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Comment: Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 727

by drkich (#47715445) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Please enumerate in detail exactly how Windows 8 has handed Linux an opportunity on a silver platter. I am not a windows appologist, but at the same time, I do have a Windows 8 machine. It works. I do not have any issues with it. I use it for my gaming rig, home development for Java and Python, and random office use and browsing thrown in for good measure.

I have no issues using it, and it works well. Did I make tweeks to the UI to have it do exactly what I want? Sure, but who doesn't tweek those settings? I go right to the desktop. I can use all my old programs from XP and 7 without issue. My old hardware devices work.

So I am interested in exactly what you see as broken in Windows 8 that is handing Linux this platter?

Comment: It is a wonder... (Score 3, Insightful) 303

by drkich (#42245353) Attached to: How To Use a Linux Virtual Private Server

It is a wonder Linux has such an image problem with anyone, but the converted. Granted this article may not be the best, but let's do a quick google search for the actual article that the poster is refering to:

David Bolton talks about what he did. Good or bad, he documents it and shares it with his readers.

What do I read here, explatives, degrading remarks, and just plain snobbery. Here and there are some useful remarks. What I was hoping is to read a helpful discussion on what he recommends/did and what could be done better and how. There is so much vitriol to sort through, I don't even bother.


Comment: Re:stagnation due to saturation (Score 1) 180

by drkich (#41442621) Attached to: Flatlining User Base May Spell End of RIM

No, I just believe that eventually those that stop growing, adapting and changing will eventually be left behind. It is in a way of never-ending, unlimited growth. Those that replace the stagnate company continue to grow until they themselves are left behind.

Apple is a classic example of a company that turned that around, dramatically. They were almost left behind, being given money by Microsoft just so Microsoft could claim that they are not a monopoly.

Now it is RIM's turn to show that either they need to move on or turn it around and convince us why they should stay.

Comment: Re:In the US they call it Scouts. (Score 1) 754

by drkich (#40440043) Attached to: Are We Failing To Prepare Children For Leadership In the US?

I do not know you, but let me ask you one thing? Are you involved in the Scouts in any form now? What is your basis for saying these things?

I disagree with your assertion that Scouts are a pale imitation of their past selves.

I know our Troop just recently went on a camping trip (really, tents and all) to Alaska. So with your sample size so small, please do not paint the entire efforts of parent volunteers with such a broad brush.

Sure is there a greater emphasis on raising money? Yes, but it is more expensive to do these things with the kids now as compared to 30 years ago. Law suites, insurance, and inflation have made the cost of doing just basic meetings more expensive. Our sponsor provides us with no direct funds, we have free use of the facilities and a permanently assigned room. And we are very grateful for this. There is a nominal fee each year, but that covers the basics. If you want to do more, you either raise funds, or the parents pay themselves.

Comment: No advertisements on mobile apps (Score 1) 400

by drkich (#40017965) Attached to: General Motors: "Facebook Ads Aren't Worth It"

I use the free mobile app from my phone and tablet almost exclusively. I almost never use my computer to connect to facebook any more. They do not display any ads on the mobile apps. How many of their users are almost exclusively mobile and that is at least a percentage of your users that never get to see your ads.

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