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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

NJRoadfan Re:No (545 comments)

The problem is the law is outdated. How many computer related positions were there in 1975 compared to today? Why was computer related work singled out for exemption to begin with? I can see management being included as its a step up the corporate ladder (usually with better pay to match), but a broad job title not tied to a rank/level in a corporation shouldn't be included in the law.

Even the "management" exemption can be abused. A friend of mine was recently promoted to an "exempt" title of "Team Leader". The problem is shortly after the promotion, his boss pulled him from the responsibility of actually managing people (nobody reports to him and he no longer does tasks assigned to the job title). He is under the mistaken impression that all salaried employees are denied overtime, which is incorrect (method of paid doesn't correlate to the exemption).

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

NJRoadfan Re:Consumers are cheap (415 comments)

Or they just buy a Mac.... and change their credit card number.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

NJRoadfan Re:Is this a mistake? (268 comments)

The key management server that dishes out the activations should have caught that and prevented new installs from activating against it. Although that would be too logical if that was the case.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

NJRoadfan Re:Courts should punish intentional facilitation (268 comments)

I remember ads for dongle emulators in the seedy advertising market place in the back of the magazine. Whats funny is how lazy software developers are when it comes to implementing the protection....

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

NJRoadfan Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

OEM copies of Windows (pre-Windows 8) generally aren't activated online, they use OEM SLP or SLIC keys paired with an installed certificate and OEM BIOS marker. Unless you install with System Builder or retail media, the restore discs/recovery partition image that come with OEM machines generally come SLIC activated. That being said, the Windows 7 keys on the side of countless OEM machines have never been activated against Microsoft's systems. It could even be the source of this person's keys.

This all changed with Windows 8 though, now OEMs have to embed a unique product key in each machine's UEFI BIOS and activate it online.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

NJRoadfan Re:XP Killer? (178 comments)

MS14-066 (along with the MS14-064 OLE fix) was released for POSReady 2009, so technically XP was patched for it. http://support.microsoft.com/k...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

NJRoadfan Re:XP as well? (178 comments)

As far as the GP asking about XP - XP is out of support and doesn't get patches.

But Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 does. ;) I wonder if they have been keeping up with security patches, particularly the OLE one.

about a month ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

NJRoadfan Re:No (232 comments)

An extra $20 gets you a usable machine (sometimes it goes on sale for $200): http://www.microcenter.com/pro...

Granted it isn't as small as the Stream, but it certainly isn't bulky or heavy. 4GB of RAM is plenty for current apps and storage isn't a concern. I landed up getting two for a friend of mine to replace some really old XP boxen. Performance was good for day to day tasks and the Celeron N2830 has GPU accelerated video for playing 1080p cat videos on YouTube. The only "con" I have with it is that it only has 2 USB ports.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

NJRoadfan Re: Oh boy, another infection vector (230 comments)

You have to provide a superuser password to install packages in Linux. On Windows you would get a UAC prompt.

about a month and a half ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

NJRoadfan Re:no one does anything. (163 comments)

Its a trap!

The smaller carts are to force the basket-taking shoppers into taking something bigger.

about 2 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

NJRoadfan Re:Stopped reading after two big errors (296 comments)

Fun fact: The Powerbook 100 was designed by Sony. Apple gave them a Macintosh Portable and told them to "make it smaller". As for the hard drives, all Powerbook 100 and 500 series (including the 68k based Duos) used 2.5" SCSI drives until the PowerPC models came out. One exception was the PB190, the last 68k computer Apple sold.

about 2 months ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

NJRoadfan Re:Environment Variables (347 comments)

MS didn't even bother to update the "Add Font" dialog until Windows 7. The one in Vista was still from the 3.x era, complete with a 16-bit style COMDLG file picker!

about 2 months ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

NJRoadfan Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (347 comments)

I seem to recall Microsoft saying that more installs of Windows Server were of the GUI-less "Server Core" version. Microsoft even boosts about how much more secure it is and that it requires fewer patches. Maybe they are trying to push the rest of the hold outs to Core by adding Metro!

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

NJRoadfan Re:Aero yet (112 comments)

Windows Explorer lacks a proper "orthodox file manager" view. I miss the File Manager that came with Norton Navigator and NT Tools (it doesn't work with Vista/7). I haven't had a chance to try the Windows port of DirectoryOpus yet. It certainly makes life easier on an Amiga though!

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NJRoadfan Re: I don't follow (370 comments)

You have to turn off the system wide font smoothing, which in typical Microsoft tradition isn't with the font settings where the ClearType controls are. Go to System > Advanced system settings and uncheck "Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts" under the Visual Effects tab. I also see the color fringing and find ClearType completely unusable with negative contrast text (dark text on a light background). It seems to work better with light text on dark backgrounds as the sub pixels are much less noticeable.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NJRoadfan Re: I don't follow (370 comments)

In Windows 7: Personalization > Window Color > Advanced Appearance Settings

In WIndows 8.x, you can only resize the fonts. There are free utilities that will change the UI fonts (google "Windows 8 Font Changer".)

about 2 months ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

NJRoadfan Re: I don't follow (370 comments)

Microsoft tossed out Tahoma and forced Segoe UI on everyone back in 2007. I don't recall it being that big of a deal.

about 2 months ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

NJRoadfan Re:Already gone (304 comments)

Look up New Jersey's alimony laws for a good laugh.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Users, Get Ready For a Bigger-Than-Usual Patch Tuesday

NJRoadfan Re:about time for windows 7 SP2 and 2008r2 sp2 (63 comments)

The link leads to directions for XP. Windows Vista and up use an image based system on install media.

about 2 months ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

NJRoadfan Re:President Business agrees (252 comments)

I have a circa 1986 gas station (6378) and a circa 1988 race track (6395) with the logo, but shortly thereafter they went to the fictional Octan (looks like 1992 going by set listings). Besides ending distribution of sets at Shell locations, this isn't going to effect much else.

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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