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[#] 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

[#] Wed Jan 20 2010 07:54:00 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Weird. Bill Gates is now on Twitter. Supposedly it's the real Bill Gates (it's marked as a verified account, plus the "Gates Foundation for Enforcing American Pharmaceutical Patents in Africa" has confirmed that it's the real Bill Gates as well).

I of course took the opportunity to invite him to die in a car fire (and not in the "welcome to Uncensored" sense either). :)

[#] Wed Jan 20 2010 08:09:26 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Great one IG.

I'm not on Twitter so I wouldn't know who's on what. I get on FB every now and then but I just mostly get on there to talk to family.

I really do wish M$ (not just Bill G.) would die in a car fire.

[#] Wed Jan 20 2010 17:27:36 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Mr. Gates has not answered my Twitter message. Asshole.

[#] Thu Jan 21 2010 15:34:33 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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yea... read on that the german download numbers of firefox and opera doubled since the BSI anouncement...


[#] Fri Jan 29 2010 09:25:03 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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windows still the M$ cashcow No 1; next to office.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 08:15:05 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Gotta love that code project newsletter. if not for its nice sub headers:

Microsoft tries to reinvent the bar code

This model has worked so well for them in the past.

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