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Comment Re:It still doesn't get the job done (Score 4, Insightful) 192

It took me 10 minutes of thinking and experimenting to figure out what you were talking about. Why would you have a phrase spanning a manual page break? Why are you doing formatting during authorship? Maybe your process needs to change to reflect the tools. Not the creative one, but the technical procedure you use to save, recall, and share your writing. And Word and Writer are both jack of all trades, master of none programs anyway. There's an article I can't find about how adding presentation features to the editor is a mistake. Not that your text shouldn't look pretty while you type it, but that you should never type extra spaces to make it look _just_right_. Or page breaks.

Comment Re:Benchmarks please (Score 1, Interesting) 122

Actually, your observation is misleading. Graphics drivers on Linux have been using a lot of Linux features for a long time to improve performance, implement modern features, and handle hardware management in the kernel, where it belongs. No rule says that code can then only be used by X. They are Linux drivers, not X drivers.

Comment Re:Technical Question (Score 4, Informative) 151

No, SMS came from a GSM feature that sent data in tiny packets in the control channel phones used all the time for presense and syncronization. The bandwidth was always in constant use, so packing data into it didn't really cost anything. CDMA probably implements a similar feature that uses squat bandwidth.

Now, the weird thing is, carriers charge the same for SMS as MMS, at least in my experience, where MMS uses 3G to send potentially a lot of data.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 259

Me and the $60 A4 I'm typing this on disagree. Replaced the socket 754 1st gen Athlon 64 that wasn't quite cutting it 6 years later. Plenty of enthusiasts want a cheap 2nd PC for playing with OSs, home server, etc. The Pentium E5200 I bought a couple of years ago (Intel's version of this niche) is not aging very well with no virt and DDR2.

Comment Compare to BillMax (Score 1) 53

I use this system at my WISP called BillMax. I didn't pick it, but I put up with it for a while. It uses fairly generic MySQL and Apache, and you get most of the source when you license it. They seem to think the only OS in the world is RHEL, though. Recently though, they've switched to a leased licensing scheme, take a lot of our money, and don't do very much for it. If I'm going to recommend giving someone a heap of dollars for making this work, I'd rather it be a real Open Source project and one that presents less restrictions on where I install it.

Has anyone used both and can comment?

Comment Re:Windows is popular because it works. (Score 1) 349

That's because you're using Fedora or Ubuntu. Sure they're popular, and with good-ish reasons, but in my circle, most have moved to Debian on the desktop and server, and if not Debian on the desktop, OS X. Installing Firefox, Thunderbird, and OpenOffice and leaving things sit, only doing security updates, works just fine and covers the basic needs. And even stock GNOME 2 is "usable", i.e. non-scary for most users. Actually, "GNOME 2 is not scary for average users" is probably the thing Icaza wants to hear the most.

Comment Re:That would be all well and good (Score 1) 461

I love your optimism, but I want you to try something: get a router that's not brand-new and relatively expensive, and put the "100Mb" WAN port on your LAN, put a machine on the LAN side, and copy data through it from something on your actual network. Not to say technology is standing still; we will have this soon enough. A $1400 Cisco router is only rated to 40Mb of WAN speed.

Comment Re:Stupid conclusions (Score 1, Insightful) 843

Are you calling Word a good text processor?

While it may have a lot of features, be already well-known by users, and have a large install base, that doesn't automatically mean it qualifies as a "good text processor". Software has a lifecycle, and any program is going to have features that make it over-specialized or less modern compared to newer contenders.

Comment Re:"little cooler than an SGI workstation..." (Score 1) 159

Maybe I came to the game late, but installing software, even OS upgrades, to IRIX 6 was kinda easy. Also the GUI was quite slick. It looked great at 1600x1200. The desktop pager was the best I've ever seen on X. Vector icons?! I'm still crying that the GNOME weenies took features that were in 4DWM out of their window manager.

I guess installing was slow on slower boxes. GO figure. The downside to SGI was that you had to buy another $15k computer every 3 or 4 years instead of another $2k PC.

Comment Re:Printing (Score 1) 571

Um, I like everything you've said... until that last sentence.

Labor laws get in the way in high school a little, but in college, you should be OK. The reason people take out loans is because unless your parents or some benefactor is quite well off, a good university costs many times more than an entry level job pays. Education in the US has a somewhat inflated price tag.

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