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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Anne Thwacks Re:Mod parent up funny (666 comments)

I have a T23 that I use when travelling - but it has an SSD in it now. Its great because the HD is easily accessible to I can switch between Win7, WinXP (for my embroidery machine) and Ubuntu (for getting work done).

I also have a T21 which I use as a dumb terminal for configuring servers - cos it has an RS232 port. Currently runing Xubuntu, but was running FreeBSD till I decided I wanted to try Xubuntu on something.

I also have a T61 (Also Xubuntu) which is used by visitors of all ages. None has needed any significant traiining AFAICR.

Oldest of all is a 760E - it still works, but lacks USB or any kind of networking, and a new OS means loads of floppies - so it may work, but it is not much actual use. One day I will put the HD in something else to install NetBSD, and then I could use PCMCIA network and USB cards.

yesterday
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Anne Thwacks Re:Wat? (580 comments)

IMHO, OpenSSL should be toss summarily as soon as possible.

And replaced with what, exactly? ftp?

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Anne Thwacks Re:Pff. Updates. What updates? (574 comments)

After every kernel update these drivers will be automatically upgraded introducing new, improved problems.

FTFY

5 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Anne Thwacks Re:Surely ironic (275 comments)

Gentlemen - I bring you the Samsung Stylus!

5 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

Anne Thwacks Re:Surely ironic (275 comments)

Unfortunately, IFAICR, the updates did not appear to add features or remove bugs - they visibly added more and more DRM. Signed by Synmbian made it was insanely difficult to get apps installed from the start.

I still have, and use, Symbian 60 phones - the upgrade process means that I cannot actually move to a newer version. There have been no updates for years - and unfortunately - I cannot install any apps (or even re-install the old ones) because the signatures have expired and no one maintains them.

Disclaimer: I am a happy Cyanogenmod user.

5 days ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Anne Thwacks Re:video of the road (184 comments)

when it is 40F or below

This is Europe. It can't be below 40F because we use centigrade/Celcius.

about a week ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Anne Thwacks Re:Useless (184 comments)

In the UK, we have had "cats-eyes" since at least WW2. These are rubber blobs embedded in the road holding two glass beads that reflect your headlights back, showing the line down the centre of the road. On bigger roads, they are also used to mark the edge of the road, and on motorways, there are coloured ones (red/greeen) to show whether or not it is sensible to cross the line.

They seem to last about 20 years, and do the job brilliantly.

I have also seen "glow in the dark paint" before, but can't remember where (as in: which country), I think it was abandonned because it was not very good.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Anne Thwacks Re:MS still doesn't get it (294 comments)

It even sounds plausible as an alternative to "Everyone at Microsoft went insane at once and the result was Windows 8."

But nowhere near as credible.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Anne Thwacks Re:LOL, good ... (294 comments)

There are all kinds of casual interactions that one can imagine where one will just use the screen entirely and not bother to use the keyboard and mouse...

And for that, the ideal solution is to use your tablet as the interface and Allcast to project it onto the TV (You do use Samsung products, don't you? - if not, there's always the Chromecast.) However, command line on a touch screen? No good. Most families are not like mine with four generations of Unix users.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Anne Thwacks Re:LOL, good ... (294 comments)

You get to see all your apps through a mixture of burger juice and ketchup!

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Anne Thwacks Re:The new start screen is great (294 comments)

You and your kids probably have not been using your computer for over 10 years, and therefore do not need to access a large number of programs they use perhaps once in a year, prehaps not remembering the exact spelling of the absurd name the proggie has. Hierarchical menus allow you to look in a specific category, and have mouseover guidance. Metro/Unity gives you a load of coloured blobs with no clear idea of what they are for.

As someone who often uses a program I have not used for over a year, with over 50 useful programs on my hierarchical menu, I prefer xfce. I know barely literate people who also prefer xfce to any version of Windows. I have only seen Win8 once, and was unable to help the owner of the laptop it was on in do anything at all.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Anne Thwacks Re:It's a start (294 comments)

You are obviously too young to understand that some people use computers to perform useful tasks like searching for porn. Learning a whole new way of doing things that is considerably worse than the old way, is badly designed, looks ugly, lacks essential features, and infested with bugs, is not condusive to productivity, and does not amuse me, although it may be an interesting diversion for some.

Lawn: off!

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

Anne Thwacks Re:Better for some, perhaps most, but not all (245 comments)

There are a ton of HP devices that were fully supported

"fully supported" does not mean what you think it does. Hint: "Like a millstone round the neck" does not count.

Disclaimer: I own an HP scanner and used to own several HP printers.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Anne Thwacks Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

"Negotiations" were completed on the basis of a thick brown envelope handed to a party now living in a warm climate. Documentation relating to "performance criteria" were handed to the police sone years ago, but have since been "accidentally" shredded. News at 10.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Anne Thwacks Re:UK Taxpayers (341 comments)

sorting out drivers.

If you were an actual IT person, you would know the pain of finding/installing Windows Drivers far exceeds that for doing it in Linux (Its easy to find Linux NVidia drivers - they just dont work very well).

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Anne Thwacks Re:@AC - Re:UK Taxpayers (341 comments)

As another UK tax payer, I fully support the Honorable gentleman above, In fact, as a victim of MS software, i would prefer it to go on "fact finding missions" "consultancy" from "Miss I Cane" (or Ms Whiplash) and duck houses than to MS.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Anne Thwacks Re:@aheath - Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

I have a "How to Press the Left Mouse Button" CBT video that I got when we upgraded from PS/2 mice to USB ones - you have have for a modest^H^H^H^H^H^H payment if you want.

about two weeks ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Anne Thwacks Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

It takes them so long in the morning to decide whether to use an LXDE session or Gnome, or KDE, that by the timne they have made upo their minds, its time to go home (or a new desktop has ben released).

Should have stuck with the original sh(), and not had a choice of csh, bash, etc, thats what I say.

Gert off me lawn

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

Anne Thwacks Re:Where roaming fees come from (148 comments)

Except that its exactly the same carriers in all the EU countries! They are charging themselves for these charges. Its complete bullshit.

about two weeks ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

Anne Thwacks Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

In the EU, the same operators operate in all the countries. It just they set up this scam in the olden days, when life was different. Nowadays, most sane people get a new SIM as they cross the boarder, and do their best not to make calls with the one from the previous country, leading to a massive reduction in potential revenue for the carriers.

The companies are run by a bunch of doped sloths who do not want to get their act together, even if it would benefit the shareholders as much as the customers, because they would have to get off their fat butts and manage some work.

The EU government spend all their time travelling between European countries (on our tab) and are well aware that they, personally, are the victims of this crap behaviour, and are in a position to defend consumers - cos they are the consumers most exposed.

Hint: politicians tend to act in their own best interests. Sometimes our interests just happen to coincide.

about two weeks ago

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Eye strain and ADHD

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 10 months ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Once you are over 40, the lenses in your eyes become hard. The means your eyes lose the ability to “accommodate” — that is, the ability to adjust their focus from far to near If you are naturally long sighted, you will need to use reading glasses. If you are naturally short sighted, you probably needed glasses anyway – but will now need to wear them more often, and may need varifocals or several pairs of glasses for different distances.

If your glasses are not perfect, and possibly even if they are, the lack of accommodation means your eyes have to strain to focus as the eye muscles pull on the inflexible lenses. I find this straining does often enable me to see things for a while without wearing my glasses, but eventually becomes quite painful. As a consequence of this, I have an increasing tendency not to actually even try to focus, but instead to try and guess, possibly relying on occasional glances.

I am now finding that the pain of focussing to achieve fovic vision is not just leading to me “not looking” but is being associated with paying attention, and I am finding it hard to pay attention, not just for long periods, but at all, because some part of me fears the pain.

Is it possible that one cause of ADHD is poor eyesight?"
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Norton Insecurity

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  about 3 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "A colleague of mine has developed a web shop for his client. The shop is working, but people visiting it with Norton Security on their computer are advised that the site is risky, which is clearly damaging its business prospects.

A visit to Norton's web site suggests that they will remove this notice if he signs up to their program. While this might be free (or might not), it is not something he wishes to do.

How is this not an illegal extortion racket, and illegal restraint of commerce?"
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Someone else's rights offline!

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "Nigerian Musicians are having a one- day strike as a protest against piracy!BBC Story

Some people might actually welcome a RIAN!

Of course, those of us living in Europe can only get pirate copies of Nigerian music, so we are not affected by this strike. However, you are welcome to check some Nigerian music on youtube"
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How should I "sell" a game concept?

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I have invented a completely new type of game, which might have very wide appeal. There is no chance of me coding it myself, as my skills are not in the right area. (Ever tried coding a game entirely in SQL?) It needs the kind of skills used to produce team sports games (NBA, FIFA, etc) but is not sport. It is potentially both single and multi-player, with team playing and global networked versions possible. It would appeal to both sexes, with good appeal to older players (limited appeal to aliens* and superheros predicted). It would benefit from a Wiimote type interface.

This is really something that could only be done using computers (ie no board-game or ASCII* version possible), as it requires interaction, visual presentation and live motion.

I dont want to reveal too much in case someone else takes the idea and runs with it.

Who should I approach, and how?

(*Actually, an ASCII version might appeal to aliens, but not to many humans!)"
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Car computer wanted

Anne Thwacks Anne Thwacks writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anne Thwacks (531696) writes "I want to play DVDs in my car, and use SatNav, visit Slashdot, Google, Wikipedia, update my timesheet, invoice clients, read spam?



Can you get a computer that would fit in the DIN slot where a car stereo goes, and runs Windows/FreeeBSD/BeOS/why. Something like those screens you pull out and flip up?

Are there any that /.ers recommend, or recommend avoiding? Where can I get one (in the UK)"

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