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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

Max Rool Re:Slashdot should be renamed (314 comments)

I turned my interest in computing into an IT programming career at 40, now I am turning 54 this year and still earning my living as a programmer.

about a year ago

Fedora Adds MATE and Cinnamon Desktops to Main Repository, Releases Beta

Max Rool Have you tried G3 in fallback mode? (56 comments)

I have to admit being rather disappointed with XFCE, mostly around the standard desktop tools. I especially missed Nautilus. I ended up back to G3 running in fallback mode and have been really happy with that.

about 2 years ago

Samsung Terminates LCD Contract With Apple

Max Rool Re:Retina Displays? (377 comments)

The resolution of the iPad screen is listed for any prosepctive buyer that cares to look. I don't understand your point. People are told the resolution. The actual pixel resolution is just not used as a term to market the product is all. Using technical specifications to market a product is not very common anymore, except for some specialty products, such as a car may be marketed by the amount of hp or kW the engine produces. But the general population dont choose a car based on its engine power and probably don't even care. Most astute buyers are more than capable of bypasssing the marketing terminolgy of any product they buy and select based on technical specifications that meet their needs.

about 2 years ago

Chinese Students Say They Are Being Forced To Build Your Next iPhone

Max Rool Re:Well, I was forced to serve them hamburgers (481 comments)

<quote><p> I'd imagine <i>old</i> Motorolas were made here, though. Anyone know?</p>

Depends on how old you mean. I think in the 80's they were made in their malaysia plant.

about 2 years ago

Side-Effect of the Apple v. Samsung Trial: Increased Sales for Samsung

Max Rool Re:Streisand effect? (385 comments)

I was also trying to think of what year this was or what model of apple computer it was that you could not install a third party hard drive? Unless my defintion and their definition of install is differnt?
Will somebody enlighten me?

about 2 years ago

Scientists Find Gene That Predicts Happiness In Women

Max Rool Re:you fail at biology forever (323 comments)

And now.... It's not just you. Thank you for that.

about 2 years ago

Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store

Max Rool Re:Apple not pulling Evi app, working with develop (251 comments)

Yes it is speculation, hence the use of the word "seems". However the article begins with a "... developers True Knowledge received a call last week from Apple representative Richard Chipman letting them know that Evi's days in the App Store were numbered because the company felt it violated rule 8.3 in its developer guidelines." This implies that the people at True Knowledge believed that their app was being pulled. And that the implication is clear that this was at the the request of Chipman from Apple. And later we discover that Apple are working with True Knowledge to remove similarities, I don't think it is unreasonable, assuming statements form True Knowledge are accurate and that "sources familar with the matter" are also accurate that to consider Apple may have changed their mind is a reasonable inference.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Threatens To Pull Siri Clone From App Store

Max Rool Apple not pulling Evi app, working with developers (251 comments)

I would like to point out this article which among other things states that "... the app remains in the App Store, and according to sources familiar with the matter, Apple is attempting to work with the developers on bumping out those similarities, rather than just pulling the product." Anyway it seems that Apple may have reconsidered their position on this, which is probably a good thing for the small guys.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Protocol Cracked

Max Rool Re:Anyways (403 comments)

Speaking to your phone makes you look crazy and snob so for that reason I'M OUT

Haha yeah I remember back in the day when all you could do was speak into a phone.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Protocol Cracked

Max Rool Re:Stupid (403 comments)

This is such a waste of time. Why can't talented programmers spend their efforts on more productive activities. Write the next great game, etc. If you want Siri, buy an effing iPhone. I know I'm in the (very small) minority here, but I just don't understand hackers.

Me either, but the first product that Woz and Jobs made and sold was a telephone system hacking device. So from this we can see that sometimes other things can evolve from hacking at other peoples work.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Protocol Cracked

Max Rool Re:Who cares at all? (403 comments)

I cannot for the life of me think of any reason anyone would want or need siri on any platform. Thanks but no..

Haha, this reminds me of what I said when I first saw VisiCalc. I think Siri is cool, it is in the realms of the Star Trek Enterprise computer where they interfaced using voice. Siri obviously has a way to go, but i think it is still Beta, unless I am wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Protocol Cracked

Max Rool Re:You still need iPhone 4S (403 comments)

Fire with fire.

Which rarely makes sense, especially when dealing with actual fire.

I think we should bring this into the 21st century and change it to "fight pew pew with pew pew"

more than 2 years ago

Inaccurate physics in movies ...

Max Rool Re:too vague (449 comments)

And I can's stand people who do not know the difference between an acronym and an initialism. FTL is an initialism. :P

more than 2 years ago

Fedora Project Drops SQLNinja 'Hacker' Tool

Max Rool Its all about perception. (159 comments)

In my opinion this all about managing the perception on whether or not a particular piece of software is a required component for any particular os distribution and whether the distro managers have the right to decide what they include and what they don't for any reason.

I am reminded of incident recently where to set up a particular development environment on my fedora desktop box required the use of apache as a reverse proxy, which only required very simple configuration of the httpd.conf file. Assisting someone setup their Ubuntu desktop box not only required installing apache and configuration, but also adding the required apache modules, not overly difficult, but annoying me none the less. It was my perception that the Ubuntu desktop provided an inferior solution than Fedora, but to the many Ubuntu fans that I work with, this was a non issue, because it was still possible to add the webserver and required modules. "And who needs a webserver on a desktop anyway"

I was unconvinced until recently I needed to install nmap on my mac os x box, and I realise that its all a matter of perspective and what is important to me and what i am prepared to accept in an os distribution of what and what not should be included.

I see the the inclusion or exclusion of sqlninja the same way, totally abstract from the deciding reasonings of the os distributor. It really does not matter if its included by default or easily obtainable in a package, it is still possible to do, so therefore not important, it is just someone else's opinion on what should and should not be rightfully included.

more than 3 years ago

Can Windows, OS X and Fedora All Work Together?

Max Rool Re:hmm (375 comments)


I find some things easier to get things done on OS X than I do on Linux, but maybe its just the distro i use (fc13 atm). I find that i am supporting other devs using an Ubuntu distro and I understand its just my unfamiliarity with the location of conf and the differing mindset of the package maintainers but I find I detest configuring and using an Ubuntu box over an FC box.

Funnily enough the devs using os x never seem to need help.

My point is that all OS'es and various distro's have their strengths and weaknesses, for a user, no mater their technical aptitude, its all about familiarity of the tools they are using and their ability and willingness to adapt to the new situation, software or operating environment.

I have found stuff that just works under windows that has been a *real* bitch to get going on my fc box.

more than 3 years ago

Toshiba Begins Selling MacBook Air SSD

Max Rool Re:And now you can have a superior PC for $500 les (162 comments)

Ever use a Thinkpad X201? It's a true competitor for the MBA.

It has a normal, upgradable SSD in it. And the thing even has a freakin Core i7 in it for goodness sake!

If Lenovo can do it, why can't Apple?

Maybe you are prepared to put up with the extra weight and size as a trade off for the extra grunt, but not everyone would be. I confess to have never used a Thinkpad X201, have you ever used an MBA?

more than 3 years ago

Toshiba Begins Selling MacBook Air SSD

Max Rool Re:And now you can have a superior PC for $500 les (162 comments)

Has nothing to do with being proprietary. How do you upgrade a SSD when it's soldered onto your motherboard?

Well I would use a soldering iron, but fortunately this is not necessary as the both the Toshiba Blade X-gale SSD and the Photofast SSD (which incidently uses a Sandforce SF-1200 controller) are user replaceable by anyone with the correct screwdriver.

more than 3 years ago

Toshiba Begins Selling MacBook Air SSD

Max Rool Re:SSD's are awesome, but the cost... (162 comments)

And, Microsoft needs to figure out that people want to stick an SSD and traditional hard drive in their laptops, so Windows needs better support for moving the Users directory (you can do it but it's "unsupported").

Amen to that. In today's age with the advent of SSD I would have thought it perfectly normal to want to easily move my home dir to a different drive, (something easily achieved in any linux flavour, os x or even xp) but apparently Microsoft don't consider this necessary in Windows 7. Of course if I want to reinstall windows, it is possible I believe.

more than 3 years ago

W3C Says IE9 Is Currently the Most HTML5 Compatible Browser

Max Rool Re:I feel conflicted (382 comments)

"We believe that Internet Explorer is a really good browser" - Steve Jobs, 1997

I believe, tho I could be wrong, that he was referring to mac version of Internet Explorer, which was nothing like the windows version of the day. In fact the only thing they had in common seemed to be the name.

more than 3 years ago



In Search of a Lost Partition.

Max Rool Max Rool writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max Rool (552634) writes "Well not so much lost, but unable to see it. I have set up my 4 year old MacBook Pro to triple boot into Mac OSX 10.6, FC13 and Windows 7. Articles abound on the internet, about triple booting and so this was fairly straight forward,

The laptop, being oldish in computer years, is limited to 3 GB of RAM and whilst I understand virtualisation is an option, what I really want, is to boot natively into each OS as desired and to have a shared data partition between the 3 operating systems, that I might easily, I know it sounds obvious, but share data.
Whilst I can mount, read and write to the shared partition in OSX and Linux, in Windows the partition is not visible.

So in quick steps what I have done is;
1. Install OSX onto a single partition drive.
2. Boot into OSX and using diskutil, resize the volume into 4 partitions, being OSX, LINUX, WINDOWS and SHARED.
3. Install the rEFIt boot loader.
4. Install Linux with its own boot loader into the the 2nd partition
5. Install Windows into the 3rd partition

What I end up with is a 6 partition drive and in order, looking like this.
1. EFI Partition
2. OSX Partition
3. Linux Boot Partition
4. Linux Partition
5. Windows Partition
6. Shared Partition

Using Windows DiskManager I can see all the partitions, if I try to assign a letter to the Shared partition, the tool wipes away the EFI Partition and OSX Partition. In one of the articles I read about triple booting, the author states that Windows needs to be installed on the last partition, I do not know enough about Windows to know if this is true or not, so perhaps someone could also verify this for me.

Anyway, I am hoping we don’t get into too much discussion about why I would want to install Windows or OSX or why I chose FedoraCore over Ubuntu or why I use Apple Hardware, or why I would want to triple boot and get down to,

How do I set up Windows on a triple boot Apple laptop so that I can see the same shared partition across all 3 operating systems.

Thank you"


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