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Is the App Store Broken?

JoeCommodore Re:Search and categorization are hopelessly broken (258 comments)

This, Just 'categories'?? really? How about a level or two of additional sub-categories, so when people are looking for say a graphics program they could go to productivity->graphics->cad..

about a month and a half ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

JoeCommodore Re:You forgot the part about (197 comments)

Luxury.

My mates and I had to wire the core logic for each operation using barbed wire and hand tooled relays that we had to build in metal shop. I'll tell you, laddie, we smashed many a finger just to resolve 2 + 2 = 5 - but back then it was close enough.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

JoeCommodore Correction (365 comments)

Trade in a real computer for "store credit" towards an overpriced model of a POS tablet no one wants...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which VHS Player To Buy?

JoeCommodore Pre Macrovision with 4+ heads (201 comments)

Something before the macrovision chip with 4+ heads... Though Im not sure if the heads affect playback...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

JoeCommodore On Ubuntu... (531 comments)

(Beyond rthe base install which includes GIMP, Firefox and LibreOffice)
- A desktop environment that actuially is usable
- Inkscape
- Scribus
- Apache, PHP, MySQL, Aptana, PHPMyAdmin
- Picasa
- K3b
- Xine and whatever I need to play DVDs
- Ghex
- Adobe Reader
- Printer Drivers
- Synaptic Package Manager
- Gparted

about 7 months ago
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David Cameron Says Fictional Crime Proves Why Snooper's Charter Is Necessary

JoeCommodore Ok, Mr (179 comments)

Your TV prviledges are revoked, go to your room!

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus (120 comments)

Fixed the issue with the pointer on hover on table cells that are links, and my calendar wasnt highlighting the dates with events, that's been fixed.

Thanks

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus (120 comments)

I have in the date boxes, the number of matching events/groups in the calendar view... should make that more apparnt currently (other than the number) it lightens the date shading.

You aren't really seeing the depth yet, though if you go say to an event, you can click to the venue and get the contact details or from the event (or the event host, if listed) events can list participants (entertainers/caterers/vendors, etc) which will then also cross-list back to that event on thier info pages. Beyond dates it also lists any local services, business and groups and those cross lists when one local producer's products are sold at another local business. Indicates if they are open now, etc. Also everything is geocoded, so from an event, you can touch to do a nearby listing or search of other events/businesses/services/groups, etc.

Noithing I've seen has gone into the detail or work as easily I have done so far.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus is such a nice guy (120 comments)

Ok maybe I need add roundy corners. Ahh, 'vertical' spacing... got it.
well, actually most everything is a link except the back button and submit for the forms... Most are denoted with a shaded background (work in progress) Its not the standard pardigm, but I think the effect works. Time will tell.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus (120 comments)

You mean I have to style the BROWSE, HAPPENING, CALENDAR, and HELP to look more like buttons?
"
Your handy (even on your smartphone) local search
for places, shopping, events and services
in Amador, Calaveras & Tuolumne Counties!

Not sure what to search for?
then click "Browse" or "Happening"!
"
seems to list the area.. guess I should add California to that (you know, there are a bunch of places called Portland...?).. but I do suggest what to click.

I'll get exporting (not sure about importing, most folks up here arent that tech savvy) and all that goodness in there eventually. I've been getting the data structure and some ease of use stuff settled first.
I'm looking at the other suggestions on this post.

Will look over yours later on and send ya some feedback.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:it's been twenty years, or forty (120 comments)

Man, I must be taking up some real estate in your mind.

Thanks for the suggestion. I guess then, in your belief, I'm tilting at just my own personal windmills. I can live with that. :-D

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:it's been twenty years, or forty (120 comments)

> I have no interest in being told about all of the events near to me. Quite the opposite, actually.

Well, then that's just you, move along. :-)

People visinting a place would reqally like to know what's going on while they are there, not afterwards. Around here getting the word out usually entails the printing and distribution of printed materials (papers, flyers, etc. Not very efficient. Web calendars help if you have web access... again, not no one thing works for everyone.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:it's been twenty years, or forty (120 comments)

I would think its been more like most of recodrded history. at least :-D

A one size fits all calendar would be a nightmare to cover the myrad of applicartions for keeping and tracking time/events.
Also as with most software the world outpaces the original design regularly, and software needs to adapt to new ideas and trends (responsive/minimalist design, phone friendly interface, etc.)

20 years ago we didnt have iphone with GPS and mobile web, facebook, etc.

As Sonny and Cher put it - The beat goes on.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus (120 comments)

Yeah I have realized, people won't return to your information site just because its pretty, only if provides what they need. I'm not overly worried about the look as long as its informative, easy to understand, and quick use.

I guess the biggest missing point I see is location, need to add something that to locate the user, and better orient them.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus (120 comments)

Ok, will check on Mac, I know the font rendering differs quite a bit. On Firefox Linux here.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore Re:Sweet Baby Jesus (120 comments)

I'm more into utilitarian, stuff people are looking for, not flashy graphics... and it will improve with time.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Events Calendar Software For Local Community?

JoeCommodore My work in progress (120 comments)

I've been working on such a thing for a smaller scale for just three rural counties. Most of the calendars I've come across are modules in CMSs like Drupal or Joomla, way overkill for a platform and the calendar detail presentation sucks as well as the user entry. Most programmers don't try to understand events.

There are also some web event services out there that are more wide ranging like eventsetter... but they supplement with a lot of ads and you only find a few trees in the global forest of data.

The challenges are (beyond responsive/mobile design and data structure)

- Making a user friendly form where the submission could be directly used by the calendar... I've concluded most of them are useless for the general public (especially here - we may soon crawl out of dialup in some remote parts of our counties!). So the main input is just a text area (preloaded with what needs to be included), which I transcribe into the real form on the admin side. This could be a lot of work for folks doing this for a large suburb, but the results are better as you can standardize the content as you transcode.

- Getting people to submit data. This might be a case of having to get traction before it gets going but even then, people are lazy, even if the 'add info' buttons are in plain sight on just about every page. Currently I do 95% of entries.

So, here's mine - http://www.doplaces.com/ been on-line about six months now (to get a better idea of events go to the calendar, back to december and view, was alot going on then). It also includes a community directory of groups, businesses services and other locations with mucho cross-referencing between those and the events calendar.

about 8 months ago

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Repurposing all the old RAM modules?

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "After buying a bunch of Mac Minis, it was not long we needed to upgrade the 512MB (2x256) to the 2GB max, this left lots of 256MB SODIMMs.

These joined with all the 128MB and less PC100, 32MB and less 68Pin DIMMs, which are also some 32-512K RAM sticks from the 680x0 days.

Besides junking them into something other than memory (they have quite nice capacity, could be used for a embedded system?) is there something modern that can employ mixed RAM DIMMs 'in general' or are we just making a whole lot of e-waste with all the proprietary DIMM specs with every new PC that comes out?

Also, in this advanced technology society can't we just standardize memory? (Desktop RAM, laptop RAM, etc.) We've done it with monitors, keyboards, drives and other peripherals."
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Microsoft Software Update Service More Reliable

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "You gotta love the spin on this one, Information week Reports that Windows update service is more reliable based on the hours of downtime for the servers as compared to apple.com and ubuntu.org servers. Not about the updates themselves but the service. This is according to a web research firm, pingdom. Apples servers were second because they were doen 2 hours 34 minutes during a three month period and Ubuntu was 5 hours and 34 minutes. No mention on the quality or timeliness of said updates provided."
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Browser Wars Wind Down

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "From the pages and on-line editions of Government Computer News comes this 'article' on the upcoming revival of Internet Explorer's popularity — Browser Wars Wind Down talking about how the major competitor, Netscape, is now long gone and that Internet Explorer 7 is now all spiffy and secure — thus the market for Firefox and Safari will soon start to dwindle. This is also taking into account that Mozilla isn't offering any upcoming innovations except plans to reduce the code footprint as well as increase it's operational speed.

Just seemed really out of place for the GCN I've read for over a decade, I noticed a lot less unbiased content — with the magazine now under 1105 Media's helm. case in point — along with that article was another story strategically titled: Library of Congress Taps Silverlight to Enhance Access. Maybe it's time to thin out my freebie magazine subscriptions."
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Microsoft Shows off Ad Prototypes

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "This is probably the most disturbing article I've come across it just seems so wrong to me on so many levels. It's a an article titled Microsoft Shows Off Ad Prototypes, to me it feels like the small start of an upcoming ad tsunami from all Microsoft originated content.

I'm trying to come up with a good analogy but the best is: it's like your OS/Office manufacturer started taking in/looking for major advertising revenue. Of course the article states web/on-line video oriented ads, but big money is money and some companies would rather want to advertise direct to the desktop or while you work.

What do you guys think? Ads revenue by your OS Company is OK or that they are jumping the shark here from making software solutions."
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Too Much Data! - What's Your Strategy?

JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  about 7 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "I work for a small non-profit and do a lot of everything. As I work converting 15 years of independent desktops into a more centalized (manageable) system I find we have LOTS of data. and we are getting MBs a day it seems now.

Part of the issue is that we are a information referral and advocacy org., so we collect a lot of data, do newsletters, flyers, training materials, etc. We have lots of photos, clip art and PDFs all over the place. With the advent of web browsing and email it just gets worse now, insead of just what we produce we get copies of what our peers produce as well.

My current (plan as I go) strategy is setting up some archive folders on the servers and getting (most of) the photos and clipart off the desktops, as well as group folders for staff in similar jobs. I've implemented a Wiki to work reduce documentation mess, and LAMP apps are in the works. But I was wondering if any of you have insight and strategy to file/desktop/email management on such an organization.

FWIW: we are a Mac shop (Linux Servers)."
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "This year's East Coast Vintage Computer Festival (June 9th and 10th at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey) will mark the 30th anniversary of Commodore's entry into the computer market in 1977 with the PET computer. Part of the festivities includes a panel discussion with many luminaries of the company.

The story of how it happened and how it evolved is truly legendary in the industry. Above all, the 30th birthday of Commodore's computer division is worth celebrating! This panel discussion (on June 9th) features Chuck Peddle (creator of the 6502 Microprocessor and the PET computer), Bil Herd (designer of later Commodore 8-bit computers from the Plus/4 to the Commodore 128 & LCD), Bob Russell (software engineer — partly responsible for the VIC-20 and Commodore 64), and Dave Haynie (hardware engineer who worked on the Plus/4 series to the Amiga and end of the original Commodore in 1993). The discussion will include an audience Q&A session followed by autograph signings and maybe a few surprises.

Whether you love or hate Commodore they did have a big impact on the industry, the company may not always have been the best managed but they did produce some notably low cost and innovative computers. MOS Technologies (later bought by Commodore) created the low-cost 6502 Processor which helped make personal and hobby computing accessible to many of us either directly or indirectly."
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "In the over 40 years of videogames (arcade, home and compnuter) many really great games have come and also have unforunately gone with the platforms they were played on. Some of which never got the audience they deserved, partly because of the platform not being as popular as other or the original, the publisher could not advertisee it, was a 'cult-classic', or maybe it was just eclisped by some other game at the time.

What are the games you wish were once again made native for the modern arcade, game sytems or computer for you and your fellow Slashdotters to enjoy?"
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "It's that time of year where many of us review our last year and look at ourselves in the mirror, checkbook balance, and/or social schedule (EPs, stats, and skills, for those who relate to RPGs) and make resolutions to improve ourselves.

One of my resolutions is to stop my increasing diversionary tactics when working on my many projects at home. You know, instead of working on some problem problem I turn to the internet (Slashdot), games, snacks, etc. Either I need to get better at controlling my diversion habits or turn them them into something more healthier (any ideas?)

So what have YOU thought of doing for yourself in 2007?"
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JoeCommodore JoeCommodore writes  |  about 8 years ago

JoeCommodore writes "Ok at work we are planning a new facility, which will combine a lot of departments into one bigger building. We think it may be time to forgo analog key access and go with a card/whatever access security system for the doorlocks, etc. I could see the benefits (we don't have to collect keys and re-do locks on staff turnover, selective room access, access logs, etc.)

Beyond this we are pretty clueless on the ins and outs of such systems, so I am asking those of you who have had to shop, install, administer, or even just regularly use such systems, what are your thoughts/reccomendations/opinions? This is pre-building so we can do just about anything within reason."

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