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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

SocialEngineer Depends on the era for me. (359 comments)

When I was doing BASH/C/C++/small-time x86 Assembly (high school/college), it was usually in VIM (for the *nix platform). Nowadays I'm a Windows user (just because software I need runs so much better on it), and utilize a combination of Notepad and Geany (nice little multiplatform editor), doing HTML/CSS/PHP. At the office I use Dreamweaver because, well.. the company paid for it, and it does the job :)

about 3 months ago

Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

SocialEngineer I just can't understand the logic of this. (364 comments)

As an indie musician (not tied to a label at all), this blows my mind.

I myself, as well as numerous other friends, love to look up indie artists on YT before we hit a show, or when we're deciding who we're going to go see. I myself frequently research other bands I'm performing with (especially if they cover a tune that I also cover).

Musicians sign to labels so the label can handle a lot of the administrative work, as well as provide financing for production. If a label is unable to handle the time-sink of YT uploads (which is extremely important for the SEO of a band when done properly), that's one more thing the musician has to take care of by hand.

Increasing the overhead, or reducing the income to indie labels hurts the indie artists. That's what Google does when they force already well-squeezed labels (most indie labels don't pull down the huge chunks major labels, or even the major vanity labels do) to cut their limited profits more.

about 3 months ago

I typically start my workday ...

SocialEngineer I've had a variety of starts.. (141 comments)

..But my current one is definitely my favorite.

I get up at 6:30 AM, relax, and breathe a bit before getting ready. At 7:30 I bike to work, and walk in the doors at 7:45. I check for "holy shit" e-mails, then clock in around 7:55. Hour lunch. Leave at 5, and once I'm gone, I don't have to think about work.

Plus, I make more money with this job than I have any other gig.

Prior jobs include systems manager for a newspaper (on-call 24/7, and believe me, they called - plus I usually worked 7 AM to 7 PM, salaried), artist for same newspaper before that. Left the newspaper industry to go work for a dot com where I had to live and breathe the job, got laid off, went back to the newspaper industry where I worked 3 different shifts depending on the week (some days I'd go in at 3 PM and work until 2 AM, others I go in at 7 and work until 6 PM).

about 3 months ago

Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

SocialEngineer Re:What "ass"tounding value (43 comments)

Open Table's fees become much more tolerable when you go through a 3rd party that integrates it; they work out special deals for the 3rd party, so they can bundle it cheaply (or free) with other services.

about 3 months ago

Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

SocialEngineer Re:OpenTable? (43 comments)

They're pretty big in the digital marketing world for restaurants. They've got a number of clones popping up now trying to mimic some of the better aspects of the business.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

SocialEngineer Nearly everywhere I've worked. (158 comments)

My first "real job" was as an artist for a newspaper (even though my degree is in IT, I also do graphic & web design). Because of my IT degree, though, I was the backup for the IT person should he go on vacation/sick leave. Eventually, I became the systems manager there.

Years later, after working for a failed dot com and getting back into the trenches as a newspaper geek doing production work, my IT experience gave me a leg up in doing a lot of troubleshooting/automation, and I was also able to suggest upgrades to the production setup that improved our print quality by leaps and bounds. Now I'm working as a web/digital artist again, and still utilize my IT experience here in there (if not for anything else, then to make IT's life easier when submitting support requests).

Nearly any office job can be improved by some IT experience, especially in the realm of scripting/automation. The best part about IT experience? Understanding how and why something works (or doesn't). General logic skills combined with a little tech/scripting experience can go a long way to improving your workflow.

about 4 months ago

Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

SocialEngineer I didn't even notice. (164 comments)

I work as a graphic and web designer, and I live in Photoshop and Illustrator. We don't utilize Typekit, or the cloud storage, so it didn't really affect us here at the office.

As long as I can still do my job, I'm fine. I'm not a HUGE fan of CC's monthly sub, but the cost/benefit ratio can be insanely beneficial if you HAVE the money for the monthly fee. Now, for my freelance work? Forget it. I'm still using CS2 at home, and don't see it changing right now unless I come into a huge chunk of change.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?

SocialEngineer Re:I wrote OpenRC (533 comments)

Glad to see dhcpcd is still being maintained. I rarely use *nix anymore (I do design and audio recording using software that doesn't always play well in Wine; it's easier to just make use of Windows for now, although I may be putting a Linux/BSD distro back on my laptop), but if it weren't for the clean and simple functionality of dhcpcd, I would've had fits doing networking way back when.

about 4 months ago

What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?

SocialEngineer I feel like the Unreal Engine did it (92 comments)

At least, it was the turning point. It was a great engine, with decent (albeit buggy) tools. As it grew, and modders became more and more ambitious, you began to see some really unique full games (originally called "TCs" or "Total Conversions").

about 4 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

SocialEngineer Re:Dead-end bureaucracy (230 comments)

I started with basic way back when I was a kid (I'm 30 now; some would say I'm still a child, but now I'm a child with arthritis and acid reflux :P), probably around 8 years old, plugging in BASIC games that I found in 321 Contact magazines. While I look at BASIC now and think, "Ugh, who would use that language", it did at least help me learn the basics of math and variables when it comes to programming, and by the time I hit college I already covered the Intro to C++ course myself quite some time before.

If it weren't for 321 Contact, I would've never even gotten into programming.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

SocialEngineer I almost forgot: RECOIL & OFF-GRID (285 comments)

Both magazines are well designed and contain great bits of info if you're into that sorta thing. I highly recommend OFF-GRID, as it's got great information that's useful just in your daily life, even if you're not a survivalist.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

SocialEngineer Re:Your local newspaper. (285 comments)

Definitely a shame, but one big reason why your local paper isn't that big is because of a lack of financial support. The paper I used to work at in my previous town of residence went the same way; they weren't able to generate enough revenue for the corporate owners, so they had to budget less for news and more for advertising in order to stay afloat.

In cases like that, the best you can hope for is a change in leadership/ownership of the paper. I myself would love to see newspapers go non-profit.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

SocialEngineer Your local newspaper. (285 comments)

Disclaimer: I've worked for 2 newspapers, and currently work for a media company (in the online division).

Why? Because a local newspaper is going to cover more relevant info, with more details, than numerous other mediums. It's an at-your-leisure consumption device, too.

I get the Sat. & Sun. local papers here. The Sat. for general weekend news, and the Sun. for big feature stories. Our paper frequently has some amazing local content; I recall a great 2 page spread on a local barbershop, and when one of the historic buildings burned down, they had almost daily coverage on the progress.

Plus, it's great for information on important city council stuff. Our city has been having the Great Trash Debate for some time, and now it's finally coming to a close (trying to figure out if trash pickup should be privatized, or if they should increase the cost of trash stickers to cover rising costs of maintenance for the trucks).

If you live in a major metro area, seek out the smaller hyper-local publications for your area.

about 5 months ago

Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

SocialEngineer Just another NYT Troll Article (463 comments)

I'm an owner, and am VERY satisfied with my device.

The complaints I have are minor. It can take a little bit for it to connect to a wifi network, but that's not a huge deal. Sometimes, it's a little sensitive in registering taps, but that's once again not a big issue. The carousel is a little too speedy for my liking, but I rarely use it, and when I do, it's usually just to open the very most recent thing I've opened.

I haven't noticed any real speed issues with it; at least, nothing show-stopping. Books read fine. If you're trying to fly through a bunch of pages like you're thumbing through a book to find a certain page, sure, it can slow down there, but I almost never do that. Games & streaming content perform perfectly.

I didn't notice any real issue with the browser; I was able to load websites faster on my Kindle than a local iPad owner, over the same wifi connection.

Typing is easy for me; in landscape mode it can be slightly difficult, but not unusable. I usually use portrait mode, anyway.

The lack of physical volume controls doesn't bother me at all. It's stupid-easy to get to, and keeps me from accidentally raising/lowering volume.

I do wish I could change the lock screen photo(s) easily, but that's not exactly important.

Regarding the lock/power button, I have NEVER accidentally tripped it, and I'm using it on a daily basis in a variety of situations.

If you look at reviews on Amazon, there are a good number of 4 and 5 star reviews; more than 3 or less.

more than 2 years ago

TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

SocialEngineer TV isn't on-demand. (839 comments)

Sure, I can turn on a TV and find something reasonably entertaining (or functional as background noise) if I'm just bored, but that doesn't solve the problems surrounding the fact that I want to watch certain shows, at certain times. I'm not paying another monthly bill PLUS buying a piece of hardware just to do that when I can get a good selection of TV shows and movies streamed to any one of my computers or my Kindle Fire for a significantly cheaper price.

The industry evolution needs to stop trying to trap people into one delivery system and accept that internet delivery is becoming increasingly popular.

more than 2 years ago

US Senator Proposes Bill To Eliminate Overtime For IT Workers

SocialEngineer I'm already salaried, and I don't make near that. (1167 comments)

When I took my position, I accepted a much lower number than what's quoted, and I'm salary. I'm actually surprised there is even a need for this bill - pretty much every full-time IT person I know is salary, and there isn't any hope of overtime pay.

more than 2 years ago

Star Trek Online Going Free-To-Play In January

SocialEngineer Re:Great (77 comments)

One thing that's interesting about the economy is you can actually get nearly everything in game as a free player through dilithium mining. It takes a little more work, but for those of us with tight wallets it's a nice system. I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to switch to the free model or not.

more than 2 years ago

Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

SocialEngineer Re:This is getting fucking ridiculous (462 comments)

I'm sure my feelings will be completely synonymous with yours. I pre-ordered the game knowing that, after such a long time in development, it was NOT going to be a stroke of brilliance. In the tech and game world, something going that long under development would have to practically be re-written to be worthwhile in the major players scene.

I played the demo, and you know what? I enjoyed it. Sure, I'm frustrated by the level design and 2 weapon limit, but such is life. Either they target the nostalgic, older crowd, or the try and bring in the younger generation of gamers who grew up with Halo and CoD as their first gaming experiences. Honestly, most of us who knew the Duke when he came to life have (mostly) grown up and have little gamers of our own to raise.

Whatever works for them. I'm anxiously awaiting my order to arrive, and I'm sure I'll relish every little duke quip.

more than 3 years ago

$53 Million Pledged To Kickstarter Over Two Years

SocialEngineer Re:Kickstarter a huge disappointment... (73 comments)

I myself am one of said artists, to an extent, but I am a firm believer in Kickstarter being a great tool for artists. I myself have been funding the production of my new album (blues) for a couple years now out of pocket. I've been trying to figure out how to handle preorders, and after seeing the Asylum Street Spanker's campaign, I realized a great way to do it - a Kickstarter campaign. The money goes towards equipment for live shows/touring, and also gives fans of my music a chance to snag copies of the new album (a month early, in fact), get commissioned tunes, or even get one of my old beater guitars should they feel generous enough (or think I'm famous enough to warrant it's purchase). Essentially, I'm turning the fans into the record label. They front the project, and get what they want in return. I love the idea of being able to directly support my favorite bands without dealing with a record label taking an obnoxious cut, and Kickstarter is the perfect way to do it.

Also, once the album is out and I've got my gear, I'll be using Kickstarter to not only sell my album (outside of Amazon/iTunes/physical locations), but to help with another project I've been dreaming of.. A way to get guitars to kids in low-income families. I'm guessing that's probably more in-line with what you'd like to see Kickstarter being used for. There are a lot of kids who love music, and want to get into it, but don't have the financial means to do so. Guitars are relatively cheap, and are quite prolific in the music industry.

Not all of us self-absorbed starving artists are complete bastards :)

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Beat Google On Cloud Music

SocialEngineer Re:Thank goodness (160 comments)

I've actually found Amazon's cloud service incredibly useful. I listen to music on a myriad of devices; my Android phone, my laptop, my desktop, my work computer.. While I typically don't rely on the cloud service to stream music (unless I'm at a machine with limited storage), it's nice to be able to download my music to all my devices when I want rather than having to manually copy them or utilize my Dropbox account (which I tend to keep full of other stuff). Any time I purchase an album on Amazonmp3 (at least once or twice a month, if I can keep myself restrained), I have it loaded onto the cloud service. Then, when I'm ready to listen to it on a certain device, I just log into my account and download the album. I'm not going to bother uploading all my previously purchased tunes (seeing as how I've got them all loaded and backed up at appropriate locations), of course, but it is nice for situations when you think you've copied an album over to another machine and delete it off of another device (such as my phone), but then discover that you didn't.

more than 3 years ago


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