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Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

sherriw Re:Agree (653 comments)

I work for an Ontario software company. We have very talented people here. The Toronto area will cost you, but companies outside the big metropolitian cities won't cost a ton. Minimum wage here is $10/h. $15/h is decent. Experienced devs are happy to make about $20hr in some towns.

more than 3 years ago

Linux Mint: the New Ubuntu?

sherriw Why Linux Isn't Winning (685 comments)

I've been dual booting Ubuntu on a laptop alongside Windows for quite a few years now. I'm using an LTS version and haven't been exposed to Unity yet. I just checked out the online tour on the Ubuntu website and I'm just.... well, depressed.

Linux won't expand drastically into the home PC market unless it can accomplish the following:

- Make navigating my files and applications easy and intuitive. Finding installed applications should not be difficult.
- Make installing any new application easy.
- Let me configure the OS, my preferences and my hardware and drivers easily.
- Extensive help within the application.
- Extensive hardware and driver support. The current state is not good enough.

Sadly even though Ubuntu has been the nicest one I've used, it seems to be dumbing down some things while others are still difficult. If a normal user who is not doing anything unusual has to open the command line, this is a fail.

I know this will cause a big flame war to say this, but as a long time Windows and Linux user... I have to say.... just make it work like Windows! Windows may be popular due to a monopoly on the industry, but they are now the standard and despite the MS hatred, they have over time developed a clear and non-complicated way of doing most things you need to do on your computer. I haven't opened the command line on Windows for years... not even sure if it still exists. I can find all my settings under Control Panel, and my applications are nicely organized and I can add shortcuts and organize files however I like. For all it's flaws, Windows is the standard in the industry. If Linux deviates too far away from this, it will forever remain a fringe option for technical or very determined users.

I say all this as someone who has no love for Microsoft and very, very much wants to see Linux grow in popularity. I've been dual booting Ubuntu to see if I could ditch Windows and use it exclusively. So far my answer is no way, and will be sadly getting Windows 7 on my next machine, and probably dual booting some distro of Linux. I might try Mint next.

more than 3 years ago

Canadian Supreme Court Rules Linking Is Not Defamation

sherriw Finally some sense. (88 comments)

Hopefully this extends to the fact that linking to pirated content is not piracy.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Is Building Shadow Profiles of Non-Users

sherriw Re:Others can list your hometown for you (338 comments)

You can't I've looked. What's also bad is when FB tells you someone told them your hometown/highschool/relationship/etc is ABC you don't have an option to deny or delete that factoid. The best you can do is not show it on your profile. But FB still assumes it's true and saves it.

I got in a long drawn out debate with friends about this recently. I politely asked people not to tell FB info about me. I was shocked how many friends argued with me... even after I gave links to articles about what FB does with the info. Like hello... I don't care what you tell FB about yourself... but you're upset that I want you to refrain from telling it about ME? Geez.

more than 3 years ago

Rite Aid Drug Stores Offer Virtual Doc Visits

sherriw Re:US health care system (138 comments)

I'm a Canadian and had to go to a clinic in Florida when on vacation. I saw the doctor for about 10mins to explain my sore throat. Came out of there with a $235 bill for the visit and a written prescription note, and $50 for the strep-throat test. The antibiotics were a deal at $25 at the drug store across the street. Luckily my travel insurance back home reimbursed me for all of it.

So yeah, $45 is a bargain...

Us Canadians need to take out travel insurance mainly to cover us in case we have to use the US healthcare system.

more than 3 years ago

I tend to keep random notes most often ...

sherriw Re:Wiki (314 comments)

Me too. I use Dokuwiki though.

more than 3 years ago

Canada To Adopt On-Line Voting?

sherriw Already have mail-in (405 comments)

In my area (southern Ontario) we were able to vote federally by mail-in ballot. Not sure if this is available across the country. Many people did it just for the convenience. I think that is a better idea than online. I'm a web developer and even I have doubts to how this could be done online properly.

more than 3 years ago

Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming

sherriw As a female gamer... (432 comments)

As a female gamer who plays the so called 'hard core' games.... I don't see a huge gap in how games appeal to men and women. Other than the turd of the new Duke Nukem game there is a really great selection out there (and I was a fan of DN3d. Used to create levels for it). A few companies are really getting it right like BioWare. Mass Effect and Dragon Age both let you play a female character with a fleshed out story and applicable love interests. I wish more games were like that. For example, Rockstar could do more to let me play a female character like in Red Dead Redemption and the game I'm currently playing - LA Noire.

Secondly, I want to be able to save any time I freaking want. And don't make me re-play a big section just because I had to exit to do something more important. Having to reach a 'save point' is nonsense and kills my fun really quickly.

Also, don't know if this is a girl thing or not... but I like more social interaction with NPCs in the game. Like in Dragon Age for example it's very good. In Oblivion however... I get kind of lonely pretty quickly. The lone wolf adventurer gets old after 40+ hours.

That reminds me, I want to finish Oblivion before Skyrim comes out. But I have yet another repetitive oblivion gate to close. Gaaah. There's such a thing as a game being too long.

more than 3 years ago

Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming

sherriw Re:Men Need Toys (432 comments)

This is actually pretty true. Part of catering to my needs as a female gamer, is - let me save any freaking time I want and don't make me replay a huge section when I reload. Because the darn oven buzzer is going off and I'm 30 mins from a save point.

more than 3 years ago

Spammers Establish Fake URL-Shortening Services

sherriw Shorteners Could Be a Trap (99 comments)

I always wondered what if a not so scrupulous person set up a url shortening service that operated legitimately for a while getting itself spread all over the web. Then one day they change it so that all the urls now point to a frame with the target site surrounded by ads. It would be mostly too late to stop it, and the terms could be along the lines of "we reserve the right to do anything we want with shortened urls".

It drives me mad when I see URL shorteners used in places that do not have a space limitation. Like on a regular website. I get the point of using it on twitter or txt messages, but on a blog or website? Ug. It's killing the web.

more than 3 years ago

NYC Resistor: DIY Hackers Doing Awesome Things

sherriw Re:Labels and Pop Culture (134 comments)

At what point did building stuff on your own become something so rare?

Really, you haven't noticed the throw it away don't fix it trend? Finding people who can actually fix or make mechanical and electronic things is becoming very hard indeed.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Plans To Show Ads On Websites

sherriw My Friends as Ads (78 comments)

I can see this coming. Pictures of my Friends will appear on websites pushing products or even the services of that website. Welcome to Best Buy Sherri, your Friend Jane was just here and bought Harry Potter on BluRay! [like].


Log out immediately after doing anything on any site.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

sherriw Re:Come on Sony! (508 comments)

Does the EFF only work within US law, or would they help someone in courts in other countries, like say Canada?

about 4 years ago

CIA Launches WTF To Investigate Wikileaks

sherriw Did They Take the Docs? (402 comments)

Am I missing something? I thought it was some other guy, not related to Wikileaks who stole the documents? Shouldn't that guy/security hole be the target of an investigation? What's there to investigate with Wikileaks? They publish leaked documents. There, end of mystery. *sigh*

more than 4 years ago

Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

sherriw Couples (362 comments)

My finance and I live together and both love video games. We've also found it a challenge to find good local co-op games for Xbox360. After Borderlands, Castle Crashers and a few others, there really isn't much out there. It's too bad, because it's something we really enjoy and since we try to spend a good chunk of our free time together, it means we'll be playing fewer games, not more.

more than 4 years ago

20 Years of Commander Keen

sherriw Re:And to think... (152 comments)

This was my family's very first game! Our shareware version was unable to re-map the keys so we had to have one person doing the moving and jumping and one person pushing Insert (for some reason) to shoot. Guess that makes it a 2 player game!!! *laughs*

more than 4 years ago

20 Years of Commander Keen

sherriw One of My First Games Ever (152 comments)

One of the first games my siblings and I ever played on our first family computer. Jump started my love of gaming.

Remember in the first one (I think), you could stand in certain spots to make the wolves fall off the end of the world near the exits? *sigh* good times.

more than 4 years ago



Google Acquires AppJet, Makers of Etherpad

sherriw sherriw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sherriw (794536) writes "AppJet, the makers of Etherpad, are announcing on their blog that the company has been acquired by Google. The developers will be transitioned to working on Wave, and Etherpad is being shut down. After feedback from the community, they are now investigating how to open source the code to Etherpad.

We have begun planning how to open source the code to EtherPad and the underlying AppJet Web Framework. We will continue maintaining new pad creation from the EtherPad home page at least until we have open sourced the code, and work hard to make sure there will be no or minimal service disruption in the future.


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Web Crawlers Harvesting Obfuscated Emails?

sherriw sherriw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sherriw (794536) writes "As a web developer and having several of my own websites, I have been using the 'trick' of obfuscating email addresses like: "name at example dot com" or "name[at]example[dot]com" on several of my websites. Till recently these email addresses have been spam free. However in the last few weeks I've started receiving spam to several of these addresses despite the fact that I'm very careful about giving them out. Has anyone else noticed evidence that the web crawlers are now wise to this technique? Or maybe they always were, and I've just been lucky so far."

sherriw sherriw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sherriw (794536) writes "How do you recover from a massive loss of old emails?

My growing wariness of Gmail and the fact that they archive your email forever prompted me to start moving away from Gmail to my own self-hosted webmail. So I started by deleting all my gmail that was older than 2006. But I typed 2008 by mistake, went blindly ahead and POOF all my gmail messages gone. Yes, I even emptied my trash.

My begging for help email to the Gmail support center has not been answered yet. So I'm faced with this permanent loss. How do you mentally handle the loss of thousands of emails, many of them part of ongoing "things to do" lists, and others with very important reference information and business related discussions? Email that ranks a 10 on the importance and relevance to my life scale. And yes... I will be using my own email accounts and backing it up on my PC from now on (my PC of course has backups), shame on me.

Does anyone have their own email or data loss horror stories?"


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