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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

ebh Re:Question: (71 comments)

Yes.

about three weeks ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

ebh Re:Lol... (296 comments)

My wife's daily driver is a MacBook Pro. All the stuff she needs for home is readily available on OSX as easily as on Windows, e.g., Quicken; work is a non-issue because the products she supports are on iOS. Even if the vendors sometimes treat their OSX ports as second-class citizens, it's rare that any basic feature we care about is missing. It's just the latest bling that's usually not ported right away.

OTOH, I wouldn't be able to use a Mac for my job, because my employer requires us to use things including custom in-house apps, that are only available on Windows. Likewise some of the apps our kids use for school. The stuff I do at home beyond web surfing and such, I do on Linux.

Viva ecumenism!

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

ebh Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

Or, you can install the free (for noncommercial use) VMware Player, and in about an hour of googling and not-too-difficult hacking, plus the time to legally download the installation media, you can try out OSX on your existing Windows or Linux machine.

It won't let you know what a low-end Mac Mini feels like as a daily driver, and it's not what I'd recommend for an HTPC, but if you wanted to try cobbling together a small app to see what it's like to develop on OSX compared to Windows or Linux, it's about as low a barrier to entry there is.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

ebh Re:TDD FDD (232 comments)

One way to slow that bloat down is to put a limit on the number of test cases.

about 2 months ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

ebh Re:Reading between the lines. (233 comments)

2nd world is (was) the Communist bloc.

about 2 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

ebh Re:Swift maybe, Erlang, really? (315 comments)

I remember the same thing with Java--reqs demanding five years of Java three years after it first came out.

about 4 months ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

ebh Re:And? (195 comments)

Well, crap, now I have to post in order to undo a moderation mistake. :(

ObTopic: Sure we could have zillion-mpg cars. Instead of conventional creature comforts, you get new forms of in-car entertainment, like being able to tell what brand of coffee the body panels used to surround.

about 4 months ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

ebh Netvibes (132 comments)

Netvibes has been a nice drop-in replacement for me.

about 4 months ago
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GNU Mailman 3 Enters Beta

ebh I'll try it when... (57 comments)

...mailman-announce is using it.

about 7 months ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

ebh Re:software (169 comments)

Unappealing, yes (I'm in the throes of it now), but good for job security.

about 7 months ago
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Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

ebh Re:The Mythical Man-Month (169 comments)

Definitely. Add to that "Quality is Free" by Crosby, and "Peopleware" by DeMarco and Lister.

about 7 months ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

ebh Re:Even more importantly... (650 comments)

"3.0L, direct-injected 305bhp V-6, Mini-ATX form factor"

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

ebh Re:No problem (423 comments)

If it works, don't fix it.

In the real world, the risk of unnecessarily perturbing working systems is often higher than the risk of those systems breaking on their own. (Think about the longevity of Netware 3.12.)

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

ebh Re:what you need them for? (306 comments)

Not just kids. Some people have managed to go for decades as cowboys, hacking crap together that barely works but doing it fast enough and visibly enough and in the critical path often enough that they always look like heroes. The worst is when they start believing their own bullshit and stop acknowledging that any other way exists. See also: Asshole Driven Development.

about 8 months ago
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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

ebh Re:Living in 1925 kinda sucked (516 comments)

"We need things to cost less"

Take a look at the prices of consumer goods from 50 years ago. Stuff was *expensive*. Example: A friend of mine showed me an ad from a discount store in 1960 advertising basic two-slice toasters for $8.88. That's a little over $70 in today's dollars. The day he showed me that, you could buy a basic two-slice toaster from Target for $7.99. That's a little under $8.00 in today's dollars.

The only things that really need to cost less are health care, housing and education, the costs of which have risen faster than the CPI for decades.

about 8 months ago
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The Poor Neglected Gifted Child

ebh It's not just gifted/not gifted (529 comments)

People talk about "gifted" kids as if they're simply a normal kid turned up to eleven. Our school system has a pretty good program for those kids (and they're also good at filtering out the normal kids who have whip-cracking tiger parents). Where they completely vapor-lock is when they're presented with a kid who's gifted in some areas, but normal or even below normal in others. My daughter is in the gifted class but also has an IEP. You'd think her teachers were trying to accommodate a silicon-based methane-breathing life form. It's not that they're not willing to try, it's that there's no pigeonhole already there, so they don't know what to do, and they have to make it up as they go along, all the while dealing with the entrenched bureaucracy.

about 8 months ago
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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

ebh Re:Religion... (529 comments)

Or "bald" is a hair color, or "off" is a TV channel.

about 8 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

ebh Re:Good luck. (983 comments)

It also matters why he's backing it up. If it's primarily for disaster recovery, you would use a different strategy from what you'd use to deal with accidental deletion. Snapshots a almost always sufficient for the latter.

about 8 months ago
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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

ebh Re:Quick change needed [Re:Stop] (349 comments)

True story: At one place I worked, if you typed "quit" into nslookup, it came back with "exit.not.quit.stoopid.oursite.ourcompany.com".

about 8 months ago

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Give us your personal data or pay full fare

ebh ebh writes  |  about 2 years ago

ebh writes "Noted in an AP story about how fees make it difficult to compare air travel costs, is how the airline industry is moving toward tailoring offer packages (and presumably, fares) for individuals based on their personal information. Worse, "The airline association said consumers who choose not to supply personal information would still be able to see fares and purchase tickets, though consumer advocates said those fares would probably be at the "rack rate" — the travel industry's term for full price, before any discounts." Now, about those Amtrak upgrades..."

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