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Comment: Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 139 139

The nicest thing I can say about FF is that it opened the floodgates, before Firefox/Phoenix/Mozilla Suite you had crappy IE, broken NS, and adware Opera.

Today there is Comodo Dragon (what I use, better security features and no phone home to Google) Chromium, SWIron, and Opera which my oldest boy swears is the greatest thing ever (hates the new version, went back to using presto) and on the gecko side there is PaleMoon (the other browser I use, I prefer the UI over IceDragon and it seems snappier), SeaMonkey, IceDragon, if you need really low resource there is always Kmeleon which runs really well even on a P3 running Win98SE and if you want to avoid BOTH the Chromium and Gecko engines you can go with QTWeb which is just what it says on the tin, a cross platform browser that uses Webkit and the QT framework...quite nice actually and of course Safari if you are into Apple.

I was using FF before it was called Firefox, and the Suite before that and....yeah, its just not very nice now. The UI feels like a bad Chrome ripoff and it still has "senior moments" where the entire UI can just "hang" for several seconds, which when you have 8 fricking cores and 16GB of RAM? is just inexcusable. I don't know what went wrong with Moz, but for the past few years they seem to have gone out of their way to just ruin the browser, do they no longer care? Has the UI team been taken over by Google? All I know is If I wanted Chrome I'd use Chrome and the current FF feels like a really bad Chrome knockoff, its the "Hipad" that looks kinda sorta like the real thing but once you use it? Yeah its just a knock off.

Comment: Re:"as a Service" = you have to buy it Every Year? (Score 1) 172 172

or use excel under wine

and then you aren't locked into Apple's ecosystem

WINE is a joke. Always was, always will be. It is fighting a losing battle, trying to reverse-engineer a moving target (Windows APIs).

Can't imagine that you would actually propose that as a long-term solution.

Oh, wait. I forgot this is Slahdot; where the more kludgy a "solution" is, the better they like it.

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

Sorry, my experience has been that the default settings are NOT track order.

Sure, because Apple would figure that you wouldn't want to listen to an album in track order..

You do know that that little stylized "criss-cross"-looking symbol down near the bottom of the screen in iTunes means "Shuffle", right?

Comment: Re:Just in time (Score 1) 172 172

Sigh...Home gets 5 years, Pro gets 10. It has been this way since Vista and since its written into the contracts they sign with corps and governments? Isn't gonna change.

The ONLY change between 10 and Vista/7/8 is they are getting rid of SPs for a combo of rolling fixes and updated .ISOs, THAT IS ALL. And even THAT ends up being because of contractual obligations since their support agreements (many of which go on well past 2020 for the big corps) says "For 5 years after release or two years after the release of the latest service pack whichever comes latest" (or there abouts, they have changed the EOL page to a "warm and fuzzy" Win 8 style which is full of warm feeling mess) so by getting rid of the SPs they don't have to worry about the SPs throwing a snooze alarm on the EOL dates.

So its really not that hard, Home gets 5, Pro gets 10, and if they follow every single release since Vista (which there is no reason to think they won't) for 6 months to a year before and during a new release you'll be able to get it cheap if you want to upgrade your old hardware.

Comment: Re:Will we get up-to-date images? (Score 1) 172 172

You don't have to wait for MSFT, just use WSUS Offline. I've used it for many years, in fact I still have the WSUS Offline .ISOs for Win2K and WinXP and it works like a charm, lets you use DVDs or USB sticks, will even include .NET and Office if you like. Oh and you're welcome ;-)

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

Apple users are the ones who require the computer to intervene where their brains cease function. Normal humans are able to complete a single thought all the way through and use computers to aid in this. Computers are not meant to replace our brains, but rather to augment them.

And so, that's why iTunes lets you have it either way. All it takes is unchecking a couple of checkboxes in iTunes Preferences.

Or do you need to consult someone online to help you through that?

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

I used to care how the files were organized too, until I realized it was pointless if the software can do it for me. It's not about "the Apple way", it's about letting computers do the job for us, like it's supposed to be.

That's known as 'vendor lock-in' and if IBM or Microsoft were doing it, you and yours would be screeching. Or sneering, more likely.

Oh, so NOW it's "Vendor Lock-In" to have a preferred Directory Structure???

GTFO, asshat.

All you have to do is Uncheck a couple of Checkboxes in iTunes Preferences, and you can have ANY Directory Structure you want with iTunes.

No "Lock-In", asswipe.

Boy do I wish sometimes for IRC's Ban/Kick/Nuke tools...

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

I'm the same way. If the music management program can tell the difference between 2-3 versions of the song, but are different remixes, as well as not overwrite the lossless version of a song with a MP3, I'm happy.

I used to worry about tags... but these days, I have so many other things on my plate that if some software can do the grunt work, so much the better.

iTunes is more than happy to have multiple entries in the "Library" database that have the same song name, but which point to different copies/versions of the same file. In fact, it was kind of a pain to avoid duplicate entries when creating "decimated" versions (downsampled) of songs to put on your phone, etc., before Apple created a function in iTunes to do that.

Just remember, there are two parts to iTunes: The Database part (the "Library") and the Media part (the songs). And the Database records are NOT "keyed" simply by Genre/Artist/Song. The Primary Key appears to be something on the order of a simple "ID" (which isn't displayed), with Secondary Keys for Genre/Artist/Album/Song, etc.

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

What you told me was that iTunes doesn't manage the files the way I want and that I have to do it myself. Of course I complain. Plus, the option you gave me isn't really 'managing files'. It manages them to the extent that they will be organized in the UI but they will not be managed in directories.

They are orgainized BOTH in the Database (iTunes "Library") AND in the Artist>>Album>>Songs-in-that-album Structure, UNLESS you UN-Check the "Let iTunes keep Folder Organized" AND the "Copy to iTunes Folder". THEN you can have you own private Directory Structure.

BUT, if you are SANE, you will simply let iTunes use its Artist(Folder)>>Album(Folder)>>Songs-for-that-album(Files) structure.

Got it?

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

In any case, if you don't want iTunes to manage the files, simply uncheck the option "Keep iTunes Media folder organized".

I really can't understand why people are bitching about this so much.

ESPECIALLY since iTunes debuted in what? 2001 or so, and hasn't changed its organizational structure (or options for same) since then?

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

thats exactly what i am referring to. im glad to hear they dont do that anymore however

iTunes hasn't changed its organization, nor the options for same, since its inception. You really need to try and keep up.

And slashdotters say Apple users are technically illiterate. Sheesh!

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

Why should people have to create playlists to play an album in the order it was delivered? For example, the album of a musical performance - It's in order as presented, NOT waiting to be alphabetized!

Um, you don't have to do that. In fact, the only reason to create a Playlist is if you want to REORDER the songs on an album, include songs from multiple albums, or EXCLUDE certain songs from an album.

By default, iTunes organizes Songs-from-an-album in TRACK order, just like if you stuck a CD in a player and played it.

Why, oh, why are you people bending over backwards to be obtuse? ITunes has been around for WELL over a decade. Can you REALLY be surprised at its databasing?

Comment: Re:Looking to move off of iTunes (Score 1) 350 350

and what about when i dont want to use itunes anymore? i have thousands of songs in a single directory with no logic behind it???

Well, if you ever looked at the iTunes directory Structure you'd instantly realize what an idiotic statement that is.

The Directory Structure is simple: Artist >> Album >> Songfiles-for-that-album.

Do you have a better suggestion? Genre is a Metadata grouping. Doing otherwise with Genre would cause much unnecessary confusion and ambiguity in the Filesystem.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?