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Comment: Re:My experience with the GIMP (Score 2) 197

by hardie (#42824257) Attached to: The Book of GIMP

Clap, clap, clap, clap.
I have struggled with Gimp for several years (only intermittent use). I tried to avoid it, because it always took a bunch of work just to figure out how to do something that should be simple.

Just recently I switched to Photoshop. What a breath of fresh air. I'm having very few problems.
Stuff that I commonly did in Gimp through several menus and drill down choices; in PS there are three control key presses that do the same thing. I'm sure you could force Gimp to do something similar, but what's the point? PS is by far easier to work with.

Comment: Re:Why this dilution? (Score 1) 249

by hardie (#42824163) Attached to: LibreOffice 4 Released

I think this is incorrect. I use OO at work remote at my home office. Work is in another state, they all use MS.

I started with LO but ran into a couple of significant issues. This was in the October-December 2012 timeframe, with the then current release.
1. My tech sent me an Excel file of data and plots. The plots were on the same sheet as the data, four columns of data, four plots. In LO one of the plots has the wrong data--it is plotting a different column than specified in the Excel file. I consider this a major error/problem. This alone would keep me from using LO.
2. If I put pictures into a text document and send it to the folks using Word, there are lots of format problems. Pictures are off center, so much as being half off the page. They are the wrong size, which screws up formatting from then until the next manual page break.

OO has neither of these problems. For that reason, I think it is far more compatible/reliable with MS Word and Excel.

Comment: Re:This is the in-law's house right? (Score 5, Informative) 372

by hardie (#41796771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ideas For a Geek Remodel?

One more--if you're doing the work yourself, it will take anywhere from 2 to 10 times as long as a real contractor would take. This is why their pay grade is higher than yours (in contracting...). The quick estimate is to take the contractor's wage (say $60/hour) versus your "skilled" labor at $10: it will take you six times as long.

Next, add in the effects of only working on weekends (if so), and not being in shape for a full day of serious hustle contractor takes even longer.

I am a dedicated do-it-myselfer. I don't mean to discourage, but go into this with eyes open.


Comment: Phil Zimmerman is ok in my book (Score 4, Informative) 127

by hardie (#41716669) Attached to: Zimmermann's Silent Circle Now Live

I worked with Phil for awhile at StorageTek--6 months or a year I think. He's a very smart guy. He was also one of the most evangelistic people I have ever met. I do NOT mean this in a religious sense, any way shape or form. At the time (this was the 1980's) he spoke a lot (incessantly?) about the danger of nuclear war and all these bombs we've got. I expect that this same incredible focus and sense of purpose has now been applied to security, which could be a really good thing. I also expect that he has mellowed a bit, but that's just a guess.


"Be *excellent* to each other." -- Bill, or Ted, in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure