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[#] Tue Feb 02 2010 12:54:20 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, if you're really observant, you can see where it updates sections of the screen at a time, and how there's a little ghosting left behind when they do that.

I like my Kindle. It does exactly what it's designed to do pretty well.
I wouldn't push it beyond that, though.

[#] Tue Feb 02 2010 15:18:48 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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Kindles are really nice for reading, though I've actually stared to prefer LCD screens to paper for reading over the years so I probably won't go out of my way to aquire one. Probably my favorite thing about the Kindle though is that it's one of the few somewhat mobile devices (ignoring laptops or ebooks) that comes standard with some decent text to speech. Text to speech is something I've found endlessly useful over time for forcing myself to read something.
Even a quick TTS will read faster then I will when I want to do something else. I really just have issues focusing on things I consider completely pointless though... ah well.

[#] Wed Feb 03 2010 00:29:34 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The cool thing about e-ink is that the screen consumes *zero* electricity except at the moment where pixels are being flipped. That's pretty cool.

[#] Wed Feb 03 2010 00:35:22 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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I know, it's all pretty fantastic the thought that I can take a few days away from electricity and have a library through the entire time. I wonder if there's a manga/comic reader hacked
up for the thing ;P.

[#] Wed Feb 03 2010 14:47:36 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I like my Kindle. It does exactly what it's designed to do pretty
well. I wouldn't push it beyond that, though.

Right, except for that little "experimental" menu which has.... you guessed it, a browser.

[#] Wed Feb 03 2010 14:49:05 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I haven't tried the tts stuff, but I realize now that could be useful for reading the news in the car on the drive to work.
I could plug it into my fancy new radio and I assume you can get newspapers on it.
Except of course, it's not my kindle.

[#] Thu Feb 04 2010 23:50:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's a need that could be eliminated, if only there were spoken news broadcasts on the radio.



[#] Fri Feb 05 2010 15:33:41 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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have you listened to the radio lately?

[#] Sat Feb 06 2010 16:31:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If by "lately" you mean "in the last 15 years" then yes, it's pretty bad.

If by "lately" you mean "in the last three days" then yes, it's pretty bad.

 



[#] Sun Feb 07 2010 23:28:06 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I have seen the god-dammed frakkin' light of VMWare, and I'm butt-naked basking in it!!!

I've been trying to convert my retail version of Windows XP Pro SP2 into an OEM version for my father-in-law's computer (long story). Normally, I would've burned an actual CD to try out, but sometime during the process of research, it occurred to me, "Self, why don't you try VMWare or some other virtual machine thing-a-ma-bob?"

Holy crap!

If I had stuck to my plan of burning CDs, I'd have gone through at least three blanks by now, and it would've taken at least twice as long. Instead of burning to disc, I just tell Nero to create a bootable ISO file, then tell VMWare Player to create a virtual machine based off that ISO, and I'm good to go! It's already saved me a lot of time and frustration, and it's all pretty slick and runs very well on my host system running Windows XP Pro SP3.

I have seen the light my VM brothers and sisters and will be doing the good work spreading the news!

Can you tell I'm a just a little enthusiastic about this? :)
VM Binder

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 08:08:58 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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If you like VMWare, you'd love Sun Microsystems VirtualBox.

same thing, better support, better extensions, FREE, no need for liscensing, does everything VMWare does, FREE,... and works on most OS's and runs most OS's.. i havent found 1 OS it cant run... yet...



[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 08:20:10 EST from fireball @ Uncensored

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For all the ways I theoretically like VMs, I can't convince myself to
run it on anything more then shared servers. I've found I have nearly
no reason whatsoever to run an alternative OS other then video games,
and VMWare does worse on games for me then WINE does.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 08:25:30 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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agreed, i prefer wine whenever i can, but if it's something that wine just cant handle (i.e. AutoCAD 2010, WindowsLive, etc.)... you gotta toss a VM at it or run a different box or else you cant run it at all...

I found Play On Linux makes most wine installations fairly painless. I even got my own MuOnline client to work using PlayOnLinux settings. :)



[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 10:35:24 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Until now, I haven't had a need for a virtual machine, either, but the ability to test a specific OS configuration or install without having to burn a CD, boot a machine, wait to see if it works or not, is definitely a time-saver.
Since I'm the family IT-guy, I've had to do a lot of these tasks before, and this technology will definitely make it easier.
Spell

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 10:48:26 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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same thing, better support, better extensions, FREE, no need for
liscensing, does everything VMWare does, FREE,... and works on most
OS's and runs most OS's.. i havent found 1 OS it cant run... yet...

Live migration? Support for parallel access filesystems (VMFS running on a SAN for example)? Automatic failover from one host system to another? Bare metal hypervisor? Total footprint of 32 MB or smaller?

I'm a dyed-in-the-wool open source fanatic, but you can have my VMware when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 13:47:30 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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If you like VMWare, you'd love Sun Microsystems VirtualBox.

same thing, better support, better extensions, FREE, no need for
liscensing, does everything VMWare does, FREE,... and works on most
OS's and runs most OS's.. i havent found 1 OS it cant run... yet...

I think he's got that backwards. vmware is at the moment anyway superior to virtualbox (in my opinion only) but vbox certainly has caught up a lot in the past year or so.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 13:47:57 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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OS's and runs most OS's.. i havent found 1 OS it cant run... yet...

It can't run mac osx.

I have (or at least had) a maxosx running in vmware.

[#] Mon Feb 08 2010 15:43:13 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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VirtualBox is irrelevant. Xen is irrelevant. In terms of open source virtualization, the only hypervisor that matters is KVM. KVM has been blessed by Red Hat, Canonical, and Linus Torvalds.

KVM is also half baked right now, so there's no point in using it yet. However, since it is backed by everyone who matters, KVM will inevitably become *the* open source hypervisor.

Give it a couple of years to shake out. Three years from now, all new deployments will be either VMware (because it's the best, by far), KVM (because it will be *the* open source choice), and Hyper-V (because the world is still full of stupid people who choose Microsoft products).

In the meantime, it's VMware's game.

[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 08:05:23 EST from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Mon Feb 08 2010 03:43:13 PM EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
KVM is also half baked right now, so there's no point in using it yet. However, since it is backed by everyone who matters, KVM will inevitably become *the* open source hypervisor.

Give it a couple of years to shake out. Three years from now, all new deployments will be either VMware (because it's the best, by far), KVM (because it will be *the* open source choice), and Hyper-V (because the world is still full of stupid people who choose Microsoft products).

In the meantime, it's VMware's game.

 

Crap, gotta stop using KVM.  I have been using it along with libvirt http://libvirt.org/ and it has a wonderfull shell for doing the usual tasks.  I have found the load to be much less than the couple of VMWare Server installs I have done to date.  Took a little bit to create some XML files for each "machine", but it is pretty kick ass once you figure that part out (for libvirt).  Install from iso is nice.  Remote vnc is not the greatest for the install, but with evil cable internet on one end and bandwidth a-plenty at the colo, it beats driving and listening to fans every time!



[#] Tue Feb 09 2010 12:54:09 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sure, once you've got it working, it's a great little hypervisor. At the moment it's missing a lot of the bells and whistles though. I'm sure it'll be killer once the ecosystem around it matures a bit.

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