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Comment Re:Windows Live Mail (Score 2, Interesting) 388

OP said s/he has "an archive of sixteen years of email". I take this to mean an offline archive, probably from POP3 servers, that are best handled as a hot backup that can be accessed and searched. You can import mail and contacts into Windows Live Mail in a variety of formats, at least one of which should be exportable by Thunderbird.

It's not easy to find a replacement for Thunderbird that's got feature parity. Windows Live Mail has way more features than one would have expected for an Outlook Express successor but it's actually a very good client. My recommendation was based on OP's vague requirements.

Comment Windows Live Mail (Score 3, Informative) 388

Windows Live Mail is a surprisingly feature-rich and lightweight free mail client for Windows. I used it for several years before switching permanently to webmail. It's written by Microsoft and supports multiple mailboxes. It may even import your mail history depending on your export options.


Comment Just come out and say it (Score 1) 1032

This summary comes close to saying, but chickens out, that we should raise taxes to pay for college for all citizens. That makes sense to me because it's what we already do with school for younger people.

Until then, don't go to college if you don't intend to pay for it. It is irresponsible, dishonourable, and illegal to consume a commercial service and then refuse to pay.

Come on, OP. Just say it. Raise taxes for the betterment of society. Formally change taxation. Don't just incite theft. How is that going to help people invest in their futures?

Comment Re: Hilarious quotes from Kotaku article (Score 1) 126

Valve is obligated to comply with a law in Germany that guarantees returns of goods bought in the Internet. Luckily for the rest of the world, Valve is extending this consumer-friendly policy to everyone. Hopefully it will work out for developers too. As a consumer I'm very happy about this.

Comment Re:Hilarious quotes from Kotaku article (Score 1) 126

What's wrong with short games? Portal is one of the most loved games of all time and it takes only a couple of hours to beat. Are coin-op arcade games devoid of satisfaction? What about short stories versus novels? Should I be entitled to a refund on a banana because it wasn't as filling as a steak dinner?

Comment research your Cherry MX mechanical keyswitches (Score 1) 452

OP, you'll likely want a mechanical keyboard for a heavy use machine.

I used membrane dome keyboards for years. The Microsoft Natural keyboards has my the ideal ergonomic layout and is extremely comfortable for typing, with the added bonus of most keys being slightly different shapes which is incredibly handy for gaming. However, these keyboards wear out after a couple of years and they don't have anti-ghosting which means you can only hold down 2 or 3 keys at once before you lose keystrokes.

I've since bought, and returned, many mechanical keyboards. I returned them because I hated the feel and kept pressing keys by accident. I did some research and the most helpful site was at the link below which has amazing technical diagrams that illustrate the "clickiness" and action of Cherry MX keyswitches.

My advice is to study these animations and decide which looks best. Try them out at a local store if possible - computer parts stores often have a Cherry MX sample board with one of each type. Then look for a keyboard with the keyswitches you want and the additional features you'd like (anti-ghosting, media keys, volume knob, macro keys).

After some research I decided on the Logitech G710+. It's expensive (regular about $150) and a little large but has Cherry MX Brown keyswitches which have a little resistance, an intermediate click as you press them, but are quieter than the Blue switches which otherwise feel the same. It has media keys and a volume knob which I use all the time. I have no need for the macro keys.

My kingdom for a Microsoft Natural keyboard with mechanical keyswitches!!!

Comment The definition of copyright (Score 1) 317

My limited understanding is that copyright dictates your right to copy media, and the restrictions surrounding that. Laws about software licensing consider factors such as installing software from physical media to a disk, copying code on disk temporarily to memory, how many machines you can have it installed on at once, etc.

I'm fairly sure this is a legitimate lawsuit according to the letter of the law. However, this is one of those situations where the law has become outdated and does not reflect real world use anymore. Not to mention citing the "Audio Home Recording Act of 1992" even though it's not reasonable to call a vehicle a home.


Snails On Methamphetamine 93

sciencehabit writes "Science answers the question: What happens when you put a snail on speed? From the article: 'The results suggest that meth improves memory, something that has been previously observed in creatures with large, complex brains like rats and humans. But since the snails store their memories in a simple, three-neuron network, the team hopes that studying the meth effect in these gastropods will help pinpoint how the drug's memory magnification powers work.'"

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