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Comment Re:old clunky junk (Score 1) 170

Alternate windows manager does not help me when I ACTUALLY WANT TO PRODUCE A PROFESSIONAL PDF FILE.

Linux cannot do that, but then, my customers are paying me for that. "Hey, you PDF file has the wrong fonts in, it looks like sh!t on some readers and no metas, but at leat my window manager is great".

How long do you think they are going to pay me?

Comment Re:old clunky junk (Score 1) 170

From a hobbyist perspective, building that board is very hard. The Arduino does all the legwork for you and you only have to plug your external components into the board, which already exists. That is the main point. Arduino gives you the infrastructure to use the MCU and only worry about the externals.

When one comes from the point where learning about things like pull-up resistors is exciting (like me) building an actual board is something you leave to gurus and experts.

Comment Re:old clunky junk (Score 1) 170

Ok, I will bite. I am an Arduino enthusiast. While I know there are lots of microcontrollers out there, are there any platforms out there that allows a hobbyist to quicjly build a few circuits because the infrastructure around the controller chip is very easy and foolproof to us. I am talking about a SYSTEM here, not the Microcontroller chip itself. Arduino does a lot of interfacing for you. I know about the GPIOs on the Raspberry Pi, I build a circuit with it only 4 days ago. The Arduino was much easier to use in general (for one, the pins are labelled! Imagine that!)

I used the Pi because my project required a camera (it is a alarm with a motion detector). Anything else, I will use an Arduino thank you.
And yes, I have several different Arduinos with bluetooth, from Redbear, dfRobot (beetle rules!) as both Leonardo and Uno configurations so it is not as if I am not curious. I am not an electronic engineer but have a passing interest (I have a degree in Physics, and my dad was a ham and electronic freak so I grew up with this). I do have 35 years of C/C++ experience, started programming in 79 on a TRS'80. Microchips and low level machines are a non-issue.

So? Any suggestions?

Comment Re:old clunky junk (Score 1) 170

I work with Apple products and often use them in an production line with PDF document for publications.

Work, for real, with Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator and a slew of PDF tools every day. Both command line and GUI.

If you can tell me how Linux is better for that I will give you a medal.

Comment Re:some bosses are sociopaths (Score 1) 396

My now-boss sent me a mail on the day my daughter was born. She was born at 4 in the morning. I sent a mail to colleagues and friend at about 6, she answered at about 10 with "Congratulations, please finish this work for me today". Same story every day after for a week.

Two weeks later I was reamed out for taking 2 days off because I had to register the little girl at the local government (she was born in a neighboring country, and I had to pick up her birth certificate).

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.