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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cps42 Rather than making a phone do it (544 comments)

Why not pay someone to make a case mod for an existing phone, a la the bluetooth keyboards for tablets? There's no reason to require the phone manufacturers to do it, they just to get out of the way when we want to extend the phone. NB: I stuck with the Motorola Backflip as long as I could for the external keyboard as well. I liked being able to use it as a kickstand as well as a keyboard, and the hinges were pretty sturdy. It got too hard to play Ingress on, though, because it couldn't keep up with the latest code. :-/

about 6 months ago

New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

cps42 Re:Why? (92 comments)

Without addressing the correctness of the process, the Microsoft Exchange documentation suggests a SAN certificate for the Exchange servers that includes the public names and internal names on the same certificate. Lync does the same thing.

While this reduces services and split-naming confusion, it also puts your internal naming convention in the public certificate. People do it because MSFT says so. This Exch2007 article (Yes, old, but the first link in google. There are more examples.) says to put the NetBios name in as well: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exc...

about 6 months ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

cps42 Gir and Invader Zim (701 comments)

Zim: Our mission begins now! Let us rain some doom down on the filthy heads of our doomed enemies!

Gir: I'm going to sing the Doom Song now! Doom, doom, doom, doom, doom-doom, doom!


about 6 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

cps42 Re:Openbox (611 comments)

Fluxbox solves all of my needs. Easy to understand, easy to manage. No need to overthink the DE.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

cps42 OP - Here's your answer (506 comments)

As someone who oversees several branch software development offices in SF, LA, and Seattle (along with a few east coast ones) and is hiring developers (I've got 100+ and looking for more) - I can point to three things that are killing you:

Suggestion - Apply to work with this guy from LA. In 6 - 12 months, start making noise about wanting to transfer positions to the Seattle office.

Once you're in Seattle, with a job, you're not a Californian any more, and you can move to MSFT campus for the experience.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

cps42 Re:Market Saturation (506 comments)

I think that's true - I was looking for a job in Seattle for a while, and had no trouble getting interviews as a Linux infrastructure manager, but the offers were low -- 20 - 30% lower pay than I was making in the SF Bay area. The pay difference was more than a years worth of house payments on my bay area house, so it wasn't worth the move.

If you're trying to pay for a San Francisco or New York house on a salary anywhere else, you aren't moving. Seattle salaries account for the fact that housing prices are 25-30% lower in urban Seattle / Bellevue / Redmond than in San Francisco, and the surrounding communities are significantly lower than that.

Per one of several cost-of-living comparison sites you can google for:
Rent Prices in San Francisco, CA are 71.43% higher than in Seattle, WA
Restaurant Prices in San Francisco, CA are 6.31% higher than in Seattle, WA
Groceries Prices in San Francisco, CA are 3.62% higher than in Seattle, WA
Local Purchasing Power in San Francisco, CA is 10.27% lower than in Seattle, WA

about a year ago

German Federal Police Helicopter Circles US Consulate

cps42 Re:Not American friendly (239 comments)

Oy. I'm American too, and I know 60m != 60'. 197' isn't much better, but really. C'mon.

about a year ago

The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea

cps42 Re:Nope. (309 comments)

Yes. This. They have exactly zero chance of affecting change in DPRK, but Korean Government will get some hard currency to work with.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Handle SPF For Spam Filtering?

cps42 Re:Do the right thing (187 comments)

This. If an admin like the GP is so high and mighty about DNS records meeting RFC compliance (You do listen for DNS on both UDP and TCP right? And you've signed your domain with DNSSEC?), you can at least do your SMTP services correctly too. Asking for an authed SMTP submission session for each domain is now the correct best practice. Unauthed SMTP relays are a dying breed.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Breed Big-Brained Guppies To Demonstrate Evolution's Trade-Offs

cps42 That's a win! (121 comments)

Guppies make too many babies in my tank, any way. How do we order these?

about 2 years ago

U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

cps42 WA - All mail-in vote (821 comments)

Voted last week by mail. Now want to create an app that disables all television, radio, political advertising and replaces it with soothing music and pictures of puppies and kittens as soon as King County has acknowledged receiving my vote.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Patents Whacking Your Phone To Silence It

cps42 Re:Geeze.. (214 comments)

If it's so obvious, why has nobody yet done it with more than 5 years of smartphones on the market.

My Samsung G2 supports muting the ring by turning the phone over. Using the accelerometer isn't unique. Whacking it is pretty clever, though.

more than 2 years ago

Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

cps42 Re:They aren't wrong (720 comments)

You're one of those Dihydrogen Monoxide supporters aren't you. You know that stuff is used in poisons every day? I heard the Taliban uses it in their mountain hideouts while they plot against the United States of Amerika. You should be ashamed.

more than 2 years ago

Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

cps42 TuxType, starfall.com for letters, reading (417 comments)

I agree with the above posts that 18mo might be a little young for computer exposure, but between 3-5, as reading skills start building, using the per-letter TuxType can be a fun game occasionally, and will introduce the computer keyboard to your child. Also, many web apps are there on places like starfall.com, nickjr.com and pbskids.org that have good games for kids that involve reading, math, and comprehension skills I was surprised to find out that at my daughters Kindergarten last year, their "rediness" assessment was done on a PC. Because my daughter had been exposed to the computer mouse and keyboard earlier, she was able to handle the challenge with less help, and her scores were more accurate to her real skills. She now also uses the iphone with more skill than either my wife or I, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. ;-)

more than 4 years ago

Desktop As a Cellphone Extension?

cps42 Grand Central (199 comments)

I understand you dont want to run for your phone -- Bluetooth won't reach up and down stairs, so linking phone and computer are likely not going to solve your problem. Why not use Grand Central http://www.grandcentral.com/ and a Skype number? Have Grand Central ring your cell and your Skype number at the same time. Then whichever you're closest to, you can answer.

more than 5 years ago

How Big Should My Swap Be?

cps42 Re:RAM-based hard drive (900 comments)

For enterprise data bases, I ran across this a while ago:


The Violin 1010 connects to a server and provides almost 10 times the capacity of memory per rack and per Watt. A single rack of Violin 1010 can support 10 TByte of DRAM at less than 1W per GByte! The 90% power savings per GByte is important for the green data center.

more than 6 years ago


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