can still take calls if i'm travelling or something, but by far mostly use the desk phone as it's cheaper than upgrading my cell plan to work with this many minutes.

i do use IM as well as email, but phone is still a big part of it.

Comment: ie: prohibit laws that would protect our internet (Score 1) 205

by amigabill (#42116403) Attached to: US Congressman Wants To Ban New Internet Laws

Laws either require something, or forbid something. In the absence of a law on any particular topic, nothing is required, and nothing is forbidden, thus anything is allowed. So, in the absence of a law that would protect the internet from corporate trolls, they are allowed to put up as many profiteering tollbooths as they want, and take their steps to wreck the whole thing. If laws that would prohibit such maliciousness are disallowed, then we're screwed.

Ma Bell is a mean mother!