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    posted a message on My first impressions of Windows 10 (So far) - Share yours!

    Thankfully we can kind of swap back to a Windows 8.1 style startmenu, though they moved a lot of stuff for no reason other then to appease the people who refuse to move beyond the yeolde startmenu. The lack of windows borders and shadow highlighting is beyond irritating its a minor usability thing but even all of the Linux DE that ditched window borders kept the shadow highlighting. The ability to actually sure gestures on multi monitor is really the only possible reason i could see upgrading on my work desktop.


    Things that would be nice and could be in there would be on domain attached Win10 machines not to have every new user do that were getting things ready for you dialog it makes Win8.1 as a lab machine operating system kinda irritating.


    Other minor things that would be nice as features to have but Microsoft refuses to give to us. SFTP and SSH support, I mean come on from an enterprise level the fact I can't do the bulk of my job without installing putty or cygwin when just about every other operating system supports this by default.


    The white interface flat theme i get a lot of OS are doing but i can't stop thinking it reminds me of Gnome3 in Fedora.


    Hopefully Win10 is a bit more usable on tablets, if so then I would prefer it as Win8.1 can still be pretty irritating on the surface tablets.


    Still dislike that Microsoft ditched what is easily a better interface Win8.1 start screen (yes even for desktops if you would actually use it you would get why) just because people complained. I get wanting to make changes to the interface but it seems like every single change in Win10 that replaced a gesture or something I was used to in Win8.1 takes extra clicks.


    Going to use it because the multi monitor features drive me up a wall that windows has lacked that so many Linux DE have had forever.


    Something I will have to test at work is supposedly by default Remote Desktop Services can support OpenGL meaning we can finally install the CAD applications remotely because they do a stupid check for OpenGL support when installed and because when you RDP in it swaps to a software render without support it freaks out. Very small use case but something that would be nice at work.


    I prefer my Win8.1 user interface on my desktop but some other advantages might prompt me to swap at work. At home the new driver model for AMD drivers has a lot less CPU overhead and other things meaning Dx11 runs quite a bit faster I have been running modified drivers to get it but now i can run official drivers so that's why I am upgrading at home.


    Edit: Appears window shadows are rendering now after they have not all day so what the hell Microsoft.

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    posted a message on Will you be updating to Windows 10?

    Probably going to stick to Windows 8.1 unless my work gets licenses for Windows 10 then I might consider it. Even though the UI is very similar I just prefer to keep my work computer on the same Windows version as my home desktop. That and I also don't see very many reasons to upgrade, if they improve multi-monitor support then I will try to get it done in a heartbeat at work.

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    posted a message on What OS Do You Use?

    Workstation 8.1

    Home 8.1

    Laptop Ubuntu 14.04

    Phone Android 5.0.2

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    posted a message on Windows 8, 8.1 For or Hate?
    Quote from sammyandsam»

    I don't really have a problem with 8.1. I went from 7 to 8.1 because I got a new computer. I would recommend 8.1, but its not really designed for desktops.


    Really what about it is not designed for desktops, keyboard shortcuts still work mouse still works. If it is because the start screen has buttons instead of 20 tab menus I will ask you what is quicker to search through not to mention program files tendency to sometimes label things by application or company that owns it.

    Quote from c3p0_»

    Use it on my pc for the reason of games. I would fully switch to linux within a heartbeat but unfortunate it doesn't have that wider support for those applications.


    8.1 is a really nice and most important much faster os over windows 7. Once you figure out how everything works <_< At first glance it's confusing and unstructured for productivity thats why I use linux for productivity and not 8.1. So I'd pick 8.1 over 7 anytime. But still linux > windows.


    Really just the Linux Kernel nothing else? Funny you bring up a Linux Distro considering every major one runs an UI similar to Win8, Unity Gnome3. KDE is even moving to a interface based more around searching under a menu then a bunch of tabs for your applications. I like Win8 because it brought the UI closer to the Linux DE I use often.

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    posted a message on Windows 8, 8.1 For or Hate?

    Use it at home my workstation at work and really any chance I get. I like the interface much better then Win7, it is still a little poor on tablets and hopeing windows on tablets gets improved a bit with Win10. Though WinRT tablets are very nice i have a bunch sitting above my desk that we loan out to teachers going to conferences and other places.

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    posted a message on Who else are data hoarders?

    Only the Storage Arrays I run at work could come close to that even then it is only 30TB, though ours are probably a lot faster implementing VAAI with our ESXI hosts and working on maybe getting dedupping going. The Cisco 2960 we run it all through is pretty dated and needs replacing too. We have a lot of Windows VMs and some early stuff we have been looking at shows you can really reduce the storage impact of the base operating system.

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    posted a message on Is it possible to compile a Minecraft Server environment on Android?
    It is java so we don't need to recompile. Yes it is the problem is the libraries and things and the fact while yes Dalvik is compatible with JVM code not all libraries are built into each other and somethings don't work on both.
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    posted a message on Bandwidth Insanity During Seasonal Holidays - Internet Traffic in Virtual Gridlock
    Cable is a shared medium meaning that the more people you share the line with are using it everyone is going to slow down. I am going to assume you have more family over during the holidays. Most home routers can barley handle 4-5 wireless clients without massive slow downs. Maybe before instantly blaming the ISP you make sure your home connection is capable of handling the amount of people you have on it.

    With my home set up I never seen anything less then 90% of the speeds promised. When I first moved and got this ISP I was getting 10-25% of speeds promised I did not know why until I realized our home router could only handle NAT at those speeds. We swapped to a router that can NAT at Gigabit speeds. Even before if we were all watching YouTube and on low enough quality it was not hitting that limit it still ran slow.

    I would make sure this is not the result of your home equipment and if it is not then maybe consider calling the ISP see if they consider this normal or if they have plans to upgrade the network in your area.
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    posted a message on *NEWS* Microsoft looking to now use subscriptions for Windows
    Quote from stuntdude»
    Because it would be making you pay periodically for a product as though it's a service. Same deal with the new Adobe Creative Cloud BS. They try to frame a product as a service by loaning it out to you and then threatening to take it back if you don't continue paying for it periodically. But what they're selling you still isn't a service, just a whole lot of dishonesty.

    You are still getting updates it is more then a single product like a chair or a cup you might buy. They are also providing technical support.
    Quote from Tripredacus»
    It is speculation, in that MSFT is slowing moving most services into the Azure platform. At one point in time, Azure was supposed to be a "Cloud OS" replacement for a standard Windows, and eventually Azure would replace Windows entirely. This didn't happened. Azure is a web platform and not an operating system, and Windows 8 came out in about the same timeline the subscription based Cloud OS was supposed to be released. Windows 8 made great strides to attempt to bridge the desktop with a more online-integrated experience with the Start Screen.

    Currently, they have available the SaaS Office 365, but adoption is not great. If there comes a time when standard Office is no longer available, then you can fear that a consumer based "Azure" will show up. Even so, they would likely trial it, as in make it available as a separate product for a few years to determine whether it would be adopted... which is what they are doing with Office right now.

    Azure is a pretty great solution we host some of our servers on it. Canonical has been working with MS to make sure Ubuntu support is solid. It is just another cloud service.

    Office 365 hosting exchange sucks having Microsoft handle that nonsense is much better.

    Cisco for its Meraki line of products does a subscription based licensing and most people don't really have a problem with it.
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    posted a message on *NEWS* Microsoft looking to now use subscriptions for Windows
    Quote from Ryuku»
    That wouldn't be true, I don't think microsoft is that stupid.

    Explain to me why this is such a terrible thing?
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    posted a message on *NEWS* Microsoft looking to now use subscriptions for Windows
    Also what would be so wrong they could provide updates to new versions without having to go put out some more money it would probably be cheap.
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    posted a message on The .NET Runtimes are now Open Source!
    See if they come through if we do get true cross platform support then I will probably learn C#. Java is dead the language only has cross platform support as its better features really.
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    posted a message on Best Free OS for Minecraft?
    Quote from Knovox»
    Xaanos it depends what you do with it that makes it more of a process. If someone wants a small server or something, it's a different process. Obviously this person isn't looking for a server computer. Just one to run minecraft.

    No not really it is different not harder for the desktop edition the installation is no more intensive then the Windows installer.
    Quote from SpreadThemLegs»



    Unity is Ubuntu 13.10, Unless you decide to upgrade it to 14.04

    Unity is the DE that Ubuntu has used sense 11.04 and is still used all the way to the current version 14.10.
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    posted a message on Best Free OS for Minecraft?
    Quote from dadiko39»

    Don't forget, Ubuntu uses a Unity desktop environment which chews up pretty much of your RAM (like about 50% of your 2 GB RAM).

    Try using Xfce, another desktop environment which uses less RAM.

    For your OS, I recommend Xubuntu or Linux Mint (select Xfce).

    Unity its self actually eats very little Compiz is really the "villain" there and even then it uses about 200MB on a stock Ubuntu 14.10 install. Unity for a variety of reasons the fact it is the only DE that supports full keyboard shortcuts for navigating its whole interface is one of the best parts of it.
    If you are that crazy about lightweight go run LXDE and even then Unity is plenty light weight.

    Mint is terrible it does not support upgrading between releases, I have had 4 year old Ubuntu machines without needing a reinstall. The idea if I want to stay truly current with the underlying Ubuntu I would need to reinstall every 6 months is pretty terrible. While yes they bother to up date some packages there is no reason that a person can't just run Ubuntu.

    "AMD's graphics driver support hasn't exactly been stellar" The only company that could be described as having half way decent Linux drivers is Intel.

    "thing is with Ubuntu it's a more process setup". No more complex then the Windows install unless finding your time zone is really difficult for you.
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    posted a message on Which is the best Chromebook
    They are pretty terrible for the price the usability and ability to centrally mange chrome books is crap compared to a Microsoft Windows solution. Cheap Windows laptops are better then any tablet or chrome book from an education standpoint. When setting up some chromecasts in an enterprise environment I realized Google is probably the worst company on the planet when it comes to documenting their products.
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