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Comment Consistency for Home, End, PgUp, PgDown, Delete (Score 1) 683 683

I couldn't care less about the Caps Lock. I rarely use it, but it doesn't bother me.

My frustration is when I use different keyboards, and the Home, End, PgUp, PgDown, and Delete keys are in different places, or are shaped differently (double height delete key, for example). The same goes for arrow keys.

I use the HELL out of the Right Click Context key on my keyboard. I've noticed that Logitech has been replacing that key with a FN key to switch the purpose of F1-F12 to other stupid things no one cares about.

I also use the crap out of the Windows key to start searches or enter UNC paths to get to network resources quickly. Though if it wasn't there, I would learn and use it's alternative shortcut key.

Comment No on Primary machine, Yes on Secondary. (Score 1) 257 257

On my families primary machine (an AiO in the kitchen): Not for at least six months, and maybe never. It currently works fine as is, and a new OS would be disruptive.

On our secondary machine (a recently purchased cheapo Toshiba laptop that is used for gmail / basic surfing only)? Sure, why not? I understand that Windows 10 runs well on low specd hardware, plus it will give my kids experience to yet another OS.

Comment NFC is taking off! (Score 1) 151 151

"People just don't use it as much as anticipated"

That may be true of 2014, the future of mobile pay was shaky to say the least, with high profile retailers Best Buy and 7-Eleven pulling out (they're back in now), but with Apple pushing mobile payments, new tap to pay checkout devices are showing up on the counters of retailers every day, and I expect it to be the norm by the end of this year.

I currently use tap to pay 7+ times per week, and expect that to double by January. I love how fast it is, and that I don't have to hand my CC over.

I'm not worried about speaker placement, camera specs, removable battery (assuming the battery is of sufficient mah), or removable flash storage, but no NFC will makes this device a non-starter for me.

Comment Tumblr - Just Today (Score 1) 280 280

What a coincidense, Tumblr is forcing me to reset my password due to suspicious activity, and I want to use my generic low security password, which len = 9, and includes both numbers and lower case letters,. It's not strong enough for them though, "Please choose a stronger password." Give me a break.

Comment Non Profit? (Score 1) 158 158

I volunteer at a non-profit 1x/wk, and they struggle with technology. They have a full time "CIO" on staff, but I don't think he really knows what he's doing, and basically manages a few contracts for their website, a file server, network management, and he spends the rest of his time driving social media. The rest of the staff (about 25) come to me for help anything and everything, and I'm only there 4 hours a week.

I'm to the point where I don't really enjoy the cube life and program management, I wouldn't mind working at the non-profit full time in an operations capacity, my skills would definitely improve their technology abilities, and make things more efficient.

Comment Re:Routine changes. (Score 1) 294 294

We do the exact same thing Vermifax, and after 10 years of installing Windows Critical Updates on servers, we've never once had a problem in production with this approach. In fact, I can only recall two times that a patch caused an issue with our applications in non-prod and we had to investigate prior to deploying (or not deploying) in prod.

I think you're at higher risk with all the red tape and heavy process potentially resulting in servers with unpatched vulnerabilities.

Comment I hire a CPA (Score 1) 386 386

After years of using either TaxACT or TurboTax, I hired a CPA last year to complete my 2012 federal and state income tax returns, and I used him again this year. It's not cheap, just north of five bills. I might shop around next year to try to get that down around $300.

I have multiple K1s, one from a foreign investment, which was downright nasty, and TurboTax wasn't up to the task. Plus, a lot of other unusual stuff that TurboTax didn't address directly.

Comment Re:Good for you. (Score 1) 641 641

You hit the nail on the head with your comment about OSs being merely file managers and application launchers to many people (me included).

XP is far superior at those basic tasks than newer generations of Windows OS, which are slower, fatter, and less intuitive with all the file system libraries, jumbled up start menus, and whatnot.

I still have a 9 year old desktop machine running XP (the box is occasionally wiped and reinstalled), and it still gets a lot of use for SOHO web browsing. I prefer it over my Win7 lappy and Win8 AIO. I really hate to see it go, It's perfectly capable, except that it is now a security risk.

UNIX is many things to many people, but it's never been everything to anybody.

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