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Comment Make your computers help you⦠(Score 1) 464

An optometrist recommended corrective lenses for me as well to deal with slight astigmatism, and I gave it a shot for about 10 weeks before stopping it because it just never got comfortable. I've noticed that frequently putting them on/off causes a hint of a lingering headache, but I'm guessing that could be due to my eyes/brain trying to re-focus constantly.

These days, I've just made font sizes larger in the primary programs I use â" Terminal, IDE, mail, web browser, etc. That's made things much easier to read by taking much less effort. I've made a similar change on my mobile devices (laptop, phone). I figure every bit helps in reducing/slowing down the degradation of vision.

Comment Re:numbers? (Score 4, Informative) 357

Emery Lehman, highest scorer for the US, on the Men's 5000 meter competitions:

Salt Lake City USA (2013-11-17): 6 min 19.86 sec (personal best)
Sochi Olympics 2014 (2014-02-08): 6 min 29.94 sec

His performance at the Sochi Olympics is 19.18 seconds away from the top scorer.

Jonathan Kuck, second after Lehman for the same competition:

Salt Lake City USA (2013-11-17): 6 min 09.73 sec (personal best)
Sochi Olympics 2014 (2014-02-08): 6 min 31.53 sec

Patrick Meek, third in Sochi Olympics 2014, for the same competition:

Salt Lake City USA (2012-01-21): 6 min 23.89 sec (personal best)
Sochi Olympics 2014 (2014-02-08): 6 min 32.94 sec

Only Jonathan Kuck's personal best beats out the top scorer in this competition. I'll defer to wiser minds in determining whether having a suit give you +5-10 second advantage is "fair" in this competition.

Comment Relatively fast, but depends on the keyboard (Score 1) 240

It depends on the keyboard I'm using.

My preferred keyboard of choice for the last several years is the Kinesis Advantage contoured keyboard. With that, I'm able to sustain 100+ wpm with 99% accuracy. And sometimes I surprise others that I'm able to maintain this while maintaining a conversation with them.

On other keyboards, though, my speed falls dramatically as I can't touch-type as easily.

I also thought I was typing relatively fast, until a friend of mine pointed me to So far, I'm still trying to beat my all-time best of 142 wpm of so long ago.

Comment Password Management Tool + Emergency Docs + Will (Score 1) 402

I have something like this in place:

Use a password management tool (e.g. 1Password) which has your different accounts/credentials.

Prepare a document (e.g. will) that will disclose the password management tool's master password to your next of kin or designated executor.

In addition, I prepared a list of 'emergency documents' that contains all the pertinent info I have (passports, social security numbers, tax documents, etc) in both electronic and paper forms.

It's a convenience for me that I have access to all of this at my finger tips, but I imagine it would be a great convenience / time-saver for what is already a trying and difficult time.


Submission + - Google moves censorship from China to Australia (

mykos writes: Mr Newhouse said Google agreed to take the link down after he filed an official complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

"Lo and behold they agreed last night to take down the sites."

Mr Newhouse believes the site would be filtered under the Federal Government's mandatory filter.

"Sites that promote racial vilification would actually fall within that description [illegal sites] and therefore would be filtered."

The Federal Government plans to introduce legislation this year requiring all service providers to ban "refused classification" material.


Submission + - AT&T Glitch Connects Users to Wrong Accounts ( 2

CAE guy writes: "The Boston Globe reports: 'A Georgia mother and her two daughters logged onto Facebook from mobile phones last weekend and wound up in a startling place: strangers' accounts with full access to troves of private information. The glitch — the result of a routing problem at the family's wireless carrier, AT&T — revealed a little known security flaw with far reaching implications for everyone on the Internet, not just Facebook users.' Who needs to worry about man-in-the-middle attacks when your service provider will hijack your session for you?"

Submission + - AMD Delivers DX11 Graphics Solution for under $100 (

Vigile writes: The new AMD Radeon HD 5670 launches today and it is the first graphics card to bring DirectX 11 support to the sub-$100 market and offers next-generation features to almost any budget. The Redwood part (as it was codenamed) is nearly 3.5x smaller in die size than the first DX11 GPUs from AMD while still offering support for DirectCompute 5.0, Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming and of course DX11 features (like tessellation) in upcoming Windows gaming titles. Unfortunately, performance on the card is not revolutionary even for the $99 graphics market though power consumption has been noticeably lowered while keeping the card well cooled in a single slot design.

Comment GLPI (Score 1) 251

It would really depend on your site requirements -- namely, what you want to track, how to correlate said info, etc.

You might want to check out GLPI. It covers the basics that most inventory management software does. The documentation is a bit lacking / confusing, but there're enough users out there who can help. It's pretty flexible, too, but seeing that the OP mentioned isn't a web coder, that's not as good a selling point.

On another note, I'd recommend searching SourceForge and Freshmeat for "inventory." It might just so happen that someone's written it in such a way that fits your needs. In my experience, every organization has always had something slightly different, where one works better than the other.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain