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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Wow running a new desktop enviornment in Windows would be awesome but I can't imagine Microsoft not crapping its pants massively over this and blocking it every way possible.

about a week ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Almost but I said home server for a specific reason. It doesn't have to be connected to a big screen at all. I have a $150 small-form factor box that runs headless and acts as a file server plus serves a few other functions. The most expensive device in the setup is probably the laptop/tablet device, not the home server.

The tablet and laptop will merge in the future. Just as now, there will be an array to choose from - more svelte models and more heftier ones, but few will want to own a laptop and a tablet in the future. They will merge.

But IMHO the home server is something important.
The home server could also morph with the router/modem. Thus new routers now increasingly have NAS-like functions and many other functions as well.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Windows 8 with Classic Shell is the way to go. Even with Windows 7 Classic Shell was already the way to go.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

But what's so important about the one device for everything idea? It makes sense to have at least one dedicated home device a.k.a file server a.k.a media server etc., one ultra-portable thing like a smartphone, and also a portable thing like a laptop also.

The laptop could conceivably replace the home server but there are a lot of reasons why I always want a dedicated information appliance in my home.

I would think there are very few people who would never travel and want to have a powerful information appliance with them (i.e. not just a smartphone).

Where convergence will occur is when tablets morph into laptops, or laptops morph into things like tablets with detachable keyboards.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

What about a universal remote like a Logitech Harmony? I always wondered how well those work with your type of setup.

about two weeks ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

execthis Bypass the MS account (608 comments)

Just wanted to add here that it is possible to bypass the attempt to force the user to create an MS account during 8.1 upgrade by simply DISCONNECTING THE INTERNET.

1 year,14 days
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

execthis Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

I fully agree with this observation. Was just thinking earlier what a supreme waste of money the new MS kiosk stores in the malls are. Its also a PR disaster among the in-the-know crowd for a company to be perceived as so conniving and so desperate as MS are.

about a year ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

execthis Re:I like it (740 comments)

Is there any way to change the skyline to a different city?

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

execthis Re:That bad? (740 comments)

You might really want to try Classic Shell/Classic Start Menu then. Its an OSS project and I use it and do the categorizing like you say and find it essential. I always have several meta-categories and then copy in shortcuts for all relevant apps under those categories, e.g.:

00 - Peripherals
                        -Webcam
                          -Printer
01 - Graphics
02 - Audio
03 - Office
04 - Viewers
05 - Net
06 - Utilities
07 - System & Security

I especially like having the Peripherals submenu since otherwise it beccomes difficult to track all the various apps and utilities which come with different devices.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

execthis Re:That bad? (740 comments)

An idea, proposition, or an opinion is what it is, regardless of *anything* else. An argument about something is what it is, and the merits or lack thereof do not change because of other factors such as personal feelings, corporate agendas, etc.
It is therefore in the best interest of truth to simply address all arguments on their merits. Dedication to truth or pursuit of knowledge should be a higher calling and anyone committed to it enacts it by upholding it in their own conduct.

about a year and a half ago
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California's Unspoken Health Problem: Brain Parasites

execthis Re:Obligatory (313 comments)

A family member, friend or restaurant cook infected with an adult tapeworm can secrete tens of thousands of tapeworm eggs daily, which can be easily ingested by others.

The major don't seems to be:

Don't eat at a restaurant which has a cook who is an immigrant from one of the affected countries. Nowadays, that may be almost an impossibility.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

execthis Re:There is no problem with this (234 comments)

Absolutely wrong. As a provider of a platform for information exchange and communication, Apple's products must be required, by law, to be open and free.

There is absolutely an overriding interest for the social good that a large platform provider, be it a cable company, large publishing house, or communications technology provider keep their platforms open and free.

The opposite is essentially fascism. Right now the Obama administration is trying to prevent the content providers like Xfinity from controlling all the content. Xfinity already censors things like Al Jazeera and much other content which it doesn't want to compete with its own, inferior content that it controls.

This case with Apple controlling everything is no different.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

execthis Re:apple just doesn't want to touch that (234 comments)

Wrong. We live in a time when companies like Apple are equivalent to feudal fiefdoms. The "freedoms" we seek are those granted or bestowed by one fiefdom or another, to which peasants can choose to be in allegiance with or not. The fiefdoms are what control the country. If you cannot see that this is the case and how the political system in America functions, you are blind.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Rejects Drone Strike App

execthis Re:apple just doesn't want to touch that (234 comments)

History is replete with "successes" which were disastrous, usually accompanied with copious amounts of hubris and arrogance.

about 2 years ago
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The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

execthis Wordperfect could have done it (505 comments)

Wordperfect was already being used extensively by legal offices. It would not have been a huge jump to get legal offices to switch to Linux running Wordperfect. But after version 8 Wordperfect was not a native Linux port but this convoluted thing that ran through an emulator layer which was insane. Then, not long after it died. That was the end of the chance for Linux to make an advance to the corporate/business desktop.
I'm sure some other things didn't help as well. I still think one major issue is that package managers do not have a way to screen out crusty projects. There should be a way to ignore all software which hasn't been developed or changed in X amount of time, with X=6 months, 9, months, whatever, but some value that cuts out the immense amount of crust.
I also think Linux should have done more to entice hardware and software makers to use it. In fact, it should have done everything absolutely possible to make life easy for hardware and software makers, including more flexible licenses. I don't think people were realistic enough to realize that, without the needed support of hardware and software makers, everything else is almost a moot point.

about 2 years ago
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Craigslist Demands Exclusivity For Postings

execthis CL are slimy (160 comments)

About as slimy as you can get.

I believe that deal they cut with eBay years ago, whereby they got a huge wad of cash, was so that they would NOT EVER innovate or improve buying/selling features of their site. I believe they got paid off to keep their interface crappy.

So these extension sites come along and try to fill the gaps with the terrible interface and they get sued.

And the EFF has awarded CL in the past for their "community" contributions. What a bunch of BS! I would love to see CL lose their monopolies and see a more open playing field.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com, Hotmail's Successor

execthis No IMAP/SMTP (368 comments)

Hello no IMAP/SMTP support goodbye

about 2 years ago

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Anti-tech protests in San Francisco turn out to be underhanded ploy by union

execthis execthis writes  |  about 3 months ago

execthis (537150) writes "In the news over past weeks and months have been stories about protests in San Francisco in which buses for Google have been blocked by protesters. Today it is revealed that a union is behind these protests, which amount to a dirty tactic on their part to attempt to humiliate the City and County of San Francisco government into giving raises to their employees. In other words, they have been faux protests staged by the Service Employees International Union as an underhanded attempt to gain leverage and force the city to give them wage increases. Its interesting to note that there recently were other seemingly faux protests in front of Staples stores, this time by the postal workers (I say seemingly because they did not appear to openly reveal that they were in fact postal workers)."
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Hostgator experiencing major outage

execthis execthis writes  |  about a year ago

execthis (537150) writes "A major outage affecting Hostgator's main Provo data center has been occurring since the early hours of this morning. According to a support e-mail:

...we are currently experiencing ongoing networking issues at our primary datacenter. We are aware and are working with our service providers to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. http://forums.hostgator.com/network-event-provo-data-center-t278660.html?p=474301#post474301 Unfortunately there is no ETA at this moment. This is our highest priority and we will get this resolved ASAP.

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