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  • Slightly depressing day.

    I guess it's the home versus work markets. 
    Home users will like Macs because they appear to be easier to user (I haven't used a Mac since 1988, so I'm somewhat out of date). Frankly, if my mother came to me to ask what computer to buy, I'd probably tell her to get a Mac.
    Business, on the other hand, uses Windows.  They won't change because it would cost too much. They've already invested a lot of infrastructure and training.  MS would have to screw-up Windows very badly to make business change.

    If Macs got very popular, MS would start shipping more apps for them.  I'd be happy to write Mac code if MS made a version of Visual Studio for OS X Big Smile


  • What are YOU listening to?

    Wolfmother (more Led Zep that Led Zep ever were)
    Belle & Sebastian (Life Persuit, nice and relaxed)
    Muse (you can listen to all their albums in entirety on-line  at www.muse.mu, very forward thinking!)
    Rufus Wainright
    ZZ-top (the older stuff)
    Pengion Cafe Orchestra (relaxed)

    If I start listening to too much Radiohead, it means I'm in the first stages of depression, so I need to listen to lighter stuff like the Darkness. I took all the Radiohead MP3's off my PC about six months ago so I can only listen from CD in the car.


  • UK Office pricing gouges UK customers again.

    Jon Honeyball covered this in PC Pro a few months ago in relation to prices for Adobe software.
    The rather pathetic excuse from the Adobe people was that it was too expensive for them to keep changing the prices as the exchange rates varied, so they just exchanges $ for £ to keep their costs down. All software\hardware companies seem to do this.

    It's a long standing problem with US-UK conversions.  In some cases it cheaper to buy in the US and pay the import taxes yourself, but you have to do the maths for each purchase and put up with the inconvenience.

    Having said that, I don't expect to pay the full retail price for any software any more -- it either comes as OEM on a new PC or as an upgrade to something I already have.


  • First thing AM: check C9 forums or email?

    Channel 9 first -- I rarely get email (except spam) so I only check email once a day (usually in the evening).


  • How was your first job interview ?

    bart7simpson7 wrote:
    I will go the next week for the first time I feel very unsure and I don't think I will get it 

    Job interviews are something that you can get better at with experience.  Never refuse a job interview, even if you don't think you'll get the job -- think of it a training.

    My first job interview was with a small (5 people) company and was very relaxed -- more like a quick chat.
    My second was for a larger (100+ people) company and was more formal with an HR person.

    Is it a full (several hours) interview, or a first pass (one hour) interview?

    Turn up in time. Make some notes before hand with questions to ask: holiday, sick pay, on-job training, etc.  It will make you look more organised that trying to think on your feet.

    Try not to let you doubts about getting the job show, and remember an interview is a two way process; you're interviewing them as much as they're interviewing you.


  • Does your GUI design, ignore the KeyBoard?

    It's a good point and one that's often overlooked.

    I tend to be a mouser, rather than a typer, so I've had to train myself to take account of good keyboard design, especially as I tend to write business applications where a large number of users are secretaries/receptionists who are trained typists.

    I've also trained myself to enter the accessability details for on-screen controls, too. It's also an area that get ignored too much.


  • Who got an advent calendar?

    Tensor wrote:
    Dr Herbie wrote:We got one at home for our 2-year old.  It's a row of small stockings that you can re-use and fill with different treats.


    We got one for our two year old too... went for a traditional card one without chocolate - he's a handful enough without the extra sugar! I like the sound of that one, though!

    It's this one, if you really want one.


  • Who got an advent calendar?

    We got one at home for our 2-year old.  It's a row of small stockings that you can re-use and fill with different treats. Big Smile


  • Silent install of C# Windows Service?

    section31 wrote:
    The MSI-technology supports properties. These properties will be than available from the installation command line.
    msiexec /i myservice.msi /qn USERNAME="foo" PASSWD="bar"
    where USERNAME and PASSWD are defined properties inside of the msi package.

    Thanks!  That's enough to get me started.


  • I'm eating to much junk food!

    People here keep buying stollen to share out.
    I'm putting weight on already.