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Comment: Re:We need a new browser (Score 1) 172

by chrish (#47514753) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Switched to Pale Moon when Firefox when full-Google Chrome in the UI; it's like Firefox classic, compiled for 64-bit systems.

Only been slightly annoying at work, due to Cisco's WebEx not having a 64-bit plugin, a fact that I can't seem to remember before trying to join an online meeting... every. damn. time.

Oh, and annoying when Firefox Sync upgraded their back-end in ways that blocked Pale Moon from working. Installed Xmarks (hey, I use LastPass anyway, why not) and forgot all about Sync thanks to being able to sync my bookmarks properly between Firefox, Pale Moon, Chrome and Safari (IE too, if I ever used that for anything other than my company's broken internal sites).

Comment: Re:it depends on what "skilled worker" means. (Score 1) 401

by chrish (#47399003) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

Look at it from the point of view of your executives.

Getting rid of (err, sorry, out-sourcing) the support group massively reduces costs in one area by spreading the cost of downtime and whatnot across all the other areas in the company.

One executive gets a huge bonus for reducing costs, and the other executives get slightly smaller huge bonuses because their efficiency has gone down. It's win-win for the exec who "owns" the support group.

Comment: meh (Score 1) 38

by chrish (#47221435) Attached to: Synaptics Buys Key Apple Supplier

It would be significantly better news if Synaptics had bought whoever provides the Mac laptop touch pads and/or whoever creates the drivers for those. Then Windows laptops could start having good track pads.

I wonder if that's the reason for Windows 8 being touch-focused... an end-run around the terrible track pads infesting Windows laptops.

Seriously, the hardware in my IdeaPad 500 is great, except for the horrible, horrible track pad. And the Canadian Bilingual keyboard, but that's my fault for not paying enough attention during ordering...

Comment: Re:That's not who we are at Mozilla (Score 1) 195

by chrish (#46978331) Attached to: Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans

I haven't said anything about it here (until now), but Australis got me to switch to Pale Moon; it was pretty much the last straw, I guess, and rather than ranting online, I just went and found an alternative that I liked.

A note to the Australis designers... if I wanted to use Chrome, I'd just use Chrome.

On the plus side, I'm enjoying a less crashy 64-bit browser that works the way I want it to.

Comment: Re:All right, then (Score 1) 241

by chrish (#46366831) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone


I stopped buying Apple when they started wiring RAM into the motherboards of laptops again and replaced the user-serviceable hard drives with "it's not proprietary, but only we sell them!" SSD storage.

Apple doesn't care, I'm not in their market anymore. Which is a pity, because their laptops were great for software development.

Comment: Re:Lenovo. (Score 1) 477

by chrish (#45537657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

Exactly this. When I decided my 2008-ish MacBook Pro needed replacing, all of Apple's decent hardware was locked down in ways I hate.

After searching for 15" laptops with decent display resolution (hint: 13whatever by 768 is not decent; 1400x900 is minimum for a 15"), I bought an IdeaPad Y500.

Great laptop, with easily replaceable battery, RAM, and disk, and an optical drive slot that you can replace with a fan or even a second video card. To get a similarly configured (but totally not upgradable or serviceable MacBook Pro) would cost nearly 4x as much, although it would have SSD storage instead of a small SSD cache and a big conventional disk.

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