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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

NJRoadfan Re:Ghostscript,Foxit PDF or other virtual PDF prin (132 comments)

I've seen commercial programs actually do this to support PDF report generation. They just leverage the existing code they have for printing reports and redirect it to a virtual printer. I think it was the Amyuni libraries which are clearly closed source. One thing I can say is that a virtual printer that directly generates PDF files from the GDI output (we're talking Windows here) tends to create cleaner output files (smaller size, less rendering errors) than the Postscript printer output to PDF route.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

NJRoadfan Re:Why? (132 comments)

Adobe pushes PDF as a method of data collection. People make fancy PDF forms and e-mail them out. Inside of the form is a button that says "when complete, click here to submit form" which attaches the filled out form to an e-mail and sends it back to the publisher. From there, folks somehow extract the fields from the file and dump it into a database, which seems like a messy and complicated process. Honestly a web form would be easier to implement in many cases.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

NJRoadfan Re:An interesting death spiral (502 comments)

Since 2011, TVs sold in the US are required to have an EnergyGuide label detailing power use. What made 55" TVs popular is the lighter weight of flat panel displays. 32" CRTs were 200+lbs and took up a ton of room, when the average 50" LCD is less than 100lbs and mounts on the wall.

about three weeks ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

NJRoadfan Re:Devices (151 comments)

Funny how their most lauded products are the one they were trying to do away with in the design of Windows 8's UI.

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

NJRoadfan Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (120 comments)

Like any other form of automation, its an attempt to cut costs by eliminating workers. The millennial thing is just smoke and mirrors to play it up as a positive change.

about three weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

NJRoadfan Re:and this is news why? (205 comments)

and of course I re-read this and realize they meant also changing a webcam or keyboard to be malicious. Man I shouldn't post before my morning coffee.

Let them try reprogramming a Model M keyboard. There is one perk to legacy PS/2 ports, they are secure!

about a month ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:In other words (192 comments)

That is basically what I landed up doing. I got one that was free of battery acid, but badly needed a recap (had weak audio output).

Initial delivery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

All fixed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

It took a while for the right machine to come up for sale, but it was worth it. I have been wanting a Video Toaster setup for a good 15 years at that point! One thing potential buyers should be mindful of, get the machine with a mouse and keyboard! Both sell for quite a bit more than the average PS/2 equivalent and the adapters to use USB or PS/2 devices aren't much cheaper.

about a month ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (192 comments)

The A2000 was built to be an upgradable platform in Commodore's eyes. It was pretty clear that their R&D was limited, so they created an expandable base machine that could be kept on the market for a long time (1987 to at least 1991ish). Hence the creation of the Amiga 2500 (A2000 with CPU cards) late in the machine's life.

about a month ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:In other words (192 comments)

Amiga 4000s are being killed off by leaking batteries and capacitors. Finding a working one is very difficult, particularly here in the US. A working A4000 (ex: it boots to kickstart screen) goes for about $300 minimum here and will require some work to get to 100% functionality.

about a month ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:Amiga 2000's are plagued with battery leakage (192 comments)

The A3000 came another ~2 years later -- was a little late to the party -- and delivered in a number of areas, but perhaps tellingly, many professionals would stick with the A2000 + 68030 accelerator boards. Accelerators from the leading company GVP were stable and much faster than initial A3000s, beyond which many video/CGI orientated cards would not initially fit in the A3000. That people moved the A3000 hardware to third-party cases is perhaps saying a lot about expandibility vs sexy cases.

Newtek didn't seem to ship any turnkey Toaster workstations based on the Amiga 3000. They kept building systems based on A2500 machines until the Toaster 4000 card was released. The lack of slots in the 3000 was a problem, since they were usually crammed full of TBC cards. There was nothing great about the A3000 case, but it was way nicer than the joke of a case that the Amiga 4000 desktop came in. Taking that thing apart is.... ugh.

about a month ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

NJRoadfan Re:Atom = worthless (125 comments)

Have you tried any of the new Bay Trail Atom models?

about a month ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

NJRoadfan Re:Intel (236 comments)

Those Socket AM1s (and Bay Trail Atoms) easily outperform Netburst machines and use a fraction of the power. The power savings alone would pay off the cost of the new rig in a short period of time!

about a month ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

NJRoadfan Re:30m (149 comments)

Verizon does exactly that with FiOS in some MDU installs. They run fiber to the wire closet, and the runs to the units are VDSL2.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

NJRoadfan Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

aka, NAVTEQ maps. At one point just about every online map provider was using their data, but have since moved away (Mapquest went to TomTom/Teleatlas and Google went in-house).

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

NJRoadfan Re:And here I'm hoping... (681 comments)

Many of the Bay Trail tablets come with less than 4GB of RAM and aren't upgradable. Running x64 on them would be just a waste of memory and flash storage.

about 2 months ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

NJRoadfan Re:Population Proximity, Travel Hub, Central Locat (98 comments)

Having the ability to ride the nations' only electric interstate train all the way from South Bend, Indiana to Millennium Station in the heart of downtown Chicago for $22 round trip - I can't wait for the museum to open!

There are other electric interstate trains in the US.

about 2 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

NJRoadfan Re:Backup? (396 comments)

Its a shame that none of the major SOHO NAS vendors (Synology, Drobo, etc) use check summing file systems. They seem to be sticking with things like ext4 instead of ZFS.

about 2 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

NJRoadfan Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

NTFS has received a few non-backward compatible revisions over the years. The last big update was with Windows 2000. What was evil about it was Win2k would silently upgrade the file system on mounted drives, rendering them unreadable on machines running older versions of Windows NT (NT4 SP4 was the first to add NTFS5 read/write support).

about 2 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

NJRoadfan Re:Legacy file systems should be illegal (396 comments)

Think of HFS+ as the equivalent of FAT32 for Macs. Its basically the old file system with support for larger drives and files. Apple latter tacked on journaling in OS X 10.3. I'm surprised Apple didn't push for a replacement file system after the switchover to Intel CPUs.

about 2 months ago

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Java VM for the Apple II

NJRoadfan NJRoadfan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NJRoadfan (1254248) writes "VM02 brings a basic Java virtual machine to the Apple II series of computers. Includes a text based GUI environment and can run on any 8-bit Apple II with 64k of memory. Apple II specific classes for mouse, serial I/O, and Ethernet are also included."
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