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Comment R&D software will stay native (Score 3, Insightful) 276

I am sick of hearing about how desktop apps are dead. How am I supposed to develop embedded applications through a web browser? I suppose a cloud compiler could do it --- assuming it supports my extreme customizations, and even then, I can't imagine how slow it'd be.

What about network tools? My open source project is a network test utility: http://packetsender.com/. How can network test utilities exist other than a native desktop app? Am I supposed to create a browser add-on? Now we are just arguing semantics. Depending how deep the add-on is developed, might as well call that native.

The app world is more than just a means to consume video, music, etc. Some people need to do real work.

Comment Re:Only 17 months to go... (Score 4, Informative) 138

The latest version of IE does not send "MSIE" in the user agent. Microsoft did this intentionally to encourage feature detection instead of browser detection. Most detection code relies on "MSIE" being present.

If you must, it is still easy to catch IE though. "Trident" is still present.

Comment Re:Why the Displays? (Score 1) 129

Does E-ink support touch?

If not, that's the only reason I can think of e-ink not being used. I assume essentially all android apps require touch support.

Fire TV has a mechanism to simulate touch with its remote. Something like that could be used, but it was pretty awkward the few times I used it.

Comment Plenty of Alternatives (Score 1, Interesting) 242

Dyn has been abandoning the free service for a while. Companies are responding to this.

The IP cams and routers I've bought in the past couple years (Foscam and ASUS) have rolled their own dynamic DNS service and built it in to their product. They use to just use Dyn until their customers started complaining saying Dyn is no longer free.

I have not needed Dyn's service in a while.

Comment Re:What about the windows only software? and offic (Score 1) 116

Documents with "shared" access on network drives do not open properly. The render correctly, but LibreOffice will remove the shared status causing the next person to open it to lock the file and have it no longer shared.

That's the only situation I've found, but it is a pretty big deal at my office. I use LibreOffice everywhere except there.

Comment Re:Why do this? (Score 1) 256

Yes, those are extensions, but it is *extremely* common. Maybe it is not "standard", but it may as well be part of it. I have yet to find a DVI that a dumb DVI/HDMI adapter cannot do a proper conversion and work with all TVs.

It is very common for A/V companies to use the audio extension for DVI instead of HDMI. They do this because they do not want to pay the license fees for the "proper" HDMI port. Just toss in the 50 cent adapter in to the box and your done.

Comment Re:Quite so! (Score 1) 401

I graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering with High Honors back in 2003. I found an EE job without much difficulty. In 2006, I quit Electrical Engineering and went to Software Engineering.

I'm very pleased. I earn more, enjoy it more, and I have no problems finding work. Last time I looked, I had 2 good offers in a little over a month.

Comment My ad revenue went UP when I removed ad servers. (Score 2) 978

I stopped using ad servers, and my ad revenues went up. How did I do this?

I ripped out the Google ads and made myself manual text links to Amazon with my affiliate code.

Here is an example from one of my sites:

Adblock does not block that simple little link. It gets clicked way more often than my normal Google ads ever did. Amazon also pays far better than Google ever paid me.

Also, I have never gotten any complaints about my simple little ad either.

I consider this switch a "win-win".

Comment How is Qt Quick? (Score 3, Interesting) 161

I used Qt Quick briefly. It seems like you get a lot of deep powerful customization, but that comes at a cost. It eventually pissed me off so I went back to QWidget, and my productivity soared.

I would not have completed my project in a reasonable time using Qt Quick. It is not "quick". Sometimes, you just want to drop tables, check boxes, buttons, etc. on to your main window, tie the click event to a slot, and call it done. You are fine with whatever default styling and rendering that Qt and the OS decide is appropriate for the widget's click/hover/etc event.

It seems with Qt Quick, you have to specify all that nonsense. Plus, the Qt Quick editor tool felt complex and confusing. I avoided it and did everything by hand. Qt Designer for QWidgets is a drag-n-drop breeze. I even got my manager on board after he saw me using it. He is an EE, and he really likes it. He is used to spending $500 on Visual Studio Pro to what Qt Designer does better for free.

Maybe I just needed to study Qt Quick more to get past the learning curve, but I knew how to do it the widget way, and I wanted the project done.

Has anybody had success migrating their project from QWidgets to Qt Quick? Unless I see a strong compelling reason, I am sticking with QWidgets. It works really well for me.


Submission + - Nintendo WiiU Released in The USA

YokimaSun writes: Nintendo have today fired the first salvo in the Next Gen Console Wars with the release of their WiiU Console in the USA, a console which is massively more powerful than the Nintendo Wii and also the PS3/Xbox 360(so they claim). Yet again Nintendo have done a world first and released a gamepad which is also a Tablet and should provide us with games that stretch the boundaries even more. Wii Games are compatible with the console as is the WiiRemote.The WiiU comes in 2 SKUs a 32GB Deluxe package and an 8GB Basics pack. The Games line up is a strong one with games such as New Super Mario Bros U, Arkham City Armoured Edition, Assassins Creed 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Sonic AllStars Racing, Nintendo Land, Tank Tank Tank, ScribbleNauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two, ESPN Sports Connection, DarkSiders 2, Rabbids Land, Mass Effect 3, Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Wipeout 3 and Just Dance 4 all available on Launch Day. Will this console be able to fight off Tablets such as the iPad and Kindle Fire HD?

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark