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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

StuartHankins Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

+1 Insightful. People buy things that work for them. There may be a limitation that makes a product bad for *you* but that doesn't mean it's bad for everyone. This applies to all products. Yes, you try to purchase things that are made by "good" companies, but at the end of the day few people make their buying decisions on anything other than whether it fulfills their needs.

about a month ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

StuartHankins Re:At home too (185 comments)

So make a VM? That way you can clone the VM periodically as a backup, and infections won't spread to the host. KVM performance is very decent nowadays.

about 2 months ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

StuartHankins Re:At home too (185 comments)

Some of us just use VMs on top of OSX. Yes there's another layer but a MBP is well worth the investment and you're not stuck struggling with getting whatever-vendor-was-cheapest-today 's hardware to work. Or, if you detest Macs, try a Lenovo or HP Business line. Any of these results in less drama, more time to work.

And before someone comments on "Macs are so expensive", if you're productive with it and you command a reasonable salary then it's not expensive at all. It's worth your sanity to go with good hardware.

about 2 months ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

StuartHankins Re:Compatibility (185 comments)

We've had numerous issues with 2007 / 2013 for things such as conditional formatting. Office XP vs 2007 was ugly also. It's becoming necessary to roll out the same version of Office to all users.

about 2 months ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

StuartHankins Re:Compatibility (185 comments)

Sure you could install it, but either you couldn't print or the prints didn't match. We had to upgrade the remainder to make it work.

And 2013 vs 2007 is awful also... conditional formatting is problematic among other things, and the compatibility info workaround doesn't usually tell you specifically what to change or where to change it.

Strangely enough, LibreOffice / OpenOffice have better compatibility with Office files, especially with damaged files.

about 2 months ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

StuartHankins Re:All of these are supported by Red Hat (232 comments)

Looks like the article I linked is out of date ("As of October 1, 2013, MySQL 5.5 packages have been added to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.10 Beta, and therefore will be in the forthcoming GA release."). 5.10 was released on 2013-10-01 according to https://access.redhat.com/articles/3078#RHEL5

Thanks for pointing it out. I've commented on the article requesting it be updated.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

StuartHankins Bring back the lab coats too? (139 comments)

How do you fit one of these things in your pocket? Looks too heavy for a lanyard.

Do you just strap it to the back of your hand or something?

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

StuartHankins Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

Glad to help. And mostly, yes. For instance, a search of "VLOOKUP" shows 3 topics (Handling of Empty Cells, Options, and Spreadsheet Functions), and the topic "Spreadsheet Functions" does include help for VLOOKUP, yet it doesn't take you to an anchor within the topic. So you have to search within that link for the actual VLOOKUP wording (which as you'd expect is also listed under LOOKUP, also on the same page).

As a result, the topics tend to be longer than necessary for a specific keyword / function.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

StuartHankins Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

The OO/LO help is a separate download. Once installed it does not require online access for help to function. The link for this download is adjacent to the regular Windows download link. http://www.libreoffice.org/dow...

about 6 months ago
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LibreOffice 4.2 Busts Out GPU Mantle Support and Corporate IT Integration

StuartHankins Re:How compatible is it? (192 comments)

Yes and no. Even between Office 2007 and 2010, documents don't always look the same... we have run into this for pretty simple documents. I have no idea why it's so ridiculously complicated that even the software provider can't get it right, but I'm guessing it has more to do with trying to intentionally hurt interoperability than anything else.

Call me a cynic, but I've been around for a very very long time and I've seen a lot of poor sportsmanship in the Microsoft camp.

The funny thing is now we're intentionally using older versions of MS Office simply because everyone hasn't learned the 2007 version yet, so what's the use of overloading everyone by going to the newest version every 2-3 years? The couple of users who will benefit can have the upgrade. The rest can have an upgrade every x versions.

about 9 months ago
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LibreOffice 4.2 Busts Out GPU Mantle Support and Corporate IT Integration

StuartHankins 2.4? (192 comments)

4.2 not 2.4... are you messing with us intentionally, just to see who is awake?

about 9 months ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

StuartHankins Re:Load of crock (663 comments)

In this case, you can buy a cable that overcomes the loss of functionality. In the case of the OtherOS removal, some games would update the firmware, and there was no way to get back what you had lost.

about a year ago
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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

StuartHankins Re:In other news (663 comments)

They waited a very long time to do it, and (coincidentally?) the bad press about the electrocution has just occurred recently. I can imagine someone at Apple having a cow over that one. It's not entirely unreasonable for them to think this way. They're pretty controlling about all aspects of design and manufacture and for this one thing to occur must have been a "KHAAAAANNNNNNNNN!!!" moment.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Work Schedule Make You Unproductive?

StuartHankins Best is two shifts with some recovery time between (311 comments)

Now that's just me, but taking a break and stepping back makes a huge boost to my productivity. I also code best late at night because I'm not distracted or disturbed and can get into something without worrying about a schedule. I can do several days of 10-12 hours if needed but not more than that before work quality suffers.

about a year ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

StuartHankins Re:Good idea but... (426 comments)

Sorry for the other thread... this one says an OEM builder can install OEM Windows on a VM.

Q. Can I install OEM on a virtual machine (VMware)?
A. You may install OEM in a virtual environment as long as you have a separate license for each instance of the software. It is fine to use the OEM version as long as it is properly licensed. To be clear, a separate version of software must be installed for both the “standard” and “virtual” installations.

(from http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/Pages/support-faq.aspx ) So you can't use the same OEM license for both the host and the guest (which makes sense), but it appears that you can use the OEM license on the guest only. I have no idea whether once installed on physical hardware if you can transfer that license to a VM. Why do they make this so confusing?

about a year ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

StuartHankins Re:Good idea but... (426 comments)

Shoot. I missed the "on the licensed device". Guess not.

about a year ago

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