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[#] Sun Jul 02 2017 02:19:27 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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IG, you should check out ROX-Filer. :)

[#] Wed Jul 05 2017 15:11:43 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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The touch-bar is programmed to by the OS or specific apps. It can be there, or not. It doesn't affect the usability elsewhere.

It too is a dumb idea.

[#] Tue Jul 11 2017 13:21:39 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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It too is a dumb idea.

I made a response to this, but it's in a local room only on Uncensored! named Apple Bashing. I think there's sufficient material to warrant a separate room. ;)

[#] Wed Jul 12 2017 11:00:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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(Why a new Apple Bashing room and not just put it in Crapple/Macintrash? We are equal opportunity bashers here.)

Every computer manufacturer, every OS vendor, every wireless carrier, every ISP, pretty much every technology company knows, but will never deliver on, this one fundamental truth: we really just want products and services that sit quietly in the background, do their job, and get out of the way. None will ever deliver that, because they want us to be immersed in their "ecosystem" of products and services.

That's why my work computer, which I use to design, build, and maintain IT services, contains a "Mixed Reality Portal" (complete with a game controller icon) that I can't uninstall. It's why most mobile OS won't let you change the browser. It's why almost no ISP's offer a simple "dumb pipe" with no extra services mixed in.

It's also why when you get a new device it takes hours to make all the CRAP go away, to make the experience at least slightly tolerable.

[#] Wed Jul 12 2017 12:52:51 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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Largely because I didn't know of the existance of Crapple/Macintrash. Feel free to move the message as appropriate.

[#] Wed Jul 12 2017 16:04:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Done and done. I've also installed the Ubuntu system fonts on my Windoze machine, which is probably illegal in several states but it looks pretty good.

[#] Thu Jul 13 2017 14:03:57 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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2017-07-12 16:04 from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
Done and done. I've also installed the Ubuntu system fonts on my
Windoze machine, which is probably illegal in several states but it
looks pretty good.



Don't you think they look kind of dated?

[#] Thu Jul 13 2017 16:17:05 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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IG is pretty dated too

[#] Thu Jul 13 2017 16:54:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"dated" seems like an odd measure of the quality of a font.  Ubuntu Mono seems to render much more readably in my terminal than anything included with Windoze, particularly at small sizes.  My favorite looking font was a TTF rendition of the IBM 3270 font, but it wasn't a very good quality rendition and didn't look good unless I made the characters very big.  ProFont and Monaco suffer the same problem.  Droid Sans Mono comes close, but Ubuntu Mono was the only one that looks super clean every time I come back to it.



[#] Thu Jul 13 2017 18:47:48 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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I have TTF fonts for Commodore PET and VT-220, which I positively adore. I've never found a better set of fonts.

[#] Fri Jul 14 2017 09:36:50 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Care to share them?  I actually do have the Commodore 64 font loaded on this machine, which I was playing with just for fun.  It's a bitmap font, no special hinting or anything like that, just the original pixels.  Unsurprisingly, it looks beautiful and nostalgic when rendered at the original 8-pixel size, and not very good at any other size.



[#] Fri Jul 14 2017 10:27:01 EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored

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If memory serves me correctly, I got the VT-220 font from http://www.spacerogue.net/wordpress/?p=356 .

For the Commodore TTF fonts, check out http://www.kreativekorp.com/software/fonts/c64.shtml .

[#] Mon Jul 24 2017 11:03:09 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Wed Jul 12 2017 12:52:51 PM EDT from kc5tja @ Uncensored
Largely because I didn't know of the existance of Crapple/Macintrash. Feel free to move the message as appropriate.

IG...are you willing to share that room?



[#] Mon Jul 24 2017 15:29:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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IG...are you willing to share that room?

Already do. It's called "Macintosh" on your system.

[#] Mon Jul 24 2017 16:18:29 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Ah...ok. D'oh!!!

[#] Thu Aug 10 2017 12:05:11 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop-computers/microsoft-surface-laptops-and -tablets-not-recommended-by-consumer-reports/

Silly Microsoft. Can't build an OS, can't build a laptop.

[#] Thu Aug 10 2017 12:41:36 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Thu Aug 10 2017 12:05:11 PM EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

The space in 'laptops-and tablets' is the bad part of that link.  Good link below.

https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop-computers/microsoft-surface-laptops-and-tablets-not-recommended-by-consumer-reports/
Or
https://goo.gl/np922q


Consumer Reports is removing its “recommended” designation from four Microsoft laptops and cannot recommend any other Microsoft laptops or tablets because of poor predicted reliability in comparison with most other brands.

To judge reliability, Consumer Reports surveys its subscribers about the products they own and use. New studies conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center estimate that 25 percent of Microsoft laptops and tablets will present their owners with problems by the end of the second year of ownership.

The decision by Consumer Reports applies to Microsoft devices with detachable keyboards, such as the new Surface Pro released in June and the Surface Book, as well as the company’s Surface Laptops with conventional clamshell designs.

The four laptops losing their previous recommended status are the Microsoft Surface Laptop (128GB and 256GB versions) and Microsoft Surface Book (128GB and 512GB versions). Microsoft is relatively new to the hardware business, and this is the first year CR had enough data to estimate predicted reliability for the company’s laptops.

Microsoft’s estimated breakage rate for its laptops and tablets was higher than most other brands’. The differences were statistically significant, which is why Microsoft doesn’t meet CR’s standards for recommended products. The surveys are conducted annually.

Microsoft defended the reliability of its laptops and tablets.

“Microsoft’s real-world return and support rates for past models differ significantly from Consumer Reports’ breakage predictability,” Microsoft said in an emailed statement. “We don’t believe these findings accurately reflect Surface owners’ true experiences or capture the performance and reliability improvements made with every Surface generation.”

What the Numbers Mean

Consumer Reports’ lab testing measures how well a laptop or tablet performs for a range of factors, including display quality, battery life, speed, and ergonomics.

Several Microsoft products have performed well in CR labs, including the new Microsoft Surface Pro, which earned Very Good or Excellent scores in multiple CR tests. Based purely on lab performance, the Surface Pro is highly rated when used either as a tablet or with a keyboard attached.

However, many shoppers care as much about reliability.

“Consumers tell us that reliability is a major factor when they’re choosing a tablet or laptop,” says Simon Slater, Consumer Reports' survey manager. “And people can improve their chances of getting a more dependable device by considering our brand reliability findings.”

To get at reliability, the Consumer Reports National Research Center surveys our subscribers regularly. There are millions of these folks, and many of them supply us with information on hundreds of thousands of individual products, including everything from pickup trucks to washing machines.

A number of survey respondents said they experienced problems with their devices during startup. A few commented that their machines froze or shut down unexpectedly, and several others told CR that the touch screens weren’t responsive enough.

The new studies of laptop and tablet reliability leverage data on 90,741 tablets and laptops that subscribers bought new between 2014 and the beginning of 2017. Predicted reliability is a projection of how new models from each brand will fare, based on data from models already in users’ hands. 

 

https://www.consumerreports.org/laptop-computers/microsoft-surface-laptops-and-tablets-not-recommended-by-consumer-reports/

Or

https://goo.gl/np922q



[#] Sun Aug 13 2017 14:53:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Silly Microsoft. Can't build an OS, can't build a laptop.

The people I see with Surface laptops are the ones who wanted it as a status symbol. They appear to have a decent power/weight ratio, but with the accompanying price tag. High maintenance laptops for high maintenance people :)

[#] Mon Aug 14 2017 14:35:11 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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I bought one, much for the same reason I bought a Samsung tablet - see what the fuss is about.

Not impressed. My Dell laptop is just as light, uses USB-C power and I can actually sit in a chair and type on it.

The handwriting recognition on the Surface sucks, and the power supply connection is abysmal.

Unimpressed.

[#] Tue Aug 15 2017 12:04:31 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I used a Surface Book for the six months I didn't have access to my desktop.

It worked okay, but Microsoft keeps pushing updates that break it, then an update the fixes what they broke, possibly breaking something else.

It'd be a pretty powerful machine, if only the underlying OS didn't keep breaking.

Current problem that MS doesn't recognize as a problem: Skype for Business doesn't recognize the on-board microphone. It's stuck in this weird mode where you plug in a microphone, and then it'll use your onboard microphone, but not the one you plugged in. Basically, if I want to use Skype for Business on my laptop while I'm away, I have to plug in an arbitrary microphone so it'll work (work with the onboard microphone, at least).

I can say, with experience, that Consumer Reports is spot on in not recommending this awful device, although I suspect it's more about Microsoft's updates than the device itself, as it seems to work better if it never sees a network.

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