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Comment: IOS device/app management still sucks (Score 1) 295

by danpritts (#42169471) Attached to: Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade
They have not changed the App/home screen management options for iphones & ipads. You still can't resize the viewable area so you can see ALL of your iphone screens. It uses something like 640x480 on my 1920x1200 monitor. There is still no logical link from managing your apps on your device to managing your local app library. I have some crappy old app, i see it in the iphone management screen. I think, i should delete that. The only way to do so is exit the screen to go manage my local library, and delete it there. I haven't tested this for sure, but I bet there is still no way to save a layout/set of apps and locations. More times than I'd like I've had to do a full reset, and then manually rearrange all my apps. Doing a restore from backup is not a solution; that restores whatever was borked, requiring a reset.

Comment: BackupPC (Score 3, Informative) 306

by danpritts (#38589738) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Free/Open Deduplication Software?
backuppc is backup software that does file-level deduplication via hard links on its backup store. Despite the name's suggestion that it is for backing up (presumably windows) PCs, it's great with *nix.

Its primary disadvantage is the logical consequence of all those hard links. Duplicating the backup store, so you can send it offsite, is basically impossible with filesystem-level tools. You have to copy the entire filesystem to the offsite media, typically with dd.

It also can make your life difficult if you're trying to restore a lot of data all at once, like after a disaster. You take your offsite disks that you've dd' copied, hook them up, and start to run restores.

The hard links mean lots and lots of disk head seeks, so you are doing random i/o on your restore. This is really slow. If I ever have to do this, my plan is to buy a bunch of SSD's to copy my backup onto. Since there are no seeks on SSDs it will be much faster.

Comment: blech (Score 1) 2254

by danpritts (#35013530) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design
the visual design is worse; definitely way too much white space. It's also not really fresh; at first look it looks like you just re-skinned the existing design with different fonts and boxes. text has a minimum width rather than flowing when i narrow my browser. That width is wider than optimal for easy reading. I'm blown away that you override default font sizes. un-f-ing believable. On the non-negative side, I don't notice the bloat or any performance issues that others have mentioned. I have plenty of bandwidth, and i am not using noticeable CPU (safari/osx/core2-2.4).

Comment: Re:Kinesis Advantage (Score 1) 310

by danpritts (#34019720) Attached to: Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?

Me too.

i find the right and left thumb switches on the kinesis are very useful; the thumbs are basically wasted with the typical keyboard layout and this makes them much more useful. When I go back to a standard lame keyboard i really miss the backspace with my left thumb.

For the original poster, you ought to be able to figure out something to do with the keymapping that will work given your right thumb is out of commission.

As the previous poster said the keyboard is remappable (on older models it was an extra cost option but i think now it's standard). This is cool; for example, vi users might do as i do and map the left thumb "delete" key to esc.

Their tech support is excellent.

These keyboards are expensive but worth it.

Comment: Re:Any brand has lemons but some just suck. (Score 1) 252

by danpritts (#32414598) Attached to: Low-Level Format For a USB Flash Drive?

there's an explicit non-warranty of data on drives, because the consumer wants to put their priceless data on a cheap drive; the market has spoken, though, and cheap drives sell and expensive ones don't.

The car analogy is flawed - there's an explicit reliability warranty on all new cars, and an implicit expectation of safety (often made explicit by the mfr's advertising).

Comment: Re:Any brand has lemons but some just suck. (Score 1) 252

by danpritts (#32389516) Attached to: Low-Level Format For a USB Flash Drive?

You're talking about a device extremely sensitive to heat, moisture, vibration, and magnetism at the least and people want to cram 2TB of priceless family photos and their thesis paper into a $50 device without making backups.

I think hard drive manufacturers should have to include free data restoration for the life of the warranty.

I find it amazing that these are written by the same person.

Comment: problem occurs on windows too (Score 2, Informative) 204

by danpritts (#32093008) Attached to: Mac OS X Problem Puts Up a Block To IPv6
It may be less prevalent, but we have observed similar behavior on windows when the client thinks it has IPv6 connectivity but does not for whatever reason. in our environment, I believe it was due to moving from wired to wireless network (our braindead wireless system only supports ipv4). My testing about a year ago showed that firefox on mac or windows waited 3 seconds PER HTTP HIT before falling back to IPv4; it was too dumb to cache the fact that v6 wasn't working, and repeated the 3sec wait over and over. Safari on mac acted similarly but 5 seconds per hit. I don't remember about IE but I think it was similar. Camino had no such problem; it didn't support IPv6 at all :(

Comment: Re:Self-signed is no good. (Score 1) 660

by danpritts (#30815854) Attached to: What's Holding Back Encryption?

Interesting - I hadn't actually looked at it beyond a quick glance. They will accept a standard certificate request, but as Lazy Jones describes above they'll just generate it all for you.

It's a tough call for me whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Obviously, as you say, when they generate the key for you, you're giving them your ssl session. OTOH, maybe if it gets more people using ssl in more cases, it's worth it.

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