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Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

Swift Kick Another complete waste of time... (399 comments)

So after you go through the bullshit in the link, what they're trying to come up with is a MacBook Air-equivalent with 'custom developer profiles'?
They already have a number of laptops that are essentially perfect for 'web development'. Some of the others here commented on the Latitude series, etc. I'd like to offer my own personal example.
I have a Dell Precision M6400. I bought it 2 years ago off the Dell outlet site for about $2k. Shortly afterwards, I bumped up the specs a little, so here are the current specs:

- 17" screen with 1920x1200 resolution
- Core 2 Due T9800 @2.93GHz
- Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M
- 2x Samsung 256GB SSD drives in RAID-1

I run Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on it as my main OS. It's the perfect foundation for VMware Workstation 7.1, which I use to run my virtual machines. I have one the following VMs running daily:

- Ubuntu 10.04LTS server - for testing
- Ubuntu 10.04LST desktop - my main work environment
- CentOS 5.8 - for testing
- "Unnamed storage" vendor virtual cluster with 3 virtual nodes - also for testing

I run *everything* on this one box. VMware gives me the flexibility to try new releases, test against newer packages, etc. Need to test something else? Fire up another VM.
What better self-contained development environment could you ask for? No MacBook Pro or Air could beat that, except for weight (~8lbs on the Dell vs ~6.5lbs on the Macbook, and almost nothing on the Air).

This Project Sputnik is a waste of time for Dell, and they should fire the gullible idiots that fell for the bullshit fed to them by Stephen O'Grady.
Dell would be better off by just focusing on either standardizing the hardware they use across their laptop lines, or providing updated drives for the hardware they use.

more than 2 years ago

RAM in my most-used personal computer:

Swift Kick 16GB for work, 8GB for the home box... (543 comments)

The work laptop is maxed out, Precision M6400 with 16GB DDR3 and dual 256GB Samsung SSDs.

The home box is also maxed out by 2002 standards...

System Configuration: Sun Microsystems sun4u SUNW,Sun-Blade-1000 (2 X UltraSPARC-III+)
System clock frequency: 145 MHZ
Memory size: 8GB

Love this beast, even if it's noisy.

more than 3 years ago

NYPD Dismantling Occupy Wall Street Encampment

Swift Kick Re:good (933 comments)

...I have BS and MS science degrees from good schools. I haven't been able to find a job since finishing grad school - almost two years ago."

Your degrees in Geology are not exactly that useful, unless you actively try to market yourself to companies such as the oil & gas business. Have you tried that?

If not, the first thing I'd suggest is to fix your resume. That 'Jr Indiana Jones' pose is not helping you. Familiarize yourself with both MS-Word and PDF formats, and make an effort to make your resume presentable, rather than 'spending lots of time organizing your photos'.

You're obviously doing OK, if you're visiting places like Bangkok, London, etc., so if you haven't been able to find a job, I'm just going to blame you.

more than 3 years ago

Inspector General Investigated For Muzzling Inconvenient Science

Swift Kick Re:Global warming is a lie! (276 comments)

Physics is not Climatology. And Nobel Laureaute status is nice, but you'd be surprised at how many Nobel Laureates fly off into cloud-cuckoo land.

Kinda like Al Gore, who's a Nobel Peace Prize recipient but isn't exactly an expert in Climatology... oh wait.

more than 3 years ago

Vimeo Sued For Audio Infringement

Swift Kick Re:What's going on Vimeo? (85 comments)


You may not upload commercials, infomercials, or demos that actively sell or promote a product or service.

        * Exceptions: independent production companies, authors, musicians, non profits, churches, artists, and actors may show or promote the work they have created.

From here. Arguably, a 'indie'/solo-guy developer that wants to show his game falls under under this exception.

Can you tone it down just a tad, please?

more than 5 years ago

Are You Using SPF Records?

Swift Kick Use DomainKeys.. (263 comments)

SPF records are easy to implement, but also easy to subvert (as one of the other posters already mentioned in his comment's link).

You should really look into implementing DomainKeys instead, which (while a little more difficult to set up) are almost required if you do any kind of significant email volume.
Yahoo, Gmail, MSN/Hotmail, and AOL pretty much require that you have DomainKeys implemented if you want to email their users, otherwise you'll find yourself on the wrong end of a blacklist someday.

Postfix can easily be set up with DomainKeys support using dkimproxy, check it here: http://dkimproxy.sourceforge.net/

Good luck!

more than 5 years ago

US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

Swift Kick Re:What (570 comments)

You're right. The submitter didn't read the article (or lacked the reading comprehension to understand it).

The article says that "the networked Playstation 3s can process 4 million passwords per second, cutting down on the time necessary to find the correct combination.". Nowhere does it say that a single PS3 can do that.

more than 5 years ago

Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites' Usability

Swift Kick Re:Discoverable URLs (314 comments)

Say you want to learn about Safari. You go to apple.com/safari, as you'd expect. What if you wanted to learn about Internet Explorer? You need to go to microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/default.aspx

Really? You really think so? Funny, it worked just fine for me.
Try it. Just type in http://microsoft.com/ie in your address bar, press Enter and see what happens.

Who could have guessed that without a search engine?

Obviously not you, since it seems you didn't even try it.

more than 5 years ago

Goodbye Apple, Hello Music Production On Ubuntu

Swift Kick I've been doing this for years in Linux... (513 comments)

cat /dev/urandom > /dev/audio

No need for a fancy Dell either, it works just fine with any soundcard, and I bet it sounds a lot like whatever this dude's doing (maybe even better).

Try it sometime!

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Patents the Crippling of Operating Systems

Swift Kick This might be new in the desktop OS market... (394 comments)

... but it definitely isn't in other areas.

A number of NAS and SAN vendors ship products with features disabled on the OS until you pay a 'licensing fee' to unlock the features. NetApp, Isilon, and EMC/Clariion are just some I can think off the top of my head that do this.

Technically, it isn't quite the same as say, unlocking Windows 7 Ultimate from the Home version, but it's fairly common practice in the enterprise world.

more than 5 years ago

Anonymous Blogger Outed By Politician

Swift Kick Please correct the summary... (300 comments)

The pseudonym of the blogger in question is actually AKMuckraker, who is the author of The Mudflats blog.

I mean, come on... it's only on the second paragraph of the HuffPo link you posted:

"Mudflats blogger "Alaska Muckraker" (AKM) rose to blogger fame almost instantaneously..."


more than 5 years ago

Netflix Throttling Instant Video Streaming

Swift Kick OP needs to get his speed convertion right... (207 comments)

In his blog lambasting Neftlix, he says:

"Bringing up the Status window I noticed my download performance was a far cry from my 7 mbps speed, but rather a measly 0.48 mbps, about 1/14th the speed of my line"

In the article summary above, he's now saying 48 kbps.

0.48mbps is actually 480kbps, so he's off by a factor of 10, which (while still pretty crappy) makes it sound much worse than it actually is. So which one is it, OP?

more than 5 years ago

DHS To Use Body Odor As a Lie Detector

Swift Kick Fix the thumbnail, sam.. (206 comments)

It breaks the main page.
C'mon, it's not that hard to resize it before posting.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

Swift Kick Re:I'm Confused (315 comments)

At that point I broke out of the analogy realizing it doesn't apply, because people can't make their own Windows.

The original article was about a lady suing because she wanted version X of Windows installed, and the PC maker is bundling version Y, and charging extra to install version X.

What I've been trying to say (which you either missed or I wasn't clear about) is that there are dozens of PC maker out there to choose from, some if which may provide what she wants, and others that don't. If she can't find a PC maker that can give her Windows XP pre-installed, she can pay someone to do it, build her own PC and install whatever she wants, or not buy a PC at all.

There is no reason why she should be suing someone because they don't sell what she wants at the price she wants to pay.
What next, sue a car dealership because the factory stopped offering candy-apple red as a color option in the new models?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

Swift Kick Re:I'm Confused (315 comments)

But how would newcomers to Windows know about Newegg?

If someone is insisting on XP instead of Vista on their computer, I think it is safe to assume they're not newcomers to Windows.
It's also not like Newegg is the only place selling copies of XP Home. Just do a Google search, and you'll see a number of results for Amazon and a number of other retailers selling it.

Or do you think newcomers to Windows should just start with Vista?

I don't know what newcomers should start with. Personally, I think that Vista got a bad rap from the beginning because Microsoft released it before it was an actual finished product. Vista SP1 works pretty well, if one overlooks some annoying things like UAC.
It's a lot easier to use than most Linux distributions out there.

I run Vista64 Ultimate on my desktop, with VMWare guests for Ubuntu 8, Centos 5.2, and FreeBSD. Rock solid, all the time, and I don't have to jump through hoops to have all my hardware recognized. Once you get married and have a family, you realize you just don't have the time to 'tweak this or that' just to get some simple stuff to work, that should work from the beginning.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

Swift Kick Re:I'm Confused (315 comments)

Simple economics example: you sell organic products.


You start with food, and do very well. Everyone loves your food and only your food. They stop buying food from anyone else, and all other food producers go out of business and get other jobs.

So... it's somehow my fault everyone loves my food and the other food producers can't compete? Ok, moving on...

So you make a rule. You can't buy food unless you buy hemlock too. Now you still have the option of not buying food - just like people have the option of not buying a new computer and subsequently not being able to do their jobs (and subsequently not eating...), but you don't have the option of buying just food. You *must* buy hemlock to get food, and that's where we have a problem. That is leveraging a monopoly

I'm going to assume by your analogy that you have a pretty negative opinion of Windows or MS by comparing it to hemlock, which makes your analogy inherently biased.

In any case, this is where your analogy starts falling apart.
For it to be closer to this real-life scenario, you'd also have the option of buying just the food, but you must pay a fee to have the hemlock removed or replaced from your shopping cart. I buy the hemlock, and the hemlock growers give me a bulk discount, so I have to get rid of the stock.

However, only about 0.05% of my customers complain about the hemlock being bundled with their groceries and want Skittles instead; the other 99.95% seem to either be happy or not caring about it. The 0.05% of complaining customers don't really make a dent in the books, since the hemlock growers discount more than makes up for those 'lost' customers.

If instead of the hemlock you want Skittles, I have to charge you for the Skittles (I don't get the same bulk discount from the Skittles source), and for the cost of removing and storing or disposing of the hemlock.
Of course, you can always grow your own organic food, or open your own market and have people come and buy food from you.

Ultimately, PC makers can't seem to make money on systems with Linux installed. It just doesn't seem like there is enough demand for it. MS provides incentives to manufacturers to pre-install their OS in new systems, so of course the PC makers will bundle it with their systems.
MS and the PC makers are not telling you what you can and can't run after you buy it. You can always install something else afterwards.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

Swift Kick Re:I'm Confused (315 comments)

If you mean go build my own PC with Windows XP, that hasn't been possible for months.

Uh what? You gotta be kidding, right?

Microsoft is the exclusive lawful supplier of Windows XP Home Edition licenses in the United States, and it declines to supply new copies of Windows XP to people who build their own PCs.

You might want to check Newegg then.
You can buy as many lawful copies of Windows XP Home Edition for you to install on your own system for $90/each.

Thanks for playing.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

Swift Kick Re:I'm Confused (315 comments)

No, I won't pay a cent for something I don't plan to use. I very specifically don't want to reward in the slightest or appear in the usage statistics of something I don't want to touch with a 10 foot pole.

Then don't buy it, period. If you're so adamant about not touching Vista in any way/shape/form, and all manufacturers offer are systems with Vista pre-installed, then I guess you won't be purchasing a system then. That's the choice you have.

It doesn't make sense that I have to pay extra for the ability of using something older, which by all logic should be cheaper.

How is it illogical?
It is not uncommon to find 'older' things to be more expensive than 'new' things for whatever reason. For example, original IBM Model M keyboards are quite pricey, even though they're *old*. You can get a Model M clone from a number of different places (cheap too), but it's not quite the same, so people will still pay a premium for the original Model M.
There's dozens of other examples such as this one out there, just look for them.

I wasn't given enough choice, and yes, I will bitch about it until satisfied, because that's the only way things get done these days.

You were given the choice to buy it as is, pay extra to get it 'your way', or not buy it at all. I'd say there is ample room there to make a choice.

The manufacturers aren't doing me a favour by allowing me to buy their products. I'm doing them a favour by choosing their product and paying a price, and no, I'm not going to comply with arbitrary demands and act as if their offerings were gifts from heaven.

You're wrong when you think in terms of 'allowance'.
Manufacturers are not allowing you to do anything; they make a product and offer it for sale, and it's your choice to buy it or not. If the product does not meet your needs, expectations, or ideology, you're free to buy a different product, not buy anything at all, or go build your own.
Manufacturers are in business to make a profit, not to respond to every whiner's whim.
That's what people seem to be forgetting.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Says No Profit In Vista-XP Downgrades

Swift Kick Re:I'm Confused (315 comments)

When Sony advertises the PS3, it specifically states in the ad or the box whether that specific model will or not it will be able to play PS2 titles. If you want PS2 functionality, you either pay extra for a model that is backwards-compatible (*gasp*) or you will have to buy a PS2 as well.

When you buy Terminator 2, you're getting Terminator 2 and nothing else, unless you're buying a bundle that includes the previous version.

Likewise, when a person buys a PC with Vista, that's exactly what they're getting. If they want a PC with XP, they either pay extra for whatever reason the manufacturer seems to think it's valid, or they're free to go get their own copy and install it. No one is forcing you to buy it; you're free to decide not to buy it at all.

There are extra costs incurred by the PC manufacturer when they have to make changes to their 'assembly-line' model. It's no accident that you can get systems for dirt cheap these days, and this means they have to cut costs in any way possible, including limiting the number of steps during assembly, OS installation, etc. Having to make a change to this process results in extra costs, which obviously will be passed on to the consumer (duh). Whether these costs are justifiable or not doesn't matter; you either pay them, or you don't.

You don't want a PC with Vista? Fine, don't buy it. You want the PC but with XP? Fine, buy it with Vista and install it yourself, *or* pay the extra $50 or whatever and have them do it for you. You were given the choice, don't bitch about it.

What's with this entitlement attitude that's been creeping up allover the place? When will consumers understand that they're not entitled to anything other than what's specifically agreed to as part of the specific items or goods being sold?

I wonder if we should also be able to sue dumbasses like this lady for bringing frivolous lawsuits to the courts and taking up valuable time and tax dollars that could be better used for more relevant things, like going after actual criminals.

more than 5 years ago

The Best Keyboards For Every Occasion

Swift Kick Re:RSI? Get a Kinesis Advantage (523 comments)

Most adjustable keyboard trays commonly found in office-type furniture will work fine with this keyboard, like this one or this one

The cheap, narrow kind of keyboard trays that you can find in the self-assembly desks (like this one) probably won't allow this keyboard to fit, but if you're concerned about RSI, chances are you don't have a cheap desk like the one in the pic.

more than 6 years ago


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