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[#] Fri Dec 08 2017 17:17:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Until that fateful day when Microsoft finally stops pretending that non-unix operating systems are long term viable...

I am recommending that everyone who is still using computers with CD or DVD drives in them ... set the drive letter to "B:".

Yes, it works. Yes, you should do it. Seriously, who even has *one* floppy drive anymore? Everyone sets the optical drive to Z: so they can make room for network drives on D: or E: ... why not put it on B: where there will *never* be a conflict?

Amiga OS did multi-root filesystems the right way. CP/M derivatives and their drive letters ... feh.

[#] Mon Dec 11 2017 08:39:29 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I do rather like mount points off a root, though, e.g. posix.

[#] Wed Dec 13 2017 13:34:43 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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This is a trifle weird.

I'm using a native bash prompt on this Windows 10 machine to connect using ssh (again... native...) to write this message.

I didn't think this sort of thing would ever be possible on Windows.

[#] Wed Dec 13 2017 14:22:25 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If you think that's weird ... try "sudo apt-get install citadel-client" followed by "citadel uncensored.citadel.org"

[#] Thu Dec 14 2017 11:53:38 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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E: Unable to locate package citadel-client

Well, it's good to know you can rely upon Microsoft for some things.

[#] Thu Dec 14 2017 15:13:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, that's weird.

$ sudo apt-cache search citadel-client
citadel-client - complete and feature-rich groupware server (command line client)

It's definitely in the repository. And to be certain, bash-on-ubuntu-on-windows pulls from the official Ubuntu repos, not from something Microsoftian, because it runs *unmodified* Linux binaries.

Maybe do "sudo apt update" first, to refresh your cache of available updates?

[#] Fri Dec 15 2017 05:47:13 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Duh, that was indeed the trick.

I should really have known better. But then, my expectations out of Microsoft are so low...

[#] Sat Dec 16 2017 14:08:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Considering how much Windows is NOT Linux, it's remarkable how authentic and compatible the Linux-on-Windows experience is.  It's basically like WINE in reverse (which, if you think about it, is a zillion times easier, since the Linux ABI is a lot cleaner than Windows, and they don't have to cleanroom reimplement all of the system libraries, since it's all open source).  On my computer I've also installed xming and can run GUI programs, albeit without any graphics acceleration.  But who plays high framerate video games on Linux anyway?

I'm thinking that if the Linux world manages to complete the transition from X11 to Wayland, it'll be pretty easy for someone to build a Wayland compositor that coexists with the native Windows desktop.

Meanwhile, the desktop itself becomes less and less relevant every year.  We could be looking at the end-state here.



[#] Wed Jan 03 2018 15:58:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Microsoft is so annoying when they use smileys :-) in their software. When one appears in an empty mailbox, it doesn't look friendly, it looks stupid.
When one appears on the Blue Screen of Death, it doesn't look friendly either, it looks smug. I'm sure they put it in other places too, because they think they're hip and trendy.

[#] Fri Jan 05 2018 08:41:52 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Microsoft should build a porn application. Just so you can appreciate the appropriate smiley they'd slap onto that fucker.

[#] Tue Jan 09 2018 10:28:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Microsoft seems proud that it now has two wonderful new utilities.

[ https://tinyurl.com/y8f6fxgb ]

What are they? Get ready ...

tar and curl.

(BWAHAHAHAHA)

[#] Tue Feb 06 2018 14:03:37 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's funny how people say that they can't use LibreOffice because it doesn't faithfully open MS Office documents 100% correctly 100% of the time ... when Micro$oft seems to be doing just fine with Office 365 on the web, which has the same problem. I daresay it might even be worse.



[#] Wed Feb 28 2018 09:39:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Bill Gates is now spouting some nonsense about how he doesn't like Bitcoin because it kills people. This is not an exaggeration; he actually said that.

I don't know why anyone publishes these stupid stories. Gates has never been a visionary; he's been wrong most of the time; he's basically a one trick pony (enter a market with shoddy imitation products and dominate using hostile business practices).

What I'd really like is for Gates to copy Jobs one final time.

[#] Tue Mar 13 2018 09:59:37 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Here's some funny.

[ https://tinyurl.com/i-funeral ]

Back in 2010, Microsoft celebrated the release of Windoze Fone 7 by conducting a mock funeral for the iPhone, parading around the streets of Redmond with caskets and hearses.

How's that market success working out for ya, 'softies?



[#] Wed Apr 11 2018 15:58:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ugh.

Microsoft Solitaire is now fully integrated with Taboola. And you can pay $2/month to disable the ads.

And of course you can connect to XBox Live and play solitaire with friends!

I think someone forgot the meaning of the word "Solitaire".

[#] Tue Apr 24 2018 12:33:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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In other news ... if you thought Windoze Fone was dead ... think again ... or actually, don't think again; it's dead.

[ https://tinyurl.com/windoze-fone-dead ]

Micro$oft is "retiring" the Windoze Fone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer. According to this bulletin, they "will continue to invest in the Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer mobile apps for iOS and Android, and also in desktop apps for Windows and Mac."

Oh how the mighty have fallen. Remember the old days, when M$ could topple entire industry segments just by pre-announcing a vaporware product? This is why the Windoze desktop doesn't bother me anymore: they have become incapable of monopoly anywhere else.

Don't get me wrong; I'd still like Bill Gates to be fed feet-first into a wood chipper. But the borg of redmond is no longer an existential threat to everyone else.

[#] Wed May 09 2018 07:19:55 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Microsoft's single greatest achivement in years.


https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/commandline/2018/05/08/extended-eol-in-notepa d/

or

https://tinyurl.com/ycsgzaye

[#] Wed May 09 2018 09:48:04 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I saw that this morning.

"And with these registry settings that we warn you against modifying, you can control just how happy you are!"

[#] Wed May 09 2018 12:42:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I read about it on The Register, where the headline is "Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years"

Now no one needs the evil Notepad++ anymore. (although gvim is superior anyway)

I also remember Notepad once had a limitation of 32 KB for the size of the files it could edit. I think it had to do with the fact that 32 KB was the maximum capacity of a text box in MFC. I don't remember when the limitation was lifted ... probably when Windoze went to 32-bit.

My guess is that Microsoft didn't envision Notepad as a text editor; they wanted it to be just ... a note pad, probably like what they do with OneNote today. It seems silly that they didn't fit it out with more features once they realized everyone was using it as a general purpose text editor. Then again, if they had done that, it would probably be bloated by now.

[#] Wed May 09 2018 13:37:07 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I don't mind Notepad++. gvim on Windows just feels weird.

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