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Comment: Re:XP Sucks, Vista is Better (Score 1) 580

by barneco (#27502311) Attached to: Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XP

I would try linux again if they applications were there but they just arent. You can browse, IM etc... but I do more than that.

I felt this way until a year or so ago when i switched to Ubuntu and started using linux full-time. Turns out I've been able to find an app for almost everything I do, in the standard repositories, no less. The sole application I use that doesn't run on linux runs just fine under Wine. In my experience, Linux is there.

Comment: Re:The upside (Score 1) 485

by barneco (#26876219) Attached to: New York Wants To Tax Internet Downloads

Since 99% of home users don't understand what is going on, all it would mean is more computers would be going to the shop for simple cleanings.

You say that like it is the users fault, however, poor documentation and complex UI design (although completely off topic) is equally, if not more at fault ..... Does a pilot ridicule you when you fly on his plane but don't understand the aerodynamics?

Port this analogy over to automobiles, rather than planes(a bit more appropriate, since you actually operate an automobile/PC, unlike a plane) and it actually supports the parent's statement. Unless it's something that I understand and can fix(out of gas, flat tire..etc), when my car doesn't work I take it to the shop.


Guitar Hero: Metallica Setlist Released 82

Posted by Soulskill
from the exit-light-enter-night dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Metallica has announced the setlist for their upcoming Guitar Hero game. They have a wide variety of songs from their different albums. There are 28 Metallica songs and 21 from other artists. They have also confirmed the release date of March 29th. The list includes Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, One, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. Fans who pre-order the game will have an opportunity to get an extra bass drum pedal to keep up with Lars Ulrich's beats."

Obama Edicts Boost FOIA and .gov Websites 400

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the breath-of-fresh-air dept.
Ian Lamont writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the National Security Archive are praising President Obama's executive orders to make the federal government more open. Yesterday, Obama issued two memos and one executive order instructing government agencies to err on the side of making information public and not to look for reasons to legally withhold it. The moves are expected to make it easier for people to file Freedom of Information Act requests, and should also boost the amount of information that agencies place on their websites. The general counsel for the National Security Archive (an NGO that publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act) even predicts that agencies will use blogs to share information. Obama's directives reverse a 2001 memo from former US Attorney General John Ashcroft instructing federal agencies to generally withhold information from citizens filing FOIA requests."

Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App 461

Posted by samzenpus
from the pull-up-your-kill-list dept.
An anonymous Coward writes "Knights Armament Corp. who supply sniper rifles to the US military have developed a iPod Touch mounting system and software for the US Army M110 sniper rifle system. The use of off the shelf hardware no doubt cut costs and allowed rapid development of this system." If it automatically played a theme song after every head shot, this would be the coolest rifle accessory ever.

Comment: What MS features are currently in use? (Score 1) 503

by barneco (#26534293) Attached to: Can a Small Business Migrate Smoothly To OpenOffice.org v3?

How about starting with good, old-fashioned requirements gathering?

Talk to a few people for as many roles as you can determine. Find out what features your office currently uses, and prioritize and categorize them(must-haves, costly-to-lose, frivolous[quantified as much as possible]). Compare this to the equivalent(or NONequivalent OO features). This data will tell you exactly what to do.

Classic cost-benefit, imho. Use leg-work and good analysis to make the right recommendation, not buzzwords and advertising.

Once you make the right decision, selling it to the masses is easier than you think. It's those decisions that are made with no real research or for the wrong reasons that aren't accepted and blow up in your face.

One person's error is another person's data.