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Comment: Re:You are asking the wrong queston... (Score 1) 343

by evilad (#49076173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

I work in a consulting environment where multiple people MUST collaborate on the same report technical input, technical overview, analysis, technical review, business english review are all often done by separate people) often from remote locations, and often on tight timelines.

So I question your assertion that this is a process "problem". In some cases at least, it is a process, and one which is only problematic from a technical perspective.

Comment: I have done this with Tortoise and SVN (Score 1) 343

by evilad (#49076115) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

I helped grow an engineering company from 3 people to 25 with a mandate to provide for satellite offices and remote non-technical workers. SVN/Tortoise was the hammer I chose, because it was the only hammer I knew at the time that was even vaguely like a Document Management System.

It solved many of the basic problems, but it has not been without pain. Try explaining to a receptionist how to mitigate a tree-conflict error that she didn't cause. Worse, explaining to the satellite offices that video files require an entirely different sharing mechanism simply because they're big. To the president that his edits don't get priority over the guy who committed first.

If I had it to do over again with a shoestring budget, I'd probably do the same thing. But I'm here in this thread because I'm hoping there are better answers for people on the Linux server - windows client model, who have grown to the size where they have an IT budget, and place a high value on uninterrupted productivity.

So seriously, are there anecdotes from mid-size companies trying to solve the document management problem?

Comment: Re:Certification? (Score 1) 36

by evilad (#48594517) Attached to: OpenMotics Offers Open Source (and Open Hardware) Home Automation

It is not difficult, but it is very expensive to get a consumer device CSA or UL approved. You must re-certify for any tiny change in design, or in some cases, for changes in manufacturing process. As I understand it, the certification applies only to the certificate holder, not to anyone else who happens to choose to manufacture from a design that someone else has successfully certified.

So my question is about how you would safely and legally use the homebuilt result of an open hardware design, where the entire point is that it's easy for John Q Public to change the design.

Comment: Re:Certification? (Score 1) 36

by evilad (#48594487) Attached to: OpenMotics Offers Open Source (and Open Hardware) Home Automation

It seems like the safety bar is much lower for low-voltage battery powered devices. So your system is probably OK using non-certified components as long as they only collect and provide information, and are never hardwired into the mains, and don't exist inside a junction box.

Would it work to have a small collection of certified relays, dimmers, motor controllers, etc, all of which can accept input from uncertified devices?

Comment: Re:what's the point? (Score 4, Informative) 136

by evilad (#48290463) Attached to: A Smart Electric Bike: Taking the Copenhagen Wheel Out For a Spin

A pedal-assist system (one that only helps, but will never do all the work), can be just the boost that some people need to start exercising.

The gentleman that I bought my used electric-assist bike from was so weak that he was unable to cycle any reasonable distance without assistance. After using the assisted bike (with a custom rack for his oxygen tank!) for a year and a half, he decided to switch to a regular bicycle.

Comment: I want a REAL kindle killer (Score 1) 321

by evilad (#47110257) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

I've owned several e-readers, and I love them for what they are -- a book replacement. For me it's all about having a high contrast, readable screen with excellent battery life, and e-ink instead of any kind of light-emitting display. I've used one each of a Sony, Kindle, and Kobo.

In every case, I've loved the hardware, but the software drives me insane.

Mostly I want all my reader software to talk to Calibre (or some other central database) to sync the last page read, keep notes on which books I've read and when, and to record my star ratings. But it would be nice if the reader's "library" screen made good use of the screen to allow me to navigate through my books.

Comment: Re:Start button? (Score 2) 172

The worst thing about the hiDPI support is that they clearly *thought* about multi-monitor mixed-DPI support, and then utterly failed in execution. The "let me choose different DPIs for different screens" is so horribly broken that I can't even tell how it's supposed to work.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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