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Comment Re:so.... (Score 2) 96

No - it's Microsoft's incarnation of Apple's AppNap feature. (think of it as an aggressive and automatic version of the *nix renice function with a suspend feature latched onto it.)

Sounds a lot like the Android platform things that's been around for awhile. You configure battery life left, and a bunch of stuff that you can limit if its below that point.

Comment Re:Could have been worse (Score 0) 236

The vast amount of apps out there are not tablet optimized however, and the majority would actually be hard to use without a keyboard and mouse.

And there is the virus / security thing, the difficulty in keeping MS bound applications updated with the OS, the MS tax and so on. The ecosystem is too much of a 90's holdover for people doing most things.

Comment Re:working as designed? (Score 1) 139

Also means you should avoid those services. My company had to rule out MailChimp for email specifically because they wouldn't support those protocols. It's unfathomable to me that a company who's entire business revolves around sending email does not actually have a way to let you use these.

I just looked at a Mailchimp delivered "Newsletter" and it has SPF, DKIM, and DomainKey.

Comment Re:If it supports rsync I'll care. (Score 1) 145

Anyone know of such a service that supports the rsync protocol (either over ssh or any other rsync-friendly transport). If so - bandwidth limitations don't suck so bad; since you'd be typically just streaming incremental changes.

Yea, Dropbox. Use the Linux client. I kinda feel like I am missing something here ..... There is also a third party Linux Google Drive client. That feels a little clunky to me but would probably do the trick.

Comment Re:Web scaling (Score 1) 42

Doesn't one just use MongoDB and Solr automatically becomes web scale?

Speaking of web scale what's wrong with Google? Google custom search is really easy to set up (free or not free de-branded), and just works really well. The only use-case I can see for something like this, would be for stuff that can't go "web scale", because its private. What else are people using it for?

Comment Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (Score 1) 122

Chrome has plenty of innovations but it easily becomes a resource hog and bogs down the system. IE 10 keeps chugging along. Microsoft isn't quite the microsoft of the past. These improvements should be felt the most in the mobile space where they clearly have the best browser. Their only problem? it might all be too late if they can never get out from under the shadow of their reputation.

Yea, but until they release Android and iOS versions, its still going to be a niche consumer product.

Comment bash (Score 1) 137

... is your friend. A simple shell script run from cron every so many minutes to test to each server, and then text / email / raise an alarm if no answer. I'd do this from at least 2 locations to allow for transient network issues or the monitoring systems have hardware issue and tank. And don't use windows for critical stuff. A couple of low end linux systems on amazon or similar would work. Low cost, efficient and very manageable.

Comment Re:We don't make money from peering or colocation (Score 1) 238

So what do you make money from if I become a Google Fiber customer? That's what I'm concerned about. If it's just the fair-market cost of the service I'm paying for, then that's fine. If your noble stance hides the fact that you attach yourself to the fiber like a tick to suck value by monitoring my use of the service and selling that information to the highest bidder, then we have a problem.

Presumably you are in the US, and most service providers do some level of monitoring of individual connections. Nothing new. ANd then there's the NSA. Your life and all those little secrets is "That" close to being an open book.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 316

Just wanted to add that I also used a current build of Ubuntu a couple months ago as well in case you missed that part of it.

Yea, I saw it. You probably feel using Linux like I do using windows "wtf is shit!". Nothing that I am used to, or care about. A lack of configration options. I have to install a bunch of stuff to make it half way usable, all from third party providers which mean they don't get updated with the system, and I only get one desktop (or have they fixed that one yet), the native networking and build tools just suck. Is there a native terminal application yet? I haven't tried 8, but that is lacking in 7. Why can apple put that kind of stuff with the OS and on Windows you get shit. Its broken by design. At least for me.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 316

Tried Mac in 2013 for 6 months, not an awesome experience. Never freed up large amounts of memory unless i did it manually, adobe products temp files took up 130gb and not intuitive to find and delete, little things like single clicking on a long file name to see the whole file from the desk top or even finder was impossible. That was important to me since my photo file names are usually pretty long(Latename - date - sequence). It didnt work for the way that "I" work so it wasnt an option. Plus, bought the MBP maxed out for 2500, couldnt sell if for more than 1300. Complete waste of money and time for me.

If you didn't like it, you didn't like it, and that's fine... you should certainly work using whatever tools you feel most comfortable with. But your specific points I don't get.

He was using Linux in the early 90's. I am sure that was interesting. Great for networking tools and playing around with remote X sessions and multiple window managers and multiple desktops and Type 1 fonts, but compared to Windows .... well, yea, it was actually light years ahead. Windows was a crippled, buggy dog back then. After 20 years, they have gotten a lot of the bugs out.

Comment Re:squatting (Score 4, Informative) 102

The biggest threat to Apache is Apache. HTTPD 2.4 removed support for a number of operating systems and is tuned only for Linux. They've gone to the dark side and it's going to hurt them.

Combine that with nginx, varnish and lighttpd and there are several real choices in the *NIX world. There is no need to go Apache anymore. This will make them look bad for some time to come as people try out alternatives. I'm evaluating switching to nginx now. The configuration is much different, but in the end it should make things much better.

What are the "number of OS's"? It clearly supports windows versions > windows 2000 (which my guess is better than the most recent release of IIS). I feel pretty sure the BSD guys would find a way to get supported. So what else, Solaris? Whoops, no, looks like people are doing that somewhere. BeOS? Android? If Apache looses ground, its primarily its reputation for memory and performance related issues.

Comment Re:weve had this for a while now havent we? (Score 1) 143

Moodle has been around since 2002. its open source and pretty easy to install and maintain. Google classroom, like most other google apps, ablates the responsibility of servers, networking, and an IT staff and in turn allows educational institutions to experience the full wealth of googles Software As A Service. Just imagine, your proctoring a major exam when suddenly your application just disappears in a fashion not unlike the massive gmail outage on 1/24/14. Google has no technical support, no publically available points of contact and zero fucks to give about your students or your lesson plan because you arent the consumer, you're the product. : "Phone support is available for administrators of Google Apps for Business, Education, Government, and Nonprofit accounts." Not sure how that compares to their Google Apps for Business stuff, but that has gone from mediocre to pretty good. I didn't loose anything in the great outage of 2014, despite having 3 gmail accts and using google docs with it. In fact, I've never lost a google doc in 6-7 years. And when you hear rants like this, there never seems the possibility that something can disappear in other ways besides a "google outage", or some "cloud cluster fuck". Users never delete things accidentally, or rename them, dogs no longer eat homework, and non-cloud servers never seem to crash, or if they do, there is super-IT man at the ready, and the backups are alway good and easy to pull that one file out that no one can find all of a sudden, and no one ever overwrites a file with an older version, and of course no one would care to backup stuff thats in the google, or other, cloud even though the tech for that exists.

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