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Comment Re:Good (Score 2) 177

I pushed the low-PPI display concept at my last job because we had a lot of people in their 50s and 60s who were always leaning in and squinting to see their standard-PPI monitors. 1366x768 on a 27" display can really reduce eye strain for people who have trouble reading a standard display. And it completely eliminates the issues of inconsistent scaling and requires no special support from the OS or applications. My boss threw out the usual "if we give Frank a 27" monitor, everybody will want one" rejection. God forbid we give people tools that make their job easier or more pleasant. Even back then you could get a 27" 720p TV with HDMI and VGA inputs for under $200. About what we were paying for the standard 19" monitors at the time. The only trick was finding one that reported its native resolution to the computer. Some would report 1280x720, others 1920x1080, and even 1360x768. Sooo close!

Comment Re:Translations (Score 2) 392

The software probably is pre-installed and they don't know it because they skipped the training sessions that were offered and didn't even read the memo that listed the linux equivalent and showed which icons to click.

If I had a dollar for every time someone emailed me to tell me that email wasn't working, I could have retired even sooner.

Comment Re:Well, the thing is the robots... (Score 1) 114

For some reason, that reminded me of a friend's blind dog. He loved when everyone came over for poker night but he hated that we moved all the furniture in the living room. He'd bump into a couple things then sigh and wait for someone to lead him to the yard or sofa or wherever he was trying to get.

Comment Re:Maybe not as bad as it sounds (Score 1) 231

There are a few small devices that can be upgraded or come with a decent amount of memory. Acer's E3-112-C1T9 is a celery-based 11.6" that comes with 4 gigs of RAM and a 500 gig hard drive for $260ish. There's also the ES1-111M-C40S with a 32 gig eMMC drive for $145 on Newegg right now. Specs say both can have their stock memory upgraded to 8 gigs. One stick in single-channel mode, tho.

I got an Asus T205XA for $130 that's good enough and it's smaller and lighter than either of those Acers. Also has a much longer run time on battery. But the Acers have gigabit ethernet, USB3, and full size SD and HDMI. You can have cheap, small, or perfect specs. Pick any two. :) I've only bumped against the 2 gigs in the X205TA a few times.

Comment Interesting. (Score 4, Interesting) 47

I've wondered several times to myself if this was possible. I figured no, since the torrent clients / seeds participate in an ACK system of sorts (or, so I've reasoned), so the sending clients would not get a return and so wouldn't keep bothering. But then, this *IS* possible to a torrent client which clicks on a carefully formed link and always was. Ever click on a link that has 40,000+ peers and/or seeds on it?

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.