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Comment MS Word (Score 1) 227

I've used MS Word for my log book for many years. I use the classic MS Word file format, not the newer XML-like format; since many programmes on every computing platform that's ever existed are able to open and read the classic MS Word file format. In addition, MS published the file format and so it's well understood and newer editors will always be able to create an import filter for MS Word files.

Comment Re:A really big tip on progressives after 20 years (Score 1) 464

Tips 2 & 3 are on the money. Progressives work very, very well for me (~-5 correction, with +2 added for the reading component). That said, I have the optometrist make the lens taller to accommodate a bigger focus area, plus I pay extra money for the lenses that offer a wider viewing area (in my case, Nikon Progressive Presio Power). I believe this makes a difference and isn't just marketing.

Comment Re:if it doesnt work (Score 2) 464

The problem with bifocals and progressive lenses is that they assume you are looking down to see close objects...

I wear progressive lenses and they work very, very well with my laptop + external monitor setup. The key is properly positioning the monitors. Yes, the monitor needs to be lower than you may have positioned it prior to needing reading glasses; but, it's really not a problem to position the laptop and external monitor to accommodate this.

Comment Re:Software doesn't really matter (Score 2) 259

You're exactly on the money!!! What's needed is a cataloging app that keeps the canonical data store in sidecar files. Picasa is "almost" there. In recent versions it writes most of its data to .picasa text files (an open data format). This provides future portability because another app can read those .picasa files and the image files to rebuild the database. Hopefully, Google will continue to expand Picasa so that it writes all info to .picasa files as well as keeping a local database current. The local database provides excellent app performance, and the sidecar files provide for future portability when Google decides to walk away from Picasa--which they inevitably will.

Comment Re:At least one CEO eats his own dog food (Score 1) 314

Anyone with a serious interest in this subject needs to read "Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom Demarco & Timothy Lister. They present empirical research data gathered in the 1970s that demonstrates the real productivity gains to be made through housing staff in appropriate office space. Note: open offices and cubical jungles do not constitute productive environments. The numbers tell no lies.

Comment Netgear's recent incompetence (Score 1) 53

I'm a ReadyNAS owner. I have ignored recent firmware updates from Netgear simply because they have become incompetent at releasing firmware that actually functions. I keep my ReadyNAS far away from the Internet, and so my level of risk is low; as well, I have stopped upgrading: Netgear's release quality is simply too poor to allow me to risk the upgrade.

Comment Re:big surprise (Score 1) 165

More likely a case of somebody lying to get around a FOIA request,...

I agree. Telling porkies is their specialty.

... for which there will be consequences. All government agencies have very strict regulations concerning record keeping and FOIA, with jail time possible for anyone who fails to abide by those regulations.

Now you're dreaming in Technicolor. The liar might get a promotion for their behavior, but there certainly won't be any negative consequences.

Comment Re:Here's the deal... (Score 2) 329

The advice I've replied to is exactly right. In my case, I fly almost every week on business, and I buy my own laptop. By the end of the second year, I almost always experience some type of failure in my laptop--either failure of a component or an accident (liquid into the keyboard). I always buy the all-perils warranty for my laptop and I always come out ahead. I am out at the extreme upper end of the bell curve, and so I benefit at the expense of the insurance company.

One of the benefits of the warranty (on my HP laptop) is that I buy the onsite, next business day service. So, no matter where in the world I am working--and I work in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia--an HP tech shows up and fixes my laptop without the need for me to visit a service centre or return my laptop to depot by courier. This is part of the business value to me.

However, I do not buy any other extended warranties; because in all the other situations I am not out at the extreme end of the risk curve and so I will always lose.

"Consider a spherical bear, in simple harmonic motion..." -- Professor in the UCB physics department