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Comment Re:I do it wrong (Score 1) 240

Grade 9 for me in the early '80s, and while I can appreciate it, it was the worst mistake of a class that I ever took. I was already using an Apple ][+ for years, and I had my own touch typing style, was up easily to 100+ wpm. Enter typing class, and Biffffzat, now I'm lucky if I can get back to 50 or 60 wpm, even all these years later. I wish it was as easy as Yoda said, "You must unlearn what you've learned." As for the 6 key question? What ever hand is closer to it.

Comment Re:"Do more with less" (Score 1) 405

I think we are seeing the effects of the expected long hours - that 60-80 work week being a badge of honor; the effects of the dependency on IT services, without the budget/forethought to provide the needed staff/support and maintenance; the get it deployed and fix it later attitude; deliverables forcing the never having the time to do it right, but always time to do it again; unrealistic project management and project goals/deliverables; threat of outsourcing/off-shoring; corporate treating staff as resources rather than as people; etc., etc., etc.

It doesn't surprise me to tell the truth. One of the reasons that I got out of I.T. (although, no one truly never really leaves I.T.)

Comment Re:Blackberry. (Score 1) 484

I refuse to go with Apple, because I don't want a phone that I can't put a memory card in, or change a battery in. I refuse to go with Android because I don't want to get into bed with google and every time there is an Android update, it seems that some of your security settings are over written or everything is transferred to/from google. And most of all, I completely despise touch screen keyboards. 75% of the time when I used my wife's iphone (and past android device) that damn touchscreen/keyboard would never work or respond to my touch/gestures (I'm talking not working/responding, not just fat-fingering an entry) - hence the love for a physical tactile keyboard.

My Blackberry Q10 solves virtually all of that, though occasionally (rarely) I do run into the touchscreen issue. I cant replace the battery, I can upgrade the memory card as needed, I can drop in a new SIM (the Q10 from Verizon is unlocked to begin with) card with no issues. The only real potential problem could be the lack of app support - but honestly, I have never found this to be an issue or a significant concern.

I went from an old Samsung N400 half-flip phone, to a Palm Pilot Treo, and held on to that for almost 6 years, before I went to the BB Q10. I don't have a single regret with that decision - my daughter in laws, son in law, sister/brother in laws all with iPhones, Droids, and Windows phones always seems to have issues (battery life, connectivity, etc.) where my Q10 ends up being the go to phone for when those issues occur. Simply it just works and the year and a half I've had it, I've only needed to do reboot once. Put my vote in for BB for best stability.


Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 516

I guess I come from the Word*Star days where keyboard shortcuts were king. I still use many of them and odds are I have no idea where they would be located in the ribbon menu. It's much like GUI interfaces - they do work, but there are times I still end up going to the command line to get things done, and when I need to, I have that option. I suppose more annoying is the option was removed - classic interface vs ribbon interface. You know, pick one, or even switch between either would make things much easier and be less annoying - and the coding required would be relative minor. That is something I just don't understand why an option like that isn't included.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2, Insightful) 516

I couldn't agree more (and I will likely be call an 0ld-Ph@r7 and a progress Luddite that hates change). How long has it been since they started with this "ribbon" crap (2006? 2007?) and still to this day I long for the old simple, intuitive, efficient, File, Edit, etc., menu. What has it been? 8 years now? I think that is plenty of time to "get used to the ribbon" like I was told when it started. Like you said, it still creates aggravation with no upside.

I have no problem with change.... It's just: If it ain't broke, don't fix it > change for the sake of change

Comment Re:trendy (Score 1) 467

I have to agree with you on ESET. It acts the way that the old AV's used to act - easy on the resources, fast to update, and effective. I've gone through the whole works, McAfee, Norton, Symantec, AVG, Comodo, Trend, Avira, and Kaspersky. I just hope they don't go the ways of the others of becoming ineffective, resource hogging pigs.

Comment Wow - interesting (Score 4, Insightful) 181

Lots of room for potential abuse, but an interesting judgement. I wonder if there will now be laws stating that dead hardware must be kept beyond the statute of limitation in case a lawsuit ensues. So what about all those "catastrophic failures" right before the suit if filed? A double edged sword none the less.

Comment Re:Floppy bad reputation undeserved (Score 1) 252

Remeber, this was the mainstream distribution media for software for ~30 years (how often did you have to return original SW due to a bad floppy?). It only started to go down hill after the push to obsolete the floppy by Apple. By this point, it was just a race to the bottom and a checkmark option offered by the x86 PC manufacturers.

I remember having to send a bunch of floppies with WordPerfect for Dos back to WordPerfect.... But that wasn't due to a bad floppy, well it was, but not due to unreliability... It was due to WordPerfect being shipped from the factory with the Jerusalem-B virus on it.

Comment Re:They don't work for me (Score 1) 464

I had a similar experience with a set of progressive lens also. My doctor didn't push the progressives, but did recommend that I give them a try. He did say they are not for everyone. So I though, hey, why not give it a go.

Worst mistake I had made with those damn progressives. I had an zone of focus that amounted to looking through a straw, and everything else being out of focus. Any time that I moved my head to look at something else, the out of focus areas would rise and fall in a wave like motion as they came into the focused zone. Now, I'm not typically one to get motion sickness, or seasick, but I tell you, those progressives did mess with me. I gave them a good six weeks to "get used to them" and it didn't happen. Took them back and had the lens replaced with regular ones, and haven't looked back since.

I know people that have progressives and love them, but I have talked with just as many people that hated them. I'm in the latter group. I would not recommend them at all.

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