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Comment: Re:How to totally screw up my ability to code: (Score 1) 181

by helixcode123 (#49194131) Attached to: Musician Releases Album of Music To Code By

Musician and programmer here (see shameless plug below). I completely agree. One of my colleagues always has music playing in one of our coding labs. It's nice music, often Mozart, but it just yanks my concentration. When I code I like to be able to immerse myself in it. Music keeps me buoyed up at the surface.

Comment: Re:If it's cloud based like Office 365 (Score 1) 191

by helixcode123 (#49020285) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

Yes. My kids do all of their school writing assignments on Google Drive (Docs); my daughter, now in college, did all of her work on the Google cloud during High School, and the kids love the real time collaboration features. My youngest, in 4th grade, uses a "private" Google service that their school set up. My point here is that I'm sure many people are using these Google services and Microsoft saw the writing on the wall. That is likely what helped the App group divorce themselves from the OS group in this matter.

Note that the separation is not that strong. For example, I wanted to import a spreadsheet as a table into a Sharepoint wiki page (cloud based), and it required ActiveX. However, both Firefox and Chrome seem to be smart enough that if you do a CTRL-C from Libreoffice on the cells you want to import as a table, and then do a CTRL-V on the wiki page, it does the table conversion. That was a very pleasant surpise.

Comment: If it's cloud based like Office 365 (Score 1) 191

by helixcode123 (#49018119) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"

it could be a decent service for folks on Linux. My company has gone with Office 365, and while the actual Office apps are currently a bit weak, Outlook works pretty well. Since I prefer Linux, and run it on my development machine, I have to boot up my VPN to do Windows based tasks. Running their apps on the browser would be more convenient for me.

However, my current take is that their cloud application suite (Word, PPT, Sharepoint) isn't nearly as functional as the Google Drive analogs.

Comment: Emacs "Org Mode" file (Score 2) 170

by helixcode123 (#46802203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

I use Emacs with "Org Mode". It lets me collapse each day's information to single line, but all of the information can be searched like a normal Emacs buffer and expanded as needed. You even get the handy table formatting. If you need to output sections they can be rendered to PDF, HTML, etc.

Comment: Re:emacs (Score 1) 531

by helixcode123 (#46381801) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

Emacs is a necessity for me.
For editing local and remote (via tramp) files.
Run simple shells, compile, grep, diff, clean directories. All within emacs.

Long time Emacs user here. Can you expand on "clean directories" please? Parent posters have mentioned Tramp, the ability to (nearly) seamlessly edit files on remote system. This is a wonderful feature, along with ediff, for merging updates on my development system (i.e. my laptop) with my deployed code on my remote VPS.

Comment: Re:I wonder... a time machine and a NetBSD install (Score 1) 154

by helixcode123 (#46062467) Attached to: Apple Macintosh Turns 30

Remember that many of the early UNIX variants (SunOS, HP/UX, some others) started out on the 68000 chip. It was a very well designed and flexible chip. Then PowerPC was supposed to be a platform. (Remember CHRP? of course not).

Macs have this image of oddball hardware, but except for NuBus it really wasn't all that true.

Early? You call Unix on a 68000 Early? By cracky, I started out back in 1981 on our shared university system that ran on a DEC PDP-11/70. Boy were we all excited when a few years later we got to run on a VAX!

And fortunately this was in California so the 5 miles I had to walk up hill to get to the computer lab was free of snow.

Comment: Oh Sure. More Supply == More Demand (Score 4, Insightful) 274

by helixcode123 (#44136515) Attached to: Immigration Bill Passes the Senate, Includes More H-1B Visas

> If anything, one recent study suggests, the growth of immigrant workers in American companies helps younger American technical workers

Of course. Isn't that a basic law of economic theory? As the supply of labor increases so do salaries.

I have some doubts.

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