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[#] Tue May 11 2010 15:07:14 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Actually I -do- want a "very small laptop" and I want it to be able to run Windows.

[#] Thu Feb 25 2010 10:10:07 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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well. you get it for free, but it ain't free? Nobody whiping your ass for free? tell me more.

And... Once you caried truckloads of money to oracle to get their database, letting them educate you how to use it is about twice as expensive. And neither anybody from oracle will show up and get shit up and running as that article may sugest.

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 18:23:51 EST from cellofellow @ Uncensored

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My laptop died yesterday. It spontaneously decided not to resume from suspend, and now when I start it the indicator lights flash briefly as they always do, and then nothing. The only thing running is the CPU fan and the power indicator light, and
the Fn key that turns on and off the indicator lights still works. I think my motherboard is dead.

It's a Gateway MT3423, bought it in fall of 2007, so 2 1/2 years ago. Anyone know any way I can more thoroughly investigate the laptop to see if my motherboard is really dead? or do I just need to salvage it for parts and find a new laptop?

Right now I've removed the hard drive and put it in another laptop, an old Compaq Presario with a Pentium III and 184MB of RAM. Even Lubuntu is too much for this thing. When swapping out the hard drives, broke the connection between the touchpad and
motherboard in the old Compaq, so now I'm getting really friendly with keystrokes and when forced to using my USB mouse.

[#] Fri Feb 26 2010 10:44:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'd say get used to having it in just one ear instead of two. There are headset-cordless phones out there.

[#] Sat May 22 2010 21:01:27 EDT from Ahff Rowe @ Uncensored

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rudolf- I bought mine on eBay. Just search for 'German Keyboard', or whichever localization you prefer.

[#] Sat Mar 13 2010 02:09:55 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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FWIW, which isn't much, I love the pointing stick on IBMs.

Many people hate them unfairly because either a) They've used one on a non-IBM that sucked because it was poorly made, b) They've used one on a computer that didn't have the proper drivers so it sucked or c) Both of the above.

[#] Wed Jun 16 2010 07:51:29 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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cluster in a box. 512 atoms in 1/4 closet...

funky shit!

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 14:42:42 EST from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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Re: Trackpoint.

My Toshiba laptop has both a touchpad and a trackpoint, and I find myself using both, depending on what I'm doing. However, I also have a cordless notebook mouse that I use as well, which makes a lot of tasks easier to do than using the touchpad or the trackpoint.

One thing I just thought about though...My laptop can convert into a tablet.
There's a mini-joystick in one corner of the tablet which can perform some limited navigation: cursor up, down, left, right. It might've been more useful if there was a trackpoint there instead of the mini-joystick.
Trackpoint Binder

[#] Thu Feb 18 2010 17:34:00 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm not quite there yet.
Everybody raves about git. That doesn't make it good or useful for my purposes, it just means everybody raves about it.
Everybody raves about windows, doesn't make it good, os/2 was superior

Telling git that I specifically want to commit something, as opposed to letting it figure it out seems a bit of a drag to me. Obviously to other people so they added the -a flag.

But again, I find value in having the repository be elsewhere, so by making my localdisk the repository of all versioning information (by default, I know it can sync else where, I haven't gotten to that yet) this seems less useful to me than cvs or svn.

What I liked a lot was that you can say switch to branch, and it just does. you can do that in cvs and you can't do that in svn and it drives me nuts.

[#] Tue Jun 01 2010 20:35:26 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Well, it arrived today, and I plugged it in, and it installed (in the correct vm mind you) and voila a dial tone.
registered me a number in less than 5 minutes and works.
I expected at least some small hiccups because of the vm but it works so far.
I haven't seen such a seamless install of anything since 1995 or so when I installed apple's digital camera software on windows 3.1

[#] Fri May 28 2010 11:42:36 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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hmmm... or alternatively, I get a big cell phone plan, and forward my landline to my cell.
All these interesting possibilities...

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 12:24:57 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I think maybe I was trolling you just a little bit but you wouldn't have fallen for it if you hadn't gone into pompous mode just a little bit :) You forget who you are preaching to.. or at least me, you, Ford. We've been there, we know the tradeoffs. Where I am working now they use Oracle but only for the basic data, the bulk of the data is in flat files or a proprietary record manager they developed for their application. And I came in very skeptical of that. But the explanation is that they are generating 10's of billions of records a month here and a relational database big enough to handle it would be ridiculously expensive.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 12:32:33 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Mar 31 2010 10:46am from Peter Pulse @uncnsrd
I see it from a different point of view.. if I am going to pay a
kazillion dollars for a database and people to run it, it damn well
better have referential integrity. That is one of the MAJOR selling
points of these systems isn't it???

Ok, well yes and no. It's a major selling point of RDBMS in general I agree with that. I don't agree that it's a major selling point of Oracle in specific, because it's become a very commoditized feature let's face it. Most of the major open source RDBMSs implement it... the value proposition of Oracle is further up the pyramid, with things like partitioning, and RAC, and replication, and all those fancypants SQL extensions, like analytical queries (some of which are standard ANSI SQL now, btw.)

In any case, foreign keys sometimes just don't work, because they can impose unpredictible lock orderings on your queries. Every time you issue DML on a constrained table, Oracle (and probably every other RDBMS suffers the same problem) spawns a child cursor/query against the parent/child tables to check indexes and enforce constraints. That child query creates the lock-order problem and as near as I've ever been able to tell, the ordering is simply undefined and can't be relied on.

So most likely FK constraints will work just fine for you for months or years, but eventually as your load creeps up and your schema becomes more complex and you have more and more disparate queries hitting it, you will start running into ORA-00060 (deadlock.) And most likely the problem is universal across RDBMS.

When this does happen, you can spend a lot of time scratching your head, analyzing Oracle dumps, and trying to fix your queries to consistify the locking order. But you will likely fail - so you either have to code around the ORA-00060 with retries, or just drop your constraints. Best not to go down the analysis route - it's so unlikely to work - just retry queries or drop constraints.

This is one reason you should never write code that DEPENDS on the presence on FK constraints in some what, particularly code that relies on CASCADE DELETE. Code must continue to function properly if the constraints have to be dropped, some day.

[#] Thu Apr 22 2010 06:47:33 EDT from fireball @ Uncensored

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That's possible to do with current hacks, though it's been
known to be a good way to brick your wii so I'm not too crazy about
them, plus I like the standard interface.

I can't find a specific example of the middle finger giving, but I know
for a fact it's been done.

As for netflix on wii, it seems to run really well for me too, even on
the sub par connection I deal with. It's nice where youtube and
silverlight netflix netflix wii succeeds, though I'm almost positive
that's because the wii is using higher compression that the pc doesn't
use in order to keep "quality up". I'm assuming they make a somewhat
fair assumption that you'll notice graphical artifacts alot better on a
high resolution display then you will on a standard definition tv, even
if the source content itself is standard definition.

[#] 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.

[#] Fri Feb 19 2010 19:36:09 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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nah, NT4 made it worse. Back in NT 3/3.51 days, the GUI layer was in userland. They went and put the whole stack from driver through GDI in the kernel for NT4 if I'm not mistaken. This persisted until XP. Vista finally took it back out when they figured out how to do it with something approaching the performance they were looking for.

[#] Thu Apr 28 2011 07:43:32 EDT from saltine @ Uncensored

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Do they use tape because it holds a ton of data cheaply for lossless compression?

[#] Mon Jan 18 2010 15:34:24 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Times like that, I sit back and ponder in amazement that this stuff works at all... ;)

[#] 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.

[#] Sat Jun 12 2010 15:14:51 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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If only he had one :-P

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