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[#] Mon Mar 16 2009 19:00:27 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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The boss is mad at me.  I won't install some software on his computer.  His box runs Vista.  I don't even want to mess with it's security settings.  Especially since the boss will open ANYTHING that is sent to him.  IT department has his box locked down tight....I can mess with the other computer cause it's XP.  Gonna set up a live Fedora disk and run that I think....that will confuse everyone in the office.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 17:03:51 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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God, I had working with this fucking operating system.

I find myself reduced to dealing with fucking cygwin, because I need rsync to do something I need. But fucking cygwin doesn't seem to like embedded xp, and I haven't a damned clue what it wants. I *ought* to be able to install *something* on this wretched machine to make it work, but the only way I'll find out requires animal sacrifices and vestal virgins (the appropriate versions of which are not readily available).

My Fucking God, when will people send the entire Microsoft campus to the sun?

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 17:10:43 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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That's the "MS Vaporize" project. Currently vaporware, scheduld for 2020.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 17:51:35 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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fleeb, have you tried unison?

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 21:34:25 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Don't worry fleeb, they're going to fix that in Windows 7. It'll be their most reliable and stable Windows ever ... this time they promise!

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 22:33:44 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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there's a set of tools called or something like that that's a port of common gnu utilities for windows, it's old so it should run on just about anything windows, but it might not have what you need. It's not super complete.
If you want I can dig it up for you.

[#] Thu Mar 19 2009 22:34:20 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I've got this fun new problem where one of my windows VMs gives me the can't find boot disk blue screen of death when it starts up. Well how annoying is that.
How do you fix a hard drive that's a file on disk?

[#] Fri Mar 20 2009 03:40:05 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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probably some microsoft security fix auto-repaired that for you.

[#] Fri Mar 20 2009 11:18:56 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I am trying unison, as dothebart suggested.

It is fugly, but it will do the job, if inexpertly.

I have to create batch-file-weirdness to use unison, because unison cannot handle a large job at all (so I have to break the job down into smaller subfolders).

Worse yet, I have to create a service wrapper that will ensure the damned thing stays running, because if you try to make it handle a job beyond its capabilities, it stops running. This is extremely bad for what I'm attempting to do (a cheesy kind of ersatz mirroring thing that can switch modes [master/slave] when the master goes down).

[#] Fri Mar 20 2009 17:59:39 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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report a bug / fix it / send diffs... its opensource, you know? ;)

[#] Fri Mar 20 2009 19:42:32 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, tempting, but I'm in a hurry, and I suspect the changes required might be beyond what they're interested in handling.

They queue up all the work required, then kick off the work at one time... probably to help make it more robust.  Problem is, by taking this approach, if you have a folder with too many sub-folders and lots of files, the server chugs along until it can't handle anymore (runs out of memory, I presume), before it simply dies with an error message.  That's fundamentally fucked up for what we need.

Also, if you erase all the files/folders within one of the machines, it will refuse to do any work at all until you restore the files somehow, or until you remove the .unison folder.  Even when you use their command to make the thing act like a mirroring tool instead of a synchronization tool, it fails to do what you ask.  I can't work around this problem at all, although it shouldn't be a problem for me if everything goes alright.

I do hope I can fix some of that for them, but I don't have the time right now.

[#] Sat Mar 21 2009 00:36:25 EDT from flynnfx @ Uncensored

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Steve Ballmer seems to be getting really worried about Apple these days....


When the economy is down, the gloves come off, and we’ve always suspected Steve Ballmer harbored deep-seated grudges about the perceived value of a partially-eaten apple.  The Microsoft CEO struck out at Apple during a conference in New York this week, describing the company’s products as “$500 more to get a logo”.

“Apple gained about one point, but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction.  The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment — same piece of hardware — paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that’s a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be” Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft

[#] Sat Mar 21 2009 00:37:12 EDT from flynnfx @ Uncensored

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Of course, people might be buying Apple more so as not to have to use your fucked-up Windows system, Ballmer - think about that? Hmm?

[#] Sat Mar 21 2009 11:58:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Monkey Boy always talks a good game. Apple will do just fine.

The part that he's not telling you about, though, is that the down economy is hurting Microsoft's business vs. Linux. IDC surveyed 330 IT managers -- 65 percent admitted to increasing Linux server workloads by 10 percent or more, and 63 percent said they plan to increase Linux desktop usage by 10 percent or more this year.

When you're cutting corners and stretching every dollar, it's hard to beat free.

[#] Mon Mar 23 2009 22:10:55 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Didn't MS give apple a ton of money a few years ago?

[#] Mon Mar 23 2009 22:12:26 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I tried to pitch some mysql to get away from buying more hardware to make solaris work better.

Then they priced it out and found out it was going to cost $1,000,000 extra a year with the machine, support and new license for sybase.
So I think I'm going to get my mysql, but it's on the backburner for now.

[#] Sun Apr 05 2009 18:37:10 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Finnally my windows 2000 clock rolled forward an hour. I've been waiting almost am month for the time to be right again.

[#] Mon Apr 06 2009 12:47:57 EDT from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Oh oh.  I'm gonna have to do some checking at work now.  I bet our Windows 2000 box is hosed up now.  We are heavily dependent on this box running scripts at specific times.

[#] Thu Apr 16 2009 07:28:25 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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the codeproject newsletter is always a nice read:


7 things you need to know to prepare for Windows 7

"One: You lock the target. Two: You bait the line. Three: You slowly
spread the net..."


they improved significantly after the windows vista debut ;-)

[#] Fri Apr 17 2009 10:26:08 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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This is dumb. According to this, windows 7 isn't bad because it isn't any worse than vista.
I don't get it.
The problem with vista (one of many) is that it breaks a lot of software and use of hardware.
But if the same changes made for vista are in windows 7, then you're going to have the same problems. How is this any better?

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