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Comment Re:Congrats to the lucky ones (Score 1) 215

...and furthermore, you can get a Bluetooth OBD scanner which you can use live with your smartphone as you drive along. I'm using a cheap scanner from eBay and the Torque app for Android.

My seven year old daughter was watching the speed graph linearly increasing whilst the RPM graph saw-toothed. Now she understands gears in a whole new way.

Comment KDE handles four monitors pretty nicely (Score 1) 1002

After ten years of two monitors I've gone for four and it's made another leap in friendliness.

In KDE, with 2x2 monitors you can:

  • maximize a window to all four
  • maximize horizontally
  • maximize vertically
  • drag to the middle of a side to fill that side
  • drag to the top / bottom of a side to fill that corner
  • drag to the middle of the top to fill all four

Pop into System Settings | Window Behaviour | Titlebar Actions | Maximize Button for much tinkering.

Another useful thing is that my mouse pointer is about 14mm high so it's easy to see, well done KDE devs. Sadly when I remote into other machines it uses their local mouse pointer size

In practice I find I spread Eclipse over all four and web pages fill the left or the right, it's pretty useful for eBay listings, Slashdot comments etc.

Before you ask it's 4 x 50GBP monitors and a 50GBP quad-head video card.

Comment Re:time syncing between multiple cameras (Score 1) 680

I tripped over that with my two cameras which had both been in-sync and at UTC. They had fallen out of sync.

I spotted it when looking at some photos the kids took which it transpires they took at the same moment when I adjusted the times. The little darlings did it all on their own without me prompting so maybe I can handover the file system management to them if they grow up as pedantic as me. Problem solved!

Comment Re:How I back up photos/videos (Score 1) 680

This may be totally over the top, but I restore the backups onto my system before over-writing them.

I remove files duplicated in my live system by name+date and MD5-hash to catch renames. I then trawl the remnants manually. Sometimes I find a file I wish I hadn't deleted which I hadn't noticed in my 1st-level archive backup (see "rsync --backup-dir"). On one occasion I think I found a file where the MD5 hash had changed and I rescued a good copy from the restored version.

I seriously question the value of this process as the return is so low. Human-error is much more of a problem than bit-rot based on my experience with this approach.

I could improve the signal/noise ratio of the remnants by keeping a hash of the files I purposefully deleted from the live system but that's a whole new branch of exploration.

Comment Mylyn in Eclipse (Score 3, Informative) 198

I've recently been using Mylyn to give me a focussed view on the code I'm working on. I love the way it automatically adds things to the context as I click around.

Then of course there's the rather gorgeous "Run unit tests in context" to give me feedback on the things I've been tinkering with.

Comment Re:OK, the solution for this is easy... (Score 1) 341

Imagine if people could afford to live where they want to, get their kids the best education possible, and spend the time they wanted to with family and friends.

Some of us have already done this on our own.

Now that I don't live in London I've taken a hit on my salary and the types of work I can do. However, moving to the countryside has allowed me to spend that time with my kids instead. Today we went for a walk in the forest for a few hours and it was wonderful. We've been really lucky, we mandated a broadband connection as part of the move and the world has moved to make this a lifeline for banking, auctions, work, groceries, ... we rarely need to actually go anywhere to do things. That's quite a change from the trudge my parents had to do when I was a kid in the countryside.

I believe people have been doing this for centuries.[citation needed]

...it's not universally popular it appears

...maybe not even economic

...but they do a TV show on it

At the end of the day I feel fortunate that we can finance living in the country on a programmer's salary. Just like with having kids, I'd say my basic advice is to lower your expectations of what you'll have in life and you'll be fine.

Comment Maybe offsite backup? (Score 1) 487

Yep, this works well for me. I have a slew of 160GB drives and I use them for offsite backups at other family members' houses. I gave up with DVDs when I got to 40GB. Having so many obsolete drives made me able to have multiple offsite backups which is always nice.

However I did go to the dark side first and set up big RAID arrays with them that were very fast. The only snag was I had to do that in each machine else I got upset copying files around as I wasn't using the fast drives efficiently. Then of course you have to get GigE to keep things rolling. Then you realize your time could be better spent posting to /.

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