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Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7

cbreaker Re:"But look! You can make it look like Windows 7! (473 comments)

Powershell isn't so bad, you know. Supports all of that nifty whiz-bang stuff plus interfaces for directly manipulating documents, files, registry keys, etc etc. Remotely, too.

more than 4 years ago
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Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7

cbreaker Re:Put it in a library or lobby (473 comments)

No no no... There's no reason to make a Linux distribution look like a Windows. You need to give people a LITTLE bit of credit.. I mean, they can figure out how to use web sites, and they aren't all exactly like Microsoft.com, so I see no reason every desktop has to look like Windows or else somehow people can't even open a web browser.

more than 4 years ago
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Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7

cbreaker Re:Why use a sub-standard Desktop? (473 comments)

I don't think so. The Windows 7 UI is just fine. The Windows 95 UI was fine, so was the 98 through Vista UI.

There's a lot of problems with Windows, but the user interface is not one of them. It's very usable and it works. The new taskbar on Windows 7 is very usable and keeps task clutter down.

I don't have a problem with modern Gnome UI, it's a lot better than it used to be, and I keep waiting for KDE 4 to stop sucking some day because it has a lot of potential too.

more than 4 years ago
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Is StarCraft II Killing Graphics Cards?

cbreaker JUST IN: Using your computer can reduce it's life (422 comments)

The more time passes, the less time people understand anything about their computers, and unfortunately this includes most kids these days..

more than 4 years ago
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KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing

cbreaker Re:Interesting (187 comments)

Ohh, you need to give Gnome more credit here. I used to be very much a KDE guy and I really didn't like Gnome at all. But that's changed now - I still like KDE (and I look forward to using a more stable and supported KDE 4) but Gnome has come a long way. It's very usable, customizable, and stable.

more than 4 years ago
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KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing

cbreaker Re: You don't understand Free Software/GPL (187 comments)

The software does what it does because the people that MADE it wanted it that way. KDE, nor any other free software, is not being made for YOU - you don't pay for it. It's being made to suit the developers and if you get some use out of it, great!

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

Go fuck yourself.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

I'm guessing there will be polarized projectors available at some point (which use a polarizing wheel inside to alternate the frames, like RealD uses at a movie theater) and they will be compatible with the same 3D signal as the shudder systems use. However, polarization is only useful for projectors and RPTV's. Dual-projector setups seem overkill to me (and are difficult to set up) considering the polarization wheel scheme works so well.

If you want to have a flat panel, shudder will be the solution.

I haven't used the Sony glasses. The Samsung ones look a bit more goofy but they are as light as a feather. Lighter than my sunglasses.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

Yes, I can SEE 60hz on a CRT display. It's a foot from your face. It bothers me, yes, when I'm sitting in front of one all day long.

But 24hz on a movie screen doesn't.

Active-Matrix LCD screens don't "refresh" like a CRT. The Hz on those refers to how quickly the electronics can respond to a signal and how quickly the pixels can shift.

You seem to be the only one here complaining about this stuff. If 120hz (60hz per eye) isn't good enough for you, you're just being an elitist. You probably also think 320kbit MP3 just sucks next to flac, huh?

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

And I agree with them. 3D stuff is awesome. 3D games look awesome. 3D movies look awesome.

Sorry, but I love the 3D stuff, even if you want to be all alternative and say it's no good to be different. The rest of us will enjoy the fuck out of it and you can keep watching your B&W TV because that's "pure TV" huh?

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

And yet, even if a movie is $20 to see, it's still cheaper than two hours at the bar, and probably more entertaining.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

Sorry you can't watch 3D stuff without getting sick. 99% of us can. Hey, I can't play basket ball for shit, so I guess it's even huh?

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

I just got a Samsung 63" Plasma TV that's 3D enabled (shudder based) for $3400 at Best Buy. I can't imagine Zalman's screens being any more reasonably priced than that, and this TV is HDMI 1.3 and detected as a 3D display. No hackery required. TV Switches into 3D mode automatically.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

You've obviously never put on any of the new shudder glasses. They are lighter than my sunglasses. They use a 2035 or 2025 battery. They last for 50 - 80 hours on a single button cell battery.

You're making an argument here when none should exist. Shudder glasses are really good now a days. And the new 3D stuff with shudder glasses is very high refresh. It works very well!

You should just try it sometime. There's nothing wrong with shudder glasses.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

There's a difference between "detecting" and letting it bother you. I can see flicker at the movies, and I can see a tiny bit of flicker on my Plasma TV (incidentally, not when watching 3D stuff) but they just don't bother me. I can't stare at a 60hz CRT computer screen for long, but that's a foot away from your eyes.

So, I don't see what the problem is. 60hz is very smooth video, and the new 3D TV's are very good. If you want to reject such awesome things because you "notice" something, it's your loss dude.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

Well, Active Matrix LCD screens don't refresh the entire screen like that. There's a capacitor for each pixel which keeps the pixel lit or not lit or whatever. The refresh on an LCD is how quickly it can respond to changes in a pixel, as well as the input signal. LCD screens don't flicker.

However, I can't look at a CRT monitor at 60hz. It burns my brain. 72hz is fine. But, I don't notice any flicker with my 3d TV and glasses, and the flicker at the movies doesn't bother me. You're not watching a movie with the screen 12 inches from your eyes.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

I'm not disagreeing with you - you can't see the flicker - IF you're looking at the TV. When my glasses are active, you can see a little bit of flicker if you look outside the window on a sunny day. Indoor lights, you don't see flicker.

So, unless someone is complaining about flicker when looking at things NOT on the TV screen, they're full of shit if they say they can see any flicker with a new 3D TV and shudder glasses.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

There's a number of non-serious illnesses that can cause 3D to either not work for you, or give you adverse effects. Eye problems such as astigmatism or lazy eye can prevent you from being able to see 3D properly, or can give you extra eye strain.

I can watch 3D on my new TV for several hours playing games and watching movies and I've have zero problems. It's not the technology, the tech works. It just doesn't work great for everyone, because of any number of medical issues.

more than 4 years ago
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PS3 To Gain Support For 3-D Movies On Blu-Ray and YouTube

cbreaker Re:More 3-D madness. (199 comments)

Because 3D is fucking awesome.

The few PS3 games available in 3D look fucking awesome. The two movies I have look fucking awesome.

We see everything in real life in 3D. We have two ears, so stereo was natural. We have two eyes, so 3D video is also natural. It's great!

The only people I see complaining about it are A) Complainiacs that will never be happy with anything or B) Too poor to ever afford it.

more than 4 years ago

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Two-way file server replication

cbreaker cbreaker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I have been looking for decent two-way file replication software either for Windows or Linux for a long time. Until Windows 2003 R2's DFS Replication, I couldn't find a single viable product/application to do it. While Windows 2003 R2's DFS Replication works very well (surprisingly well) I would like to have a non-Microsoft option that doesn't require so many prerequisites (Active Directory, etc) and is a little more lightweight. Something that runs on Linux would be ideal.

If anyone has any suggestions, please, share!

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Hackintoshes

cbreaker cbreaker writes  |  about 8 years ago

So, I've installed MacOS 10.4.8 on my PC. It's your run of the mill PC board from Gigabyte with an Opteron 165 (Dual core overclocker, cheap, check it out!) and 3GB RAM. I've got a lot of drive space, like 1.8T, on this box.

Anyways, I wanted to see if I could run MacOS on my PC. Well, after a little work, it runs. It runs well. In fact, I've been using it as my primary OS at home for about two weeks and it's been running stable. I have full CI/QE operating on my BFG 6800GT and dual monitors. Sound, net, it all works.

I downloads craploads of software. FCS (complete, 30GB,) the iLife DVD, Office:mac, Parallels, and I installed a copy of fink and MacPorts to play with.

It's certainly better then Windows. It's more enjoyable to use, and although MacOS isn't without bugs (you find strange little things here and there) it certainly hasn't had any serious problems. I mean, Windows is stable on this machine, and I wouldn't reboot XP for weeks at a time, but it still had dumb problems like Explorer hanging and such things.

All has not been wonderful in the land of MacOS, however. There's no good music players. Well, scratch that. iTunes is good. But it's certainly not great. It won't play WMA's. This is a problem for someone with over 4000 WMA's in addition to the 14,000 MP3's. You can convert them to MP3 with iTunes I believe, but I'd rather not convert already 192kbit WMA's to another lossy compression. It's not worth it.

There's Songbird, which shows promise, but it chokes if you have a music library large enough. I hope they fix it soon. It plays anything.

WinAMP won't run under crossover, and it seems silly to run an XP VM just to run WinAMP. It works, though, since Parallels Desktop is so good. It really blows the door off of VMWare (mac and PC) with video performance and sound quality. It's considerably slower on the backend then VMware workstation though - the CPU gets tied up easily and there's no obvious way to limit CPU usage for a virtual machine.

VLC is nicer on the Mac then the PC, just because of the way the menu bar has controls and the player can float like most apps. On Windows it's a little awkward if you use a skin, so you have to use the boring default Windows skin with VLC. VLC plays anything but has no media library.

Quicktime is pretty much the same as VLC as far as interface goes but plays less things.

I'm relegated to compiling and running Amarok, the KDE media player, installed with fink. This will be my second attempt at getting it compiled - I hope it works this time.

I hate the way applications are sorted. One giant bucket. I created a new sub-folder called "User Applications" and I dump new apps there into sub-folders. I found that if I moved out the default apple-installed stuff, when a new user logs on the dock will show all questionmarks because the links get broken. There's probably a way to fix it.

I had to install a utility called SteerMouse to adjust the mouse acceleration settings. The default MacOS mouse handling is like pushing your mouse through mud. The "slow" speed is always way too slow, and the acceletation too high. There's no good middle ground. SteerMouse fixes this. Apparently you can also install an MS Mouse driver but I didn't even go there.

I still don't like the menu bar, and it's a pain when you have multiple monitors. Lots of mouse rolling if you're working with an app off the primary screen. Maybe the new MacOS with it's "spaces" will help. You should have the option of putting a title bar on every screen, and have the last active window on that screen have the menu bar.

PowerPC apps do run slow, although it's not THAT bad. Office:mac runs okay. It's just an office suite, so it's fine. UB versions of most big name apps are available as updates or full packages already. But that leads me to the next thing:

Software. While Safari is a good browser, Firefox is much nicer. fink has allowed me to run many "Linux" apps that are better replacements for Windows apps then native OSX ones. Azureus is a great Bittorrent client (and not under Rosetta like the "official" BT client.) OSS rules.

The problem is that if you do more with your computer then media and Office, like play games, you're really buggered. I've witnessed first hand that you can play games on OS X. AOE3 runs fine, almost as fast as the Windows version. But there's just no titles, and the ones that do exist don't often play multiplayer with PC versions. It's a problem if you like games. Like a Mac with BootCamp, it sucks to boot into Windows just to play a game. This isn't really the fault of the MacOS, but it's a problem none-the-less.

But if you do like media stuff, there's a lot of it. Apple has been buying up a lot of software and releasing it for less money. Take Shake for instance - it used to cost $12K a seat from what I hear. Apple bought it, and released it for $400. Final Cut seems solid and is quickly gaining momentum in the pro-sumer videographer market. This is no doubt partly because Adobe has their heads up their ass with Premiere - Not only is a Premiere Pro not forthcoming on OSX, it's dog-slow on Windows. Really, it's slow. VERY DAMNED SLOW. I put together a small HDV video and it was like going old school with a Pentium 233Mhz and DV video. Avid Xpress and FCP have a lot less trouble working with HD content.

Spotlight is crap. It forever indexes everything, and eats up gobs of resources when it does so. I've tried the various work-arounds but it's unavoidable. And it's the only way to search.

File Systems. Yea, it's Microsoft's fault. NTFS is read-only on the Mac, but hopefully ntfs-3g will be ported or something. There's no good file system you can use that's accessible on both operating systems. I couldn't get the ext2fs to work on OSX (a lot of people have trouble with it) but the ext IFS for windows worked fine. MacDrive works fine on Windows, but won't mount read-write if Mac wasn't shut down properly and has no tool to check HFS disks. And it's slow. So, what are we left with? FAT32. Yea, wonderful. It works but it's scary on 500GB disks and you can't store files bigger then 4GB. (if anyone has a suggestion here, I'm all ears.)

Overall, this Hackintosh has been a lot of fun to play with. Really, it wasn't hard to get running. With so many things being USB, IEEE1394, and more "standard" in communication, Apple could make a few calls to some major vendors, get a little more driver support for MacOS, and release MacOS for general use. Or, they could stop outright trying to prevent it from running on a standard PC but offer it up as "unsupported."

I realize Apple makes shit loads of money on their hardware, but they've got a good product here and it's a shame they don't sell it.

I've used Vista and it's unimpressive. It's ugly, too. The black taskbar isn't bad, but the default powder blue window framing is nauseating and there's no way to change it. C'mon Microsoft, grow up a little.

I won't ever buy a Mac computer though, because they're TOO EXPENSIVE. I'd buy MacOS and Mac Apps, but not an Apple computer. --expecially now that they're REALLY just PC's. Before, they were "special" PC's because they used PowerPC chips. It would be one thing if they were a little bit more expensive then an HP or Dell but holy shit are the Mac's expensive. They're nice, yes, but they're sucky expensive.

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I still dislike the Mac community. Wait, that's unfair. There's a lot of great developers writing things for OSX. Fink and MacPorts are really great, and there's tons of little utilities to overcome the shortcomings of the default OS. But I really can't stand the whiny bitches I see all over digg and around the internet. All these lame ass "switchers" stories. Come on people, it's a computer. Use what works for you. I can firmly say now that I DO in fact like MacOS, but you guys gotta drop the 'tude. It's old and it only hurts your cause.

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Mac users, and my sig.

cbreaker cbreaker writes  |  more than 9 years ago

So do I really hate Mac users? Naa, not really. I put up the sig for the purpose of annoying a few particular people, but I trippled the amount of people that consider me their foe in two days.

So I left it in. If a stupid sig is enough to make someone hate me, so be it, I'd rather get it over with now.

Really though, it's pretty funny. See, I'd like to think that I have an open mind. I think Macs are cool machines. I think they're a bit expensive but the machines are very nice and I think they have some quality, although I've never owned one. I also think Microsoft Office is a good peice of software, and I think Exchange server is one of the best corporate e-mail solutions available. I run Linux at home and I get it in the door at work as much as I can. I have no love for Microsoft but I also don't ignore good products just because of who makes it.

I think OSX is what an OS should be, in terms of the technical aspecs - but I've never been a fan of MacOS and OSX behaves pretty much the same. I like the old skin better, actually. Very simple and slim, out of the way. The OSX skins are very much visible and hard to ignore.

But I still believe in OSS and the GPL, and given more time I see a linux system as being equally as nice as well as open and multi-platform. Folks around here on Slashdot like to go to extremes - they say Linux will never equal this or that, or be as easy as this or that. And forget Windows - even though Microsoft has teams and teams of people that work on UI design, and that's all. If you take a step back and look how far things have come in recent years, I just don't see how anyone could make the arguement that Linux won't catch up ever. KDE and Gnome are maturing, plug-and-play is more of a reality each day, and the kernel has improved significantly. I don't see this trend stopping anytime soon.

If I had a powerful Macintosh, I'd probably run Linux on it. I like it. I've spent time with MacOS and although it works, I get bored with it. I like playing with the system and I like the OSS community. That's my gig. For lots of people, what OSX gives you is enough.

Zealots in any group are annoying as hell, and the Mac side of the world has some of the loudest ones of them all. There's a lot of Linux fans that promote the system, but in my experience even the bigger Linux Zealots are not as defensive and offensive as Mac Zealots. Maybe you see things differently, but that's the way I see it.

Anyways, nobody will read this anyways so I might as well sign off!

Take it easy everyone, and remember: Computers and technology are great things and a lot of fun for us, no matter what it is.

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