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Comment LifeProof (Score 1) 225

Get a LifeProof case and stop worrying about being too careful.

I've taken my 4S swimming, surfing, and given it to my 9 mo old to chew on without worry. I've also dropped it on occasion, but so far it's been completely fine.

If you have a case like that and you *still* manage to break it, just pay the replacement cost.

Comment WHMCS Customer Here (Score 1) 87

My company uses WHMCS and, after downloading all the released data, I was happy to find that accounting had used a PayPal subscription to purchase the license, as all the "card number" fields in the SQL dump were blank.

That being said... they also store all emails sent to customers. Including the Welcome Email that includes the original password used for master accounts.

So, could be worse on our end, but still major suckage overall.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 1002

I think there is something to be said for a single monitor.

I switched to a MacBook Pro a few months back as the first Apple laptop or desktop I have ever used for work. I started out using an external display plus the MBP display as I thought I would be more productive (as that's how I always did it with my Windows systems), however, I started using "Spaces" as an experiment, and now I am completely set on using one monitor.

The issue is that with multiple monitors you have a lot to deal with... lots of distractions. While there *are* times when I would like to have windows side-by-side, I feel like I now have my own "personal attention queue" w/ Spaces. All terminals in one space, all chat/music in one space, IDE in one space, RDPs in one space, VMs, etc. It allows me to concentrate on the most important thing at that given moment by minimizing distractions.

I'm up to 9 spaces at the moment, but I am still only about 3 months in to my MBP, so I can't be sure if this is still the honeymoon phase.

Submission + - Scrum Points vs. Billable Hours

matt writes: "We have been having a heated discussion at my company regarding a recent push by management to implement a time tracking system completely separate from Scrum. Management's intention is to be able to more accurately track billable hours, but some team members feel that by doing so, it will go against all things holy (Scrum-wise) and only hurt the development/creative process. Do any Scrum teams also use a time tracking system to track billable hours separately from Scrum points? If so, how well has it worked for you?"

Comment Re:1000+ a day is trivial have you thought of amaz (Score 1) 298

If I were you, I'd consider looking into the new hosting platforms built on cloud environments.

You should be able to find some online web hosts who charge per-use in a clustered environment so you don't have to bother about setting up your own EC2 servers (or whatever) yourself. Leave it to the experts as it were.

Some places to check out:

My company uses a cloud hosting provider and it's been great not even thinking about architecture as our website hosting needs have grown.


Submission + - Recovery.gov Blocks Search Engines - Conspiracy? (mattbeckman.com)

Matt Beckman writes: "The government website Recovery.gov had been using a special file to prevent search engines from indexing web page content. Hailed by our new president as a step towards government transparency, the robots.txt file would prevent any content from appearing in search results. Is this simply a mistake by the developers or is it a carefully considered move to avoid accountability?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

XKCD Improving the Internet ... Yet Again 204

netbuzz writes "Comic creator Randall Monroe suggested in a recent xkcd strip that YouTube comments would be better — or, more precisely, less idiotic — if only those posting them were forced to hear their words read aloud first. Well, YouTube has gone and made this "audio preview" a reality, albeit an optional one. And, it's not the first time that xkcd has contributed to the betterment of the Internet, as those who are familiar with last year's "Internet census" and its use of a Hilbert curve may remember."

Submission + - TicketMaster files suit against RMG Technologies (financialhealthzone.com)

Matt Beckman writes: "Following up the story from last week. Ticketmaster has filed suit against the small software company RMG Technologies because, they say, RMG's software allows users to acquire tickets quickly and easily, providing a method for dealers to scalp tickets for popular venues. In their latest press release, Ticketmaster says a Federal Court has granted their request for an injunction against RMG Technologies, saying they are "committed to ensuring that consumers have fair and equitable access to tickets." Ticketmaster employed similar techniques against Cleveland Cavaliers after the Cavaliers launched a web site allowing season-ticket holders to resell or give-away unused tickets."

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