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Comment Re: What do you mean... (Score 1) 187

Oh, I still use Microsoft Office - I've just chosen to stick with Office 2003. It meets my needs, and I'm happy with it. I tried 2007, and 2010, and neither made any improvement in productivity. Your mileage may vary, and that's what's nice about being able customise an interface - the toolbars. Your needs are different from mine, and we can both have the way we want it.

Comment Re:Open source SCO (Score 1) 225

Thanks for reminding me - Compaq servers, and Tru64.

I tried to forget that period of my life - I had to migrate a DEC Alpha to Tru64.

Then I had the privilege of installing Win NT 4.0 on the Alpha, so it could run Exchange 5.0

{deep breath} It was the most stable instance of a Windows server + Exchange I've ever seen. Yep, MS server software, plus exchange, running on DEC Alpha hardware. No BSODs, and exchange went down ONCE, when it was upgraded to 5.5. The first thing to crap out was a network adapter. I think it was about 8 or 9 years old when the whole server was retired.

Comment Re: What do you mean... (Score 3, Insightful) 187

Hear, hear. Google is your friend. It took me all of 10 minutes searching and reading to learn how to customise the toolbar system in MSOffice versions prior to the ribbon, e.g. remove and add toolbar buttons for features as desired, and even create a keyboard shortcut for things in frequent use.

Thus, the features that I use most frequently *are* at my fingertips, and the items I don't use are banished back to their menus. It seems the ribbon was created to pander to those people who weren't able to figure out toolbar customisations. The ribbon is harder to customise, takes up far too much screen real estate in the "full" version, is almost useless in the minimised version, and it took a long time to get used to it.

And while we're at it, Microsoft's UI design team should be sent to a real design school. White, light grey, and dark grey are the colour schemes available in Office 2013, and I had customers complaining that they couldn't see things easily. How did such a design get past testing and QA? The response from the "experts" on was to set the entire computer's colour scheme to "high contrast" - never mind ruining the interface for other programs, sheesh.

Comment Re:Fire the guy who designed this... (Score 1) 564

Exactly. With rare exceptions (such as kid's entry-level bikes), motorbikes have a manual clutch and a foot-operated sequential shift gearbox. It's one of the first things you learn, i.e. how to coordinate throttle, clutch, and gears to be in the right gear at the right time.

Except that riding a motorcycle generally takes more concentration, more engagement with the vehicle itself, so those skills will be lacking unless you've actually spent some time on a motorbike, and the vast majority of cagers have not been trained to ride a motorbike. They're just not used to that level of engagement with the vehicle and the process of driving.

EVERYONE should be required to undertake training on a motorbike before getting a licence. A pipe dream, but there'd be a lot less accidents.

Comment Re: File a Complaint (Score 2) 154

Well, you can always tell anyone that you give your phone number to: "Don't call me with 'number withheld'. If you call me to tell me my son/daughter has been taken to hospital, and you choose 'number withheld', then I will sue you for withholding information vital to my family's safety/wellbeing."

If you have information vital to the safety or health of me or my family, then withholding the source number is tantamount to compromise of that. If my child dies or is otherwise compromised because you chose to withhold your source, then I'll see you in court.

Sounds like an ITG, I know, but put yourself in that position. What would you do? If you've been harassed for weeks by "number withheld" telemarketer scams, and choose to not answer fake numbers or "number withheld", what would you choose to do in that situation?

Comment Re:Something's changed at Morgan's management (Score 1) 51

I don't pay money to experts and automatically follow their advice. I pay them to provide me with information that I need to make my decision.

As I stated, it was a kind of proto-reality show, so yes it was a bit of a waste of time. Worth it for the look inside the Morgan factory, though.

They were being advised to do things that would have detracted from the allure of their product, probably leading to a reduction in orders, and an eventual loss of profitability. Perhaps the company management at the time held a broader view than the consultant? Anyway, I can't remember much else about the show.

Comment Something's changed at Morgan's management (Score 5, Interesting) 51

There was a TV show some years ago - a proto-reality show - where a management consultant was brought into a company to upgrade their processes, in a bid to improve profitability.

Morgan was one of the companies visited by this smarmy git and his TV crew. Now, the Morgan production line is, well, antiquated. The cars (at the time) were largely hand-built, using hand tools, even hand-powered tools. The visiting expert tried to convince them to automate some of the manufacturing to increase production volume, and to start using cheaper materials to reduce costs. They flat-out said "no", and you could see the expert fail to understand their reasoning. Their orderbook was full for a number of years, they were happy with what they were doing, and the way they were doing it. The expert just couldn't comprehend why they didn't want to change.

And now they're going electric. Who owns Morgan now?

Comment Re:Oh, wow! (Score 1) 116

Oh, yeah. As long as users refuse to upgrade *cough*digital cinema*cough*, there'll be jaw-dropping amongst the community.

Still using 2.6.13 under Fedora. Apparently we users (projectionists) aren't to be trusted with our own equipment, so no root access, and we get an upgrade every three years or so, whenever we scream loud enough and promise to pay for it.

To their credit, the "upgrade" includes a calibration of sound+vision, so there's that.

Comment Re:Pity the birds (Score 4, Interesting) 190

I'm sure that coming into contact with the tip of a wind turbine would kill or seriously damage you, but there's evidence that some animals aren't actually colliding with the blades. Some post-mortem studies (of bats IIRC) showed evidence of ruptured lungs (but no blunt-force trauma), implying that the animals were killed by entering the zone of low pressure behind the leading edge.

Comment Re:Not that crap again (Score 1) 256

Not having looked at the actual grant, or a sample grant application, I can see why those in charge of processing grant applications would want submissions to be highly structured, formal, and consistent.

How many applications are expected? If you can't at least pre-process them electronically to identify the first round of refusals (e.g. for not meeting one or another requirement, or not using enough jargon), then a person has to eyeball them, and that costs money that would be better spent elsewhere.

If I had to process many different formats by eye, I wouldn't be a happy bureaucrat.

OTOH, why not move the whole process to a html form?

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