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Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 257

by mcgrew (#48031855) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

I tried Lo but it wouldn't do full justification, so it was a no-go for me; I need to format printed books. Oo seems to work like any other Windows program, except it loses it's "last used files" list in the start menu whenever it's upgraded (they really need to fix that).

Comment: Re:Asimov system? (Score 2) 257

by mcgrew (#48030435) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Overrated?? Asimov wrote over 500 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His stories were between the covers of all the science fiction magazines every month. And the trilogy you rate so poorly won a Hugo award (the most respected science fiction award there is, with the possible exception of the Nebula). He, Heinlein, and Clarke are are often considered to be the "Big Three" of science fiction authors.

Sheesh, judge the author of over 500 books on three. That's pathetic.

Oh, and in case you didn't figure it out, I've been a huge Asimov fan for fifty years (as well as Heinlein and Niven and most of the rest). I didn't care for Clarke, but I'd not call him unimpressive, I just didn't care for his style. If I cared for that style I'd probably love his work, but I don't.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 1) 257

by mcgrew (#48030233) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Couldn't agree more. Not restoring the (useful) start menu for W8, even as an option, goes to show how much they really care about it's customers.

You're not their customer unless you're buying boxed sets of their OS and apps to install on your home brew machine. Acer, Dell, etc. are their customers. You didn't buy that OS from Microsoft, the OEM did. You bought it from him, and he's the one you should complain to.

Comment: Re:Which users? (Score 1) 257

by mcgrew (#48030149) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

I'm hoping W7 is it for me, but I'd said that XP was it; I've been mostly using Linux for a decade. Then about 3 years ago I bought this notebook and have been too lazy to install kubuntu (which I had on the older one that had been stolen). Despite its annoyances W7's still there.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 257

by mcgrew (#48029939) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

From the time I got Windows 7, and I could just press "start" type the first few characters of the program name and launch it

And then open the file you want to work on. Meanwhile, using the Start Menu, two clicks and your document is open inside the app.

Your method is extremely problematic with something like GIMP that has little or no keyboard use.

Don't like Start? Don't use it. But just because I don't have a use for something doesn't mean it should be abolished.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 257

by mcgrew (#48029875) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

On my small notebook I have the file manager, Thunderbird and Firefox pinned, but I mostly use Open Office Write. Most recently opened documents are two clicks away, while if Oo was pinned a click would open a blank document, and it's a couple more clicks from Oo's interface.

Comment: Re:They've reinvented CB radio! (Score 1) 147

by mcgrew (#48026263) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Citizens' band is NOT ham radio. CB is limited by law to low power transmitters and anyone can use it. Ham radio can reach anywhere in the world. Also, you need to take a test to be granted a ham license. Never heard of Ohm's Law? No license for you! Back when I was a teenager you had to know Morse code to get a license, the one thing that kept one out of my hands (I never could memorize).

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Journal: Surprising Statistics 1

Journal by mcgrew

Bored, since I can't do anything to the book but wait for the USPS, I decided to log into my web host's site and check out statistics for my site. Most of them were completely unexpected.

Comment: Re:Hobsons choice (Score 3, Interesting) 171

by mcgrew (#48013883) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

When enough others decide to buy an app-able crockpot, you won't have any choice but too buy one as well.

Yes, for normal people, but we're nerds. We'll simply hack them, just like we jailbreak iPhones.

This story reminds me of something that happened in a bar a year or so ago. A fellow had a strange looking contraption that looked like it had something to do with a furnace. I asked him what it was, and he said it was an "obsolete" analog part that cost him twenty bucks new that he was installing in a friend's furnace to replace a burned up digital board that cost $200 used.

Look at cars, my last car had a digital circuit to control climate. If it had gone out, the replacement was $300. $300 for something that surely cost the automaker less than $5 to manufacture.

If I'm forced to buy an internet-connected toaster, you can bet its antennas will be the first parts to be removed.

Comment: Re:Why not self host? (Score 1) 6

by mcgrew (#48013407) Attached to: Sorry I haven't written

A lot of reasons. I probably don't have a fixed IP address, I'd have to keep on top of security far more closely than with a PC, and I'd have to have at least two computers running 24/7/365 in case one went down, and I usually only have one or two running when I'm awake. The electricity alone would cost more than hosting.

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Journal: Sorry I haven't written 6

Journal by mcgrew

I've been busy editing. I sent off for a printed copy this morning, so you'll probably see more of me the next couple of weeks, as will the folks at the bar. I'll probably be bored, since I've been working obsessively on that book since March.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.

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