top Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?
Yes, true. I'm *really* old at almost 60. And I've found that you can't keep up with everything; but you don't have to. Some things go away before you get a chance to feel foolish for not using them (like MySpace, and just about anything that Microsoft makes:-)).
In my case, I'm still using Emacs/gcc/gdb to write C code where I work. But I've ported my old open-source project to Android using Eclipse with Java, and my Android phone is my main internet and entertainment device when I travel. And I'm an avid Facebook user, but don't feel I'm missing anything by avoiding Twitter.
After a while, you'll develop a better sense of whether something is a fad (or marketing ploy), or a useful development worth pursuing.
about a year and a half ago
top Are SSDs Finally Worth the Money?
Yep. I replaced my laptop drive with an SSD when the original died about 10 days out-of-warranty. I hope to go a much longer time before going through the hassle of restoring my system again. And the speed bump is amazing.
top The Real Job Threat
This works out perfectly. We pay lawyers to sue us, then pay other lawyers to defend us. The lawyers need computers and software which we techies provide. Everybody wins!
top Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook
Sometimes it's funny. I get an email from someone with an Asian name, and I get ads for martial-arts schools on my screen. I search for tickets to a Broadway play and they assume I'm gay.
top Why The US Will Lose a Cyber War
Thanks for the spoiler!! I hadn't watched the end yet!:-)
top Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours
... you insensitive clod! And I still have my phonograph and speakers from 40 years ago. The phonograph is still quite good, with a 3 Kg platter that's hard to find on anything reasonably priced nowadays, and a recently upgraded cartridge. But the speakers, old KLH 17's, really weren't that great new, and probably should be replaced. I'd assume the right way to go would be to visit a real audio store like Magnolia and listen to different speakers using the same sound source. But as the article pointed out, we've become spoiled by the convenience of modern gadgets, and it's too easy to pick up something cheap at Best Buy or Frye's.
top Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question
Yes, I'm a developer at an EDA company, and it is the same with me. I have a rack-mounted server somewhere on the campus, and I use Nxclient to connect to it, along with VPN when I'm at home. So no matter where I am, I get the same desktop the way I left it, as the server is rarely rebooted. We have a large code-base and there is a huge array of tools needed for building and testing, so it wouldn't make sense to try to get them on a local machine.
Someone above said it was about 'control', but that's only partially true. Yes, the tools and source-code are centralized. But it also gave me more freedom, for example, using Ubuntu on my company laptop, since all I need is Nxclient (or VNC) it order to get work done.
top Dropbox 1.0 Finally Released
I also didn't have a clue what it was. But as soon as I saw that it had a Linux version, I was happy!
top Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux
Is it possible to run NetFlix in the Android emulator? I know it would probably be kind of slow....
top 'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World
I agree. And I also thought the idea behind the plot - that a computer program takes on the personality of the person who wrote it - was really cool.
top PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months
It's back to the future... well, the 80's. You could target MSDOS, Windows 3, GEM, AtariST, Commodore, Mac, or various flavors of Unix. It did make for lots of employment opportunities for software engineers, so let's hope the same is true now.
top One Night Stands May Be Genetic
You must have had one hell of a good lawyer!
top Google eBookstore Launched
top Facebook, Microsoft Team Up Against Google
Uh oh... my facebook friends will see that I'm driving an 11-year-old Saturn, so, being the trend-setter that I am, they'll decide it's cool to keep driving an old car forever. And there goes the auto industry!
top Video Quality Matters Less If You Enjoy the Show
320x200? Some of my favorites are 80x24 characters!
top A New Take On the Fermi Paradox
Wait... I just got an email: "I'm Syndi, a nice girl from alpha centauri. If you visit my web site, you can see some pictures of me."
World of Warcraft Can Boost Your Career
I acquired 8 virtues playing Ultima.
top Tokyo Rail Billboards Scan Viewer's Age, Gender
True, and, of course, Google has been trying to do this for quite a while. When I got an email from someone with an Asian name, I got ads for martial arts schools. And when I did a search for 'broadway theater tickets', I got ads for gays.
top Consumer Reports Can't Recommend iPhone 4
Have an attractive young woman do the licking?
top The Unstoppable 'Tech Support' Scam
I'd hope that most of us have a general idea of what goes on in an automobile. We know that electricity is used to create sparks in the engine that explode gasoline, which was sprayed in by fuel injectors, and we know there's a coolant system with a water-pump and radiator. I don't do any work on my own car, but I'd know that I was being scammed if a repair shop said they needed to 'reverse the neutron flow'.:-)
OTOH, I really don't have clue what computer viruses and spy-ware do, even though I've been using computers for years and am a software engineer. But then, running Linux (and in the past, Unix), I've never had much need to find out.
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