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Comment Music (Score 1) 153

Music. I love to play music, and I wanted to explore writing it on computer where I could listen to how multiple instruments sounded. This was in Apple II days (I found the Commodore PET a little too boring an the Vic-20 was handy but not as interesting as it could have been had I been able to afford storage)

Playing multi-voice music on an Apple II required learning hex-code "assembler" (much later on I wrote an assembler to make my life easier). Going to IBM PC resulted in better CPU and performance, but harder to make music play.

Also, I really do love communicating with people and for anyone else who saw the internet before WWW, as well as the old Fido days ... well, these were not low-skill entry points.

Comment too heavy, too unreliable... at least for my uses (Score 1) 435

The few experiments I've tried with STL have been a bit too heavy and slow - at least with my uses which are frequently not single threaded.
My last test ran faster in python.

so I'll stick with C. Good old efficient, manageable and predictable C.

However I hear the STL is great for many people.

Comment I miss when gnome listened (Score 1) 693

There was a time when they were open to criticism, to help, and even to patches.
this was before Gnome 3 was released.

since then they've been as hard to interact with as Microsoft - arbitrary nonsensical designs foisted on the public with no way to work with older, functional systems and little or no support for state management, and little or no support beyond some simple cosmetic levels for hardware newer than 1990s era desktops.

Comment better testing plus maybe dietary and lack of sun (Score 1) 558

while the rising ability to test is probably a good part of this, found out about this study fairly recently:

Research by CHORI Scientists Indicates Causal Link between Vitamin D, Serotonin Synthesis and Autism: Dietary Interventions Will Have Relevance for Prevention and possibly for Treatment of Autism

(and possibly related : - Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases -- but only maybe)

Comment posting from windows 8 (Score 3, Interesting) 194

- install a start menu replacement to get application menus back. Application menus are handy when one has a number of applications with similar names.
- disable search and system speed jumps. Don't use it anyway, and it's pointless for a programmer like me.
- constant delays in performing tasks
- chrome can open 1/10 the tabs of linux on same hardware. That's perhaps a bad sign.

I've actually found my ability to work effectively on this platform has degraded to the point I just don't anymore.
I now use windows as a game platform and occasional (and frustrating) web browsing.
With Steam (etc), the issue with not being able to find my applications anymore stopped being relevant - I stopped using them under windows at all.

so when I want to do real browsing, real programming, or pretty much anything other than playing games, it's back to Mint for me. (because I similarly find unity and other "tablet" interfaces - interfaces less useful and intuitive than either IOS or Android - pointless)

Comment Microsoft... (Score 1) 742

Microsoft has hurt the tech industry, repeatedly and badly
And much of their tech has been in place to prevent innovation, invention and change.
Their arrogance and low esteem of computer users seems to keep growing
particularly given how incredibly -bad- the interface is for windows 8. If it corrupted data slowly, it'd be comparable to ME + Bob.

Comment user design? (Score 4, Interesting) 389

Metro lacks the user friendliness of a pet rock.
Learning curve is high enough that an old windows user like me (since the early 90s) can't figure out how to open an application or find where anything I have installed is.
No menus, no help, no interface, no organization, no context, no structure and too many ads.
I can't help anyone running windows 8. I can't find applications, documents, programs or interface. I'm not sure what that great scrolling walls of ads is, but it doesn't seem to relate to anything resembling functionality - it's easier to find an installed app using "google play" than it is to use that.

And forget "power user". I DO know how to open a command shell, and replace the scrolling wall of stupidity with a terrible second-rate wannabe menu that injects ads everywhere. (which is to say, pretty much every start menu replacement)
I don't actually -need- the start menu - the folders of windows 3 were actually more or less ok.
If I were running a tablet with this stupidity, it'd probably be tossed across the room.

It managed to build an interface almost as terrible and in your face as Ubuntu's "Unity". Except that it takes 50-90% of your CPU to run windows 8 and Unity only prevents you from using it.

I'm not sure who designed either system, but they should be kicked out of user design and forced to go back to school, perhaps in something useful like sales.

Comment Information and task control (Score 1) 503

- I use a desktop for a lot of tasks simultaneously - but usually one task where interruptions mean a loss of 20 min to 3 hours work, depending on how important and attention-consuming the task. This is priority #1 for me. Gnome 2 and KDE are both acceptable, as is Windows 95+ (but not 8) and MacOS. Mobile tends to be acceptable.
- I need to be able to organize files : database/file management interfaces should make sense and function. (Windows 8 does not make this easy to find, and KDE and Gnome 3 actually have the best). Mobile misses this entirely.
- Ability to organize tasks when multitasking. Task switching needs to make sense, and multiple desktops are quite handy when having to do cross referencing or coding. I am a programmer - having one desktop for browsing, another for code editing and testing and a third one for communications is pretty much my ideal basis. Classical desktops (Gnome 2 and KDE - and I find Gnome 2 slightly better) do this quite well. Newer systems have lost this. Lacking multiple desktops tends to keep me out of Windows or MacOS, for the most part - although the latter is ok at them.
- Saving and restoring of state, particularly for console sessions. A lot of what I do still takes place in terminals, particularly when managing outside servers. Gnome 3 lost this - in a fit of "bug fixing" all infrastructure was removed and there is no real support for this now. KDE is ok, MacOS is quite excellent. Android and IOS are VERY good at this and I sure wish ssh and console was more usable on those platforms.
- Recovery after failure. A number of issues can cause - with power failure coming at the top, but not excluding non-fatal hardware faults. Mobile is quite excellent, MacOS is quite excellent and KDE is ok. Without the ability to handle state, Gnome + Windows do not have this.

While I miss desktop isolated task switching and the ability to return to the last task I was working in under KDE (IMO that's a bug), this is largely why KDE is now my default desktop of choice.
I really wish I could do most of my programming tasks on mobile, but there's no infrastructure for it - they have no ability to handle multiple tasks.
I kind of miss the multiple consoles of nongraphical linux - but it's a bit hard to do things like web browsing there.

Windows 8, Unity and other such "interfaces" are not desktops and have moved away from the ability to perform routine (as in : continuous and important) tasks.

Comment Pot calling kettle (Score 2) 369

Very much "pot calling kettle"... USA and Russia are both famously historically "guilty" of this, as well as accusing each other of this.

however, all of the signs of psychological projection, in the more precise dialect.

*aside* even considering that, it's still safer to do business in the USA, for the most part. At least the illegal detentions, seizures, etc actually are well enough documented that folks who are at risk can usually avoid entering. Russia's still not very much into the concept of "free speech".

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