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Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 1) 174

You never know when they will get killed. Same goes for Free Sharepoint, Free Office 365, Free One Drive etc. Get off them and breathe free.

Neither MapPoint nor 'Streets and Trips' were free. Both cost ~$20-30, IIRC. Ever since the advent of free online maps from Google, Bing, OpenStreetMaps, et al, it's doubtful that anybody would have paid real cash to buy something that was a more crippled version of those, sans features like location of major landmarks, updates & so on. End result is these products being canned. Only thing I'm surprised at is them being canned now - I'd have expected that to happen 10 years back.

Incidentally, does Microsoft still sell Encarta in the era of Wikipedia?

Comment: Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (Score 1) 128

by unixisc (#47379153) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

I flew recently, on 2 occasions. They clearly ask people to disable cellular functionality on their phones at all times, and leave the phone in Airplane mode. As of now, Airplane mode still disables not just cellular reception, but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well. So it's misleading to claim that despite FAA rulings, things have not changed. The reason things have not changed is that the airlines have not transmitted that decision, but have kept it at status quo - allowing only Airplane mode.

One of the flights I was in had an in-flight Wi-Fi. I think it's time that the OSs - iOS, Android, Blackberry OS and Windows Phone - all changed Airplane mode to leave Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on, but disable cellular. That would be the most workable solution.

Comment: On a bunch of UnixStations... (Score 1) 204

by unixisc (#47276001) Attached to: X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

that's where I first saw X. at DEC we had DECwindows on ultrix (bsd like unix) and vax/vmx.

motif was the toolkit we developed guis in. and we used UIL to describe the UI, which was data that was read in and could change the look/feel of the widgets or their layout without rebuilding from source.

instead of node:1 for a display it was node::1 for the display (double colon meant decnet instead of that newfangled thing called IP)

In 1992, when I entered the University, I managed to see a variety of Unix workstations in different labs. Our Computer Science labs were exclusively Sun workstations - at the time, SunOS, not even Solaris. We had some DECstations (the ones based on MIPS 3k, not Alpha) in our VLSI lab, running DECwindows on Ultrix. In our Parallel Computing lab, we had some RS/6000 workstations running AIX and Motif (remember that?) There was one term when we had a Real Time computing class, which involved running HP/RT - a real time version of HP/UX on the PA-RISC. Elsewhere, I saw SGI Indigo workstations in the Graphics lab of the CS department.

At that time, I was new to UNIX, so none of these were easy to use, so having X on them didn't really help me. What revolutionized my computer use were the NeXTstations in our computer center. Our computer center had NeXTs, IBM mainframes, Vaxes and Suns. The NeXTs were somewhat painful to use, being diskless workstations, but they drew their data from the Sun servers. It was there that I became a fast typist, and learnt to use quite a few applications, like NewsReader (for USENET), Improv (for spreadsheets) and Frame. After I graduated and NeXT got bought by Apple, I missed them.

The thing I miss about those days is not X, which never impressed me, but the fact that most of those RISC beauties are out to pasture: even having Windows NT on some of them, like Alpha or MIPS, could not save them ;-(

Comment: Re:China's 'hostile' neighborhood (Score 1) 398

by unixisc (#47273997) Attached to: Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks
My post pretty much showed how none of the powers bordering China are a threat to China. Only threat is the stateless Uyghur movement, which is trying to carve out a good portion of Xinxiang out of China. Other than that, it's China that's the hostile neighbor of all those countries - South Korea, Taiwan, India and Japan.

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