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Comment: Re: Idiotic premise (Score 1) 253

by corychristison (#48215939) Attached to: We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

If there was a truely open, distributed, social platform/framework, I could totally see it being coupled with email accounts. Some email services are paid, some are free. The provider could either have ad supported service, or paid, or both.

The fact you would have a choice in where your data is held, is the important part, though.

Comment: Re:OwnCloud? (Score 2) 122

OwnCloud is a WebDAV based system. It's inherently bloated, but it works. Setting it up your own web server is a requirement (or purchasing web hosting somewhere, but then the trust/security goes out the window).
Google Drive, Dropbox, Onedrive, OwnCloud all require storing your data elsewhere.

BT Sync only syncs data across your devices. It does it really well, utilizing Bittorrent protocols and DHT. It's actually a very useful tool. I use it all the time.

Comment: Re: How many of you are still using Gnome? (Score 2) 403

by corychristison (#47979967) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

I use XFCE as well.

XFCE 4.10 came out in April/2012. I'm honestly worried maybe things have stalled. I use Funtoo(/Gentoo) Linux, so I see from time to time things get updated in the various applications that make up XFCE, but I'm still worried about its future.

Comment: Re: Ecch ... (Score 1) 74

by corychristison (#47967181) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

I prefer Bittorrent Sync over my local Wifi.

Create a share on your desktop, add some files to it, add the share to the phone, let it sync.

The beauty is if your music collection is less than your phone's available storage, simply adding music to your collection will add it to your phone if you set up your collection as a share.

You can set it up to work over the internet, but I don't do that.

Comment: Re: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 545

by corychristison (#47922971) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Absolutely they are not mutually exclusive.

Personally I have a 24" (1920x1200) monitor, and do not have any space left on my desk. With that said, I've always believed I can only focus on one screen anyway, so what's the point?

I have often considered a second, much smaller (6-7 inches diagonal), for notifications/system stats/etc, mounted directly above my monitor. But the hassle of trying to configure that would be more work than its worth.

Comment: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 3, Interesting) 545

by corychristison (#47922733) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I've used workspaces extensively since discovering Linux in the early 2000's. I find it rather interesting Microsoft is /finally/ introducing native, proper, workspaces.

Any time I try to explain it to someone who has never used them, they always ask me "Why would I use/want that?" and then they always jump on the multi-monitor mantra and say "Why not just get X number of screens?"

I personally have 8 workspaces configured. I use them all. I have my pager configured in 2 rows of 4 grid. My window manager is configured to 'skip' to the corresponding workspace by dragging the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen (with a configurable amount of resistance), so its as close to physical screens as it can get without the cost of buying 8 screens, video cards, plus power costs.

I've argued this in the past on Slashdot here, but I honestly don't see the appeal of physical screens. Maybe Windows people will finally 'get it' when Win9 comes out.

Comment: Re:Just wait (Score 1) 425

by corychristison (#47920529) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Soon the Apple fans will come and show us all how some physics theory about light absorption when you point something at camera from the right angle will make the light bend just so slightly and cause an illusion that makes the phone appear to have no camera pointing out.

Except that these are software renderings...

I have not yet begun to byte!