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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Lev_Arris Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (127 comments)

Probably means 'folks who grew up with Windows XP, where Microsoft yet again abused their OS monopoly to peddle one of their services (MSN) and push the others (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo-IM) into obscurity'.

Not that the others weren't working hard on obsoleting themselves, cf. ICQ's very obnoxious later clients.

about 5 months ago

Apple WWDC: iOS 5, Lion, iCloud

Lev_Arris Re:Music laundering (662 comments)

So, all we need now is a way to trick the local client (iTunes) into thinking you have a file that you do not ... -> unlimited music for $24.99!

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Kills Skype For Asterisk

Lev_Arris Re:Microsoft and Skype (271 comments)

There's SipToSis, but you need to be running one (or more) Skype Clients to use it. (One Skype Client per Skype Account you intend to use.)

There are several other solutions that use the same method, but I use SipToSis since it is available under the GPL.

more than 3 years ago

Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys

Lev_Arris Re:Lenovo aren't the only ones (586 comments)

Mine is the Logitech G15, and yes, the not_having_that_bloody_'double'_delete_key was a factor, as were the not-rearranged home/end/pgup/pgdn keys and the presence of the insert key in its normal position.

I frequently use shift+insert to paste (especially in places where CTRL+V fails) and will not put up with a keyboard where it was removed.

And don't even get me started on the 3-by-3 arranging of F-keys that I've seen on some recent keyboards.

I like my keyboard as it is. The one key I absolutely never ever use is that windows/menu key on the right (next to right-CTRL), but it doesn't bother me enough to even ponder its removal.

If the keyboard manufacturers want to add value to the keyboard, they can feel free to add multimedia buttons at the top, which I can use or ignore. (Preferably they'd agree on an industry-wide standard for them and then use that on all keyboards, so I don't have to relearn the buttons every time.)

more than 5 years ago

Small-Office Windows Based Backup Software?

Lev_Arris Re:Bacula (136 comments)

The 2.0.0 release of Bacula (released yesterday) actually introduced the server components (called director and storage daemon) on Win32, so you don't even need a Linux server any more to run Bacula.

As for the database, it depends: Bacula uses Volume Shadowing to try and grab open files, if your database system takes VSS requests and dumps a proper state to disk for the snapshot, then there should be no problem. If not, you'll probably have to script something that dumps the databases to separate files and backs up those.

about 8 years ago


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