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Who controls the HVAC at work?

alancronin Placebo Thermostat Controls (216 comments)

In the building I work in, the temperature is set to 21 degrees Celsius. There are thermostats all over the place but most are dummy boxes connected to nothing. There have been arguments between a few colleagues as to what temperature one of the fake controls should be set to. I thought it was funnier to see them bicker over it than let them know the controls are useless.

about 5 months ago
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Google Demands Microsoft Pull YouTube App For WP8

alancronin So Much For Google's Corporate Motto (716 comments)

Their 'Don't be evil' motto seems to be wearing even thiner recently. This seems like the kind of thing that Microsoft would do but in this case I'm with Microsoft. They have a valid argument in trying to create an experience similar to other platforms.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

alancronin Mostly to pass time... (363 comments)

Time, New Scientist, occasionally Linux Journal (or whichever Linux magazine looks most appealling while in a newsagents) but the one that take up most of my time is Slashdot itself.

about a year and a half ago
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I organize my browser bookmarks ...

alancronin Google Bookmarks (171 comments)

I use Google Bookmarks. Put a link to the 'Bookmark This Site' javascript code in the browsers own bookmarks folder and then any sites that you want to store or remember can be bookmarked easily and are available on any internet connected device. Plus the bookmarks are easy to find due to the Google search engine being able to index them. There are those however that will complain that Google now has more fingers into what you like on the web.

about a year and a half ago
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Good Freeware System Snapshot Tool For Windows?

alancronin Process Monitor (219 comments)

Either use VMWare or a tool called Process Explorer / Process Monitor. These will do what you need.

more than 5 years ago

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Arduino Reveals It's Latest Board

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about 5 months ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "The Arduino Zero will be on display at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. It will feature Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU which has a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core running at 48MHz and supports Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG). This will allow for easier debugging and include a virtual COM port. The Zero will also be compatible with it's predecessor (Arduino UNO) shields."
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BlackBerry May Consider Exiting Handsets, Eyes Investments

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about 6 months ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "If BlackBerry doesn’t start making more money on its handset business, the company will consider exiting the market. In an interview with Reuters, the company’s chief executive officer said that a decision will be made soon. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” said John Shen, who took over as CEO of the struggling company late last year. The company reported a quarterly net loss of $423 million and a 64% drop on revenues in March. Chen said that the company is increasingly focusing on providing highly secure communications to regulated industries and financial and legal services, as the revelations about the scope of surveillance by the U.S. government has made businesses and governments focus more on security."
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BlackBerry World To Offer Android Apps

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about 9 months ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "BlackBerry is placing its last hopes on Android, though not in the way you think. Instead of incorporating Android into its smartphones, the company's forthcoming 10.2.1 update to its BlackBerry operating system will support native Android apps.
And to make sure that it has enough applications for its users, the company has been approaching developers to upload their apps to a new section on its online app store, BlackBerry World."

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Fedora 20 Released

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about 10 months ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Excerpt from DistroWatch:

Fedora 20, code-named "Heisenbug" and dedicated to well-known Fedora contributor Seth Vidal who passed away in July, has been released: "We can say with great certainty the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 20 ('Heisenbug'), which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fedora Project. Fedora 20 comes with GNOME 3.10, which has several new applications and features that will please GNOME lovers. This release includes a new music application, a new maps application, a revamp for the system status menu, and Zimbra support in Evolution. In keeping with Fedora's commitment to innovation, the Fedora community has been pushing to make ARM a primary architecture.""

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Doom Is Now 20 Years Old

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about 10 months ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Few video games have had the impact that Doom has on the medium as a whole. While it wasn’t the first first-person shooter out there, it was certainly one of the earliest hits of the genre, due in no small part to its revolutionary multiplayer. Today, that game is 20 years old. Made in Mesquite by a bunch of young developers including legends John Carmack and John Romero, Doom went on to “transform pop culture,” as noted by the sub-title of the book Masters of Doom."
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BlackBerry Z30 Review: A Polished Business Phablet, Lacking A Lighter Side

alancronin alancronin writes  |  1 year,8 days

alancronin (1171375) writes "The Z30 is a polished business handset aimed at the multitasking executive, and contains lots of neat tweaks aimed at making such people as productive as possible. It's the short-back-and-sides of the phablet world — a briefcase when everyone wants a cool courier bag, or a pair of brogues when everyone is wearing trainers. For a rectangle, it's surprisingly square. In short, it's a little too serious, and BlackBerry 10 lacks the broad app ecosystem that would give the Z30 wider appeal for use in the office and at home — which is what most buyers actually want in a smartphone. To be a real success, smartphones have to appeal to consumers as well as business users, and the Z30 doesn't really bridge that gap. It's also impossible to review such a device without noting BlackBerry's current situation, with analysts Gartner even suggesting that enterprise customers should start looking at alternatives fast. The Z30 isn't the handset to turn the company's fortunes around, but it will certainly appeal to the (increasingly niche) business-first audience."
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Microsoft Responds To Pressure Over Canceled TechNet Subscriptions

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Microsoft's decision earlier this year to shut down its TechNet subscription service was sudden and unpopular among some of its most loyal customers. An online petition to "Continue TechNet or create an affordable alternative to MSDN" now has nearly 11,000 signatures. Today Microsoft addressed some of those concerns. No, the governor hasn't shown up with a last-minute reprieve for the program, which stopped accepting new orders on August 31. But Microsoft has made a few changes that address some of the complaints from those soon-to-be-ex-TechNet subscribers."
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BlackBerry Z10 Incurs 'Critical' Security Warning

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "BlackBerry has issued a security advisory notice to those who have bought its flagship Z10 touchscreen smartphone — the first BlackBerry 10 device to launch following the company's bid for revival, back in February. The advisory, which was issued last week, notes a bug that relates to BlackBerry Protect, its security and backup utility, rather than the phone's operating system itself. According to the advisory, an escalation of privilege vulnerability exists in the software of some Z10 phones that could allow a malicious app to "take advantage" of weak permissions in the in-built security software. This could allow a hacker to gain access to the device's password, and intercept and prevent the device from being wiped. The "critical" factor is that the security flaw could dupe the device's user into installing an app which resets the device password through BlackBerry Protect. Though the device may be in the user's hands, its data is under the control of the hacker."
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Windows 8.1 Differences Unveiled

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "ZDNet has an article detailing the upcoming differences in Windows 8.1 which is coming as a preview in a few weeks. There are a lot of small improvements based on feedback Microsoft have gotten from their users but the Start menu is still omitted in favor of minor updates to the Start screen. Although Microsoft does now make it easier to boot start into the regular Windows desktop in order to avoid the Start screen. The next version of Windows 8.1 will be free to Windows 8 users."
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Ethernet Turns 40 Years Old

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Four decades ago the Ethernet protocol made its debut as a way to connect machines in close proximity, today it is the networking layer two protocol of choice for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and everything in between. For many people Ethernet is merely the RJ45 jack on the back of a laptop, but its relative ubiquity and simplicity belie what Ethernet has done for the networking industry and in turn for consumers and enterprises. Ethernet has in the space of 40 years gone from a technology that many in the industry viewed as something not fit for high bandwidth, dependable communications to the default data link protocol."
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How BlackBerry Is Riding iOS And Android To Power Its Comeback

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "While a fresh new generation of BlackBerry phones fight a ferocious battle for third place in the smartphone race, BlackBerry's other big business remains in a great position in its red-hot market, Mobile Device Management (MDM). At BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando this week, the company rolled out a major update to BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) and deepened its commitment to making BES a multiplatform solution that now deeply secures its two leading smartphone competitors. Ironically, the trend that brutally undercut BlackBerry phones during the past five years—the "bring your own device" (BYOD) movement—is now driving significant sales of BES, the company's backend software. At BlackBerry Live, the company released version 10.1 of BES. BES 10.1 will support a powerful new module that will launch at the end of June called Secure Work Space, which brings BlackBerry's high security mobile solution to Android and iOS. "Our customers have been asking, 'Can you just take what you've done on BlackBerry and put it on iOS and Android?'" said Pete Devenyi, BlackBerry's SVP of Enterprise Software."
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BlackBerry Q5 Debuts With Budget Buyers In Mind

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins on Tuesday unveiled the BlackBerry Q5, a budget phone designed for emerging markets. The phone will launch in the summer around the world, Heins said during its BlackBerry Live conference here today. The company said in a blog post that the Q5 would launch as early as July in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. There's no word on pricing yet."
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Microsoft Confirms Blue To Be Free For Existing Windows 8 Users

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "As many expected and hoped, Microsoft is going to make the coming Windows Blue update to Windows 8 free for existing Windows 8 and Windows RT users. Microsoft's Windows Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller, during an appearance at the May 14 JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, shared the pricing news. Reller also acknowledged what those who've downloaded leaked builds of Blue have known for a while: Windows Blue is Windows 8.1. Windows 8 is currently available via a handful of SKUs — Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT (not exactly Windows 8, but part of the family). She didn't provide more information about plans for the coming Blue SKUs. Reller also said today that Microsoft now has more than 70,000 Metro-Style/Windows Store apps in the Windows Store. She also noted that the final version of Windows Blue (both the Windows 8 and the RT flavors) will be made available to customers through the Windows Store once they are available."
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Google Commemorates Atari's Breakout 37th Birthday

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "In celebration of Breakout turning 37, Google has turned one of its search queries into the classic Atari game. In order to play it just do a Google Image search for 'Atari Breakout' and watch as the image tiles turn into the old arcade game.

Warning: This is addictive and will waste a lot of time."

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Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" Released

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "After quite a while in development, Debian 7.0, codenamed 'Wheezy' has been released. This release includes the ability to boot using UEFI on amd64 architectures and plenty of updated packages (more than 36,000). Nine architectures are supported in this release and it contains the Linux kernel 3.2. The installation images are up on the mirrors now."
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Portal Now Available On Linux

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Valve have released Portal for Linux through the Steam platform. If you have a copy of the Windows version you will automatically have a copy of it for Linux in your account. There are also rumors of Portal 2 coming soon."
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Google And Adobe Beautify Fonts On Linux, iOS

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Users of Android, Chrome OS, Linux, and iOS devices may not realize it, but FreeType open source software is used to render fonts on more than a billion such devices. Not only that, but the FreeType project this week got a significant update from none other than Adobe and Google. Specifically, Google and Adobe on Wednesday released into beta the Adobe CFF engine, an advanced Compact Font Format (CFF) rasterizer that “paves the way for FreeType-based platforms to provide users with richer and more beautiful reading experiences,” as Google put it in an online announcement on the Google Open Source Blog. The new rasterizer is now included in FreeType version 2.4.12. Though it's currently off by default, the technology is “vastly superior” to the old CFF engine and will replace it in the next FreeType release, the project says."
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Curiosity Rover Sees Signs Of Vanishing Martian Atmosphere

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Before going incommunicado behind the Sun for a month, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover sent Earth evidence that the Red Planet has lost much of its original atmosphere. The findings, announced by Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, bolster the idea that the Martian atmosphere was once much thicker than it is today — and come less than a month after the rover drilled its first rock and found signs that Mars was once hospitable to life. Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars instrument sniffed the Martian atmosphere and counted up the isotopes of argon in the air. Isotopes are heavier and lighter versions of the same element, and when a planet starts to lose its atmosphere, the lighter isotopes in the upper layers are the first to go. So if scientists see fewer of the lighter isotopes than expected, it might mean that there was once much more air there."
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Stephen Hawking Predicts End-Of-Earth Scenario

alancronin alancronin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

alancronin (1171375) writes "Stephen Hawking, one of the world's greatest physicists and cosmologists, is once again warning his fellow humans that our extinction is on the horizon unless we figure out a way to live in space. Not known for conspiracy theories, Hawking's rationale is that the Earth is far too delicate a planet to continue to withstand the barrage of human battering. "We must continue to go into space for humanity," Hawking said today, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet.""
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