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Comment: Re:How about they improve the Finder instead? (Score 3, Interesting) 90

by value_added (#40799799) Attached to: Apple Reportedly Considering Huge Investment In Twitter

And they could add some preference options for people who come from normal computing backgrounds -i.e., ones where the Home and End keys actually move to the beginning and end of the current line.

My computing background has taught me that Home and End keys are represented by CTRL-A and CTRL-E, respectively. When I bought my first Mac, I was pleased to discover that what I learned was still valid and Just Worked as promised. ;-)

Granted, what you say about some of Finder's behaviour is valid, and similarly valid (but often less annoying) for replacement file managers like Path Finder, but I reckon few really care or notice. And of those that do, they probably have trivial needs. File management is important to me so instead of maintaining A Really Big List of why Finder, Path Finder et al suck, I opted for the CMS route, dropping to a terminal as needed and relying on a mix of AppleScript + Bash for routine chores.

If it helps. Option + Up Arrow can take you to Home where Home is the top of a list.

Comment: Re:And it sucks for some of us... (Score 1) 209

by value_added (#40777497) Attached to: Comcast Launches Superfast Internet To Fight FiOS

Some of us do not live in markets that Verizon serves. And Verizon is not rolling out any new fiber (I could be wrong).

Someone is paying attention.

From a randomly selected source

[Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 12/08/2011] And even though [Verizon Chief Executive Lowell McAdam] insisted that Verizon will rigorously promote its FiOS video and Internet service in areas that compete with cable, the company said it doesn't have plans to expand the expensive fiber network beyond what's already been announced and scheduled for buildout over the next couple years.

Comment: Re:Believe it or not... (Score 2) 101

by value_added (#40774253) Attached to: City Council Ordered To Stop CCTV In Taxi Cabs

Southampton Council is a Unitary Authority; they sit at district level, which is one up from the lowest level, which is Parish Councils.

Ah, but you've neglected to include what's most pertinent. District level councils report directly to the Ministry of Information, yes? That means if you're a cabbie, or a passenger, you'll end up dealing with the folks at Information Retrieval.

The Almighty Buck

+ - Best Buy cuts 650 Geek Squad techies->

Submitted by tripleevenfall
tripleevenfall (1990004) writes "Best Buy has cut approximately 650 jobs from its Geek Squad division, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The cut represents about 4% of Geek Squad's total work force. The former consumer electronics giant said the workers primarily service televisions and appliances in consumers' homes.

Best Buy's performance has struggled to keep up with changes in consumer electronics, as the weight of its big-box format inhibits it from fending off competitive pressure of online retailers."

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Databases

+ - Documenting Network Devices 1

Submitted by LoudMusic
LoudMusic (199347) writes "One of the many tasks of a network administrator is documenting the network so that other members of the administration and support teams can find devices on the network. Currently my organization uses Excel spreadsheets to handle this, and it's invariably error ridden. We also save a new file with the date in the name each time an update is made.

I'd like to move this to a more intelligent database system, but the driving force for keeping it in spreadsheets is the ability to take the document offline, edit it, then upload this new revision to the file server when we have a connection again. Our clients often don't have reliable internet connections, especially when we're tearing their network apart and rebuilding it.

The information we're currently documenting about an individual device are; device name, device model, description, IP address, MAC address, physical location, uplink switch & port, and VLAN.

What tools exist that would allow us to have multiple users make updates both online and offline simultaneously, and synchronize changes into both the online and offline copies?"

Comment: Re:Silly.... (Score 1) 1134

by value_added (#40517163) Attached to: Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

Considering one of the focus areas of recent MS endeavours is to provide a richer baked-in shell (powershell), OSX has the same CLI credentials as the rest of the *nix world, it's silly at this point to say CLI is dead or dying

Actually, OS X is a step ahead of both (broadly speaking) in that you can script the GUI as well.

Yes, AppleScript is clumsy, uncessarily verbose (worse than PowerShell), etc, and while it's true that some third-party programs aren't as "scriptable" as advertised, AppleScript is there when you need it and powerful enough to handle whatever you need to do.

My own approach is to use AppleScript sparingly (typically as a wrapper for bog standard shell scripts) and use osacompile(1) to make an "app" out of the result. For everything else, I maintain a library of shell functions that make use of osascript(1). Combined with things like OS X's impressive ability to define system-wide or application-specific hotkeys, the unified clipboard, the text-based default(1) system, customisable desktop/toolbars, scripting of any sort in OS X is the Cat's Meow.

And then, of course, there's iTerm. A pleasure to use, with more features than most users will ever need.

Comment: Re:Patent portfolio not so great, aktsually... (Score 3, Informative) 146

by value_added (#40420003) Attached to: Posner Dismisses Apple/Motorola Case, With Prejudice

Apple's foray into legal brigandage

Well done, sir!

For the kids following along at home, here's the etymology according Wikipedia :

The brigand is supposed to derive his name from the Old French brigan, which is a form of the Italian brigante, an irregular or partisan soldier. There can be no doubt as to the origin of the word bandit, which has the same meaning. In Italy, which is not unjustly considered the home of the most accomplished European brigands, a bandito was a man declared outlaw by proclamation, or bando, [3][4] called in Scotland "a decree of horning" because it was delivered by a blast of a horn at the town cross.

The brigand, therefore, is the outlaw who conducts warfare after the manner of an irregular or partisan soldier by skirmishes and surprises, who makes the war support itself by plunder, by extorting blackmail, by capturing prisoners and holding them to ransom, who enforces his demands by violence, and kills the prisoners who cannot pay.

Comment: Re:I could be wrong... (Score 1) 179

by value_added (#40233355) Attached to: Canada No Pirate Nation: Global Leader In Music Download Sales

It's been more than a few years since I've been back, so I'll assume that what you say about Canadian content is still valid. And while I agree with your comment, I'll add that there is nothing you or anyone else can do to give me the years I endured listening to Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray and Rush on the radio.

NPR on this side of the border isn't half bad. There's college stations just about everywhere that stream fairly good music (KCRW in Los Angeles, as one example), in addition to news and commentary, etc.. I stopped listening to music when the Pixies broke up, so I really don't care one way or the other.

Now, if all those Anne Murray songs would leave my head ... and Celine Dion would stop yelling ...

Comment: Re:"moderate. nothing fancy." (Score 1) 402

by value_added (#39855227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building A Server Rack Into a New Home?

I cannot find an actual server (with redundant power supplies, hotswap drive bays, monitoring hardware) that has a lot of drive bays, but less than 4 CPUs, because the $CPU ones are extremely expensive and I don't need 4 CPUs anyway. The only affordable ones have 4-6 bays max.

I bought this 4U system. If memory serves me right (too lazy to check), it accomodates two power supplies. I opted for just one. The chassis, I think, is this Supermicro chassis. It has 8 hot swap drive bays (plus 2 peripheral).

Is that what you're looking for?

Comment: Re:Genetically Modified Hogs next? (Score 4, Insightful) 233

by value_added (#39790805) Attached to: Scientists Clone Sheep With 'Good' Fat

Worth pointing out that the same applies to vegetables and fruits. Winter tomatoes grown in the sandy soils of Florida can't really be compared nutritionally to what someone can get out of their own garden.

Ultimately, it's all about the "ingredients". That's long been considered a truism for chefs in the kitchen as it is for someone involved in raising animals. That this is routinely overlooked, glossed over or otherwise dismissed in the pursuit of economic interests and efficiencies is both funny and tragic. Funny in the sense of "What the hell did you expect?", and tragic in the sense of engaging in (and wasting time and effort with) tortured discussions of good/bad ideas and practices which, ultimately, are workaround to workarounds.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

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