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Comment Re:Not again... (Score 1) 1110

He's right, you know. I've been using computers since 1961. Back then you could read the manual in an evening and then you know all the commands you needed to know. Now the systems are so complicated that only the Internet is big enough to hold the documentation. That's what makes discoverability so important in a user interface these days. Windows 8 is sorely lacking in that department. I have spent the last two weeks building a virtualized server on top of Windows 2012 Server. As a server it's just dandy. Hyper-V works beautifully; networking, backup, management tools are all great. BUT the new interface is still awful and the screens are just plain ugly. I've been working with a Remote Desktop connection to Windows 2012 Server from a Win 7 machine. The Win 7 side is beautiful and functional. The Win 2012 Server side is ugly and functional. It looks a lot like IBM stuff from the 60's. At least there's no confusion about which machine your working on.

Comment Re:Some Anecdotal Data (Score 1) 269

Just bought a Dell desktop for my GF. We went to some trouble to find a Windows 7 machine since I find Windows 8 to be unuseable on a desktop. (I've spent some time with it since I'm setting up a new server using Win 8 and two virtual Linux machines.) There is no way I want a touch screen on my desktop. Can you really imagine spending a lot of time reaching over your keyboard and coffee to swipe the screen?

Comment Re:Air Force Musem (Score 1) 363

Mod parent up. The Air Force Museum is outstanding. They have an actual hydrogen bomb (disarmed, I hope) that's the most ominous looking thing I've ever seen. They also have Bockscar, the B29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Once you get past the nuclear horrors there's an amazing collection of planes going back to the Wright Brothers.

Comment I'm 68 and have some experience with this... (Score 1) 772

I've been learning computer languages since 1961. I definitely gets harder. The first time I noticed it I was in my late 50's and was learning Web develeopment (SQL Server, ADO, html, Javascript). When I was younger I could read a manual, remember it, and get to work. With the Web stuff I was working with a circle of books on the floor around my chair. Now I don't use books any more, just Google. Part of the problem is getting older and not remembering details so well. Part of the problem is that there is SO much more to remember. Fortran had a dozen or so constructs to learn. Modern Web systems have thousands. My opinion is that modern programming systems would be unworkable without Google. Even the young people couldn't remember it all. Would I hesitate to learn a new language now? Probably not. I just did some work with Camel for the first time; it was slow but I got through it. So, all the advice about career paths is probably good, but if you like to code, I'd say you can still do it.

Comment It isn't free and it isn't open source but... (Score 1) 554

I've been using MDaemon happily for many, many years. The administration is simple, I've not had any problems with my address being blocked, the spam problem is taken care of by MDaemon's options and all together I'm a happy camper. I used to use their calendar app too but it doesn't play well with Android, so I switched to Google. There's a free version that you can try. I no longer remember what the restriction was that led me to use the paid version.

Comment Re:Why are Libs so enamored with taxes? (Score 1) 623

It's even worse than that. There are over thousands of tax jurisdictions to keep track of. Not all items are taxed in all jusrisdictions. There is software that will deal with this but it costs tens of thousands of dollars a year. That's no problem for Amazon but it's a killer for all the small businesses that sell on the Web. If you really need to tax them (and I don't doubt that we do) the only reasonable way to do it is to impose a national tax and distribute it to the states.

Submission + - Replay TV ends program service (digitalnetworksna.com)

wbean writes: Replay TV has announced that they will permanently discontinue their Electronic Programming Guide. This leaves the owners of Replay TV DVRs with bricked machines. It's not clear how Replay RV construes a "lifetime" contract for service to end when they feel like ending it.

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