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[#] Wed Apr 21 2010 16:31:31 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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I'd like to see someone hax a Wii console to change the pointer cursors to middle fingers. That would be hilarious.

[#] Sat May 22 2010 20:26:20 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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define a compose caracter key

X11 does then stuff like <compose> " a ->&auml;

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 11:57:01 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Oh, right, I forgot about that.

Remember how long it took to stabilize Citadel on top of Berkeley DB? You can't say the API made development easier for us initially. SQL would have been easier (except for the fact that Citadel was a legacy system which would have had an impedance mismatch with SQL) although you might argue that putting Citadel on Oracle would have traded increased administration burden for initial ease of development.

There's always lots of interesting stuff going on in the low-end, embedded SQL microserver realm though.

Is SQL the right tool for every application? Obviously not, but for your typical interactive web app it's the appropriate swiss army knife.

[#] Tue Mar 30 2010 12:41:45 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Ford. We've been there, we know the tradeoffs. Where I am working now

There are a lot of tradeoffs involved in dealing with wheel reinventers... I know you and I have both had to deal with their mess after they've flown the coop.

[#] Wed Mar 24 2010 02:21:17 EDT from fireball @ Uncensored

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Summer of code isn't really what I'd call google though, they fund it,
but it's students that are contributing code, not google. Summer of
code has projects in plenty of languages googles likely never even heard
of :P.

Speaking of which, I really need to find a project and apply soon, but
I've been busy with school, I really somewhat wish their application
process didn't fall in the busy period right after spring break.

[#] Fri Feb 19 2010 14:47:46 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I thought NT4 separated the two layers as well.

You perceive that they're mixed, though, because various gui-related function calls are found within the kernel.dll... which isn't really the kernel, per se, but something that seems to do many things that you'd want to do with a kernel (by making those calls to the kernel for you).

I can't speak as much about OS/2, although I always liked that OS better.
I just had to deal with NT-derived OSes far more, and learned a bit about it while working with some code related to device drivers for the OS.

[#] Tue Jun 29 2010 23:52:35 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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What did I just do?

Somebody tried to give me, earlier today, the physically largest laser printer I think I can fit in the back of my SUV without cutting either the car or the printer, and for some reason I took the thing.

It was after I singlehandededly moved it into my room that I looked up the specs on the HP website. It's only 122 lbs. 32 ppm, duplexing, monochrome. 150k page per month duty cycle. 20k pages per toner cartridge, and mine is 80% full.

Not a bad acquisition for someone who runs through reams of paper like water.

My excitement in this acquisition was quickly crushed when I attempted to connect the said device to my FreeBSD workstation and set it up under CUPS. It turns out the device uses an HP proprietary parallel connector. I'm not sure why; they had enough space on the back of this thing to put about 50 normal parallel ports and a coffee maker. The "HP" connector is about 7/8" wide, and has a latching attachment. Looks kind of like a regular Centronics cable that's shrunk down.

Hitting eBay for one, I couldn't even find one for sale. Presumably I don't know what to search for. I'm sure this cable has an actual name.

The printer is a LaserJet 8150N. "Oh it's an N. It has networking! No need for parallel!" I think quietly to myself. Nope. Someone's robbed the JetDirect card.

It may be a totally moot point anyway since I did order a JetDirect for it, but does anyone know the name of the cable or happen to have one laying around?

[#] 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.

[#] Tue May 04 2010 09:52:17 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Yeah, the x4 slot we require is for a high performance video capture and transmission card. I doubt x1 would cut it.

It's still so damned frustrating to need to know the differences. Motherboard manufacturers do not, by and large, build x16 slots so lower cards could use them. Perhaps because motherbaords don't have the performance required for a proper x16 card, most of the time, heh.

It's still damnable. The situation is already relatively complicated without this kind of mess.

[#] Sat Jun 12 2010 08:15:25 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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My friend mistakenly added the wrong disk to a RAID array and wiped some data he needs. Any idea on the best way to recover this. It's a PC and likely NTFS formatted.

[#] Wed Jan 27 2010 10:42:06 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, was about to post this in global warming... In need of a descent IT -job?,antarctic-network-caretakers-in-demand.aspx

[#] Fri Apr 02 2010 02:35:22 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Okay, I just learned about the robocopy command that was added as a standard tool in Vista. It is an awesome copy tool.

Check it out if you use Windows and haven't seen it.

[#] Fri Nov 26 2010 04:31:34 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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[#] Sat Jul 10 2010 00:09:38 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored

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<blink> Shucks, doesn't work anymore...</blink>

Sat Jul 10 2010 00:07:49 EDT from TheOneLaw @ Uncensored Subject: Thanks for the reminder

This could be awesome , I am sure that using this will be a blast - completely unforgiveable , of course

Fri Jul 09 2010 05:44:14 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

little known facts about the blink tag:





[#] Mon Mar 29 2010 17:21:43 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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oh well... throwing the baby out with the bath water is not really the first or best solution, nor is throwing away all semblance of software engineering best practices such as loose coupling, separation of concerns, and familiar high-level abstractions. it's really not a choice, it's something you do because you've run out of better options.

I would say... look at MySQL first if Oracle is too expensive, or any of the other open source options... I'd always take a good long hard look at optimizing the SQL based solution before throwing the baby out.

[#] Sat Apr 24 2010 12:12:29 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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depending on its age, there are hacks around where you just need to insert an prewritten SD-card.

my wii does mplayer and some other nice stuff.

[#] 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 Jan 24 2011 04:21:49 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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most probably the lenses can become pale / dirty?

maybe you've got a cat hanging about? ;-)

[#] Thu May 27 2010 15:09:19 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I know Vonage can port a land-line number as well. My parents have been using Vonage for at least two years now and they've been happy. They had a local land-line beforehand and their number didn't change.

Frankly, I didn't even know they'd switched to Vonage until they told me about four or five months after the fact.

[#] Tue Jun 22 2010 08:26:41 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Now that I think about it a little more, there's really no reason why

you couldn't build a "cheap, low-power home server" using a netbook

Or with an off the shelf wifi router (one with the storage port option) that's been reflashed with Linux.

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