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Comment: Re:Wow, only 13 years after screwing up Linux... (Score 1) 815

by filesiteguy (#43099591) Attached to: Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac
Nah, Linux isn't "better" than Windows. It just sucks less.

I still have a laptop running Crunchbang (http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2012/crunchbang.jpg) at home to be used as a gateway. I also have a USB key with Knoppix (http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2012/knoppix_desktop.png). However, most things just don't work well with Linux, and booting a VM isn't that much fun.

I did my best to integrate into work, but it just got too much. Here's the presentataion I did at the southern california linux expo a few years back... http://www.perfectreign.com/stuff/2010/2010_SCALE_Presentation.odp

Comment: Wow, only 13 years after screwing up Linux... (Score 2, Interesting) 815

by filesiteguy (#43086423) Attached to: Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac
I'm still not happy about his whole, "Qt isn't OSS so I'm writing GNOME to compete with KDE" move back in the late '90s. Though I appreciate Ximian, I fail to see why he's even relevant these days.

I was a HUGE Linux fanboi in the late '90s through about 2010. I agree with him, however, that Linux just doesn't work as a day-to-day end-user platform anymore. As it is, I'm mostly using my Nexus tablet and Galaxy phone for tasks, and then resort to Wintendo when I need.

Comment: I'll wager $723.42 that IBM goes another 100 years (Score 3, Interesting) 189

by filesiteguy (#36462888) Attached to: IBM Turns 100
It is amazing to me that - back when I graduated university in '92 - people were foretelling the death knoll for IBM. Next thing I know, I'm working on programming ASP.NET using JCL on zSeries machines fifteen years later.

Now, we're using Rational and Eclipse to manage Websphere projects.

Go figure.

Comment: I find my CS staff never use math... (Score 1) 583

by filesiteguy (#35465464) Attached to: CS Profs Debate Role of Math In CS Education
...however they use logic a great deal.

Keep in mind when old-timers like me were in college, CS was about determining how to best utilize the 640 KB of memory you had available. You needed to understand more math than now.

OTOH, I actually think that multiple languages are a must for programmers these days. I - for one - speak/write German and Spanish. I have seven programmers with CS degrees and an additional six analysts with CIS degrees working for me.

Comment: Re:12+ (Score 1) 334

by filesiteguy (#35290532) Attached to: How Many Solar Powered Devices Do You Own?
Exactly my point. I always chuckle when I read of some "environmentalist" claiming a superior-than-thou attitude when discussing driving their Prius. (Which - not only is made with ultra-toxic non-renewable chemicals but is produced using almost slave labor. (Here's one of many examples: http://piggington.com/ot_the_darker_side_of_toyota_human_trafficing)

And you can make diesel out of pretty much anything - used veggie oil, soybeans, dead dinosaurs, coal. All those things are FAR less polluting and dangerous than the chemicals used for batteries.

I have a solar system on my house: http://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/public/systems/EJpk11639

That at least is a beneficial process unlike the supposedly "green" hybrid cars.

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