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Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

gsasha Re:And? (582 comments)

Try "Why is windows crashing so often". Same hilarity. And this is something I would have a reason to search about. Or do you want to imply that anybody outside of Slashdot would never be critical of microsoft?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

gsasha Lies, damn lies and statistics (423 comments)

Interesting that IE8s dialog for choosing a search engine to replace bing (in addition to being utterly confusing), manages to list Google almost the last.

So, in every case they choose a different ranking function, one that suits them. But of course, who would expect otherwise...

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Changing Users' Default Search Engine

gsasha Lies, damn lies, and statistics (389 comments)

It is of course possible to formulate the selection criteria so that Google will come extremely unprominently shown somewhere at the bottom. Which Microsoft did in this case, quite successfully.

I actively tried to switch the default search engine to Google, and guess what, it was hard to find even knowing what I'm looking about.

If I was Google, I'd file an antitrust petition against this NOW.

more than 5 years ago

How To Get Out of Developer's Block?

gsasha Try working on just improving the code (601 comments)

Perfect for procrastination.

Just sit down with it, but instead of writing new code, clean it up, or add some tests around it. There are two benefits:

  1. It will start looking much better, and you'll have a better feeling about it.
  2. You'll get yourself back into context, and before you know it, you'll find you want to do some development at it.

I have a similar problem: I have a project that I would really like to work on, but can find time only occasionally. I have found that coming back to it after a long time is very hard. I have my lists, but starting something is just formidable. So, I start by reading around, doing little stuff here and there and just cleaning it up, until I feel confident enough to do something.

And in general, it's very good to have your code thoroughly tested. Read about it here: http://manent-notes.blogspot.com/2008/08/developing-under-severe-time.html

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Bing Search Launches Early Preview

gsasha Searched for "search engines" (310 comments)

Guess what, Google is not mentioned there.
Even nicer, try to search "google" and "microsoft" on bing. Compare.
I for one wouldn't trust a search engine so biased.

more than 5 years ago

Despite Gates' Prediction, Spam Far From a Thing of the Past

gsasha Re:Agree about GMail... (198 comments)

Same here. And looking in the Spam folder of my gmail account, there are 448 messages which, on the first glance, appear to be 100% accurate.

about 6 years ago

Easy, Reliable Distributed Storage and Backup?

gsasha Consider Manent (222 comments)

http://trac.manent-backup.com/ Easy: yes, after a first setup. Reliable - yes. Versioned: you bet! Actually, every backup you do is accessible as a different version, with a very little overhead.

more than 6 years ago



gsasha gsasha writes  |  more than 8 years ago

gsasha (550394) writes "I am planning to install a (mostly) file server in the closet. The machine is old: it's Pentium-1 with 96MB of memory, but apparently quite reliable. I am planning to add two 250G disks (through a PCI disk controller). I definitely want easy configuration, latest software and preferrably easy updating. It'll run sshd, some torrents, NFS and Samba that that's more or less it. I don't want to run an X server, and in fact would totally get rid of the graphic card if the system would boot that way.

If the machine was more powerful, one of the latest Linux distros (Ubuntu, SUSE or Fedora) would be a no-brainer as I'm quite familiar with it. However, since the machine is somewhat resource restricted, I wonder if something else would be more appropriate. Maybe there is a more lightweight (while still good) Linux distro out there, or should I invest the time in trying {Free|Net|Open}BSD [or even OpenSolaris]? And also, which of the mainstream Linux OSes would perform better in a resource-constrained environment?"


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