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What To Expect With Windows 9

corychristison Re: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (541 comments)

With a large enough resolution widescreen monitor, you can have the windows open side-by-side.

Just sayin'.. :-)

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

corychristison Re: Whoa! (541 comments)

I'm not managing a datacenter here. Just a local web application development shop. :-)

I personally use XFCE, which allows upto 100 workspaces.

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

corychristison Re: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (541 comments)

Agreed. Zero resistance.

I also use 2x3 on my laptop. It has a 15.6" screen, 1440x768 resolution.

It took my wife a while to get used to it, but now any time she uses a computer with Windows (eg. Her parents), it drives her batty not being able to seamlessly switch workspaces.

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

corychristison Re: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (541 comments)

Absolutely they are not mutually exclusive.

Personally I have a 24" (1920x1200) monitor, and do not have any space left on my desk. With that said, I've always believed I can only focus on one screen anyway, so what's the point?

I have often considered a second, much smaller (6-7 inches diagonal), for notifications/system stats/etc, mounted directly above my monitor. But the hassle of trying to configure that would be more work than its worth.

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

corychristison Re: Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (541 comments)

I am aware of this. But if it is not usable by default, I don't consider it native. Just my opinion, though.

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

corychristison Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (541 comments)

I've used workspaces extensively since discovering Linux in the early 2000's. I find it rather interesting Microsoft is /finally/ introducing native, proper, workspaces.

Any time I try to explain it to someone who has never used them, they always ask me "Why would I use/want that?" and then they always jump on the multi-monitor mantra and say "Why not just get X number of screens?"

I personally have 8 workspaces configured. I use them all. I have my pager configured in 2 rows of 4 grid. My window manager is configured to 'skip' to the corresponding workspace by dragging the mouse pointer to the edge of the screen (with a configurable amount of resistance), so its as close to physical screens as it can get without the cost of buying 8 screens, video cards, plus power costs.

I've argued this in the past on Slashdot here, but I honestly don't see the appeal of physical screens. Maybe Windows people will finally 'get it' when Win9 comes out.

3 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

corychristison Re:Just wait (424 comments)

Soon the Apple fans will come and show us all how some physics theory about light absorption when you point something at camera from the right angle will make the light bend just so slightly and cause an illusion that makes the phone appear to have no camera pointing out.

Except that these are software renderings...

4 days ago
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Why Google Is Pushing For a Web Free of SHA-1

corychristison Re: People who just bought a multiyear certificate (108 comments)

Not sure if serious...

Most CA's offer free re-issues these days. Allowing you to change your key, and hashing algorithm, and possibly other stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook's Auto-Play Videos Chew Up Expensive Data Plans

corychristison Re: autoplay sucks anyway (108 comments)

Firefox has a tap to enable, or click to enable for flash plugins now. I believe it is default now, since v3. I think.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

corychristison Re: oh. so nobody's actively managing them? (67 comments)

Typically we are dealing with IT staff, and Accounts Payable. Titles don't mean much in these area's, so knowing the managers of the departments is useful.

I certainly see your point, though. There are plenty of movers and shakers out there.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

corychristison Re: oh. so nobody's actively managing them? (67 comments)

Was the domain being used? Or just squatting on it?

If you were actively using it, and it expired, you have a grace period of anywhere from 30 days to 90 days depending on the TLD, when this happened and who the registrar was/is.

With that said, your point is completely valid. Domain names, SSL certificates, and hosting accounts tend to be forgotten. I own a web design/development/hosting company. We actively maintain records of who we need to be dealing with, as well as their managers in the event our contact stops responding. As well, we introduced a fully managed service in which we manage everything for our clients, and we send them a single monthly invoice. Because it is billed every month, their services continue to Just Workâ, and in turn we are keeping consistent contact with them.

We have had the most problems with non-profit organizations. They are typically volunteer run, with a high turn over rate.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

corychristison Re: Phoronix = fail (294 comments)

I have never, ever had a problem with ASUS + AMD. I'm not a performance junkie, and typically buy a generation behind.

Mu most recent built Nov/Dec last year. ASUS M5A, AMD FX-8320, 8GB Corsair RAM, Sapphire Radeon 5570, ADATA 64GB SSD, and my already existing pair of 2TB Seagate HDD's.

Running Funtoo Linux. Rock solid. Never an issue. Just upgraded to Kernel Version 3.14.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

corychristison ownCloud or BitTorrent Sync (167 comments)

ownCloud or BitTorrent Sync.

I have found both of them to be incredibly useful. Especially since I have a hard time accessing my mobile files via USB since upgrading to an Android 4.x phone.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

corychristison Re: Simple (635 comments)

I use Nano on the cli.

Admittedly I am 25 years old, and typically use Geany on the desktop.

about three weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

corychristison Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (316 comments)

Before SSD's were all the rage, a common thing to get a speed boost was to do 'short stroke' the drive. Essentially, all you do is only partition the first third of the drive and use that space.

The theory is that the head doesn't need to move around as much and speeds up the drive. I've never done it but modders used to swear by it.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

corychristison Re: Yeah, as music artists know, not so fun is it? (275 comments)

I am not artistic in any way. So I may be biased here.

The problem is expecting to get paid every time someone wants to hear the recording you made 3 months ago (or three years ago, or thirty years ago). I understand it is a means to produce more content, but rarely actually happens.

The waitress at the last restaraunt you ate at has to keep doing the same thing (with minor adjustments) over and over again to keep making a wage. I highly doubt she has delusions of serving one table and making a living for the rest of her "career".

I have a brother who enjoys making music. He subs in his friends bands from time to time because he enjoys playing. During the day he works a normal job, has no ambitions or delusions of "making it" and playing an instrument as a career.

I'll be blunt here: if your music really is as fantastic as you think, you'd already be sleeping on a bed made of money. Maybe you should go and reflect on that.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

corychristison Re: Not that hard (131 comments)

I really hope this is not a serious post.

Assuming you meant CR2032 batteries, if you are looking online you're not the brightest crayon in the box.

CR2032's are so incredibly common (motherboard CMOS, car remotes, watches, etc).

You can find them at any big box store, drug store, and most corner stores. I recommend Duracell, Energizer or Panasonic when it comes to button cells.

about a month ago
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Fighting Invasive Fish With Forks and Knives

corychristison Take the ??? (180 comments)

1. Take the ???.
2. ???
3. Profit!

Genius.

about a month ago

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