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Comment: RTF is still f*cked up! (Score 1) 260

by xjimhb (#31124046) Attached to: OpenOffice 3.2 Released
I tried 3.1, RTF was f*cked up. 3.2, it still is. Are they ever going to fix it?

Back in 2.3, if I did a SAVE->AS from an ODT file to RTF, the result was messed up. The first paragraph was OK, the rest was defaulted to single-space, no indents. But if I cleaned it up with "format paragraph" and saved it, it would STAY CLEANED UP. 3.1 was a total disaster for RTF, it messed everything up incredibly. In 3.2, the SAVE->AS to RTF gives the same result as 2.3, but YOU CAN'T CLEAN IT UP!!!! TRY, then save, close, and reopen, and once again NOTHING AFTER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH is formatted.

I **NEED** RTF, I **NEED** properly formatted RTF! Lots of places I need to send files won't take anything else. Hey, guys, get with it and fix the damn thing!

Meanwhile I guess I'll keep on using 2.3!

Comment: Re:yes (Score 1) 1049

by xjimhb (#30723076) Attached to: Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

It is possible to get a "decent" e-mail address and, for a small fee, to get it forwarded ... to your ISP or whatever is convenient. Change ISPs, change the forwarding and go on using the same e-mail. One such is Mail.com (that's who I use), I'm sure there are others.

By the way, I don't laugh at gmail or yahoo addresses. But aol, hotmail, msn, those will certainly get far less respect from me.

Comment: Re:don't hate PDF 'cause it's beautiful (Score 3, Interesting) 172

by xjimhb (#29934647) Attached to: Adobe Pushing For Flash and PDF In Open Government Initiative

Just recently I had to look at, and print a few pages from, a PDF document. Knowing where it came from, a corporation that is only very slowly dipping a toe in the water of software other than the big names, I'm sure it was done with Adobe.

Now I don't even have the Adobe Acrobat reader on my system, when I try to install it, the install crashes. But Fedora comes with several other PDF readers, and the default is set to "Evince" which works fine MOST of the time.

But I got this PDF, and one page was a picture of a tax form, and when I tried to print it, the tax form came out as a big black blob - man, does that waste ink! Obviously I killed the print job to try something else. (Just VIEWING this tax form was fine, only printing messed up.)

I remembered using "Xpdf" a while ago, so I tried that, and voila, the tax form printed perfectly. Since I knew there were more tax forms in there, I used Xpdf for the rest of the job.

So here is a case where two different PDF viewers reacted differently to the same PDF file. I think what we need is is an OPEN DEFINITION for PDF files, probably a subset of Adobe's definition, that any OSS viewer can follow and get the proper results - and ask the user what to do with files that don't follow it.

And tell Adobe they can either follow the open definition, or stuff it where the sun don't shine!

Comment: Yeah, Right!! (Score 1) 705

by xjimhb (#29350505) Attached to: The Case For Mandatory Touch-Typing In High School

Now I must admit that I went to High School in the days before computers, and Touch Typing was taught on electric typewriters with BLANK keys (so you couldn't cheat and look at the keyboard). I took Typing for one marking period because my mother thought it would be good for me.

Right! That was the only damn "D" I got in my entire High School career. I was so glad when that was over! The problem is that I am an ill-coordinated klutz, and I just can't get the present-finger-position/brain/new-finger-position circuits to work ... not everyone can do this!

So I happily go along looking at the keyboard, typing with four fingers and an occasional thumb. Took a test once, I can hit 30-35 wpm this way, fine by me. I can't do numeric keypad entry, either, even when I have to do a lot of numbers I use the row at the top.

So if you want to make this a required course, what are you going to do with people like me? Remedial Typing?

Comment: Re:Out of line with principles? (Score 3, Insightful) 437

by xjimhb (#28836101) Attached to: Jeff Bezos Offers Apology For Erasing <em>1984</em>

Maybe because there's little difference in deleting those files and doing an system update?

Wrong. I expect system updates to affect /bin, /sbin. /usr, /etc, /lib, and so on (or whatever the equivalent for the Kindle are). I DO NOT expect system updates to do ANYTHING to /home, which is where the books should be stored. So a system update procedure that allows it to mess with MY FILES is clearly bug-infested. The Kindle software totally sucks if it can do this.

And I agree with the comments that say the "apology" is nothing more than lip-service. I will NEVER buy any e-books (or e-anything-else) from Amazon. I may trust them to the extent of buying PAPER books, plastic CDs and DVDs, etc., if they break into my house to take those back I at least have the option of calling the cops!

Comment: The Solution is Obvious (Score 0, Troll) 307

by xjimhb (#28617061) Attached to: Toyota Builds a Patent Thicket For Hybrid Cars

If the Obama bin Laden Administration wants to pass regulations on this, what they need to do is INCLUDE in those regulations a law that invalidates any patents which would prevent any manufacturer from following the regulations. If Ford or GM or whoever goes to build a hybrid car, and Toyota complains of a patent violation - WHAM! Toyota's patent(s) are instantly canceled, retracted, invalidated.

If you want everyone to build hybrids or other efficeint cars, you simply CAN NOT allow one company to have a stranglehold on the technology! The technology you want everyone to use must be FORCED into the public domain.

Comment: Re:Who Gives a Damn? (Score 1) 170

by xjimhb (#28506877) Attached to: The State of Video Game Physics

Do you have moral qualms with obtaining those extracted files online, pirate-style, even though you own the original cartridges?

Of course not! If I bought a legal copy of the game, I believe I am entitled to time/space/format shift it ... and I consider obtaining a copy on-line to be ethically and morally equivalent to ripping it myself. I know that certain media interests may not agree with me, but they can go f*ck themselves!

Downloading things I don't own is different ... I will only get stuff that is easily publicly available (like a YouTube video).

Comment: Re:Who Gives a Damn? (Score 1) 170

by xjimhb (#28496989) Attached to: The State of Video Game Physics

Sega Genesis? Sega Genesis? You're not telling me you need the full power of a Motorola 68000 just to get a fun game! All that matters is the plot and the game-play. All this talk of Sega Genesises makes me want to dig out my old ZX Spectrum and play some of those old text adventures.

Actually, screw that. Why not make do with one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books? Plenty of plot and game-play there - don't tell me you rely on fancy computer graphics? (Although having said that, it displeases me that so many books have illustrations these days. What a waste of ink that is!)

Yeah, you have a good point there. Can anybody think about adding physics to Colossal Cave or Zork? **THAT** boggles the imagination!

Comment: Who Gives a Damn? (Score 3, Insightful) 170

by xjimhb (#28494137) Attached to: The State of Video Game Physics

Why is the physics of the game world important? The thing that really counts is the plot and the game-play. Requiring super-duper CPU power (or GPU power) for the physics and the graphics is another big waste. Looking at all these new ... and expensive ... games makes me want to dig out my old Sega Genesis and play some of the old games like the Phantasy Star titles. Kindergarten graphics, no real attention to physics, but those games were FUN!

I'd love to see a Linux port of those games!

Comment: Re:Orlando (Score 1) 538

by xjimhb (#28443733) Attached to: The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

I am really surprised that an article on Slashdot managed to miss the ABSOLUTE WORST thing about Orlando - EVERYONE USES WINDOZE!!!! Look at ads for Orlando (OK, the whole Orlando metro area) on Dice or Monster, and you'll see tons of jobs for C#, .net, and similar Micro$haft junk. Very few openings for Linux/Unix jobs.

I think this one thing should have put Orlando much closer to the top of the "Worst" list.

Comment: Re:I live in the southwest US (Score 1) 487

by xjimhb (#28433047) Attached to: With regard to living in a basement ...

Well, I am currently living in the southEAST US, central Florida, and NOBODY around here has basements. Just too wet and sandy, plus hurricanes and such. The last house I was in (NY Hudson Valley region) had a basement, a FULL basement, but I couldn't begin to tell you what it was full of! At one point we did have someone living in the basement.

And for a while I had my computer set up down there, it was nice and private. But when we decided to sell and move down here to FL, my wife made me move the computer upstairs so one of the bedrooms looked occupied--needed to make a good impression on prospective buyers--and what's far worse, made me keep it NEAT! Yuck!

I really wish I had a basement here, I'd give anything for all that extra storage space, but I know better. One place we lived was in south Jersey, near Atlantic City, soil conditions there were similar to what we have here. We had the house built, and I had a basement put in. Wet, wet, WET! If a builder tells you he can seal the baseemnt, in an area like FL or SNJ where just about nobody has them, DON'T BELIEVE HIM!

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson

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