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Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure

R_Dorothy Re:I like Windows 8 (913 comments)

I refer to it as the "Tiled UI".

about a year and a half ago

Android Options Mean "Best" Browsers Might Surprise You

R_Dorothy Re:Huehuehuehue (251 comments)

At least I'm getting pussy.

about 2 years ago

Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

R_Dorothy Re:none (423 comments)

They need a mobile browser to destroy iOS and Android (the current Windows phones have IE9 based browsers). It's hardly realistic but it's how you fit IE9 into that argument.

more than 2 years ago

Interview With Mozilla's Ryan Merkley: Tracking the Trackers

R_Dorothy Re:Download/Demo here (165 comments)

Yep, I've noticed that ad networks are very good at trying to sell me something I've already bought.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

R_Dorothy Re:Because KDE 4 was terrible (818 comments)

Ironically that's why I switched from Gnome to KDE recently.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

R_Dorothy Re:what a noob! (818 comments)

Nice - shame I don't have mod points right now.

more than 2 years ago

Holo Theme Is Now Mandatory For Android Devices

R_Dorothy Re:This still doesn't address fragmentation (206 comments)

The "don't buy" argument is troublesome with Android at the moment - most people I know with Android won't buy from their last manufacturer and, across all these people, pretty much all the manufacturers are on the "don't buy" list. My next Android handset will be chosen on the basis of Cyanogen support first and formost.

more than 2 years ago

The GIMP Now Has a Working Single-Window Mode

R_Dorothy Re:to be competitive (403 comments)

+1. I've been using GIMP for over a decade and recently had to start using Photoshop and, when you are used to GIMP, there's nothing intuitive about Photoshop's UI. I'm not saying GIMP is intuitive either but, if you are heavily invested in one program, then trying to achieve even a simple task in the other is going to make the UI seem like hard work.

about 3 years ago

Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

R_Dorothy Re:welp.... (220 comments)

I've complained to the Advertising Standards Agency about the use of "unlimited" in adverts and their reply was that it's fine to advertise services as "unlimited" if they have "fair use" limits.

more than 3 years ago

Ergonomic Mechanical-Switch Keyboard?

R_Dorothy Re:Great Forum for Input Devices (310 comments)

I have been using one of those for about five years and love it. I switched to a track ball about 10 years ago when I started getting pain in the tendons on the back of my hand using a normal mouse.

I've also got a keyboard without a num pad meaning that I don't have to reach for the trackball - it sits where the num pad would normally be - and that stopped my right shoulder blade clicking which used to happen when I rotated my arm over the num pad for the trackball.

more than 3 years ago

Where Does IT Fall Within Your Organization?

R_Dorothy Re:Few places... (243 comments)

You know, stuff that everyone else just doesn't understand.

Simple questions that they don't understand and don't like it when that fact is highlighted publicly.

more than 4 years ago

HTML Web App Development Still Has a Ways To Go

R_Dorothy Re:This just in... (279 comments)

On the flip side: Being a decent software engineer doesn't make you a good web developer. I've had to deal with a site built by decent software engineers who didn't understand the web and it fell seriously short in SEO, content management, analytics, degradation and a slack handful of other stuff that's second nature to a decent web developer.

more than 4 years ago

6 Smartphone Keyboards Compared

R_Dorothy Re:Debate (161 comments)

I've fixed a broken production website over SSH on a smartphone on several occasions. Sure, it's not my first choice but it sure beats dropping whatever you are doing on your day off and trying to find a computer that you can use, being stuck traveling knowing that you need to fix something and can't do anything about it or trying to talk someone else through it.

I also use it to remote admin several non mission critical servers on a regular basis - again not making wholesale changes but little things that are easier to deal with as and when they occur.

more than 4 years ago

BlackBerry Outages Across North America

R_Dorothy Re:Thank you Karma (284 comments)

One of my duties in a previous job was looking after the BES and the Crackberry users. Someone once asked me if there was anything I could do as their Blackberry was waking them up when an email arrived in the middle of the night. I introduced them to the 'off' switch.

more than 4 years ago

Reporting To Executives

R_Dorothy Re:Random figures (301 comments)

Wasting our time because he could is exactly what my boss was doing - the reports sat on his desk for a few days before going into his filing cabinet. He knew next to nothing about IT or management and was in the habit of throwing his power around to make up for his inadequacies.

more than 4 years ago

Reporting To Executives

R_Dorothy Re:Random figures (301 comments)

I used to work for a head of department who demanded all sorts of printed monthly reports and would start getting on people's backs if it was late. Not only was it a boring time drain but it wasn't difficult to see that they didn't really know what the reports meant but weren't prepared to admit it. So for three months I handed in the same report with the headline date on the first page changed, on the fourth month I didn't hand in my reports and, when taken to task about it, took them aside and showed them the last three months reports I had haded in and the real data I had kept back. Fortunately I managed to get out of that company but I didn't produce any more routine reports after that.

more than 4 years ago


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