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iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

gravyface Maybe its malware... (519 comments)

hiding as an Apple process?

about a year ago
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Massive Amount of Malware Targets Older Java Flaws

gravyface Re:Oracle Java UPDATER is the reason for this (102 comments)

Take your pops to good ol' Ninite.com. Have him create an installer of all the apps he wishes to use and keep up-to-date, and either run it as a scheduled task (there's some command line switches to make this doable) or if he's like my Dad, he'll write it in the kitchen calendar and never miss running it himself manually. Once you build the installer, it's a run-and-wait thing; doesn't require any other steps, he can just keep running the same Ninite installer every week/month.

about a year ago
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Toshiba Pursues Copyright Claim Against Laptop Manual Site

gravyface Nah, this is a "retainer saver" initiative. (268 comments)

This is what lawyers do when they're either on retainer or an employee of a big company: justify their existence with litigation and copyright enforcement.

about a year and a half ago
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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

gravyface Re:How hard is this to do? (386 comments)

My thoughts exactly. What's the use case for a voting machine? I think the Ruby on Rails blog demo had more fields than a typical vote screen.

about a year and a half ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

gravyface Re:Microsoft Recommends (471 comments)

At least there's a log file. B-b-but iStuff just works! Umm, no, sometimes it doesn't... I guess I'll just swipe the on/off button for the 15th time, see if that makes a difference.

about a year and a half ago
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EFF And Others Push For Open Wifi APs Everywhere

gravyface Re:Risky without SSL everywhere (253 comments)

Yes, or some idiot ARP spoofing the gateway (if the AP doesn't provide client isolation).

about a year and a half ago
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Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

gravyface Mouse. Keyboard. Win. (368 comments)

If you play any kind of tactical shooter, or turn-based/real-time strategy, you're going to want to play it on a computer. There's just no comparison to a proper keyboard and mouse setup for more-involved, complex games.

about 2 years ago
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Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?

gravyface Re:Win 8 RT (287 comments)

One word (well, kind of two): RemoteApps.

about 2 years ago
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Now That It's Here, Is There a Place For Windows RT?

gravyface Re:I think it is aimed at businesses and academia (287 comments)

This. We can't wait for the Surface so we can deploy RemoteApp (Remote Desktop Services, i.e. Terminal Server) versions of our legacy applications.

All the Executive types see these Apple iPad ads where Doctors are manipulating ultrasounds, or sales guys showing off an amazing PowerPoint deck and we're the ones who have to bring them back down to earth with, "well, it doesn't really work like that because your ERP system doesn't have a native iPhone app".

about 2 years ago
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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

gravyface He's griping about Windows 8 (303 comments)

... and the impending death of Windows/PC as an open, general-computing platform by the hands of Microsoft. He didn't mention tablets once in his tweets.

about 2 years ago
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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

gravyface At the end of the day... (303 comments)

Microsoft Windows native/legacy applications -- a massive massive software ecosystem unparalleled by any other OS/platform (besides the Web perhaps?) -- is the reason why they can never turn their backs on it. Its the key to their power, but with power comes a great responsibilit^H^H^H burden.

They will try, but at the end of the day, the Microsoft walled garden will always have the gate left open.

about 2 years ago
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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

gravyface How is this different than any other tablet? (303 comments)

Apple has a walled garden. That's it. Android does too. Microsoft has a walled garden, but if you have an x86 tablet, you can plant petunias and begonias if you want in there. That seems like an improvement to me. And it's likely a technical reason too: all those Windows-native calls/hooks that your typical Windows-compatible applications require likely do not exist on the ARM version of Windows 8 (I'm not a Windows programmer/guru, so I'm speculating here, but seems likely no?).

about 2 years ago
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Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism

gravyface Re:There's more to this story. (343 comments)

Maybe they left the live CD in the CD tray.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?

gravyface Re:Silly (388 comments)

You know bock is just a type of beer, like a lager, ale, or stout right? And yes, there are cans.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?

gravyface Re:Silly (388 comments)

I'm in Canada and I can't think of a brand of beer, domestic, premium, or imported that doesn't come in can as well as bottles. It might not be stocked at every Beer Store or LCBO (Liquor Store), however.

about 2 years ago
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MS Office 2013 Pushing Home Users Toward Subscriptions

gravyface If they actually added real features... (349 comments)

...paying to upgrade wouldn't be painful, but actually welcomed.

Just the other day we setup a client with a delegate mailbox so she had two inboxes in her Outlook profile. Problem is, the pop-up notification only works with her primary inbox, not the other one. There are a bunch of hacks out there using VBScript and Win32 pop-ups, but they're nothing like the Outlook one (can't click on message, for example).

Instead, Microsoft puts their money behind such memorable hits like, "Where'd My Message Headers Go?". In Outlook 2003, you could right-click on the message and go to Properties. In Outlook 2007, it was right-click, Options, now it's under the abysmal Home Button thingy > Options, and you have to have the message opened to do. I'm sure some fanboi is going to jump on here and tell me of some other way to open it, but the point is, I don't want to learn new ways to do the same thing; we spend enough time in IT learning new technologies that UI distractions like Microsoft fobs off on us are unwelcome and counterproductive.

about 2 years ago
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New IE Zero-Day Being Exploited In the Wild

gravyface Re:Getting fed up (134 comments)

Meant to say "business" deployment. Oh Slashdot, some day when you're big and strong you'll have an edit feature.

about 2 years ago
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New IE Zero-Day Being Exploited In the Wild

gravyface Getting fed up (134 comments)

of shoddy browser security. Could this not be "solved" with proper sandboxing? If there's legacy code to support (this has been cited many times in the past for reasons why), please, please fork IE into two branches: IE Classic or whatever that's fully backwards compatible, and an IE Lite that's completely sandboxed and locked down for wide-spread corporate deployment.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

gravyface Re:Your first server, in 2012 (152 comments)

...looks alot like the one from 2008. Big three = hardware warranty and support: drive dies, Dell guy's there in less than 4 hours. That covers the entire lifecycle of the server (3-5 years) while it's in production and playing a mission critical role. Virtualization/consolidation/cloud are whittling away at the server market, but it's never going to go away. Right now I'm dealing with an EC2 instance that won't start and I can't detach the volume to try to snapshot it or mount it to another new instance... yeah, yeah, "b-b-but you don't have an Elastic Load Balanced, Cloud Reach-around setup?". Well, this isn't a mission critical server and nightly backups are good enough, but it's still annoying to me and the end-users. And at ~$100 a month (reserved medium Windows EBS instance), I could've leased a new low-end PowerEdge over 3 years...

about 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Are you Using SPF records?

gravyface gravyface writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gravyface (592485) writes "I've been setting up proper SPF records for all my clients for past year or so, hoping to either maintain or improve their "reputation" in the email universe. However, there's a lot of IT admins I speak with who either haven't heard of SPF records or haven't bothered setting them up. How many of you are using SPF records for your mail domains? Does it help? How many anti-spam vendors out there use SPF records as part of their "scorecard"?"

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