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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

armanox Re:Lol... (248 comments)

On the flip side, I've loved every Mac that I've owned. I had a PPC 603 for a while (running OS 8.6), a G3 Powerbook (Clamshell), then a G4 (running 10.1 and later 10.4), which would later be replaced by a 2006 MBP (that I bought at a Hamfest in 2011 for $200, not bad). They did most of what I wanted them to do, and I usually had a Windows desktop that the gaming took place on (with the exception of the 603 that was my only computer at that time....oh the hours of Starcraft, Diablo II, and MechWarrior....), and a Windows/Linux laptop that was my *normal* system (I usually by a Windows laptop on a 4-5 year cycle).

Where was I? Oh yes, I loved all of the Macs. They had the stability that I wish Windows had, and the polish I wish Linux had. Plus commercial software support - outside of gaming (which is certainly changing) I never had an issue with the software I needed not being availible for Mac OS or OS X.

Sadly, I'm hearing that the hardware reliability has died with the newer laptop lineup. My 2006 MBP and 2007 MB are still kicking, but are showing their age at this point with more recent software (Firefox....Flash...)

yesterday
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

armanox Re:Being different was a boat anchor. (248 comments)

I wouldn't expect the Acer to last two years....

Also, I've never seen an entry level laptop with an SSD....the MBA is comparable to an Ultrabook (which cost just as much last time I checked) and the MBP is competitive in price to the Dell Precision line.

yesterday
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

armanox Re:The bigger the lie (97 comments)

Pulseaudio bugs should be reported to a certain Lennart Poettering (you may have heard about him before) and became standard thanks to Red Hat. ALSA was fine, and OSS wasn't bad either (it was the licensing they didn't like IIRC).

yesterday
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

armanox Re:Very flattering... (112 comments)

It's very much in the users hands. Generally, a release (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL) sticks to the version for the OS. In Ubuntu and Debian, if you have backports enabled, it will grab newer versions of the software if it has been vetted stable by the OS team. Or you can add a developer PPA and grab the newest releases as they come. In Fedora you have the option to either add a seperate repo to yum (I've got a couple of repos on Fedora to get upstream stable rather then just the OS version) OR you can allow rawhide for certain packages/groups if you want to stay bleeding edge

2 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

armanox Re:UNIX Philosophy (547 comments)

We've tried having standards in Linux before, and they were utterly ignored (Linux Standard Base). Basically, there is no reason for certain groups or developers (Red Hat (and to a lesser extent, Canonical) and developer-who-shall-not-be-named) to listen to everyone when they can do whatever they want and everyone else has to deal with it.

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

armanox Re:Finally ... (547 comments)

I'm not concerned over 2GB of space unless I'm running an embedded system, in which case I'm probably not installing X or XFCE. (I'd bet XFCE is where your space is being gobbled up).

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

armanox Re:Finally ... (547 comments)

I am entertaining FreeBSD and Slackware as viable options. The only thing in Slackware's favor is the games I play will run on it vs FreeBSD.

3 days ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

armanox Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (110 comments)

In which case I'd have to point to Chromebooks and Android devices.

I'd like to make a nice long rant next against GNOME and Red Hat, but to keep it short GNOME shot everyone in the foot with GNOME 3.

3 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

armanox Re:ipoo (250 comments)

Well, I'm holding off on buying the new iPhone (despite being able to upgrade) in hopes that some of the bugs in iOS 8 will get ironed out soon. Otherwise, I may buy a Windows phone next.

5 days ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

armanox Re:Why? (225 comments)

A lack of competition is what Wayland doesn't fix.

about a week ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

armanox Re:What are they going to change to? (519 comments)

Actually, OSS was the older sound daemon. And it still works quite well in Solaris.

Spin up 100's of Linux instances in 10-20s? Boot time is insignificant for virtual servers. Oh, and guess what Amazon's web platform runs on...?

In summary: BSD Init and SysV Init are fine.

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

armanox Re:Windows 7 (138 comments)

Remember, the GNU people don't like third party drivers at all. Doesn't matter what OS.

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

armanox Re:I installed it (138 comments)

Most of the features were not native to Windows first.

I remember using dictation on MacOS long before it worked right in Windows (I know I used it with OS 9, I think it went back further though. I don't know if my OS 8 box still boots to check).

And Spotlight wasn't new with OS X either - it is a direct decedent of Sherlock.

Apple often doesn't do things first, but they tend to do them right.

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

armanox Re:#1 and #2 Complaints missing... (138 comments)

The ModernUI is optional now, and disabled by default. Metro Apps run in a window.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

armanox Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

I've had to support quite a few environments where people wanted to print from Palm devices, PocketPCs, Android phones, Blackberry devices, etc. And they don't want to hear that a device doesn't work with their whatever (especially if it's the CEO's daughter), they just want a solution.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

armanox Re:Nvidia drivers rock (80 comments)

I've been using the nvidia driver since my Geforce 3....

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Presents Plans To Support Mir and Wayland On Linux

armanox Re:Nvidia drivers rock (80 comments)

Certainly explains why nVidia has consistently delivered good, stable drivers on free operating systems (BSD, Solaris, Linux) for such a long time, when their competitor does not.

about two weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

armanox Re:What this mean... (239 comments)

Get a processor that isn't crippled in the Floating Point department, if you really care that much.

Intel sucks less then AMD does on that one (1/3 speed on Core i-series (1-3rd gen tested) vs 1/5 on FX). FP performance is much better on other types of processors - MIPS, Itanium, and POWER all show much better FP performance then x86-based processors (and SPARC runs faster then AMD).

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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Slackware 12.2 Released

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

armanox writes "The Slackware Project gives us a release for the holiday season. From the announcement:
"Yes folks, 'tis the season to announce a new release of Slackware. With a shiny new kernel, many package updates, and the newly added ability to install from a Samba share, we bring to you the latest in the stable Slackware 12.x series. Slackware 12.2 ships with the 2.6.27.7 Linux kernel, the Xorg 1.4.2 X server (with many driver, library, and application updates), Xfce 4.4.3, KDE 3.5.10, simplified wired and wireless networking with wicd in /extra, package upgrade management with slackpkg moved into the main tree, support for non-usb-storage digital cameras through libgphoto2, pm-utils (tools to support suspend and hibernate through HAL), and much, much more. This release brings the system up-to-date without compromising stability or compatibility with the 12.x series. More details may be found in the official announcement."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "At long last StarCraft 2 has been announced. The website promises a single player campaign to pick up were BroodWar left off, more units, 3d gameplay, enhanced returning units, enhanced Battle.net, and a fitting motto: Hell, It's about time."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "I always said that I would install Microsoft Office when I could get it for free. Well, now everyone can, just by listening to Microsoft's new release (Vista and Office) features! From Microsoft's Launch Tour site:
"Receive a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional and Microsoft Office Grove 2007 when you attend a Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Microsoft Office Exchange Server launch event near you!"
Now, getting free software is certainly a powerful incentive!"

Journals

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The state of Modern Graphics

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I've been thinking recently about modern monitors and graphics cards. I just purchaced a desktop with an nVidia 7150 in it. An integrated GPU in a desktop in today's day and age. Sad. Forunatly that will change when I drop a 9800 in it. But, shared memory for the GPU and CPU? That's a terrible idea. Whoever came up with it should be banned from computer engineering.

Another issue I have these days. It's hard to find a laptop with a high resolution display. I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 with a Pentium III in it that has a display of 1600x1200. My two most recent laptops, a Celeron M and a Turion 64x2 (Toshiba A105-S2071 and HP DV6636nr) both had displays at 1280x800. At work we just purchaced two Thinkpads (Core 2 Duo) with a 1024x768 display. Why have displays gotten worse over time for laptops? I don't mean that they need to be 1900x1600 or something like that, but, for a widescreen laptop wouldn't 1600x1024 (or whatever fits the WS aspect ratio) be nice? Or have 1600x1200 standard for 4:3 screens?

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armanox armanox writes  |  about 7 years ago I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2071. The HDD is failing, that battery is useless, and would cost me a bit to replace the two. Now, I'm wondering, is it worth buying the parts? Or, for a little bit more money, should I just replace the laptop? I just added 1GB of RAM (DDR2) to the system, so if I did get another laptop, I could skimp out on the RAM and add the 1GB stick to it. Thoughts? UPDATE: I've replaced the Toshiba with an HP Pavillion dv6000.

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Hostname Delema

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago Computer system names
Hmm....I've run into a problem. I've exhausted the naming scheme that I've been using for the past several years for my computers. The scheme, based upon the game I half way wrote in BASIC years ago (abandoned due to me realizing that the gameplay really sucked, and that 16 bit DOS programs had no future), has been seen in my through my sn, Armanox, who was the main character, and through anyone whose visted any of my servers or other systems(Armanox, Anorock, ashere-laptop, Taloron (Still up at armanox.no-ip.org!), Anaton (my desktop for the past two or so years), apharian, Artarias, and Talarias). Since I never finished writing the game, I never finished all of the characters (many were designed, few were named), and thus had a short name list to use. With the laptop that I'm currentlly using, I need to find a new naming scheme to use.

Ideas: Norse mythology. Have the DHCP server be Yggdrasil, which would be the server that connects all of the others. And I could name an antiVirus server Thor, and have it send a message to the system it cleaned of a virus like "The hammer of Thor has come down upon your system." Might be a cool idea. But, who would trust a system called Loki (That can be a Windows Box.....)

Mental Afflictions. The Linux group has officially adopted this one, so I'm not going to use it at home.

STDs. Humourous, but probably not a good idea. Can you imagine people spreading something from the Herpes server?

Okinawan Martial Artists. Fun idea, but kinda obscure. After all, when I tell people that my laptop is called matsumura, they're really gonna think I'm nuts

Beowulf Characters. I love the epic of Beowulf. But I'm saving the names for Beowulf clusters.

Shakespearean characters. Another interesting idea. but, who would trust the MacBeth server? And poor Juliet will die after Romeo does....

So I ask you, reader of my journal, to comment and leave ideas for me to use. Thank you for your time.

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One OS is not for an entire location

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago I intern at a location that is 99% Windows. The 1% that is not is the three Linux boxes that I run and one Solaris server (that really isn't my company's anyway). Several weeks ago a Worm (W32.Tenga.A) infultrated the network with Admin access, and quickly began infecting systems, including the servers. Now, the Worm only effects Windows 95-Me and Windows NT 4-XP, but the company does not have any systems running Vista at this time. While the rest of the IT department began trying to clean up the infection, which Semantic AntiVirus mis-identified, I started mounting the C:\ of the servers and the workstations via my two laptops and running ClamAV to start the clean up. Now, due to Semantic and ClamAV's scouring tactics, we lost a lot of exes, inlcuding the install exes on the servers, but, thanks to having two Linux systems, we were able to start the clean up using a system that was impervious to the worm. Now, I'm not saying that running an all Mac, Linux, BSD, or other *NIX shop is the way to keep everything running, just that diversity is important to keep everything running smooth.

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Computer Collection

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Decided to make a list of my running systems.....

Type - Make - Processor - Mem - OS

Desktop Gateway P4 1.7GHz 384MB XP Pro, Slackware 10
Desktop Dell P3 1.0GHz 256MB Ubuntu 6.06
Desktop PackardBell i486SX 22HMz 1MB DOS 6.22
Laptop Toshiba Celeron 1.7GHz 512MB XP Home, Ubuntu 6.10
Laptop AST Pentium 90 MHz 8MB Windows 95
Uber SGI 2xIP30(64bit,446BogoMIPS) 1GB Gentoo

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Stupid Cetifications

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 8 years ago Once again the age old problem has arrisen - people lack faith in my skills with computer repair for the simple fact that I'm not certified, when I can present several person's who'd testify in court that I put many certified individuals to shame. Damn.

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A Gateway for A Gateway

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago So.... over the summer, I did some computer repair work for the Church. They were working with a P4 gateway that I had cleaned up in Feburary. For some odd reason, it refused to work there. Noticing that it was to replace a x486, I offered to trade them another Gateway with a P2 and 32MB ram for it. They made the deal. I brought it home, and have had no problems since. Oh, and it runs Fedora Core 4 very well...

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Best $25 ever spent

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago Flea market Saturday:

Compaq Deskpro:
Celoron @ 400 Mhz,
320 MB Ram
Matrox Productiva G100 Video Card

So, while the HD needed some, replacing, its most likly the best thing $25 ever spent

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago En taro Adun... I am Armanox, sent by the Conclave to serve and to concoule

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