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Comment Re:You must really hate your brother (Score 1) 208

You mean, moving him to linux? Nice fantasy, and would have made his life easier, but it was NOT going to happen.

I suggested them to use OpenOffice, even installed it for them. Guess what they did after they got the machines?

Install Office 2010. They didn't wait a few weeks for Office 2016. They didn't install Office 2013, no, they went straight to Office 2010.

Try to imagine the reaction if the suggestion was: "Go to linux mint". Was NOT going to happen... :-(

Besides, they have a few windows programs (admin/accounting stuff) they need. Here were we are, Linux support is non-existent, and windows support people are crappy, to say the least...

Just as an example, on the P105, the resident techie installed 1 2GB stick, and left the other slot empty. Q: Why did not take the machine to full 4GB? A: That required a BIOS update, and that was beyond the guy's Kung-Fu. Try to imagine that guy running "A2 Software" under WINE (with NO support from the distributor). Yeah, right! Besides, as I said, my brother would never allow it in the first place.

As a matter of fact, the promise to move them to Win10 was the big draw/carrot for my brother to move his ass and let me do the hardware upgrades, instead of plowing along with those CRAPPY machines (or worse, filling the landfield with them - Remember, I did this for mother earth).

Last detail, In his personal machine (a 17" beast of a laptop, with dual HDDs, and 8GB of RAM), my brother had 8.1, and was HAPPY with it, he is eagerly waiting for 10 his automatic update to 10. So no, linux is a nice fantasy, but is not going to happen for him.

And if you meant moving them to Win7, remember microsoft backported their telemetry crap. The resident techie will not be able to play wack-a-mole with the relevant patches.

As for me, apple forced my hand by not having win7 drivers for the air 2015 in bootcamp. So 10 it is for both machines. From my machines, microsoft will only see me using project, visio, WD Drive check utility, Nokia suite for my old-now-just-used-for-here-maps nokia N9, and Arkam City Origins.

There are 5 more machines to update, but I am not sure He will be willing to pay for the required hardware. The next one for sure is a P35-S6111, that only goes to Win7. It is getting a PATA (for crying uot loud) SSD, and, guess what? 2x1GB DDR-0 sticks.

Comment Free upgrade prompted me to BUY RAM for 6 machines (Score 3, Informative) 208


I have been as of late upgrading the Laptops of my brother's firm, mostly as a favor to mother earth (to keep them out of the landfield, and to avoid buying new ones, increasing resources usage) and as a favor to him.

Sadly, he is a fan of Toshiba (but then again, it could be worse), the models are:
One A1235-S2386, one A135-SSP4108, one A135-S4527, one P200 and two P105-S6062.

All of them were on WinXP (on some, it came, on some, it was a Downgrade). Every single one of them was moved to Windows 10 (with some trickery). Every single one of them got the latest BIOS, an SSD, and more importantly for the article THE FULL AMOUNT OF RAM THEY SUPPORTED (all DDR2, some pc4200, some PC5300).

That means all the machines went from 1 or 1,5GB to 2GB (in the A series case) and from 1,5 or 2GB to a full 4GB (in the P series case).

I, personally use a Mac. My current Air has the full 8GB apple ships, my older MacBook has 6GB from the Original two (and an SSD instead of the original HDD). Again, the fact that OS upgrades are free, does not mean LESS sales of memory.

So, as some other commenters have said, the article has flawed logic, the fact that an OS upgrade is free does not mean that RAM sales volume will diminish. If anything, the fact that the upgrade is free means there is more "share of wallet" available to buy RAM and other upgrades in order to make an upgraded machine more snappy.

Comment Re:From a OSX Users Perspective in Academia (Score 1) 321

Funny, I found WIndows 10 to be completely unusable on my Toshiba A105 (with an upgraded HDD and 2GB of RAM). DWM and Windows Defender kept the CPU busy at all times. Windows 7 and Windows 8 ran smoothly on this laptop (but not as good as XP).

Try to go to tosh's support site and download the latest drivers (particularly video, as DWM is the Desktop Window Manager) available there (they may be labeled as Win7, that was my case). If there is a firmware (i.e. bios) patch, get that as well.

Apply the BIOS patch first, then the video drivers. Then let Windows update the drivers. Tosh has the nasty habit of blocking generic drivers from providers. While in 7, I had to use drivers unlocked by the friends on "Mobility.Dot.Net" but in Win10 that is frowned upon. See if that helps with the problems.

As per the Windows Defender, I read you upgraded the HDD, but is still an HDD, not an SSD. Anyhow, use Process Manager to lower the priority of windows defender and let it do its work. While at it, schedule it to scan your machine at lunch or at night.

It would also be wise, after windows defender is done, do a "online scan" with some tool such as "TrendMicro HouseCall"

Best of luck, and let me know when and how you fixed it.

Suerte y feliz dia.

Comment From a OSX Users Perspective in Academia (Score 3, Interesting) 321

At work or Academia, I had used all there is to use. DOS, Windows, Solaris, HP-UX, Sinix, VMS, Linux, FreeBSD...

At home, it was DOS (3.2, 3.3, 5.0, 6.22) Windows (WFW 3.11, 95, 98, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista) all the way (with a brief innuendo with Warp), until Early 2009, when I declared my switchover to MAC Successful.

Now, Apple forced my hand by not releasing Win7 Drivers for the 2015 13"Air... So, between having a ragtag fleet of machines on Win732, Win764 and Win8.1 64, I'll go 10 all the way.

The fact that I can get Windows 10 Working on a Toshiba Satellite A123 ** (My last windows machine), with an Xpress200m Chipset whose graphics part is based on a chip (R300) released in Aug. 2002, and a processor whose architecture (Yonah T2080) was released on 2006 speaks volumes at the effort microsoft has put in preserving compatibility AND make the OS perform better.

On the same resources, Win 8 will perform better than 7 and Win 10 will outperform them both. It has actually breathed new life into the old machine.

What really interest me is the new powers under the hood. Better performance (as said before), Edge, better included antivirus and security tools, DX12, etc, etc, etc.

Maybe things moved around a lot from what I remember, but is in no way as bad as windows 8, were I had to rip of the virtual machine due to the hotcorners, and wanted to pull my hair everytime I had to use a Win8 machine from a friend without a shell replacement. Besides, if one does not like the interface, one can change it (as they said in the TFA, Classic Shell works like a charm, and I am sure there will be other customization apps in no time), if they removed mediaplayer, there is MithTV or VLC, the app store is empty, so what, is not like I forgot how to download an exe or a msi file...

But then again, I use this only for some games (currently Batman Arkam Origins, and anything that strikes my fancy that Steam has not ported to Apple yet) on bootcamp, and via VirtualBox on raw partition for Visio and Project.

The fact that the upgrade is free sweetens and seals the deal (if I had to pay for it, or had to go through the hoops of the university to get the license key, well....). Yes, there are privacy concerns, and I will deal with them, the same way I dealt with iCloud and all of Apple's privacy invasions, I have the knowledge to do so, and I can relay on my fellow techies when my knowledge fails me.

For me is a welcome upgrade, one that will bring homogeneity to my fleet, along with better performance accross the board, and I am recommending all non-techie friends to upgrade (after updating FW, maxing RAM and putting an SSD, of course), especially from Windows XP. Besides, I already issued them a stern Warning. After march 2016, I'll only answer questions about Win10 or "El Capitan". That will drastically cut the amount of free tech support I must do... ;-)

Welcome Windows 10, you may not warrant a rolling stones theme song, but your low-key entry will make many lives easier...

Suerte a todos y feliz dia.

** Yes, after firmware updates, maxed RAM to 2GB, and put a SATA3 64GB SSD on the puny SATA1 interface of the Xpress200M

PS: For what is worth, I have CrunchBang++ for basic Linux demos to my students in the Toshiba (the machine I carry around in mass transport to class, because, if they mug me, I'll not miss it), and have A few CentOS and Oracle Linux machines for, you know, stuff...

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 133

****: The other option I was exploring today was setting up a dedicated access point just for the Chromecast. I've got the hardware, and a bit of room on the outskirts of the ISM band, but fuuuuuu.

Exactly This, While I live in Venezuela, my chromecast thinks it is in Japan, and is happily using chanel 14 (sadly in b mode) with no incidents on my WRT-54G with DD-WRT. Easy peasy.

While I have the ductery and chops to string a CAT3/5 cable to the TV, I do not feel like it...

The Macbook is using chan 1, but will be wired, not because of BW (mind you, my ADSL is 3Mbps, 10Mbps is the top the telco will give, evein in their (experimental) FTTH). the macbook will be wired because of apple's wifi problems....

Comment Siemens Telecom Equipment and other telecom hacks (Score 1) 145

Shell Scripting to detect "Dormant BTSs", the feature cost $50K in OMC-B 4.5 and was free in 5.5 (which was due in 1 year and had hardware upgrade and consulting costs associated). Script: $0, one afternoon.

DispMCR on a Siemens mobile switch of 100k subscribers. Fair enough. but how do you balance 3 of those running at the same time go get 24/7 MCRs? Without bringing down the switch? That takes skill, and steel nerves.

Now a day, not much hacking, but my chromecast thinks it is in japan, and happily uses WiFi Channel 14... ;-)

Comment Depends of what you mean by "Use" (Score 3, Informative) 171

If by "Use" you mean: Copy/paste sections of GPLed code, then yea, you are forced to use the GPL (this also applies to Read-Memorized-Retyped).

If by use you mean: I link to some GPLed libraries. Or: I invoke some GPLed executable to do some work. Or: I send some IPC message to some GPLed process then you can use pretty much any licence you may well please.

For code I develop for commercial use (either if I want to turn it into a product, or if I am developing for a Third party) I prefer BSD/MIT/Apache.

For code I develop as a hobby, or as a service to the community, I preffer the GPL (v2).

Also, bear in mind two things:
* If you use a substantial amount of GPL code, the community frowns upon using a non GPL license.
* But, apples AppStore has had troubles with GPLed applications in the past.

Choose Wisely.

Comment Re:Quick! Let's copy Intel's stragety (Score 1) 108

I agree wholeheartedly with the Parent, Xilinx should not copy Intel's strategy, but rather, come up with a new one...

But sometimes managers are not creative enough. If the folks at Xilinx want to copy Intel's strategy on the cheap, they can try to buy Via/Centaur from Formosa Plastics Group.

They make the Via Nano and related chipsets, the group is small (so less culture clashes, things will be done the Xilinx way). Have you read of the culture clashed between the red Team (ATi) and the Green Team (AMD) When the companies merged? Would Xilinx want a repeat of that?

Yes, VIA has 0% market share in servers, so Xilinx would have to construct the thing from scratch, the Xilinx way, still, that's better than hiring the same server sales/marketing guys at AMD, were they had clawed a healthy 20% of server market share around 2005 and lost it to Intel (mostly with a boneheaded Arch, but still sales should inform R&D about customer needs).

VIA has a presence in the autotainment market, that could be interesting to Xilinx...

The only reason I see for Xilinx to buy AMD is that AMD has Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft as console customers. If Xilinx KNOWS FOR SURE that next gen consoles will have an FPGA, that may be worthwhile, otherwise, as parent said:

Come Up with a different strategy. But, as I said, if you feel the urge of copying Intel, do it on the cheap and buy Via, not AMD.

Comment MacBook Air 13" 2015 (Score 1) 558

Probably the last one where the batteries are not Glued, meaning that, when the time is due, after removing 14 pentalobe screws, and doing some other voodoo I can replace them myself.*

2,4Ghz proc, 8GB RAM and 255SSD.

Is used mainly as a Desktop, so extrernal wired USB Keyboard (from an HP PA-RISK Workstation no less, which probably means the machine never goes into deep hibernation) ...

And wired Genius 1200dpi mouse (tried the magic mouse for 3 weeks, hated it).
A second panel, a Dell P2011H (with all the shortages in Venezuela, I was lucky to get this one) Bought mainly because it can pivot.

And a bunch of extrenal USB 2.0 HDDs and Hubs (inherited from the previous machine). Only this machine is backed up (via time Machine).

Mostly web browsing, office work, ScreenFlow lectures, Chromecasting and Portal 1 and 2 as well as Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 (stupid me bought them at the same time).
Windows 8.1 64 Bits via BootCamp for Arkam Origins and via VirtualBox for Project and Visio.

LabTec LCS-600 Speakers from my DEC starion 700i (still sound good).

Also have a MacBook Aluminum Unibody Late 2008, was my main machine until a few months ago, now at my parents' house (I visit every 3 weeknds or so). And an old and beaten toshiba from 2007 when I need to take a machine with me for presentations and notetaking (used to carry the mac to impress people circa 2009, but that now is old school), if I get mugged, not much is lost really.

* My previous mac was hit by pregnant battery syndrome, and I do not live near an Apple Store (as a matter of fact, there are none in my country), since I use the machine as a desktop, I only realized the malaise when I was at a customer consulting gig, and was later told by apple that "The battery is a consumible anyway, not covered by AppleCare". I bowed to never buy an apple battery again, nor buy a laptop were I am not able to replace the battery.

Comment Re:Solitaire (Score 1) 468

This pain me the most. Not because of solitaire/spidersolitaire/minesweeper per se, but because of the high scores and statistics.....

Anyhow, a small price to pay for a free upgrade and consistency across machines.

And since my plan is to upgrade my three machines (Toshiba Win 7, MacBook Aluminum Late 2008 bootcamp Win 7 and MacBook Air 13" Early 2015 Bootcamp Win8.1) in the December downturn/downtime, I may find a way to move those....

Comment please remove al the developer crap from the reg.. (Score 0) 74

Now the Firefox team can remove all the developer crap from the regular browser.

Is amazing how most of the browsers, in order to pander to developers, became bloated with developer cruft. Do not get me wrong, getting developers to use your browser as primary is important. Nonetheless, this could have been done using the add-on/plug-in interfaces using an official set of add-ons/plug-ins, instead of bloating the browser.

Here I hope that the offering of a specific browser for developers means that the consumer and ESR browser are streamlined as a result.

Comment Bilingual speaker here! * (Score 4, Informative) 159

My two cents here:

I read the linked English article, as well as the article in Spanish that they reference ("Ubuntizando.com"), as well as the original article in Spanish. **

The original article (in Ubuntizando) says NOTHING about the name of the legislator that did the counter-proposal, or anything about any alleged tax breaks. Is mostly derivative and incomplete. From this point onwards, I will reference only the article in "biobiochile"

The second article cites two others which I did not read (I have a limited amount of time). BioBioChile interviews only the "Pro-Free-Software***" (Mirosevic) legislator, and not the other (Farcas) who, as the summary clearly states, was the one who voted against Free Software****. Is only logical that the guy launched a counter-proposal. The only surprising thing is the turn-around time (24h).

Even more, the article (in biobiochile), indicates, in the words of Mirosevic himself***** "Half the people [referring to the other legislators, "diputados", or congressmen for those in the US] had no idea what we were talking about. I do not mean of the concept of Free software, but of software itself, but as we calculated, the rest followed those of us who understood". Is only logical, that they voted on the second initiative again whitout a clear understanding, either folowing party guidelines, or swayed by the 10 legislators that submitted the second motion.

From the way of writing (the subtle nuances are often lost in machine translation), starting with the title of the article itself ("Microsoft Raped Us"), I feel the magazine is "Amarillista" (think tabloid/sensationalist). And Slashdot is just being Slashdot, with the added hurdle of the language barrier.

While I am no big fan (nor am I an enemy) of Microsoft, I am less a fan of tabloids and crappy reporting, hence this comment

* For the record, 296/300 in my ToEFL way back when.

** Is in biobiochile.com, never heard of any of them, here is the link, for what is worth:

*** Again to recap, the pro-free-software resolution was voted by 64 yes, 1 no and 12 abstentions.

**** Free as in beer, "Libre in Spanish"

***** “La mitad de la gente no tenía idea de qué estábamos hablando. No digo del concepto software libre, más bien de los softwares, pero como habíamos calculado, el resto siguió a los que sí habían entendido”, relató Mirosevic a la publicación.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955