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Comment: Re:This is why I refuse to buy apple products. (Score 1) 754

by mardukvmbc (#34804596) Attached to: Apple Pulls VLC Media Player From AppStore

I'm a dedicated linux user for the past 5 years and I'm thinking of dumping it all and going to macs.

Instead I'm a dedicated mac user and I'm thinking of dumping it all and going to linux. ;)

I spend way too much time fiddling and screwing around trying to get normal things to work. The other day for example my wife wanted a sound to come on when she got an email in thunderbird. Should be easy, no? Doesn't work on ubuntu without some serious googling/screwing around. Google earth which for some reason vanished from the medibuntu repository... same deal. For some reason the installer set the symlink to point somewhere else. And still the fonts are screwed up, don't know why.

I spend way too much time fiddling and screwing around trying to get normal things to work. And Apple keeps deleting my posts when I whine on their support forums.
The other day for example I wanted to connect my Android phone to my macbook. Should be easy, no? Doesn't work on a mac at all because "RNDIS is a Microsoft protocol".

Or one of my favorites? Kdenlive, a great video editor, can't export to h.264 out of the box on ubuntu because it uses lame so you have to put your own custom export in.

After I switched to linux, kdenlive exported to h.264 out of the box simply by choosing "H.264" from the format list (which included HDV, DV, MPEG2, MPEG4, Xvid, Flash, RealVideo, Theora and Webm).
Of course, that only worked after I enabled the restricted codecs, which aren't "restricted" by any technical reason, but only by the illiberal laws of some countries which sacrifice civil liberties to create monopolies for the profit of big enterprises. Thankfully I don't live in one of them.

Agreed but there's a point where you get tired of ideologies for the sake of not getting something done.

Or a recent clean install of Kubuntu 10.10 that left the master mixing channel muted (not through kmix but through alsamixer).

Effectively I have some problems with that %$&%# PulseAudio which keeps eating all of my CPU just to play an MP3 :D ...

Pulseaudio... the bane of my KDE life. It's 2010 and we're f'ing around with sound?

Or the fact that the newest ubuntu amarok packages kill it's ability to talk to my wife's ipod.

...but I'm happy anyway because I switched to a non-Apple mp3 player which doesn't require me to either use a closed, buggy, heavy, alien, limited application or to rely on amateur reverse-engineered libraries just to transfer music on it. It also costed much less and does have a removable battery.

I hear you and know why you feel that way but the fact of the matter is that the old packages work, and if you manually download and forbid-upgrade the packages they work again. Some package manager screwed up and it's another half an hour on google and mucking on the command line to get a couple songs on my wife's ipod.

Look, I loves me linux, but I have 3 kids, a wife, a job, and a life.

Look, I love Apple devices, but I have an underpaid IT job, so I can't afford to spend 3x the money to buy underpowered hardware.

Hey man I really appreciate the counterpoint before I jump in to the apple realm. My mind's not set and your points are exactly what's holding me back. Especially the last one.

It just seems to me that the amount of f'ing around with desktops to do basic things should have gone down over the past 5 years on linux, and it seems to have gone up instead. Lots of fanciness but lotsa bugs. I was hoping in the apple realm that because you pay more maybe you get what you pay for. I've had family, friends, etc go this way and all proclaim this. But you've got me thinking. Maybe I'll hackintosh one of my linux machines and see how it goes.

Comment: Re:This is why I refuse to buy apple products. (Score 5, Interesting) 754

by mardukvmbc (#34799956) Attached to: Apple Pulls VLC Media Player From AppStore

I'm a dedicated linux user for the past 5 years and I'm thinking of dumping it all and going to macs.

I spend way too much time fiddling and screwing around trying to get normal things to work. The other day for example my wife wanted a sound to come on when she got an email in thunderbird. Should be easy, no? Doesn't work on ubuntu without some serious googling/screwing around. Google earth which for some reason vanished from the medibuntu repository... same deal. For some reason the installer set the symlink to point somewhere else. And still the fonts are screwed up, don't know why.

Or one of my favorites? Kdenlive, a great video editor, can't export to h.264 out of the box on ubuntu because it uses lame so you have to put your own custom export in. Or a recent clean install of Kubuntu 10.10 that left the master mixing channel muted (not through kmix but through alsamixer). Or the fact that the newest ubuntu amarok packages kill it's ability to talk to my wife's ipod. On and on. I'm not pointing fingers here, the devs and packagers do a fab job for the most part but it's always just shy of the goal line it seems.

Look, I loves me linux, but I have 3 kids, a wife, a job, and a life. And I won't do windows not for the least part because of the safety factor for my kids and wife not downloading shite. So do I want to come home from my IT job and have a nice safe controlled environment for my wife and kids to hop on, do email, surf the web, etc in a reasonably safe way where I don't need to spend hours on end fiddling when something doesn't work? Sounds f'ing great to me.

Comment: My Story (Score 1) 437

by mardukvmbc (#34700854) Attached to: Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies

I cheated my ass off in university in two classes. They both had the same prof, were required courses, and the prof was known to be a dick.
He would give these wicked exams (which I never cheated on) that would be so ridiculous that my 45% would be graded a B+. He would also give mandatory assignments once every other week that took ~60 hours to do and would be worth 1% of your grade. But they're mandatory so if you don't do one, or fail it, you're done. I cheated big time on these with a group of other guys... even wrote a parser/compiler that would take someone else's code, refactor it in random ways, and recompile it. We never got caught. And I didn't give a shit about cheating.

But in my discrete math course I struggled big time. Was a straight C+ student, and even though I was fascinated by the course, couldn't "get it."

I completely gave up on the final which was worth the bulk of the course. The prof was very good and helpful but I just couldn't do it. So I went out and got completely wasted the night before the exam. Stumbled my way in on a couple hours sleep, still drunk, sat down in front of the prof and aced the course. The prof was so flabbergasted by my exam that he told me that if he didn't know me and hadn't watched me write the final he would've accused me of cheating. He stopped me on the way out of the exam and offered to have me do post-grad work under him. I didn't.

But you know what? I've done just fine in my IT career. One of my most valuable skills I think is knowing when work isn't worthwhile doing, and when shortcuts are going to work.

Comment: Songbird Irrelevant Anyway (Score 2, Interesting) 356

by mardukvmbc (#31724130) Attached to: Songbird Drops Linux Support

In my opinion Songbird became irrelevant anyway the moment it dropped ipod support. I don't know how they think they can gain any semblance of marketshare, or cred for that matter, by dropping key features from it's codebase. It ran like crap anyway. Who builds a music player on top of mozilla?

Comment: Say No (Score 1) 932

by mardukvmbc (#30076296) Attached to: Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?

Say "No" gracefully.
My strategy in my household: All 3 systems run Ubuntu. 5 users, some 4 years old. Only I have admin. Problem solved.

In the office I'm forced to use XP. However most of the extended family now has issues with Vista... and since I've never run it I can quite honestly say that I have no idea how to fix a Vista machine. So, I say as gently as possible: "I can't help you."

For the ones I have a real soft spot for, like my mom:
- XP machine isn't running any non-licensed software. No WGA hassles (hopefully!)
- AVG installed & autoupdates.
- Windows autoupdates.
- Firewall enabled.
- Behind a cheap $20 router (surprising how much this helps)
- Use only FF (hid the IE icon and warned her about using it)... make sure you set FF to the default browser.
- As little local apps as possible... only openoffice and picasa.
- She doesn't get an admin account. Only myself and my brother in law do.

Surprisingly, the only time I've had to fix it is when my 14 year old nephew was on the box trying to install some hacked game he downloaded...

Comment: Re:WIll this be backported? (Score 1) 377

by mardukvmbc (#29810627) Attached to: Sneak Preview of New OpenOffice 3.2

Once it's released you may be able to Install from a PPA such as this https://launchpad.net/~openoffice-pkgs/+archive/ppa.
It's currently for 3.1.1 in 9.04 which I'm using.
More instructions here:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/How-to-Install-OpenOffice-org-3-1-on-Ubuntu-9-04-111105.shtml.
However you'll probably have to wait for a little while after 3.2 is actually released in November.

Comment: The main problem with Notes (Score 1) 255

by mardukvmbc (#26283241) Attached to: Campaign to Open Source IBM's Notes/Domino

...isn't the technology, the UI, or anything else.

Granted, it loads slower than Vista from a cold boot, looks fuglier than outlook using 8-bit colors, and has usability problems up the wazoo (try explaining to a vp wtf replication is).

It's that execs don't get it. Is it email, a shared spreadsheet, a bunch of discussion databases... why spend millions on it?

This is why I got out of the notes game years ago. Sure, I could monitor a 10K user system distributed world-wide from home over a modem. But I sure couldn't sit at the boardroom table and get them to understand the value prop.

Now the SAP folks, they know how to market to the c-level folks.

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.

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