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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

x0n I'm confused (389 comments)

This doesn't appear to denigrate Microsoft enough for me to make a meaningful contribution, sorry.

about 7 months ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

x0n Re:Really?!?! (389 comments)

Not a bad attempt at trolling, but in a data center, server 2012 would likely be a headless server-core instance with no GUI at all. To address your question, I would imagine that developers who choose to develop on a server SKU may want to target Metro/Modern apps so it is available, if required.

about 7 months ago

IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

x0n Re:No doubt IE is losing share but.. (390 comments)

It is the best data set to make Microsoft look bad- which is the point here.

And the real irony is that as of IE 11.0, it's actually a pretty solid browser. It's stable, fast, has a decent integrated web tool set and implements everything that is important (WebGL, HTML5, Offline, etc. etc.) Meanwhile, Chrome is slowly turning into a crashy, buggy piece of shit. Sigh.

about 8 months ago

Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

x0n Re:OO shell is a POS (780 comments)

Microsoft may be taking a step forward by dropping the GUI, but they still don't get it.

I've been a Linux user since kernel 1.2.3, and a Windows L-user nearly as long. I assure you my friend, they get it.

What makes Unix so powerful isn't just the shell, it's the concept of pipes. The input and output of each program is text. You type the input at the keyboard, look at the output on the screen, that's what makes Unix so powerful.

Powerful, yes. Let's count all the files in the current directory that are bigger than 20mbs with a simple bash script:

~: find . -printf '%s %p\n'| sort -nr | awk '$1 > 20971520 {++c} END {print c}'

Why? Because that way you can pipe the output of one program to the input of another. By using binary objects each program gets two additional levels of complexity, you need a utility to inspect the objects and another to enter data.

Really? Here's the powershell equivalent of the above bash script:

ps> ls | where length -gt 20mb | measure | select -expand count

I'm looking at the output on the screen. I didn't need arcane awk/sed tricks. I didn't need a "utility to inspect the objects" nor "another to enter data." If you really want to defend unix, you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer. You're clearly standing in the middle of nowhere with your head in the sand.

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Labs Introduces the Webian Shell

x0n Re:This takes me back (216 comments)

Internet Explorer had it in 1995.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Moving From *nix To Windows Automation?

x0n Re:This is covered quite well (427 comments)

While this works, it is not quite comporable because it executes serially. The powershell method has built in parallelism and throttling with the -AsJob switch.

more than 3 years ago

Miguel de Icaza On Usability and Openness

x0n Re:More FUD (349 comments)

I will be glad to try, I charge $150/hr with $300 minimum. Feel free to contact me about this.

Ah, this reminds me of a old adage: "Linux is only free if your time is worthless."

more than 3 years ago

Miguel de Icaza On Usability and Openness

x0n Re:More FUD (349 comments)

This is FUD in and in itself. Tilt bits are signals orthogonal to the normal functioning of video and sound drivers. If you don't implement platform-level DRM, you don't need to care about them. Linux drivers have had stability issues long before the concept of "trusted computing" came out of some ass-hat's tiny brain.


more than 3 years ago

Sony Gets Geohot's Hardware, But Not YouTube/Twitter User Info

x0n Re:Just Sony? (254 comments)

No defending Sony, but I'm putting this out there.

The person who takes the bribe (or campaign contributions) is much more morally bankrupt than the person offering. Joe and Orin could have said no.

The entire American system for funding political parties is based around mutual back scratching. No point jabbing your finger at individuals either. The problem is bigger than that. You need to replace your flag's stars and stripes with a loofah and dollar signs.

more than 3 years ago

A Real World HTML 5 Benchmark

x0n Re:Could you please post your scores + H/W Specs? (163 comments)

This test is a crock of shit. Everyone is so delighted that IE9 is running last that they don't bother to ensure their objectivity, something this "test" certainly does not have. Either that, or the test authors are morons.


[meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=EmulateIE7" /]



more than 3 years ago



Emulating Bash / GNU Readline in PowerShell 3.0

x0n x0n writes  |  about 2 years ago

x0n writes "One of the little known features of PowerShell 3.0 allows you to completely take over the line editing experience. I have integrated a bash-style tab completion / gnu readline line editor, using code gleaned from an old Mono REPL and some hackery. The tab completion uses the native PowerShell 3.0 APIs for matching, so you still get rich completion of parameters, types, cmdlets as well as the nice EMACS bindings. PowerShell 3.0 ships with Windows 8, 2012 and is available downlevel for 2008/R2 and Windows 7."
Link to Original Source



I have a freak!

x0n x0n writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Today I noticed I have a "freak". Funnily enough, I had to find out exactly what that meant. Much to my horror, I discovered that someone has added me as a "foe": Feck! it took a few years, but finally I've annoyed someone enough for them to actually be arsed into adding me as a foe! hilarious!

I think it may have something to do with the fact that I've had too much m$ content in my posts recently. Ah well.



A suitable subject line escapes me.

x0n x0n writes  |  more than 11 years ago A interesting journal entry is equally evasive. Try here instead. Your mileage may vary.

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