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[#] Tue Dec 15 2009 16:36:22 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I didn't ask. I assume he was talking about the overall impression of response.

[#] Tue Dec 15 2009 17:01:01 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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over here they say:

never trust statistics you didn't fake yourself.

[#] Wed Dec 16 2009 14:54:31 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored to

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On 12/14/2009 03:39 PM, Ford II wrote:
So are they as wonderful as everybody says?
I met a 20 year sun veteran heavy hitter, a few weeks ago who said he
got one and he was amazed.
And I figure if a sun engineer thinks its good, it's gotta be pretty
damn good

They crunch numbers like mad. There's nothing quite like seeing eight
penguins when you start up. (Except seeing 12, 16, or 24 penguins next
year when the Gulftown chips hit the market.)

[#] Wed Dec 23 2009 12:33:53 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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heh, they're trying to game the google search engine by having people spam their own blogs with MS tool rants and raves. It's going to be fun watching the two of them fight it out over the next few years

[#] Wed Jan 06 2010 22:12:18 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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anyone else notice that the memory thermometer on Vista/W7 is just an abstraction? I'm not sure what it even corresponds to, probably it's roughly equivalent to your working set minus cache, or the active page list, or something... it's definitely a lot less than the commit charge on most occasions, so I think MS was trying to hide the fact that Vista consumes a ton more memory. And yet, what's really weird is, sometimes the memory thermometer displays a HIGHER value than commit charge... so it must be based on some weird page coloring thing.

[#] Thu Jan 07 2010 10:14:54 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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So, it seems that Apple is hyping a new tablet, and Microsoft is counter-hyping some new tablet PC's with Windows 7 preinstalled.

It's been fun to watch the Tablet PC form factor fail to succeed over the last couple of years. It'll be even more fun to watch Apple succeed at it while Microsoft continues to fail.

Why does this happen?

I think Microsoft's fatal flaw in this space is that they continue to insist that tablets MUST BE PC's. A device that isn't a PC shouldn't behave like a PC. This is what I've been saying about netbooks for a while now. Don't think "small pc" -- think "large mobile device." Or perhaps "cloud access terminal" if you want to be all buzzwordy about it.

If a device isn't a PC, it shouldn't look or act like a PC.

[#] Thu Jan 07 2010 10:56:58 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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'Power-thin client' might be a better word for a netbook-tablet.

Have you seen the latest OLPC designs? It looks like a flat piece of ... something ... with a ring in the upper-right corner of the device. It has no keyboard at all, preferring the touch-screen interface. Somehow, it is supposed to work without a backlit screen, although I think it can also back-light the screen (power-saving mode and all that, like the original laptops they made).

It really looks pretty cool, but I don't think they've finished making it yet. I suspect the design could change again (this design is a change from the folded-book design they originally had for the second version of the device).

[#] Thu Jan 07 2010 16:22:07 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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sounds like a good ebook reader.

[#] Thu Jan 07 2010 17:12:41 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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That's pretty much what I was thinking. And it's supposed to cost under $100 this time (although, likely, they'll charge $200 in their buy-one-give-one program, if they decide to make them available to folks like you and me).

[#] Thu Jan 07 2010 23:39:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'll decide where my charity dollars go. Gimme a computer for $50 plz. :)

[#] Mon Jan 11 2010 15:37:21 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I think I knew this in some other form a long time ago, but I just ran into this problem.
In windows, you cant make a file called "blah."
Nor "blah.." nor "blah..........."
They all come out as "blah"

Even if you put quotes around it, it just removes all trailing dots. command line and explorer, must be a kernel thing. Very Very bad.

[#] Mon Jan 11 2010 16:58:03 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Doesn't unicode have a "..........." character? You can use that :)

[#] Mon Jan 11 2010 23:35:37 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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which version of windows are you using? Some have different stupidity factors with the whole '.' thing.

if you do 'blah.' it thinks it's a system file because of the 'blank' extension so it hides the file from all view so only the OS can see it.

If it has >1 '.' at the end then it sees them as something to truncate because they're not useful to the kernel for identifiers seeing as  a blank . at the end denotes system file


Some other special characters to watch out for on windows:  ? & $ % and *.  each have their own special meaning to the kernel/file system and each are usually blocked from use in the newer WindozeOS'

[#] Tue Jan 12 2010 12:08:38 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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It's one thing to have a set of characters that are not valid in a filename. It's quite another when you make a system call, it returns success, but does something other than what you told it to do.

[#] Wed Jan 13 2010 00:05:33 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ah yes, that reminds me of my favorite Microsoft error message:

"The operation failed to complete because of the following error: The operation completed successfully."

[#] Wed Jan 13 2010 07:52:53 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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IG: that happens because the success message is listed as an error code. whoever coded the front-end of whatever program produced that error, didnt code a proper responce to that error code.

[#] Thu Jan 14 2010 07:54:44 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I figured it had something to do with the program knowing that it's b0rked but when it checks for an error code it gets 0 (or whatever the success code is in 'doze).

[#] Thu Jan 14 2010 15:43:51 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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That's exactly what it is.

In Windows, one of the common error-codes is ERROR_SUCCESS, which evaluates to null. It's intended to indicate that there isn't an error, of course, but sometimes someone fails to check on that condition properly.

[#] Mon Jan 18 2010 17:41:17 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: Tablet PCs.

I know I may have posted this before, but I still really like my Toshiba M4 laptop. It's a "convertible," in that I can operate it as either a regular clam-shell style laptop computer, or I can flip the screen around and use it in "tablet" mode.

Which mode I use depends on what I'm doing. I find document work and coding much easier to do with a keybaord and mouse, so I'll stick with the clam-shell configuration. If I'm just reading a document or web page, or taking notes, though, I find tablet mode to much easier to use.
Tablet Binder

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