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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

armanox Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (79 comments)

I remember my PalmIII fondly. And my Palm V that replaced it. And my Zire, that was the last one I had (although the V had some niceties the zire did not). Or maybe I'm just remembering them for what they were then, and not compared to iOS and Android. I bet if I booted the old PocketPC in my desk I'd go nuts (and not in a good way)(PocketPC 2003).

3 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

armanox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (651 comments)

Actually what it translates to is I hate people writing non-portable code. What was rule 4 of the UNIX philosophy again?

GCC is much like IE6, in my opinion.

5 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

armanox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (651 comments)

It's not that other compilers lack non-portable extensions. It's that a lot of open source software relies on a lot of these extensions forcing you to use gcc, rather then whatever compiler may be better suited for your platform. If I was trying to compile something that depended on C11 with an old compiler (say, MIPSPro that is C99 compliant) and the open source program wouldn't build, shame on me for using such an old platform. But when the README says C99, and is supposed to be portable, and doesn't build with MIPSPro, SunStudio, or XL C because it *require* GCC, then you are no more portable then you've created a lock-in, and are no better then had you used MSVC. It would have been more portable in Java or Flash.

As another poster said, if you are shipping a binary or proprietary code then go ahead and use whatever. But when you claim to have a 'portable' open source project that is supposed to work on any POSIX platform, then you should avoid such extensions. We have standards for a reason, and Microsoft doesn't have the monopoly on ignoring them.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

armanox Re:Oe noes! A compiler bug! (651 comments)

I've seen fewer bugs in GCC than any other production compiler ever.

Anyway, it seems like GCC is implementing a very obscure compiler option incorrectly in some circumstances which causes a crash.

But of course this is cue for lamentations of how awful and braindead GCC is and so much drama.

End result, the GCC people will fix this bug in short order (what are GCC point releases for anyway), and distributers will probably have a patch package out for 4.9.0 before 4.9.1 ships (what are distributors for anyway?) and the world will keep turning and GCC will go back from being the buggy broken braindead piece of shit to yet again being the most solid production compiler in existence.

It's a little ironic that the he's so quick to attack the GCC people. The success of Linux is 100% built off the success of GCC. There have been no other credible compilers for Linux throughout the majority of its existence and without GCC being bulletproof, Linux would never have been solid.

Really? I hate GCC with a passion. Otherwise, we wouldn't have 'gccisms' that affect code portability to other POSIX platforms. GCC can go DIAF for all I care.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

armanox Re:Compiler doesn't change the license ... (651 comments)

The main problem is that Linus did not take copyright assignments, so it's practially impossible now to relicense the Linux kernel or upgrade it to GPLv3.

Therefore, always remember to use "GPLv3 or later" when you release software. The "or later" is really important.

You make it sound like we care about GPLv3. Sorry, I'll stick to licenses like the BSD ones when I can.

yesterday
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Firefox 31 Released

armanox Re:Memory hog on Linux (171 comments)

Newsflash: Your Thinkpad with a Core Duo is obsolete. You're on the same ground as my 2006 MBP (MacBook Pro 1,1) - 32-bit and forgotten.

about a week ago
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Firefox 31 Released

armanox Re:What version would be this (171 comments)

They always were generally meaningless. Just like the Linux kernel versions. Just think about how much changed from Linux 2.0 to 2.6.39.

On Firefox - how long did we stay on FF 3.x? Does anyone really care what the version number says? Mozilla tends to make changes that can break backwards compatibility for plugins every other release, so why shouldn't they increment the major number?

about a week ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re: Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

And does anyone actually care about or use these features?

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re:Well, time to switch to __OTHER_OS__! (224 comments)

Actually, a lot of us, including Linus Torvalds, do submit bug reports and patches to various groups (such as GNOME) that get promptly ignored or rejected because of politics.

And in my case, it's "I was using Linux happily until I tried other operating systems, and realized how horrible the GNU/Linux setup really is"

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

Not the story here. We are not moving to RHEL 7 because of systemD (and I don't make that decision, although I support avoiding systemD. It doesn't offer me anything but headache).

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re:Linux kernel? Not on my system... (224 comments)

You could always run a non-GNU Linux setup if you don't like glibc. I'm all in favor of that!

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re:Systemd? Not on my system... (224 comments)

Not really, because the systemd group is creating the issue.

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re:Soon... (224 comments)

BSD/Linux X11 has breakneck feature obsolescence because nobody wants to actually standardize. I can run a 20 year old Windows app on Windows 8.1, but I can't run a 8 month old Linux application because it may depend on some obscure UI/UX feature that someone didn't like and quit maintaining.

Actually, I thought the whole impetus behind moving to Wayland was being able to delete legacy X11 features. Anything that uses X standards seems to compile and run on any X11 platform (XSun, Xorg, XSgi, XQuartz) without too much hassle (take GTK 2.x, for example. Or Qt4).

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox Re:What about non-Linux users? (224 comments)

I know it never ran on IRIX - IRIX uses XSgi. The HP-UX box I currently have access to (which is horribly outdated) is running XFree86. AIX, however, does use X.Org. (BTW, IRIX wasn't EOL until the beginning of this year)

bash-4.2$ /usr/X11R7/bin/Xorg -version

X Window System Version 7.1.1
Release Date: 12 May 2006
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 7.1.1
Build Operating System: AIX IBM
Current Operating System: AIX aix71 1 7 00036A2AD300
Build Date: 07 July 2006
                Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org/
                to make sure that you have the latest version.

about two weeks ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

armanox What about non-Linux users? (224 comments)

So, to me it sounds like they are moving to being Linux only. As someone who supports multiple UNIX flavors (AIX, Solaris, HP UX, IRIX, and FreeBSD), all of which are running some form of X (and several of them running X.Org), I am displeased with the trend towards all of the primarily Linux dependencies for a lot of software - GNOME 3, Wayland, and now features of X11.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

armanox Re:Another misleading headline (236 comments)

SPARC and POWER seem to be still kicking pretty hard for performance. Now, power consumption is another issue with those platforms, but I digress.

MIPS is still alive, they simply found a different market to target.

about two weeks ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

armanox Re:Intel (236 comments)

I believe that x86 emulation existed for IRIX on MIPS and Solaris on SPARC (and maybe more, just the two I know) via SoftPC.

about two weeks ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

armanox Re:Fixed what seem like fundamental GUI bugs? (108 comments)

The OP is complaining about something that most users probably don't see as an issue. I report bugs to Microsoft and VMware, so why shouldn't I report them back to an OSS project (actually, you probably report some issues back to Microsoft as well...the 'check for solution' button works much like ABRT does).

about two weeks ago
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KDE Releases Plasma 5

armanox Re:No Wayland yet? (108 comments)

Personally I don't care about Wayland, and I think the KDE developers share my sentiment - it's more important to work across platforms.

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  |  more than 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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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