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Business 2.0 Says 'Boycott Vista' 756

amyandjake writes "Business 2.0 has a story about Vista's delays, the amount of time wasted by Microsoft bringing Vista to market, and the fact that it doesn't seem to have any compelling features for upgrading. The last paragraph of the story says 'Boycott Vista. Keep your old Windows XP PC around. Don't buy a new one. That's the only way we have to let Microsoft know Vista is an overhyped, late, and pointless update to XP — a perfectly fine operating system.'" Relatedly, torrensmith writes "Paul Thurrott is at it again with his seemingly never-ending supply of information about Windows Vista. This time, he discusses the things he dislikes about the program, in the article The Dark Side of Windows Vista RC1."
The Internet

Journal Journal: jabberd2: Well D'uh

Now that my G4 is back to a sane operating volume, I was able to relax a bit, noticing how much I missed loading web pages in less than a second.

Also, I came over jabberd2, as I had some trouble setting up the multi-user conference module.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Surfing the Web on a 66MHz

Last week our PowerMac G4 400MHz almost totally broke down (i.e. the power supply's fan was starting to make terrible noises), so we had to send it to a Mac store to repair it. So now I'm stuck doing everything from a PowerMac 6100 66Mhz.

FYI, here are the specs:

  • CPU: PowerPC 601, 66MHz
  • HD: 350MB
  • RAM: 40MB
  • OS: Mac OS 8.6
Programming

Journal Journal: Testing decentralized VCS...

So I had "fun" trying this weekend some open-source decentralized VCS (that is, like Bitkeeper, but "free" as in speech). Some of them were listed in this Subversion Anti-FUD page.

SVK, which works on top on Subversion looks fine, but I couldn't test since it's been a while since I made a build of Subversion on my Mac OS X 10.2.8 machine.

OS X

Journal Journal: fetchmail-ssl and .Mac

Before you waste your time, if you want to use fetchmail-ssl from Fink, make sure you use those settings (write all of this on a single line; replace YOURUSER and YOURPASS):

poll mail.mac.com
proto imap
auth password
user "YOURUSER"
password "YOURPASS" is "YOURUSER"
folder "INBOX" fetchall
mda "/usr/bin/procmail -d %T"
sslproto ""

- Benad

Apache

Journal Journal: XSL-FO: LaTeX Advanced

So I was looking at TestXSLT, a generic XSLT editor and test suite for Mac OS X (wow... how could I lived without it), when I noticed this "XSL-FO" thingy.

You know LaTeX? You spent years learning it? You wasted your time. Read the specs here, and try it yourself here (you only need Java).

Announcements

Journal Journal: Spoiling the Surprise

Today I received two copies of "PLAN", the monthly magazine of the OIQ, Québec's engineering order.

Yes, two. One, because I'm registered in the student section of the OIQ. Two (and in a plastic bag), because it says "Benoit Nadeau, Ing. jr".

I haven't received the official papers yet, but you know what it means.

GameCube (Games)

Journal Journal: Henshin a Go Go Baby!

Wow. Wow wow.

If you remember this entry, I was waiting a long time to try the game "Viewtiful Joe".

And wow. It's good. Really good. The music too. And the humor. And the style. And the gameplay is perfect.

I really hope this becomes a franchise. As they say: "Beauty is born".

- Benad

Music

Journal Journal: Musical Update

Seems now that I prefer "Techno House" and "Progressive House" more than anything else. I loved Dave Seaman's GU22, I'm trying to buy Nick Warren's GU024 (even though I only listened to CD 2), and I love Danny Howell's 24:7.

If that's not enough, I'm listening a recording of Howell's live tour for 24:7 on Proton Radio.

At the same time, Conjure One proved to be a good "distraction" relative to house music.

Me, addicted to music? Maybe...

GameCube (Games)

Journal Journal: F-0 Is Better Than F-1

Been playing F-Zero GX a little too much those past two weeks. It's just too fast. Even if I'm really good, I still need lots of practicing, and my adrenaline level is higher than with any first-person shooter.

I even did a "realism test" by using the estimated length of the "Blue Falcon" (about 12m) to see if the speed (ranging from 0.5Mm/h to 1.5Mm/h; yes, Mega meters per hours) is real. And guess what, unlike Extreme G 3, it is. It's really fast.

Microsoft

Journal Journal: There is no fork...

Today I spent 45 minutes debugging a problem caused by Perl 5.8 on Windows 2000 (called ActivePerl) just to discover that the problem was with Perl's emulation of "fork()". Ouch.

... In Windows, there is no "fork", and I would assume no spoon either.

- Benad

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