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Comment Coda (Score 1) 421

Long time I have been promising myself to try it out and recently I did. Basically it's network filesystem with local cache for offline usage. Setup, while not for Joe Average, is not as hard as it looks on the first sight. Syncing is done in background and this offline mode is exactly what I was looking for. Now I'm far from home but I have a snapshot of the shared directory which will update the server repository when I reconnect next time. If you have public IP address and DNS (for publishing some SRV records), you can even access it from everywhere (by design it's global filesystem).

But it's not perfect:
- Small team, slow development
- Lack of good GUI offering all necessary functionality, especially conflict resolution
- CLI could be more consistent
- Lack of explicit cache management
- Poor handling of big volumes and big files (porn archive is out of question)

Nonetheless, as I stated, I use Coda everyday. Not for entire /home but for dedicated shared directory where I put stuff I know I will need to access from other machines.

P.S. Funny thing but when I was digging the subject about half year ago, I found no alternative offering similar semantics: shared filesystem with offline access capability (yeah, Andrew, but as Coda grew out of it, let's call it same family).


Comment Re:What's the question? (Score 3, Informative) 291

In fact, I was using this software. Not for its features but because of Ultrasoft Money on Palm. This duo was/is greatly integrated and only with this combination personal accounting started making sense to me. So while I'm kind of MS anti-fan I actually bought license for Money so I could keep my finances synced both on Palm and on PC. I wish there was FOSS alternative but last time I checked there was nothing worth mentioning.


Comment Re:Aliens Vs Predator as a Marine (Score 1) 129

I second to this. The game is scariest of what I have tried - so scary I just couldn't finish is [as a Marine]. What's most fascinating is the very simple rules which caused such great effect:

1. Low/poor visuals, like stated in original article.
2. Again, extensive use of sound (also music, which enhances creepy atmosphere).
3. Low firepower.
4. Take away or limit The Most Powerful Spell Ever (Save&Reload, that is).

In such environment you don't need many aliens to make you shit your pants.

Oh, yes, and the motion scanner. This thing deserves own essay. You can't shoot while scanning, and vice versa. And while scanning you still don't really know where the guys are but the pings keep counting your time towards death...

Final note: if you see someone playing in the dark AvP as a Marine while wearing headphones, don't grab them suddenly from behind. Their life is hard enough at the moment.

Comment Re:I 3 My Kinesis!!! (Score 1) 523

I love it too. Bought one about ten years ago, overpaid like hell (airmail & customs) but never regretted for a while. I'd just like to add two things to consider:

1. It's much easier to learn touch typing on this keyboard than with traditional one. Why? The keys are aligned in vertical columns so you reach to them with up-down movement, not diagonal. And keycaps are nicely profiled so fingers just drop on them.

2. It's frackincrazyawesome for playing FPS/TPS games! In neutral EDSF position you have all expected keys under four of your fingers PLUS six under thumb. I'm not sure if it beats game pads but I never needed to check it out (we're talking about Jedi Academy, if you know what I mean). The only PITA are games hardcoded to use arrow keys - they just plainly suck.



Submission + - Student finds 5000-year-old chewing gum (kierikki.fi)

itsthebin writes: "Sarah Pickin, 23, found the lump of birch bark tar — complete with neolithic tooth prints — on a dig in Finland. Ms Pickin's tutor at the University of Derby, Professor Trevor Brown, said birch bark tar contained phenols, which are antiseptic compounds. "It is generally believed that neolithic people found that by chewing this stuff if they had gum infections it helped to treat the condition. It's particularly significant because well-defined tooth imprints were found on the gum which Sarah discovered," he said. Ms Pickin was on a volunteer program at the Kierikki Centre on the west coast of Finland when she made the find. It is not for sale on Ebay yet :-)"
Input Devices

Submission + - Typing faster than Intelligible Speech (wikipedia.org)

microbox writes: According to this article, an average speedy "typist" works at about 35-40 words per minute — a professional around 70-95 words per minute. Yet I recently came across an article on machine shorthand that purports that a typist can reach 225-300 words per minute. That's faster than intelligible speech! The trick is to use a chorded keyboard where-by a user types whole syllables or words by striking multiple keys at once, a technique called "chording". Specialized hardware goes for between $US 1000-4000, however, I see no reason why we couldn't use a regular keyboard for chorded input. I failed to find any FOSS software like a text editor that lets you use your keyboard in "chorded" mode. Is this a better mouse-trap that's just waiting to be built?

Submission + - OLPC's trickle-down effect (pcpro.co.uk)

Diomidis Spinellis writes: "PCPRO runs a story regarding the $189 laptop that Asus revealed at the Computex 2007 trade show. The laptop, in common with the hardware of the one laptop per child initiative, uses solid state memory for storage and runs Linux. It weights 900g (2 lb) and measures 120 * 100 * 30mm (4.7 * 4 * 1.2"). I'm currently using an actual OLPC for localization work and experiments with educational applications, and I was dreaming being able to buy similar machines to use as cheap and cheerful terminals around the house. With Quanta having made a similar product announcement it seems that the Star Trek nirvana of a computer in every room can become an affordable reality."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Wireless networks self-nterference hits bandwidth

RockDoctor writes: In what may come as an unwelcome shock to people at the "cutting edge" of kewl technology (also known as the "bleeding edge", for reasons that will become obvious), Network Computing is carrying a report on the problems of interference between overlapping wireless networks. It came as no surprise to me to discover that (FTFA) a wireless manufacturer who I had never heard of suffered a 50% degradation in performance when working overlapped with a wireless network from market leader Cisco. It also came as no surprise to hear that the performance of the market leader [quote]cratered[quote]. I don't know the ins and outs of the technical aspects of bandwidth contention algorithms, or if one or other contender is adhering to or deviating from the standards. But since I ran the apartment with CAT5 cable about 5 years ago, I can't say that I particularly care either. Certainly, this degree of clashing and conflict between different hardware and software vendors is no surprise. Wireless may have benefits in some circumstances, but it's certainly not the universal solution some vendors would have customers think.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - DEFCON for Linux Announced

dylan_- writes: UK indie game developer, Introversion, best known for the weirdly retro Darwinia have released the much-awaited Linux version of their latest hit title DEFCON. If you liked the film "Wargames" then maybe this is for you.

As the website says:
"It's Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe — just maybe — you can lose the least."

Submission + - Space Debris Narrowly Misses Airliner

An anonymous reader writes: An airliner jet traveling from Chili to New Zealand early today were in for an interesting ride. Flaming space debris — the remains of a Russion satellite — came hurtling back to Earth not far from commercial jet on their way to Auckland, New Zealand. Here's further justification for the growing concern of the increasing amounts of space garbage orbiting our planet. From the article: 'The pilot of a Lan Chile Airbus A340 ... notified air traffic controllers at Auckland Oceanic Centre after seeing flaming space junk hurtling across the sky just five nautical miles in front of and behind his plane...'

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