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Comment Cloud: (Score 1) 66

AWS offer Object Storage for its scalability. Cloud file services sit on-top of that & only accept "complete" uploads.

The only happy medium I know of is which implements POSIX (most of it) atop S3 in the form of a virtual drive. Their Linux client is only for corporate users due to a lack of focus consumer-side, but their Windows & Mac clients offer virtual desktop.

Ref: I work for Bitcasa

Comment Re:What I don't understand... (Score 2) 254

Because it's a copycat of many other things already out there:
- Evernote: Notes everywhere
- Tomboy Notes: Save-on-Keypress desktop sticky notes. Public & Private host backup possible (I use this now, for reminders)
- GNote: Linux-only lightweight Tomboy Notes
- Google Keep: My preferred Android + Browser (Linux) note taker (I use this now to note what I should research later)
- Calendars of all kinds: Want to remember to do something at some time? Just put it at some free time in your calendar!

Comment Re:Stop teaching slicing (Score 3, Interesting) 233

Agreed. Good designers know CSS and at-least try to understand the technologies they're asking to be used.
    - Microsoft & Linux-based small corps I've seen.

If the designers aren't supporting the company's end-product in an effective way, the company should be critical of the designers. And you can't be effective at guiding tech creators if you don't understand the tech.

We no-longer are painting banners and putting them online as websites. We now have transitions to consider, varying screen sizes (not just 3, or just X, but 100s).

Copy-pasting images is worthless. If you really want to teach it, make them do it from JPG, but it'll look like crap in Retina no-matter what. Honestly trash the copy-paste and teach a little Inkscape hacking on SVGs.

Comment When MA supported OOXML (Score 2) 75

I knew the guy who worked on the Microsoft legal team who came up with the idea to use accessibility as a reason that ODF should not be a standard in Massachusetts. Of-course he's since-then been furloughed by Microsoft. So much for selling-out freedom for a little personal security.

ODF doesn't preclude an accessibility-capable editor, and it's a real format (not 90% too big and full of ambiguity like OOXML), and not changing every release.

Comment Re:Microsoft tried the wrong business model (Score 1) 249

Ubuntu & Tizen are also coming & have sold millions.
Now Microsoft is the only one in the market whose software still requires a VM/interpreter since iOS & Android are both compiled. This shows they're behind.

Then it's closed moreso than anyone but Apple (because Apple was first & can still get away with it). I can side-load apps on the other platforms. For Ubuntu & Tizen I get my choice of tech stack (and reuse my existing work). Even Android gives some leniency to other languages now.

Comment They're Great (Score 2) 340

I've been trying to get my current employer into using them after having a great time with adjustable standing desks at my last employer. I sat roughly 2 hours a day, but I was regularly up-and-down (about as frequent as people who take breaks regular).
What I don't see here is how well it works for impromptu meetings. You can get a lot more people around modern multi-monitor rigs than before, and there's no thinking about it: suddenly you're presenting to 5 peers in a meeting planned only seconds ago, and everyone is comfortable & can see the screen.

BTW, Ikea has an electronically-adjusted standing desk for $489:

Comment Move to App-Server. Try GARMS (Score 1) 175

The CGI model used in LAMP meant your front-end could scale indefinitely, but the backend (Database) had to deal with a connection create/teardown on each request, so databases where that was fast are what won that round (MySQL).

Now there's the App-Server model, which has some brittleness when people think they can save state locally, but they can't at scale (when you need more than one box). On the other hand, persistent and reused connections to backend resources mean faster TCP (already-warm). To scale this setup, something consistent is usually necessary (like Redis). The other challenge is auto-scale, which is automatic in PHP/CGI-land, but needs interaction with the app-server to do right in MEAN.

I've done CGI/PHP, MEAN, and now I'm off to GoLang's Gorilla + Angular 1.x (with templates, etc on CDN) + Redis + MySQL + Shared Filestore (SSH), so "GARMS" which gives me easy concurrency (go), consistency (log-ins on Redis), transactions (MySQL), large storage (SSH), and a fast-delivered partial-paint UI (Angular pages on CDN).

Comment Welcome (Score 1) 355

Welcome to the vast variety of languages on Linux with the attributes you have. Unfortunately you're still an underperformer in:
- Speed: Plenty of faster-running and faster-compiling (or not compiling) languages to chose from
- Convenience: Python, Perl, Bash, PHP are all lighter-weight, easier setup, & ready-to-go
- License: It matters to the free-software community.
- Self-Competition: Killed D-Lang, Harmed Rust (Co-routines). You've got it (Microsoft CLR runtime) and we all know that's trouble.
- Packaging: Installing Mono-based apps into a non-Mono box are huge.
- Tooling: Experienced devs live here & expect standards. Leave the standards & you've left the community.

So for every purpose there's a better tool (except running code from devs who won't leave Windows). Since devs are leaving faster than ever and universities have all-but-abandoned Windows in CS education, this category is too small to matter. As for legacy software, it'll stay on Windows for fears that it's not as platform-independent as people think (see Java @ 2005), so it's not even an exception.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist