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Discussions - Public / Outlook
« Last post by unix on July 14, 2018, 04:25:46 am »
what a piece of garbage. I cannot believe this POS passes for flagship corporate software. It crashes, times out, hangs, in conjunction with the constant network issues here, has to be restarted multiple times per day.

And the  access is CAC driven. and you have to take out the CAC if you step away from the workstation for a nano-second. Then it takes its sweet time to prompt you for the PIN, and why can't it use the PIN your just gave Windows? Every time you reinsert the CAC, you have to re-enter the PIN about 3 times. So it does not adapt well to env such as this one.

and it's slow. And complicated. Just to change the fonts you have to dig deep inside. Nothing is simple, intuitive with it. I've used it for decades and I have to write down how to get things done, because after  a month, it's forgotten. Vital options are scattered through the menus. Once you forget, the menus are not helpful at all in terms of navigating you back to where you should be.
the search function does not work. I don't know if it's the local setting here or what.

It seems like they had people on a mission to overcomplicate things on purpose.

I don't know how they get away with this POS in 2018. In 1993, maybe.

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Discussions - Public / Re: An Observation about Programming
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on July 13, 2018, 06:23:55 am »
Software is quite different than any physical craft. Unlike any other craft, tiny subtleties just kill your progress. And software's response to human effort is asymmetric. The more effort you put into software often the worse the results.
Interesting observation.  It must have to do with intelligence.  Smart people understand the simplest way to solve a problem.   Less intelligent people don't grok the essence of the solution and add in a bunch of unnecessary scaffolding, adornments and what-not.

And then there are tools.  To be a good software engineer you need to know what tools are available and furthermore be competent with them through having used them.  Probably many of us were amazed at how much code could be removed with an RDBMS the first time we used one to rewrite some code.

I agree with this. I have met smart programmers and stupid one. What I have observed is that these tools today allow people to be lazy as opposed to the old days. For example years ago if you were coding on Unix there was vi or emacs - thats it. There was nothing else. Everything was coded in one of them. There was no IDE's showing all the dependencies in the code.

Some of the IDE's are hairy today with Eclipse being the most obvious example. To get Eclipse working smoothly can be a bear and a half. I know plenty of developers that have spent an enormous amount of time just getting it to run the way its supposed to.

With programming you either use it or lose it. I dont code any longer but can muscle my way through a script if I have too but it becomes readily obvious that it can be difficult.
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I agree but what special software do you need? That is the magic question.

For me financial applications. Quickbooks (although I dropped the payroll support years ago and I still use QB 2010.) Quicken, which forces you to use a reasonably up to date system.

For others it might be design software like Adobe products, or sound board software. Maybe specific video composer software. Or like you said, software development.

There is stuff around that forces you to be relatively current on Windows.

If you don't use any commercial software you may as well run Linux like I do. I have a Windows 7 VM under Linux that I installed specifically to support QB and Quicken. Windows 7 Pro OEM installation disks and keys are extremely cheap now. I bought mine for $30 from an Ebay seller.

However, I don't ever see getting back into Windows software development. The  platform has become too complicated.
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I am surprised its only 61.
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Frankly who cares if they dont support it any longer. Their updates suck anyway.

Because a lot of software depends on the updates - for example, to .Net and other platform stuff, or Internet Explorer. When a Microsoft OS stops being supported many new apps won't install or run properly on the older OS.

For example, Vista is perfectly usable but its IE is frozen to 2010 or so level and I wouldn't even try installing most newer software on it.

I agree but what special software do you need? That is the magic question. I only do basic things like watch videos, read email and surf the web so for me this is non problem for me. But for others could be a big problem - like people that are doing development.

But I have seen stuff where you need ABC version of .Net. You don't have a certain version of Win7 and the service pack otherwise the .Net won't install.
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Discussions - Public / Re: An Observation about Programming
« Last post by I D Shukhov on July 10, 2018, 05:16:42 pm »
Software is quite different than any physical craft. Unlike any other craft, tiny subtleties just kill your progress. And software's response to human effort is asymmetric. The more effort you put into software often the worse the results.
Interesting observation.  It must have to do with intelligence.  Smart people understand the simplest way to solve a problem.   Less intelligent people don't grok the essence of the solution and add in a bunch of unnecessary scaffolding, adornments and what-not.

And then there are tools.  To be a good software engineer you need to know what tools are available and furthermore be competent with them through having used them.  Probably many of us were amazed at how much code could be removed with an RDBMS the first time we used one to rewrite some code.

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It isn't a surprise that some of our information is used for data analytics by Google, but third parties reading or data mining our personal email  conversations is an invasion of privacy, IMO.  I might have agreed to let Google have some info, but thats it.

 
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Discussions - Public / Re: I love cooking this time of year
« Last post by JoFrance on July 08, 2018, 01:22:39 pm »
I never tried those baby heirloom potatoes.  That sounds really good.  I don't boil my potatoes, I just cook them in wedges like oven fries.  I like garlic too, but not too much where its overpowering. 

I love making pork tenderloin with a sage, garlic and sherry cream sauce.  It is so good.  Sage is very strong, so you only need a couple of leaves.  I brown 1/2 lb. of tenderloin in a little bit of vegetable oil and chopped garlic.   Then I transfer it to a baking dish and cook for about 40 minutes on 325 in the oven.  To make the cream sauce, I pour half & half in the pan and scrape up the brown bits, then add a little bit of cooking sherry.  When the meat is done, I slice it and pour some of the sauce over the top.  I don't make a lot of sauce, but only a little is needed.  Its very rich.

Its a great dinner for two. 



   



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Discussions - Public / Re: I love cooking this time of year
« Last post by The Gorn on July 07, 2018, 04:20:36 pm »
I make rosemary potatoes.  I roast them in the oven with rosemary and garlic pieces at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.  The potatoes are cut into wedges and drizzled in olive oil.

Same here! I love that combination too, esp with red potatoes. Also the small expensive baby heirloom tomatoes that come in a small mesh bag are the bomb.

I boil the small potatoes until they test soft, then dump the water and roll them around in the hot pan to cook off the free water. Then I add garlic, olive oil, and herbs from the garden like rosemary and tyme, and sizzle the potatoes rolling them in the mixture for a couple of minutes. These potatoes are not only great freshly made but are ideal for the leftovers to make home fries from the next day.

I'm a garlic addict, BTW. I have an Oxo garlic press, the only one I've owned that it does not seem possible for me to destroy by simply pressing garlic cloves with it. :P
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Discussions - Public / Re: I love cooking this time of year
« Last post by JoFrance on July 07, 2018, 03:30:46 pm »
I love tomatoes this time of year.  I didn't grow them though because our weather has been either too hot or cold.

I always had some tomato plants, but the ones that did the best were the cherry tomato plants.  They didn't get attacked by the wildlife.

I have two basil plants and I use them in tomato sauce.  I've never made pesto and don't like pine nuts.  The recipe I have for pesto  uses walnuts.  Still, I never had the desire.

I make rosemary potatoes.  I roast them in the oven with rosemary and garlic pieces at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.  The potatoes are cut into wedges and drizzled in olive oil.

The odd weather has spurred growth in my grape vines.  They are out of control and growing over everything.  I looked at them tonight and there are a lot of green grapes.  I'll have to wait all summer for them and then boom, the deer eat them.  This year though, it looks like I might get something too.  Many of the vines are growing higher then the deer can reach.



 
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