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  • What caused the extreme negative image of Vista?

    Bingo! "...VISTA capable tag on equipment that was obviously not really capable of properly running the thing"

    I dealt with many a unhappy soccer mom and.... pick some pithy idiom for the males... who purchased a dirt cheap Vista Home Edition PC with 1GB ram at... pick your favorite box store.

    These people had a legitimate beef... IMHO.
    Sure they could'a should'a would'a done some home work but, they didn't. They trusted the labeling.

    Edit: And... remember... they had little choice! They could not opt for XP and, really, Linux wasn't an option (sorry Linux fans).

  • Best music management program for ​tagging/org​anising

    For what it's worth... I soooo feel your pain... and raise you a few media formats.

    I've found no answers :-/ Will be checking out the recommendations though. Thanks!

  • Is there any way to search for a NOT?

    Harlequin said:
    ScottWelker said:
    *snip*
    You know what I think that worked. =)

    Is there a way to put an 'and' in there as well? I have 2 classes that have the words(part of the stylename) "ncenter" and "tcenter"....so if I can add the 'n' and 't' in there as well that should clean up all my results...and turn 4 hours of tedious work into 20 minutes Smiley

    God I need to brush up on regex...hehe
    Glad it worked... love RegEx... when not abused: Regex use vs. Regex abuse.

    The second most difficult bug I've ever tracked down had an errant RegEx at its root. The most difficult bug, a race condition in a heavily multi-threaded real-time system :-/ OMG.


  • Is there any way to search for a NOT?

    Although I haven't time right now to work out an example, I'm almost certain you can do this with RegEx.

    I think it's something like [^"]center

  • Sun Microsystems - where did it all go pear-shaped?

    AndyC said:
    figuerres said:
    *snip*
    At one point Solaris was the only Unix worth considering, but being tied to overpriced Sun hardware left everyone wanting something else and Linux pretty much filled that gap. If Sun had gone software only, or at least embraced x86 a lot sooner, they'd have been in a much better position overall.
    I recognize that it depends upon the point in time you pick but... I had good experiences way-back-when with Santa Cruz Operation's Open Desktop (SCO/ODT). A Unix for most any Intel box.

  • when will the earth end and how?

    How 'bout Asimov's A Choice of Catastrophes: http://www.amazon.com/Choice-Catastrophes-Isaac-Asimov/dp/0449900487

    Oldie but a goodie Smiley

  • Who said there aren't any Ubuntu-​preinstalled PCs

    Ubuntu said:
    RoyalSchrubber said:
    *snip*
    What's your point?
    My point is - the guy has no credibility since he lost it through his incredibly biased posts on this and other topics in the forum - when he mentions his mother it sounds like he was talking about the mother in some MS commercial and the concerns he raises are clearly FUD.

    I could not disagree more. Sabot has great credibility IMHO. I find his posts thoughtful and thought provoking.

  • Impossible bugs

    figuerres said:
    ScottWelker said:
    *snip*
    Amen Brother!

    By the way I do not know why for sure but your name seems familiar....

    I grew up in Stockton, lived in Sac for about 2 years when I was a teen.

    I used to be one of the folks who started InReach Internet if you recall them.
    95-99 I was with them and we had dialup just about everywhere in CA back then.

    I was on the CCC about 1982 as I recall most of that time was way up by Crecent City and that area.

    any thing ring a bell ??

    Humm... no bells figuerres but we have likely crossed paths:
    - I did work for University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton in 80s/90s.
    - Was active on Bob's BBS in the pre-internet / pre-CompuServe day's.
    - Was active in the CompuServe programming forums, especially Borland pascal.
    - Worked (mostly) in the Sacramento region since the 80s.
    - Have friends and family in and around Crescent City.

    Drop me an eMail if you'd like to chat further. It's available on my profile, via LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/1/736/768

  • Interop With Outlook 2007

    amankazi said:
    Kryptos said:
    *snip*
    Greetings,

    I have Office 2007 on Vista.
    I am writing a application to read the outlook mail when user drag's and drop's a mail onto the Windows form(Same has to be achieved in Web application to. For this I am trying to create an UserControl and then add to the webpage). It is working fine with Office 2003. The problem is after adding the COM library "Microsoft Office 12.0 Object Library"
    I am not getting the desired namespace "Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook" only "Microsoft.Office.Core" is available. Do I need to added some other dll? Even do suggest if there is other option to achieve the functionality expected.

    Thanks,
    Aman
    If you happen to have Exchange Server in the loop, beware the "Exchange Server RPC channel limit". This one bit me :-/


  • Impossible bugs

    figuerres said:
    Charles said:
    *snip*
    Yeah I'd say we have needed better tools for software from day one, the problem is in part that the complexity of the systems seems to grow at a much faster rate then the tools that help build the systems.

    also in some ways I like the term used by (forget his name but he is well known) he called ORM the "Viet Nam of software"
    I will say that tools that try to build code often go that way, it's a tough war with nasty issues.

    take the web service software factory that MSFT has published, I found that it does some things very well but has so many warts that it's not really ready for general use.  I recall during the pre-launch wave for VS 2005 there was a lot of talk about software factories and new tools to build parts of the system.

    so far  i have not seen any huge sweeping advances in modeling that generates code.
    sure we got the linq-to-sql gen but that is now officialy a dead end per MSFT edict.

    I am not all negative here, please understand that I *KNOW* this stuff really truely starts to be "Rocket Science" to build the AI to understand a DB design and the client server / n-tier MVC / MVVM / whatever layers and so on.

    just that the tools have a long way to go.

    as you said: it's the eng. guys who have to communicate back to sales and marketing types.
    that's the nut to crack....
    not as hard when you have a setup like MSFT

    hate to say this Charles but in the street a lot of guys like me need a one man version of TeamSystem!
    that's right -- I need a cut down one man TS to help me do what the big teams do but on the scale of one guy doing almost all the roles.
    I have to:
    get the request
    architecht the design / or chnages
    work out the plan for how to do it.
    write the code
    update the server
    update the client
    check for bugs
    tell the boss where it's at and how long.
    keep track of the chnages.
    make some graphcs when needed
    design UI
    test
    and anything else ...

    so which SKU of Team system is the right one? all of them.
    but I do not have 5 guys to farm the work out to nor the time to run a server
    and it's hard to get a spare server to run TFS on and keep it working ....

    and the thing is the small shops like the one i work at often get lots of work but never get the big budget.

    so I have like 6 servers i manage, 30 CE handhelds, 60 desktops and about 4 customers.
    we mostly keep all that going with 2 staff, me and the CEO of our company.

    I would love to be able to spend more time planning and stuff... but no one wants to pay for that, they want to have things done today.
    So I do what I can....
    Re: "in the street a lot of guys like me need a one man version of TeamSystem"

    I hear you figuerres. I'll add too that even small teams (5-30) which which I've been associated find too many barriers to adoption:
    • Which SKU fits, how does it fit within our existing MSDN subscriptions, and what will it cost? One CA, USA governmental organization with which I was associated could not even get a (timely) answer from their MS vendor.
    • Can't sell it to the keepers of the purse strings - REALLY this IS going to help us build better, more maintainable software faster. Trust me. Sadly, It seems it's always easier to drip, drip time and money into a hodgepodge of tools and cobble them together into a process that *seems* to work mostly OK.
    I could go on but I don't really have the time....