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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

secondsun Windows 8 problems weren't the UI (1009 comments)

Windows failed to learn a lot of the lessons that iOS and Android could have taught it. It failed to learn the lessons it should have from GNOME 3. It failed to bring the Internet to the desktop in a way which hadn't been tried in Windows since Windows 98.

Windows 8 finally brought us a managed application repository with automatic updates, monetization features, etc but only for modern UI. The Desktop apps were still their own special snowflakes stuck in "Don't accidentally a toolbar" install and update hell.

Windows 8 has tight integration with cloud services, but those are limited to only services and features hand picked by Microsoft and (last I checked) has no openness for third parties to integrate in the same way. GNOME 3 on the other hand, has lots of integration with various social and cloud services. Sign into Google for instance and your Google Docs are available in your Docs folder, your contacts show up in your Contacts app, your Google handouts get routed therough Empathy etc. Windows 8 does this for Facebook and Sky Drive but, again, only in the Modern UI.

Windows 8 Modern apps are firewalled from Windows 8 Desktop apps. Do you have Skype? You have two Skype apps. Do you have a chat client? You have two apps again. The same app on Android can run on everything from a wrist watch to a Television supporting tons of different input paradigms ALMOST natively (the developer has to do some basic UI legwork of course).

As a consequence of the previous point, lots of services (push notifications, application lifecycle management, etc) are available ONLY in Modern and not on the Desktop. Desktop apps still need to manage their own networking state and messaging. Many of the native applications were rebuilt as Modern full screen apps and their desktop equavalents were removed. The most galling is the Photo Viewer. If you open a picture in Explorer in the Desktop, all your windows go away and the image takes up the full screen.

In conclusion, Windows 8 problems don't stop at the Start Screen and framing the Start Screen as the biggest and only problem fundamentally misses what Microsoft did very, very wrong. Microsoft did not TRY to bring modern cloud technologies to the desktop. They ported their tablet OS to the desktop and stopped there.

about 9 months ago
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HTC Unlocks Its Own Phones

secondsun Lock Android down? (145 comments)

Other than Honeycomb and GoogleTV being not open sourced (which Google admits is a one off which will be fixed in Ice Cream Sandwich), what other evidence of them locking Android down is there? It really felt like a throw away line.

Meanwhile, HTC makes rather awesome phones and this makes it much easier to suggest phones to other developers.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

secondsun $0.02 (898 comments)

I would suggest a Thinkpad T series or X series as her primary machine. The 420, 520, 220 series are quite modern but still rolling out. For a little less money you can get the yesteryear model which offer more choices of features. Dell Latitudes are also solid machines in my experience and I have heard good things about HP's Elite book line but lack first hand experience. As a rule of thumb if you see it in a big box store stay away; the build quality is often compromised for cost, and the Windows install is often full of crapware.

To the /. crowd who can't understand why someone would not like Windows on Mac hardware, Windows 7 on Macs as of November is a hit or miss affair (two finger mouse press sends both a right AND left click, audio is always turned down, and one other issue which eludes me). The touch pad is the best I have ever used, but it doesn't replace a touch point and three buttons. Home, del, insert, page up, page down are sorely missed. Chicklet keyboards don't feel right to me, and finally, Macs tend to have a lower screen resolution for their size than what you can find on Windows laptops.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Merge Honeycomb and Gingerbread

secondsun Re:Where's Gingerbread? (158 comments)

OP was referring to the Nexus One (Google's phone). Gingerbread hasn't OTAed to the Nexus One yet. In December they said it would be in a few weeks and it has turned into in a few months.

more than 3 years ago
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Spring Dynamic Modules In Action

secondsun Spring DM is dead and OSGi is overkill (63 comments)

I happen to be someone who actually likes Spring. A few months ago, I was asked to do a proof of concept project; it was basically a event organizing system with a plug-in architecture.

A little google fu later and I found out Eclipse used OSGi for its plug in systems, Netbeans was going to support OSGi for their plugins, and Spring had an OSGi container solution called Spring DM AND Manning had this book in MEAP. I downloaded the earliest copy, ran through the "Hello World!"s and was on my way.

Then I actually had to implement OSGi. Packages wouldn't load, they would load in the wrong order, jars weren't OSGi aware, etc etc etc. After two weeks of long nights of frustration I gave up. The next morning I wrote a classloader and was up and running in about 2 hours.

To add insult to injury, SpringSource gave Spring DM to the Eclipse foundation and washed their hands of future development.

TL;DR; If you want to use OSGi + Spring DM: Don't, Spring gave DM to Eclipse and OSGi is a shitstorm waiting to rain itself out. Write your own classloader and in two hours and 200 lines of Java you will have 80% of OSGi and 99% of what you care about.

more than 3 years ago
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Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

secondsun Re:how come (622 comments)

The trashcans just tell if they have been rolled out to be picked up. If they haven't recorded a roll out then you get fined if your trash has more than 10% recyclable material.

more than 4 years ago
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BBC Lowers HDTV Bitrate; Users Notice

secondsun Re:They suck at math too (412 comments)

To one significant figure, they are.

more than 4 years ago
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Ads To Offset Cost of Unlocked Google Phone?

secondsun The nexus one is probably the ADP3 (161 comments)

The Nexus one is most likely the ADP 3. IE the third generation developer phone. IE Purchasable on Google's developer site. IE Not marketed to fucking consumers.

What makes me think this is that Google has given out the ADP1 at their Christmas party last year, the ADP2 at IO, and the Nexus-One (presumed ADP3) at their Christmas party this year.
There is no more or less magic to this.

more than 4 years ago
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EU Recommends Noise Limits On MP3 Players

secondsun Better Headphones (360 comments)

Since we are going the consumer protect route, wouldn't it be better for headphones/ear buds to require noise cancelling technologies so the music doesn't have to be turned up as high?

That would make it harder to hear things while driving, but you shouldn't have headphones in while driving.

more than 4 years ago
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Court Reinstates Proof-of-Age Requirement For Nude Ads

secondsun Re:Who cares? (267 comments)

What is the purpose of government?

I always thought it was to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity".

But I could be wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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Senate Votes To Empower Parents As Censors

secondsun A new feature (418 comments)

I recently discovered that there was a really cool filtering tool that came on all my game consoles, dvd players, televisions, computers, and music players. It is a button that says "on". When pressed, the filter activates then the picture and sound stop. I thought it was new, but it has only been relabeled. Previously this feature had been marked as a "O" or a "I" on a giant toggle.

about 6 years ago

Submissions

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secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

secondsun writes "As reported by CNN, James Kim's family has been found in Oregon. James himself is still missing, but police believe that he is still ok. Police found them today unharmed, but they were admitted to a local hospital for observation. The family was travelling using backroads in Oregon when their car became stuck in snow over a week ago."

Journals

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36 hours of Punisher

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 9 years ago

During the semester I had it. Group projects were blowing, I was the only one doing work in one of them. Finally I had a weekend to myself, my roomies X-box, and a bunch of ripped games on it.

Punisher, dear god punisher.

I got to slice people like fish, blow em up, killem in various ways (quick kill was Godly). By the time my friends got back the found me sitting in my boxers, camping a spawn point, and had bodies stacked on either side of me. (I also had a million extra points by this time). After all was said and done I felt relaxed and vindicated. :-D

Most people say violent games are harmful, in this case it kept several people very much alive for being absolute fuckhats.

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Finals

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It is finals time.*Takes a drag on a cigarette, since I don't smoke this is even more dramatic* That means I need 3 things: caffene, studies, and sex. I need these three things in very large quantities because otherwise I will go completely nuts. Meanwhile I went to a bar for a while in leu of studying for a few hours.

It was karaokee night, I was sufficently educated by the queens :-P

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All things homo-gay-sexual

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well nothing major in my life right now, outside of either a mild cold or allergies I can't figure out which this is.

MS pulls support for a gay rights bill which fails by one vote and gets screamed at. 365gay.com posted some remarks from Gates about it essentially saying he didn't know that many people would feel that way about it. He welcomed the critisism and said it would be a factor next time something like this comes up. I don't like big companies in politics, but at the same time I do like having nice things. *shrugs*

Nothing new on the love front, well I say nohing new there are a few warm spots on the radar, but shouldn't turn into anything remotly like a full blown relationship.

I graduate at the end of the summer, yay.

Well that is all for now, ttyl
Summers

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Updating Journal

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well it has been a while since I gave a serious entry. Well for starters last fall semester sucked royal monkey nuts, my boyfriend and I broke up, another ex and good friend hated me, then he began dating a guy I had a crush on :(. But we got over it and made up. I passed all my classes (including 2335 which was hell) and made it out with a 3.0. This is my last spring semester @ ga tech and I am kinda sad, but excited too. I still don't have a boyfriend but I am hopeful someone will meet me.

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Long time ago

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well it has been a while, school is great blah blah blah. The whole purpose of this post is for people to get in touch with me during possibly offtopic convo's in /. I don't like carrying on my flames in the main discusion but damnit I have a point to make :)

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On being gay in GA

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 10 years ago

WHy would I be in south GA and be gay? It is my home and I grew up here. Will I be here when I get my degree? Probably not but until then it is a cheap place to stay and work.

I miss my boyfriend back in Atlanta, I miss him alot. I tried to come out to my parents but now they pretend it didn't even happen.

Oh well, in the south the people are fake nice so they usually don't say anything to your face.

Oh yeah, /. has really hot guys on it. Don't know how it happened but hell yeah!

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GLBT 4 U and ME

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well I have lived through 2130 and 3500 at tech and now am back in gay hell... South GA.

All this really is for is to have a place for other GLBT /.ers to say hi to me and each other.

nite nite

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Ramblin Wreck

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Greetings ladies and whores.
First off I really like GATech, we get free software YAY!!!!! (Who cares if it is MS and it won't install on anythnig I own, it is free, free I tell you, freeeeeeeeee!)

Anyway I am moved into my apartment, I am happy, I have friends visiting me all the time, I have my own room in the apartment, and my roomies seem to be pretty cool (no frag guys, score!)

Anyway bbfn

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secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I like computers, I like the hum,, the smell, and the brerakdowns. I personally have had 5 go through my posession. First was a C64 (which nuked) then my p75 laptop (which nuked last year, 6 years going strong poor thang) then my first true box, built from scratch(which nuked. Damn Pricewatch powersupply). Then I have lefty (my p2 300 laptop) and thunk (my desktop) which are both stable and love linux (though thunk is now doing vieo and uses win 2 gay ugh) oh well thought i would share that.

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Sad state of software

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Or more like the sad state of people who review software. I just read cnet's preview for Safari (based on the beta version of the software). And what was their complaint? They said it needed to fatten up! Yes they (cnet.com) were actually complaining about not having enough software bloat. If they want to see bloat in action they should try out the KDE desktop *ducks*. Actually as a Desktop KDE is not bloated, the project is to create an entire desktop environment to replace say a windows environment (and they just about have it done).

Anyway, it just really pissed me off to see cnet complaining about the lack of software bloat.

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Why I want to kill everything that moves

secondsun secondsun writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, today was pretty good, but it had its crappy moments.

Crappy Moment 1) Efosa Idemudia's CS 2 class. I am sorry, but if this guy will not quit giving us the same assignment (do problem a, now do problem a again except use a private varible and a public function, now do it again with a public function and 2 private functions) and shit like that to fill up 3 hours twice a week. BAM BAM BAM!!!!

Crappy moment 2) My sex life. Everytime I meet someone that I think I can connect with he will find some reason to go. Edgar went str8, Eric doesn't want to date b/c he is going to move in a few months and Joel realized that we are 4 years apart in life (even tho only 2.5 in age)

Crappy Moment 3) I have an 8 AM differential equations class. BORING

4) MS trying to buy blizzard?? Kill me now.

5) I formatted my laptops hard drive to instal gentoo, but I forgot to get my notes and programs off of it DAMN!

6) We have room checks in the dorm tonight, I just found the floor in mine...

Yeah that is about it. TTYL
Summers

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