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Comment Re:Let's go even further! (Score 5, Insightful) 181

I've managed sizable groups (in the multi-hundreds) and I fully agree with the above. The manager's job is to enable people to get things done, to eliminate obstacles, obtain resources, and otherwise stay out of the way of the people who know how to do the work. A good manager is in some respects invisible, becoming visible only when the staff need the road cleared for them.

The biggest problem I had was with new line managers, who had to learn that being a manager wasn't about them --- it was about their staff and how they could empower their staff. Being the boss doesn't mean bossing people. As the boss you better know that you work for them because without them you fail.

Comment Re:Someone has been visited by an MS rep (Score 1) 557

And the alternatives to Excel for very complex spreadsheets leave a lot to be desired.

I won't argue that point except to say that very complex spreadsheets themselves leave a lot to be desired. They are error prone and difficult to audit by their very nature. Generally when computational needs get so involved, a spreadsheet is a bad idea. But spreadsheet abuse and overuse is rampant. Excel encourages this in a big way. LibreOffice Calc, in trying to follow suit, does the same, but being less capable at the high end, doesn't allow you to go quite so far.

There were a few spreadsheet-like programs that had you enter formulas separately from the cells, so that they were always visible. This seemed to be the right idea, but creating spreadsheets was slower (even if much more accurate in the end). These alternatives never really went anywhere.

Comment Re: but but but (Score 1) 557

Help and assistance on the Web when you need to figure something out. Easy with MS products just Google what you are trying to do and get 100s to 1000s of sites showing examples. With the FOSS options. That only works about 10% of the time.

I beg to differ. Whenever I've had LibreOffice questions or issues I've found what I needed on the Web close to 100% of the time (I can't offhand think of an exception), and generally in just a few minutes; and this runs the gamut from how-tos to workarounds and much more.

Comment Re:but but but (Score 1) 557

PowerPoint, Impress, etc., are not bad tools but much of the time there is negative value added with fancy dissolves and all the things that catch your eye and detract your attention from the actual message.

Impress won't do all of those fancy tricks that PowerPoint will do but generally that might be viewed as a plus, unless you're doing a TV show or the aforementioned children's shows. For most business presentations, you want focus on the main points, not the tricks.

Comment Re:Windows classic (Score 1) 139

I just want stuff to work --- work correctly, work as quickly as possible, and not get in the way of productivity. (I also prefer not to be spied upon).

When I've got, you know, things to actually get done, I'm not so much interested in glowing, dancing widgets, dissolves and fades, and bezeled ultrathin borders or whatever.

In short I want the OS to aid, not hinder, my work processes. (Which is why I use Linux and, seeing what's ahead, likely always will.)

Comment Re:Coding achieves the "expand your mind" objectiv (Score 0) 328

Well and truly said.

For some while I taught Biblical Hebrew and those who went with it long enough opened the door to reading Hebrew scriptures, an incomparable experience compared to the same thing in translation, especially to English.

And as for modern languages --- learning another language involves an amount of learning another culture and expanding your horizons and viewpoint.

How does learning to code substitute for any of this?

The right answer is to require BOTH. Schools should provide broad education, not just "what's the easiest way to get through?"

Comment Re:The death spiral was evident when they rebrande (Score 1) 319

All of the evergreen browsers are awful when it comes to quality of implementation and stability/regressions

I can't speak to this in general, but I'm surprised at how good Vivaldi is. I'm using it now (Linux 64 bit version) and once properly set up handles multimedia better than Chrome and certainly better than Firefox. It feels fast and has been stable for me so far.

Comment Re:Laptops that work well with Linux Mint (Score 4, Interesting) 171

Linux Mint installs on a very wide range of laptops. Those few that it won't install on (I can't even think of one offhand) are definite exceptions. Linux Mint surely installs on more devices than Windows 10 (such as legacy PCs and laptops).

Is your point that it isn't easy to buy a machine with Mint preinstalled? That is certainly the case, but installing it yourself, or finding a friend to install it for you, isn't so hard.

It was a great feeling (at least for me personally) to buy a new Asus laptop, wipe the SSD of all vestiges of Windows, and install Mint ... and that took maybe an hour to do and a few more hours to get things customized the way I wanted.

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