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Comment: Re:If I use an IDE, does it mean I'm a bad program (Score 1) 439

by Just Some Guy (#49737369) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

Why do you assume that your IDE has features that Emacs doesn't? It's been in active development for 39 years to be a great, productive programming environment. Do you honestly believe that it's had 4 decades of worldwide contribution and not become reasonably good at helping people write software?

Without exception, everyone I've heard decry Emacs and Vim as "just text editors" has never used them beyond "open file / type / save" and has no idea what they were working with. It's like dismissing Linux because you've only used it as an AWS shell, and you feel sorry for people who won't upgrade to Windows so that they can use a web browser.

Comment: Re:There can be only one. (Score 5, Insightful) 439

by Just Some Guy (#49730405) Attached to: Choosing the Right IDE

Longer answer: IDE? No thanks. At least, I've used Eclipse variants and various Visual Studios, but they map onto how I think about writing and managing software. I want a blank screen with lots of keyboard shortcuts, some basic autocompletion, perfect syntax highlighting, maybe some Git support, etc. I don't want code generation or any refactor-all-the-things functions; I won't be using them.

I used Emacs for years and years, only eventually switching to Sublime Text. ST was beautiful and fast but didn't have nearly the ecosystem of Emacs, plus its non-Freeness started showing when it went many months without an update. Life's too short for a proprietary editor, which is where I spent approximately 60% of my work life. I dependent on it more than any other tool and the prospect of my chosen tool dying on the vine wasn't appealing. I tried Atom for about a week, but it was slower than ST2, lacked a broad ecosystem, and, well... JavaScript.

So one day I decided to revisit Emacs. Hey! It grew a package manager! Since that afternoon, I've had zero desire to look back. Emacs will outlive me and my children, will support every new language and tool that comes along, and will always be Free. There's nothing out there good enough to make me consider switching.

PS, in concession: I could make the same cases for Vim and its grandchildren. Once you've learned them, if they do what you need then there's very little compelling reason to change.

Comment: Re:Make it more expensive ? (Score 2) 243

by Just Some Guy (#49729901) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

A big reason for drinking Starbucks is to show other people that you can afford it.

LOLWUT? Starbucks in cheaper than most of the local coffee ships near me. I love love LOVE the Philz Coffee downstairs but I'm not kidding myself about the price: that Ecstatic Iced isn't gonna pay for itself. Coffee Bar was better (and more expensive) yet. Around SF, at least, people buy Starbucks for the same reasons they buy McDonald's: it's a known quality and not expensive. It won't be the best you've had, but it'll be exactly like the last cup you bought and it won't break the bank.

On my block, Starbucks is the opposite of conspicuous consumption. It's what you get when you're in a hurry or aren't from around here.

Comment: Answer: because it was an awful idea (Score 2) 243

by Just Some Guy (#49729015) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

I bought and use an Apple TV all the time. It's how my kids watch Netflix, and how we rent movies 99% of the time. I love it. I would never buy an Apple television, though, because 1) I like my Vizio, 2) I don't want to have to upgrade my display just because an input device broke or became obsolete, and 3) there literally zero advantage to that arrangement instead of an external box connected via HDMI.

Lots of devices have built-in screens and it makes sense for them. I wouldn't buy a separate screen for a display-less laptop, for instance; making CPU + display into a single unit is perfectly reasonable. There is no reason at all for that to be true in the living room, though. How many sizes should they make? Does everyone get a 60" Apple Television even if they have a tiny living room, or will I be squinting at a 30" Apple Television from across the room? Which pixel technology will they choose? Eh, no thanks. Component systems still have their place, and the living room entertainment system is probably the perfect example of that.

I love my cheap little Apple TV and will probably upgrade it to the next model when that comes out. I don't love it so much that I'd throw out a perfectly usable display panel as part of the deal.

Comment: How does iPhone spyware even work? (Score 1) 79

by Just Some Guy (#49695657) Attached to: Mobile Spy Software Maker MSpy Hacked, Customer Data Leaked
Say I want to spy on my kid. (I don't, but work with me here.) How would that software work? Short of jailbreaking the phone, I can't imagine what iPhone spyware would look like. Would said kid have a Spy On Me app that she'd need to run from time to time? Even keyboard replacement apps are somewhat vetted in what information they send to their vendors, and I don't think they have access to photos, email, or anything else but the keyboard.

Comment: Re:What's that say about those judging? (Score 1) 461

by Just Some Guy (#49684769) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

It says that they make reasonable inferences based on prior experience. It's just an email address, sure, but one associated with a service designed for "people not smart enough to be on the real Internet". For a long time, AOL didn't have Internet access at all, just keywords that took you to an internally hosted web page-like media view. It was generally understood that no one clever enough to grok the Internet would ever settle for constricting AOL access, so its usage came to connote cluelessness. By the time it opened up to the rest of the web, there were many viable local and national competitors.

OK, you're one of the handful of AOL users who picked it for non-clueless reasons. You can't be surprised that the rest of the world sees you as a tiny minority, though, and automatically assumes that @aol.com implies @i-dont-know-what-an-isp-is.net. I don't begrudge you your right to dig in your heels and resist. Hey, I had an Amiga for years after they stopped being cool - I get it! Shine on, crazy contrarian diamond! Your address may very well eventually come around to be hipster-cool and retro, and if so, congratulations! But if it doesn't, well, understand that you made the decision.

FWIW, Gmail's "Mail Fetcher" can be configured to pull mail out of non-Google accounts and into a Gmail inbox. You could start using Gmail today and not miss a single @aol.com email, then gradually transition over a period of days/weeks/years as the legacy email slows to a trickle. I don't personally use Gmail and I'm not trying to push you onto it. I just wanted to point out that you don't have to pick a flag day to switch from one email provider to another. If you decide to transition, it can be as quick or gradual as you feel like that day.

Comment: Re:Exede (Score 1) 153

Get yourself a cheap PC and install Squid on it, then configure all your browsers, etc. to use that as a proxy. Think of it as a huge, multi-user, multi-platform, multi-browser shared cache. If you find an interesting article on CNN and share it with your wife/roommate/dog, there's no need for them to re-download the entire thing. You can also switch from, say, Chrome to Firefox if a page doesn't render as expected and not have to refetch all of it. Once one person on your LAN fetches http://example.com/image.gif, you all get the benefit of having it stored on your own network.

This made a slow connection at a previous house almost tolerable. It's not a cure-all but I'd stake cash that you'd see a noticeable improvement in routine browsing.

+ - Gartner Predicts Open Source will Overtake Oracle and Others

Submitted by RaDag
RaDag writes: Read about the new Gartner study,The State of Open Source RDBMSs, 2015, that says as many as 80% of in-house application portfolios could be migrated onto open source and that by 2018, 70% of new apps will be deployed on open source and 50% of existing apps will be migrated. Gartner further urges companies to look for subscription models instead of costly up-front licenses.

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