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Comment: Re:Requiem for UMA (Score 1) 243

by spectre_240sx (#30699756) Attached to: MagicJack Femtocell Gates Cell Traffic to VoIP

In practice, there's really no testing to be done. Either it works or it doesn't. I use UMA any time I'm in a rural area with WiFi available and it's been very useful to me. Unfortunately, calls on UMA still debit your monthly wireless minutes, which I find to be appalling. I can understand some charge, but the standard rate is way too high considering I'm not using their wireless network for transit.

Comment: Re:My first question would be... (Score 2, Informative) 320

by spectre_240sx (#30123380) Attached to: Microsoft Open Sources<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Micro Framework

Sybase? I think you mean MSSQL. Also, the Eclipse IDE actually has some capability for .NET development now. This can easily be used with open version control solutions. It may not be good for developers who are doing large projects, but for anyone developing plug-ins for office apps or something similar it's not too bad.

Comment: Re:Who cares about PST files anymore? (Score 1) 319

by spectre_240sx (#29880839) Attached to: Microsoft Opening Outlook's PST Format

There are a lot of reasons, beyond performance, why this is a bad idea. I'm well aware that it's done, but I would expect it won't be common for too much longer. How do you handle an e-discovery request when you have PSTs in unknown locations? What happens when a lawyer knows you have something and then it gets lost? It's nasty territory to be in.

Comment: Who cares about PST files anymore? (Score 3, Interesting) 319

by spectre_240sx (#29878725) Attached to: Microsoft Opening Outlook's PST Format

I'd wager that Microsoft is willing to do this because the .pst format is becoming irrelevant. Medium and large businesses already want nothing to do with them due to issues with performance and management. That leaves small businesses and a small number of home users. With hosted exchange options becoming more common among small businesses, the need for .pst files is going away very quickly.

Comment: Re:Vodka (Score 1) 770

by spectre_240sx (#29862159) Attached to: A Tale of Two Windows 7s

So true. I don't want to think of how many hours I've spent searching "windows expose" on google. There are a couple of crappy implementations, but none of them are really usable. I used switcher for a while, but it only works if you set the process priority to maximum and it's difficult to make that preference persistent.

The biggest thing that I want is the ability to switch to the desktop, do work, then switch back to my active windows. In Vista and prior it can't be done. I'm not sure about 7, because I haven't been using it for very long.


+ - Project Management for IT Departments

Submitted by spectre_240sx
spectre_240sx (720999) writes "I'm looking for success stories regarding project management in IT. There's a lot of talk about project management, but it all seems to be geared towards developers. I'm looking for methods and potentially software that would help in rolling out upgrades to our environment as well as implementation of new applications and expansion of infrastructure. What's the IT world's answer to Agile, Scrum and all of these other buzzwords I keep hearing about?"

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