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Comment: Re:Redmine (Score 1) 170

by tzanger (#46825333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

I've set up my entire business around Redmine. There are some pretty impressive plugins to handle blogs, CMS, CRM and even a WYSIWIG editor to help "normal" people format tables, lists and text but who would normally be put off by trying to learn Textile. SCM and issue tracking is integrated, there are time trackers and forums, GANTT charting... it's a great resource.

Best of all, it's database agnostic and open-source.

+ - The Streisand Effect: A Florida journalist's smear and censor campaign backfires-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "A tragic death, freedom of speech, libel, defamation, legal threats, unethical journalism, reddit's /r/bicycling, and The Streisand effect. A South Florida "journalist" is called out for running a smear story, doubles down on his position, publicly attacks commenters and reddit, and threatens legal action when a disturbing conflict of interest is exposed."
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Comment: Re:potentially worth... (Score 2, Insightful) 361

by tzanger (#42874185) Attached to: OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office may be a lot of things, but comparing it to LibreOffice/OpenOffice and calling MS Office crap in comparison is ridiculous. I actually ended up buying MS Office (for my mac) because Open/LibreOffice is so shit. I've tried to love it for a long, long time, but it's slow, it's bloated, it's buggy as hell and I just got tired of trying to overlook its blemishes.

MS Office's blemishes are much more bearable, in my opinion. The price isn't cheap but not having to screw around and waste my time is worth something, too.

Comment: Re:Security by stupidity? (Score 1) 141

by tzanger (#42556927) Attached to: Thousands of SCADA Devices Discovered On the Open Internet

I've lived in the industrial controls world for quite a while before striking it out on my own... "real-time global data reporting" doesn't require a world-accessible control interface, or even an open internet connection. It's much simpler than you're making it out to be. Hell a basic VPN connection back to HQ that puts the remote sites on the corp LAN (where all the data aggregation can take place and be accessed for "dashboards" and whatnot) would be a major step up.

Comment: Re:What about the iPhone... (Score 1) 349

by tzanger (#41728903) Attached to: Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

There is also ZERO LAG for pressing the software button for answering the phone. You should have bought a faster device I guess.

I've owned a 3G, 3GS and 4; wife has a 4S. There is absolutely lag in the soft answer button from time to time. I am not sure what background task is causing it, and while it's true that it's nonexistent on a factory-fresh, no-apps-installed phone, that's not a realistic use case.

Comment: Re:lamest name ever (Score 1) 318

by tzanger (#41703465) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

Please just install Ubuntu 12.04. If you're a developer or power user, you'll like it.

Ubuntu in 12.04? No thanks. The last Ubuntu I took seriously was 11.04, and if I recall I started using Ubuntu in the 7.x or 8.x release cycle. I still have a couple of those 11.04 systems going. The rest have gone to Debian+XFCE. It seems with every new release of Ubuntu takes their desktop one step closer to a Fischer-Price toy, and I just got sick of it.

Yes, I can install Xubuntu (I was actually running Kubuntu for a number of releases until I finally gave up on KDE doing something serious about being a stable and well-connected desktop, and I've been a KDE fan since the early 3.x releases). Yes, I can tweak the shit out of everything and reclaim some sanity. Instead, I just install Debian and put up with some of its idiosyncrasies. At least I have a system that is constantly making me want to throw the keyboard through the screen.

I moved from Slackware (0.9something to 12) to Ubuntu, and now to Debian. Ubuntu was great; it was really, really great. I don't feel that way anymore. They seem to be chasing buzz and trying to out-slick everyone instead of focusing on a usable and useful desktop experience.

Comment: Re:Embedded + Hardware + Math (Score 1) 360

by tzanger (#41638095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

No, I'm sorry. Horrowitz' "Art of Electronics" is *NOT* the best book. It's a big book, I'll grant you that, but it's actually pretty difficult to get started with such a book unless you are good at learning from textbooks. I sure as hell am not. It's far from practical.

It may sound like I'm being a little bit of an ass, but seriously... Forrest M Mims' "Getting Started in Electronics" followed with all of his Engineer's Mini Notebooks are an excellent resource. After that grab anything you can by Robert Grossblatt. Use AoE for a reference but not for a learning guide. the site isn't too bad, either.

Comment: Re:Modern Stack (Score 1) 360

by tzanger (#41637427) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

It's also great for one-man shops. I love the fact that I have the entire repo on my laptop when I'm at an airport or stuck somewhere with shitty/no internet access. You can queue up all your commits, branch, merge, do whatever you need and push it back out when you're done.

You could do the same if you used a local cvs/svn/whatever server but it's not nearly as good when you have to start sharing code with the customer or with a larger team.

Comment: Re:Easier headline... (Score 1) 550

by tzanger (#40759129) Attached to: Being Honest In Exit Interviews Is Pointless

I don't think that you realize who's paying HR's check. Hint: it ain't you.

HR is there to make sure the company is not open to lawsuits, and to make you feel like you're being heard. They *do* raise the issues you bring to them to management, but that's nothing you can't do on your own. HR is certainly NOT on your side. I'm not sure where you got such a naive idea.

Comment: Re:because - (Score 1) 793

by tzanger (#40537699) Attached to: What's To Love About C?

It'd be a wonderful language that does prevent all of these things without sacrificing the ability to do something because you do in fact know better than the compiler. I disagree with you about relying on compiler warnings. Use -Werror and get used to it. Use a lint utility and develop good coding habits. It's not impossible to write solid code in C, and it's not (much) harder to do than in other languages, either. With the exception of ambiguous statements which I agree with you on, -Werror takes care of a lot of the "duh" problems, and decent code reviews take care of stupid logic, which is a problem in any language.

The degree of technical confidence is inversely proportional to the level of management.