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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

David C Billen I think it's lovely (358 comments)

I'm on an macbook air with the new Helvetica font. It looks crisp and clear and I was totally lovin' it when this popped up on my RSS feed. Any application I use that requires study of small text, such as code editor or word processor, typically supports more than the default system font.

2 days ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5.1

David C Billen Re:Does anyone still use Gnome? (56 comments)

I want to like KDE. I want to love it. It's good looking. But, for some reason, even though it's like falling off a log to write bug free code with Qt, KDE programs and tools seems riddled with issues. I've had to pitch more KDE apps than I care to think about, (i.e. Amarok, KDevelop). So I end up running gnome applications anyway - I may as well have things consistent. Anyway, I don't need or want much from a desktop other than to get out of my way and give me easy access to things. I just boot OpenBox with tint2 for a status bar and a customized popup menu. I've never been happier, not even on OSX.

5 days ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

David C Billen Re:Forgot the biggest one: Money (229 comments)

Just get Qt for whatever computer you have and target Windows and Mac and Linux...

5 days ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

David C Billen Re:Mint (302 comments)

Until you want to do a distribution upgrade :(

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

David C Billen Re:Personally I still like the KDE Philosophy (267 comments)

...Even most KApplications, (not that there's anything wrong with Qt). My most recent adventure was with KDevelop. I finally pitched it when I split the editor window and there was no way to unsplit it again. I'm sure there's a fix out there somewhere, but enough already...

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

David C Billen Re:And systemd had nothing to do with it. (267 comments)

Agree*1000. I just run OpenBox with tint2, and a few misc. I'm a believer in technological evolution and try to keep up with the latest stuff. But when the most critical features of something - like a desktop/UI - are it's simplicity, predictability, and unobtrusiveness, you just can't find ways to keep improving it without destroying it in the process. It's like trying to come out with a better hammer every year.

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

David C Billen Re:What now? (172 comments)

For #1, the article suggested that if you have it then your machine will contain the file /Library/Application Support/JavaW/com.JavaW Guess I'd at least try getting rid of it for #2. No hint on #3 :(

about three weeks ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

David C Billen Plus one for the old timers (403 comments)

I just setup my Linux development host to boot Openbox from .xinit and - to my surprise - have never been happier with any desktop including the one on the airbook I'm using to type this post. It really never occurred to me how little I need from a DE. I'm starting to believe that the state-of-the-art in desktop environments is a silly pile of bloat. An application where simplicity and lack-of-clutter are critical attributes breaks under the weight of too many features.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

David C Billen Your ways frighten and confuse me (635 comments)

I am typing this very post on my TRS-80 Color Computer (CoCo). Nothing else will ever come close...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

David C Billen Re:They won't (126 comments)

The problem with desktops is they're bloated. I just blew-off Mint on my development Linux machine and log right into Open-Box. I did barely touch the config file once. It's my favorite desktop now over OSX or Windows.

about 2 months ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

David C Billen Hey wait... (185 comments)

...does this mean I can smoke?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

David C Billen Calm down (353 comments)

You people will get your internet privacy as soon as that last pedophile racist bomb-plotting terrorist is rotting in prison.

about 2 months ago

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