dsginter writes "The US House of Representatives recently voted down a bill that would have forced the NSA to respect the US Constitutional Right to privacy and it appears that few people really care about this matter in lieu of Bread and Circuses. I felt defeated until a realization set in: these spying systems can be overwhelmed by data — just give us software that will wget pressure cookers and backpacks and perhaps a phone app that will randomly dial other participants during idle+charger (mute the ringer, of course). Throw in a desktop app and I'll buy a couple of POTS lines just to assist!" top
dsginter writes "During a recent Windows 7 upgrade, I disabled the 'Recycle Bin' from appearing on the user desktop. Why? Because this allows the users to retrieve errant deletions. While this was the goal of the 'Recycle Bin' in the first place, most people (including myself) are in the good habit of keeping a tidy workspace and 'taking out the trash' when they see that it is full. For some people, their OCD meant that deleting a file was a two step process: delete the file and then empty the recycle bin. By disabling it from view, I have found that the original function is restored for the smattering of times that it is actually needed. Why are we wasting pixels on such a poor metaphor?" top
Sleeveless_In_Seattle writes "I just spent several hours trying to submit a resume to Monster.com. The problem? They will only accept resumes in an extremely limited number of formats — DOC, DOCX, RTF and TXT. I can understand why ODT is missing from the list but the lack of PDF is curious. My issue is that I had to be very creative in order to get my resume down to a single page (at the behest of several) and this was not accommodated by RTF or TXT so I simply drafted the document in OpenOffice and saved as a DOC. After testing this on three different versions of Office, I concluded that perhaps OpenOffice was not producing a correct DOC file. But after a complete rewrite in several versions of MS Office, I could not get any consistency between them using DOC or DOCX. Are the folks at Monster.com in cahoots with Microsoft or are they just dumber than a bag of hammers? Or is there a third reason for which I may not be accounting? I just want my resume to be accurately formatted and I can't get that with Microsoft formats using their own software." top
dsginter writes "I've penned a high-level strategy to 'Embrace and Extend' the IT industry down to the employment level. This strategy aligns the self-interest of human nature with the benevolence of Free Software. The only requirement is that we get 'out of the basement' and turn Free Software into a business opportunity for everyone who currently works or would like to work in the industry." top
dsginter writes "Last November, when Sun announced that they would be adopting GPLv2 licensing for Java, I expected somewhat of a bigger splash. Is this truly a non-event or does the assumption of such a robust tool set on GNU systems change the landscape? What happens to LAMP? Will Tomcat move in as the web server du jour? Can PHP finally die? What about the venerable Portable Operating System Interface? It seems like there is a lot of room that could be filled by this move." top
dsginter writes "Apple have just announced the highly anticipated changes to their iMac line, which now includes Intel's Core 2 Double Dueling Dual Duo. In addition, they've added a 24 inch widescreen model with 1920x1200 resolution driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT. This is an interesting approach but it appears to be working, nonetheless."