Try chewing on: "Sunrise is at about 7 A.M. in autumn"
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It's not up to the level of geek fantasy what-a-white-box-laptop-could-be. However, for practical purposes, if you get one of the big-chassis Thinkpads or Dell Latitudes (in the case of Dell, this would be a Latitude E-series today) then a ton of parts are interchangeable and upgradeable between models in the same chassis series. And it's been that way since the Latitude C-series at least. They're a lot easier to work on than the consumer-model laptops, too.
These days I just buy disposable junk like everybody else, though.
There's another Principia: older and even more famous. Look it up.
I don't know what's worse, dryly making fun of this kind of thing or even more dryly implicitly making fun the sheer number of folks that won't get the joke.
The review is by these guys: http://www.pacificbookreview.com/About-Us.php
It's a self-published crank book with a hilarious title. The guy might be mentally ill. It's just sad. I know times are tough but still, this Gary Sorkin guy should be ashamed of taking Kemp's money to promote the book.
Some of us old farts have jobs and lives, you know.
As the child of a Maori man with a Chinese woman! Do you start arguing that pepperoni pizza is a social construct every time someone comes up with a new topping combination?
At least, for much of what passes for professional programming. But in my very humble experience, the guys that brag the loudest that they've never needed any math to do any real-world programming are the ones who end up getting assigned stuff that involves very simple calculations---often just the correct use of libraries---and still manage to bung it up.
Short answer: no. If you need to open a document in a older file format, and Office is mangling it, openoffice.org is worth a try, but that's the luck of the draw. Office will generally do a better job of that, but not always.
If you have a version of Office without Powerpoint or Visio, the openoffice.org Impress and Draw programs are serviceable.
On the flip side, I'd be scared to do anything significant in the database thingy, because it has that "95% complete" quality that the contemporary free software world takes as an indication they're at a good point to do a total rewrite.
Lots of that kind of amusement at http://www.hamsexy.com/
When a smart person does something stupid, it's because he lacks common sense. When a stupid person does something stupid, it's because he's stupid.
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