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Comment Re:Open office != MS Office (Score 1) 421

Your comparison is really,insightful yet one sided.

A hummer is a big robust vehicle that can handle multi terrain settings and war zones very well. However the civic can last just as long in its INTENDED environment.

In my humble experience most people don't live in war zones. They live in places where the Civic would be a much better vehicle for them. In the US we drive longer highway commutes to work, where the civics fuel efficiency come into play as a way better vehicle then the Hummer. Don't not to mention that once one gets to the city the streets would be way to narrow for a Hummer (especially in Europe).

Now would some please please think about the children! Oh I will.

But encouraging hi cost software, that the development has basically been halted on (or high overhead cars that are not all the fuel efficient or practical) we create an environment for future generations that pollute the market with over priced items that have impractical features.

Hummers have a use and so does M$ Office, and it innovations. But most of the time a civic is is all one needs.

All this being said, I am some one who uses VIM, and laTex for any document publishing, and who finds it easier to write my own MySQL schema then to use an gui data base program like access.


Submission + - LG Unveils Solar Powered E-Book (inhabitat.com)

MikeChino writes: At first glance e-readers offer a great set of benefits over paper-bound books – they’re light, versatile, and a great alternative to lugging around a tote full of dead tree tomes on your next trip. However these new reading mediums have one glaring fault – can you imaging the frustration of running out of juice mid-sentence and halfway through Infinite Jest? LG’s new solar e-book aims to address this issue by harnessing the sun’s rays to power its display. The device features a 10 centimeter wide thin-film photovoltaic panel that can power the reader for a full day's worth of reading after 4-5 hours spent sitting in the sun.
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Submission + - GNU/Linux distro requires Windows to install 5

dgun writes: "I recently put together a new PC. When I purchased the motherboard, I noticed that it came with an instant on OS, a small GNU/Linux distro known as Splashtop. I assumed that the OS was on a ROM chip on the motherboard. To my great annoyance, when I try to boot to the OS there is a message that says it is not installed. It turns out that motherboard comes with an install disk for this GNU/Linux OS that you can only run from Windows (of course) that will install the OS on the hard drive. First of all, doesn't installing it on the hard drive defeat the point of having an instant on OS? If I wanted to duel boot a small GNU/Linux OS, I'm sure there are plenty to choose from that I could try. Secondly, if distributing GPL'd software by means that completely preclude it from being used without Windows is not a violation of the GPL, should it not be?"

Comment Both XHTML and LATEX work (Score 1) 338

One the above post talking about LATEX is right. but if you don't want to learn a hole new standard. you could read this http://www.alistapart.com/articles/boom it all about printer style sheets. One cool thing about HTML that latext does not have is the auto type media extensions. you can redefine the look of you content with a specific style sheet. And while I can do all that with LATEX I have to run it through a processor first. bot that multi media marrett and if you want to get into really complex type setting issues LATEX is the way to go. if you just want to use it as a word processor I would suggest using some sort of WYSIWYG for it and have a pdf printer.

Submission + - Simple Invoices beta 3 released (simpleinvoices.org)

sanguisdex writes: The small but emerging project Simple Invoices released the third beta of its next version of small business invoice management. new features/fixes include:
  1. users management — you can now add/edit users in Simple Invoices — no more phpmyadmin nonsense
  2. multiple taxes per line item — just adjust the number of taxes per line item in System Preferences to show the number you require
  3. UI updates — Simple Invoices is now using 970px wide layout instead of 100% width
  4. email — now allow multiple email addresses in to or bcc and can be delimited via , or ;
  5. add system pref for number of taxes per line item

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