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[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 14:36:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

Subject: Re: I found this by google - hint hint.....

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The growth in linux usage is huge outside the american borders,

I'm interested in hearing more about that.

Is desktop Linux heading towards the mainstream outside of the corporate-run USA? How fast and how much?

[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 14:39:44 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I have heard that also.  A lot of foreign governments are turning to Linux to avoid license fees and save money.  Corporate America can't break free of Microsoft's grip yet.



[#] Tue Nov 01 2011 15:27:01 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I'm just waiting for the day when the USA realizes there are better, more secure, and more flexible, options for operating systems waiting out there if they just look and keep an open mind about it.

I've changed my entire home to nothing but Linux boxes (either Ubuntu, Debian, Slax, or Android). The only thing in my house that isn't linux-based, is my wife's phone (it's BREW based... damn cheap-o verizion phone).

It's the closed-minded-ness of corporations and businesses that puts them in the M$ license loop. They invest so much into software that they barely have money left over for decent hardware or other expenses. I'm pushing a movement at my place of work to get completely away from the grip of M$ and move into "cloud" computing and non-platform-specific workflow.

A lot of what we do now is in a browser to a web server on-site. our email is gmail based (though i pushed for them to use Citadel, but meh). the only thing that's holding us back is our ERP system and our design software.



[#] Wed Nov 02 2011 03:57:44 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Here in germany, the city of Munich tried to move to Linux completely: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiMux

There are a few other towns of which I have forgotten the name.

These are my personal observations over the last ten years or so: 

In general, I know only people who try linux for their private desktop computers and most of them are geeks, nerds and the like. Even at the university, most students use windows (brilliant move of MS, the MSDN-AA system, you get your win7 for free and need to pay "only" for the Office suite...). Only CI students use linux more often, but the profs use windows mostly. If a CI student who uses linux meets a non-CI student using linux, (s)he is surprised. Some computer pool rooms here at the university have linux installed, but the ones with windows machines are always under heavier usage.

Yesterday I handed out some papers in the cafeterias of the university and lots of students have iphones (second might be android), also lots of the students own some kind of tablet pc. Macs are common too, since they are hip (and apple sells them slightly cheaper to students). 

Servers on the other hand are often linux based in university networks, but they are fire&forget systems in the smaller departments. Once installed, seldomly maintained/upgraded. The same goes for small businesses. But the more specialized they are, the more bound to windows they are, often in need of a mssql server. Architects with their CAD software and other planning tools, dentists with their special needs for protocolling peoples mouths, psychologists with their need for SPSS and other mathematical and special equipment. Specialized software in general is expensive, odd and quite crappy when it comes to usability and migration. People in city planning departments suffer from the same problem. (I work or have worked for all of the above, only half of them run linux server and only 1/6 of them have people with extended knowledge of windows/linux systems working for them).

The only thing I know for sure is, that almost nobody here uses windows os on mobile phones. And if he does, he hates it and/or is laughed at by others.

So the only place were linux is really widely used is in network operating centers, webpage hosting/housing centers, etc. I think I don't know anybody running a windows server with IIS on it.

And mostly only people working in hardcore IT business use any flavour of linux.



[#] Wed Nov 02 2011 22:15:35 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Unsurprisingly, the growth of the Linux desktop footprint is happening in lockstep with the decline of desktop software in general. When software is written so that it runs anywhere (such as inside a browser) then it doesn't matter what the OS is.

I'd like to see Google offer an entire Android stack that runs inside Chrome.
That would bring a vast array of small apps to every platform, and combat Microsoft's "Metro" effort.

[#] Thu Nov 10 2011 14:48:20 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Fucking Microsoft!!!! Here I am in the middle of a service window which started more than an hour ago, and I'm still waiting for the Windows Updates to be applied just so I can take a reboot.

I delayed my lunch for this window. I'm about to pass out from hunger.

DAMN YOU BILL GATES!!!

[#] Mon Nov 14 2011 10:20:05 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Here's our bit of Happy News for the day:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/14/comscore_search_engines_google_bing_yahoo/print.html
( or http://tinyurl.com/bwnjaxy )

Market share for Bing remains flat, even though Yahoo is bleeding users.
Those users all seem to be flocking to Google, whose market share is on the uptick again.

Not that Google is the picture of perfection, but I think we can all agree that it would be a bad thing if Google's piece of the tech pie fell into Microsoft's hands.

[#] Mon Nov 14 2011 11:57:44 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Well, Bing is just a front cover over Google anyway, right?

[#] Mon Nov 14 2011 12:07:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If it weren't for the NIH attitude in Redmond, they could probably produce better results *and* make more money by building Bing as a simple shell around Google's API.

[#] Tue Nov 15 2011 17:07:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow. Barnes & Noble has gone public with the identities of the junk patents with which Microsoft is strongarming Android vendors into paying protection money. They're really bogus.

[ http://goo.gl/HP6N1 ]

Here's the tl;dr friendly list:

1. Loading icon in the content window of a browser

2. Compatibility of file names with current and outmoded operating systems


3. Storing input/output in a shared file system

4. Simulating mouse inputs on a device without a mouse

5. A browser that recognizes background images and displays them after the text is loaded

6. Using handles to change the size of selected text


Perhaps more important than the public knowing about them is *Google* knowing about them. Hopefully these can be quickly struck down and Microsoft's racketeering of the Android world (where people actually buy the products that are being sold, unlike Vista Phone 7) will come to an end.

It makes me sick to know that a small portion of my phone's purchase price went to these criminals.

[#] Sun Nov 20 2011 13:03:34 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Fellow haters!

Today I came across the weirdest thing in MS Office ever. My girlfriend needs to grade the exams of her pupils, this involves lots of calculation. So I thought abusing the serial letter funtion of Word, combined with an Excel sheet would be a good idea. So I calculate and round the grades in Excel, two digits behind the dot are fine. This looks good in Excel, but totally foul in Word:

Excel=1,35 [with this formula used  =ROUND((B28/100*$B29);2)]

Word=1,3500000000000001

It even miscalculated 5% of 13 to 0,650000000000001.

According to the internet, something like { MERGEFIELD SomeField \# #.##0,00 } could rectify the problem, but it doesn't do it in this case.

So this was a project which started to save time and ended up to be a complete waste of time. Ok, I could have guessed that from the beginning...

Has anyone of you ever seen this? 



[#] Sun Nov 20 2011 15:58:32 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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So Nov 20 2011 19:03:34 CET von the_mgt @ Uncensored

According to the internet, something like { MERGEFIELD SomeField \# #.##0,00 } could rectify the problem, but it doesn't do it in this case.

Ok, this does work if you use the the implemented Edit Field -> Fieldfunction dialogue. Or whatever it is called in the original english version. It does not work if you press alt+F9 and edit the line directly, although it looks identical...



[#] Mon Nov 21 2011 11:17:48 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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doesn't word load an embedded excel if you just cut'n'paste a table?



[#] Mon Nov 21 2011 11:51:39 EST from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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I didn't want to copy a whole table, I want the content of certain fields spread across a series of "letters" I want to print out. Every pupil gets a sheet handed out with his name, the group he was in and some info about the various subcategories he scored in:

 

Name: John Doe

Group: 1

Dancing on hot coals: 12 points

Juggling with chainsaws: 20 points

Drawing a straight line: 2 points

And the infos came from the excel sheet. I'll post screenshots when I am done. 

 



[#] Sun Dec 11 2011 13:46:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I saw it written this way today, and it seems to make sense:

* Microsoft is the new IBM.
* Apple is the new Microsoft.
* Google is the new Apple.

hmm...

[#] Mon Dec 12 2011 23:18:05 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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I agree. :S

[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 06:37:50 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Sun Dec 11 2011 13:46:15 ESTfrom IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
* Apple is the new Microsoft.
sad... but probably true.
meanwhile Microsoft even gave up on some of their "we implement another free standard" aproach for xml based vector formats (now they use VRML like everone else..) & active X controls by dropping support for them in IE10.
question is, when Android will outperform the iphone, and its significance will fade that much that apple starts to get into the situation microsoft currently is in: playing catchup in performance, fading market shares into direction of insignificance...
Hopefully Intel will join the to be opensourced hp palm application stack so that this can get a marketshare again, that hopefully android doesn't remain the only open platform.
though, we didn't have an opensource market monopol yet, might be an interesting experience to see what google starts out to do with that.
Saadly that opening comes to late for nokia, we'll see whether they continue to fade into insignificance, or mange to get a reasonable marketshare with the vistaphone os.


[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 10:09:48 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Wasn't entirely sure where to post this, but the moral of the story is "Microsoft Sucks", so I guess this room is fine.

Last night, I embarked on a 4 hour journey into building my 5th from-scratch computer.

The 4 preceeding computers to this one had hardware problems from the get-go. Someone ordering the wrong part, something not fitting in the case, power supply problems, you know, the usual. This 5th one was no exception, but it went much better than the last 4.

Anyways, I take my time building this monster of a computer (DDR3, Intel i7, 1tb hdd, evga 1.5gb gfx, pro case, etc..) because there was about $2K worth of parts sitting on my floor, building this thing.

So, 3.5 hrs into the build, I get all of the parts in, double check the wiring, drink some coffee, go for a smoke, tripple check the wiring, zip-tie everything into it's right place, double check all of the hardware positions and connections, ... you know, the usual obsessive-complsive computer builder stuff.

Now, in my experience, the first time you boot up a brand-new built monster, it has problems. Something in the BIOS isn't set up completely right, some switches or jumpers were missed, missed a USB connection somewhere, or a network card is in wrong... little stuff. This time, I plugged it in, flipped the power switch on the PSU, and pressed the button and waited for the memory POST beep. waiting... watching the indicator lights on the motherboard... wating... (it felt like I was waiting for 5 minutes, when in reality I only waited 7 seconds).

BEEP

(then silence)

I realized at that moment, there were no problems with the build. Nothing went wrong at first start for the first time ever in my experience of building computers.

I hooked up a kb, mouse, and cheap monitor to it just to check the BIOS settings and make sure it's recognizing everything. It all checks out OK (except for the CPU temperature guage thermocouple, but that's easy to fix... connection problem [not my fault])

I asked my customer what OS they had in mind.

*facepalm* he pulls out a Windows 7 Home Premium x64 package from his bag.

Great, this beast of a machine that has 3x the computing power and capacity than my custom build, and he's going to ruin it with windows.

*deep breath*

I get the setup loaded, go through partitioning the hdd, get it installed and running, then it boots into windows. I look at the drives.

I had it partitioned as: d0-p0 (System Reserve), d0-p1 (OS - 250GB), d0-p2 (DATA - ~650GB)

The above partitioning is what I always do for a windows machine. I put Windows on the 250GB partition and instruct my customer to only save files, media, and documents on the bigger partition, and only ever use the smaller partition for the OS and programs. It's a safe-guard. If windows crashes, they don't lose all of their work, only the programs, which can be replaced, and their files are still sitting safely on the other partition, unharmed.

The bad thing is, it got them switched somehow. It installed Windows on the bigger partition after I specifically told it to install on the smaller one.

I fucking hate windows... it ruined a perfect build.



[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 12:58:22 EST from maraakate @ Uncensored

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I've built so many computers over the years and I've never really had to go over and triple check my wiring or have POST issues. Maybe back in the dim dark mid 1990s and earlier when it was all jumpers and no plug and play. Now, you just simply plug the cards into the places it fits and turn the shit on. The hardest part is plugging those little connectors in for the LEDs and power/sleep switches.

[#] Tue Dec 13 2011 15:04:03 EST from Ladyhawke @ Uncensored

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Eh, I still sometimes screw up the connectors or mis-set the BIOS.  You're right though...white boxes have really gotten a lot more plug/play the last few years.



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