Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Most likely bad power management design (Score 1) 31

It turns out that in managing batteries and booting there are a ton of oddball cases that cause things like this to happen. For example, there may be enough power available from the battery to start the boot process with the CPU in a low power, but once some peripherals start turning on the power draw bec omes more than the battery can support, a voltage rail drops to low, and a reboot happens. Shameless plug: there's a chapter in my book on product development that covers some of these issues and solutions, http://www.goodreads.com/book/...

Submission + - SPAM: Web Host That's A Good Global Citizen?

occamboy writes: I'm working with a group of folks who are readying a WordPress-based site, and we'd like to find a host that's

1. A good citizen of our planet — ethical, green, etc
2. A good host, and particularly for WordPress

Any experiences and info that can help us would be appreciated.

Submission + - How to work on source code without having the source code?

occamboy writes: Perhaps the ultimate conundrum!

I've taken over a software project in an extremely specialized area that needs remediation in months, so it'll be tough to build an internal team quickly enough. The good news is that there are outside software engineering groups that have exactly the right experience and good reputations. The bad news is that my management is worried about letting source code out of the building. Seems to me that unless I convince the suits otherwise, my options are to:

1) have all contractors work on our premises — a pain for everyone, and they might not want to do it at all

2) have them remote in to virtual desktops running on our premises — much of our software is sub-millisecond-response real-time systems on headless hardware, so they'll need to at least run executables locally, and giving access to executables but not sources seems like it will have challenges. And if the desktop environment goes down, more than a dozen people are frozen waiting for a fix. Also, I'd imagine that if a remote person really wanted the sources, they could video the sources as they scrolls by.

I'll bet there are n better ways to do this, and I'm hoping that there are some smart Slashdotters who'll let me know what they are; please help!

Submission + - Version Control for the Non-Developers?

occamboy writes: My spouse works at a company that deals with lots of documents (Word, spreadsheets, scans, and so forth), and they have a classic version control problem that sucks up hours of her time each week. Documents are stored on a shared server in some sort of hierarchy, but there are all kinds of problems, e.g. multiple copies get saved with slightly-different names because people are afraid of overwriting the old version "just in case" and nobody can figure out which is the latest version, or which got sent out to a client, etc.

Version control should help, and my first thought was to use SVN with TortoiseSVN, but I'm wondering if there's something even simpler that they could use? Do the Slashdotteratti have any experiences or thoughts that they could share? The ideal solution would also make it easy to text search the document tree.

Comment This is why I switched back to Windows (Score 1, Insightful) 815

I had Ubuntu running on our main home computer for more than a year. There were definitely some annoyances, but things were tolerable. Until I upgraded Ubuntu (I forget which version) and sound was broken hard - I spent hours fixing it, but got calls from home every few days asking me to "help fix the sound. it's broken again". Finally, I gave up and switched back to Windows.

Slashdot Top Deals

My sister opened a computer store in Hawaii. She sells C shells down by the seashore.

Working...