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CaRDiaK CaRDiaK We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.
  • The rebirth of MSN

    , TexasToast wrote

    Fox news is where you will get facts. 

    This is sarcasm? 

  • Waiting for Windows 9 :-)

    , bondsbw wrote

    @MasterPi

    My opinion, Microsoft needs to concentrate more on developers and IT and build up a new generation on the idea that Microsoft wants to enhance the process of creating good software solutions.  That said, they've done well in the past.  It's just that in more recent history there seems to be a slowing.

    I agree, and also believe this to be Azure. 

    What Id' like to see in Windows 9 is some form of native virtual desktop. Better still something I can connect to an Azure instance. 

  • Back in the days of DOS, we just installed that latest version and carried on.

    Those poor Hems. Hopefully the Haws amongst them are learning to enjoy their new cheese! Well, excepted those that have gone vegan and now gone to Apple ofc. I feel bad for teh local tech support who can't move their precious email from a decade ago.

  • considering iPhone or Android phone.

    Never once had any problem of any kind on any of my Nexus devices. The list of people I know who've switched from iPhone is pretty big. That said I do believe in horses for courses and what's right for me isn't necessarily right for you and vice versa. I run hardly any apps as stock covers 99% of my needs and I install the odd thing for a bit of fun, testing or tinkering with.

    Chromecast, for example is freaking awesome since the last update. You should really check it out. 

    Controlling my home pc's or parent's pc's from my phone is pretty slick too, I've never seen such a simple implementation of RDC. I use it constantly. 

    Probably not the best time to upgrade mind you. The new Nexus is rumoured and you'll have the new iPhone to choose from by probably next month. 

    Best advice if you can't wait would be to go to a store and try out each of them and see what suits you the most. 

  • Bill Gates’ energy views are a turn-off

    I agree with renewable in developing countries too. 

    Just like many of them skipped land lines and went straight to mobile. There are lessons that have been learn't and technologies that have been developed that can be applied to help these countries more efficiently.

  • What's with all the complaining about high DPI displays for Windows desktop?

    @spivonious:

    Chrome doesn't.. There used to be an option in about:flags you could force it to render hidpi. That option has gone since version 35 and now you have to hack it in the registry after disabiling compatibility to make it any form of usable. 

    IntelliJ doesn't, again you have to set the compatibility flag on the app to ignore hidpi, hack the registry for hidpiaware then manually bump the font sizes to double throughout the internal application settings to make it workable and get rid of the awful fuzziness. And it really is awful. Jetbrains actually acknowledged this and ordered some hidpi windows devices to test this out for future releases, I ran a lot of benchmarking tools for them working to resolve this. 

    Good luck using RDC, you'll need binoculars to admin your server unless you use RDC Manager and configure that, too. 

    Used CMD.exe? Wow that's small. Update your defaults to get it rendering better but brace yourself if you use more than once machine with your Windows account and have profile sync. Next time you open it on a non hidpi device that thing is now huuge. 

    To your average user who's just forked out extra for the retina style display it looks like a step backward, not the leap forward they were no doubt expecting. Plenty of dialogues look whack. Even some of Windows' own.

    Since 8.1, things have been getting incrementally better, but we're not there yet. I believe the next version of .NET has some hidpi goodness also. (can't find the link right now) 

    You can get hidpi to work but it takes a fair bit of understanding and tinkering. Alas this is where I believe the source of complaints to be. People expect it to "just work" i.e. buy a hidpi device and things look hidpi without the hacking of the registry or specifically customising an applications properties to make it look as it would normally. Plenty of people just don't understand how to do this or get confused and give up quickly.

    For me although its (somewhat) painful, its worth it. Reading / writing all day it makes a world of difference things looking crisp and sharp. VS & Office look sublime. After some tweaking, most things do. Something you really have to see to fully appreciate just how nice things can look. I actually code on my Ativ then transfer the code over to my main work desktop for integration whenever practical or possible. 

    The hardest part I'm finding for the moment is Chrome updates that often there's often a scramble for how to get it working again upon each release. 

    Ultimately it is what it is and things are moving forward. However it clearly is in need of some love to get the default experience people have come to expect. I've seen instances on more than one occasion where people have returned the Yoga2 because it just looks that bad. (They aren't interested in putting the time in to make it work, which, I can totally understand when you've just paid a premium for a premium device and got a sub par experience, right out the box) 

    Edit: For clarity, this is QHD+ (3200x1800)

  • Improving the development process at a small startup

    Sounds like a fun gig! 
    Also doesn't look like your far off the mark and the only underlying theme I got from the read was it seems maybe your place is lacking a little project management (or there are some good nuggets out there you could use to your advantage to improve things a little) 

    This was a great book for me; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Software-Project-Survival-Guide-Important/dp/1572316217 

    Really helped me think about things on a greater scale of the project overall (having traditionally treated the project as the file in my solution :P

    Specifically mentions testers and ratio's of Dev's to Testers etc. But some key takeaways I had from it was the rolling top 10 risks and how long they've been on the project for. This was golden when it came to accountability and keeping an eye on the horizon. 

    Also found lists work great in small teams. Trello, Workflowy etc have all been great. We even gave a client access to a Trello board once and they really appreciated feeling more involved with how their project is coming along. 

    If there is one thing I've learnt it's that there really is no silver bullet and there is no right or wrong solution. What works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. Each business has it's own quirks, policies and cultures to be taken into consideration. 

    Experiment with different things and different tools until you find a balance that feels right for you. Try not to change too much too quickly. Do it gradually.

    Sounds great though! Have fun. 

  • History

    1st Vid, 6:07 - Does that have Nuget? :P 

  • Azure Promo Code

    Does anyone know where I can get an Azure promo code for the Azure Pass program? 

    I'd love to sign up to Azure to publish my sites, however my current useless card is a Maestro and cannot be used for verification. I can't change banks for a few months yet :( 

  • VS14 CTP available

    Is there any sort of reference to a final release anywhere available? 

    I've been tasked with gathering some requirements for upgrades... I'm not sure if I should put 13 on the list (from 12) or hold out for 14, which I would rather do. I can't seem to find anything beyond the CTP. 

    Thanks.