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[#] Wed Jul 18 2018 14:55:18 EDT from kc5tja

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I've read that NTFS was anything but stable in the face of outages. Of course, this does not match my own experiences; I'd rank it as merely average. ext4fs has survived issues worse than NTFS has, but NTFS isn't that bad, really.

[#] Thu Jul 19 2018 13:05:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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NTFS was one of the earliest journaling filesystems to appear on, what were considered at the time, low-end machines. If you go back 15-20 years or so, your Windows machines did a lot more crashing, so it was good that the filesystem usually recovered itself without a lot of effort. Linux didn't have the crashing problem but if it was stopped for whatever reason without an unmount, the non-journaling ext2 filesystem that was common at the time, had a recovery that was time-consuming and not always successful.

This all seems like ancient history, though. Journaling filesystems are pretty mature across the board at this point. I can't remember the last time I sat through a chkdsk or a fsck.

[#] Tue Aug 14 2018 12:02:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Today is the 15th anniversary of the day that some dumbass at a power plant in Ohio attached Windows servers to the plant network, causing a chain reaction that blacked out power in the entire northeastern united states.

[#] Wed Aug 15 2018 10:37:43 EDT from fleeb <>

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I think nuclear submarines are powered by Windows, too. Heh.

So, that's special.

[#] Mon Aug 27 2018 13:19:18 EDT from LoanShark <>

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Only if you can deliver it on a stack of floppies.

[#] Tue Sep 04 2018 10:19:40 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Micro$oft, continuing on its path to mimic IBM at every age and every stage, has truly been displaying its "old stodgy company trying embarrassingly hard to be hip to the youngsters" creds lately.  Now through its new language [ ] they're introducing kids to the world of computers through BASIC programming!!!1

Come on, how can any young person resist the allure of those weird looking humanoid-turtle mascots?

[#] Tue Sep 04 2018 11:15:08 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I read something that 50% of parents think kids should learn to code.

Ridiculous. It's of passing interest for most kids.

[#] Tue Sep 04 2018 12:11:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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That probably comes from the chorus of screaming aristocrats who keep saying "kids need to learn STEM for teh careerzzzz!!!!11111" when there are far more jobs available in the trades than in STEM.

(Of course, in my town it's called "ESTEAM" where the extra letters stand for "Empathy" and "Arts" -- which *totally* destroys the point of the STEM acronym by adding non-technical areas of study.)

Learning BASIC was something you did in the 1970's and 1980's before you could afford a Big Computer or became skilled enough to learn assembler.

[#] Sat Sep 08 2018 11:37:13 EDT from wizard of aahz

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I was working in assmebler in what I thought were small computers.

[#] Tue Sep 11 2018 13:01:48 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I'm setting up a new Windows laptop to use mainly for configuring network equipment, but to also do double duty and a primary system on occassion. Any recommendations of software that's a must have?

Then feel free to bash it and everything to do with Microsoft.

[#] Tue Sep 11 2018 14:02:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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MobaXterm. It does everything. And of course install WSL so you have a Linux environment handy when you need it, as network engineers usually do.

Then glue the mouse buttons together so it feels more like a Mac.

[#] Tue Sep 11 2018 15:43:55 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Then glue the mouse buttons together so it feels more like a Mac.

The Mac single button really isn't any more. You can set it to be two buttons with ease, which I do on all my Mac machines.

[#] Tue Sep 11 2018 15:45:03 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Oh, an WSL is pretty good. It's not perfect. Sometimes, I'd like to switch to a full blow window manager, (which you can sort of do with some pain), but I like it. That and a copy of xming, and you're off.

[#] Wed Sep 12 2018 10:12:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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If you have MobaXterm installed, you don't need xming.

New Session --> Shell --> Ubuntu Bash (WSL)

The prompt comes up and you're already set up for X.

It's not perfect, but it's good enough to be a daily driver 95% of the time.
For anyone who needs to be in both worlds most of the time, I find it's more convenient than keeping a VM running.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 08:14:26 EDT from nonservator

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I still harbored plenty of loathing for Microsoft and its products and services, but I'd been defaulting to Bing since boycotting El Goog. But the cancer is real: - no longer excludes strings, + no longer makes them mandatory. All search engines are worthless bullshit created by people who had to deliberately program a perfect machine to say that instead of one plus one equalling two, well, sometimes it equals two. But sometimes, it equals one, and sometimes it equals three.


Fuck that shit right in the ear.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 09:03:26 EDT from Decomposed <>

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Yahoo.  Google.  Bing.  All pretty much the same thing.  Lousy search engines with evil intent.


Try DuckDuckGo.  It doesn't track its users and search results aren't dominated by advertisements and the company's own desire to rule the world.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 09:32:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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One more vote for DuckDuckGo here. Basically I tried it every year or so and found it lacking, but earlier this year I made the switch and am finding it's usable as a daily driver now. I don't miss Goolag at all. I've never bothered to even try Bing.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 12:52:01 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Google is still king of the hill in search. Bing is a close second.

DDG is okay and getting better. But it's still got a long way to go.

[#] Thu Sep 13 2018 14:59:39 EDT from Decomposed <>

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How are you defining "king of the hill"?

If you're interested in a site that puts Wikipedia and advertisers and its own liberal political views at the top, then you're probably right.

If you're searching for anything vaguely political and want honest search results, then you're probably wrong.


Google Isn’t A Search Engine – Proof for IDIOTS


A look into the internet giant’s search results

| - August 30, 2018



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