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  1. Relax Darkling, he was making a joke.

    That was a long read SC, but it was very good. Personally, I love Valve's Steam, but I still like having that hard copy in my hands. I'm sure like most gamers, its going to take some getting used to as more and more companies turn to digital distribution, but the inability to easily install my games if I didn't have broadband (which bad things happen to good people sometimes) kind of irks me.

    I like how you've done the UC:AWA purchase (which I'm still waiting until I have the money to purchase it : ) where you purchase it online from BMT Micro, but they send you a CD. Meh, old gamers die hard I guess.

  2. Maybe he should have drank less water... by their philosophy he would have weighed less then.

    I know a couple Vegetarians, and after I saw this post I figured I'd ask them for you $ilk. One said she didn't like the slaughter of animals.. which is ok I guess, I don't agree, but ok. The other really has no clue... her parents were Vegitarians and thats all he's really eaten.

    : No real solid reason here.

  3. quote:

    Originally posted by $iLk:

    Al Gore hasn't had a bowel movement in over 17 years.

    Hahahhahaha. So True.

    While my stance on Bush really hasn't changed over the past 8 years, I didn't like him when he got voted in and I don't like him now, if the man has to go he's gotta go.

    While I feel Iraq and New Orleans have been handled poorly, is the far left soooo desperate at this point that they're critquing the guy on taking a bloody bathroom break?

    On a less serious tone... it is pretty damn funny.

  4. You can also, if you really want to, purchase their new Mighty Mouse. I bought one for my workstation at work and its actually really kind of nice. It does take a little learning to get used to the left-click right-click action, as it works much different from my multi-button mice here at home on my boxes here.

    The single button mouse is one of the most annoying things about the Mac, but you do get used to it after a while.

  5. quote:

    Originally posted by Darkling:

    So what you're telling me is that Enterprises are paying me 10's of thousands of dollars to Implement Lotus Notes for them, when all they had to do was get a simple LDAP program. Boy I guess these guys are REALLY Stupid. Oh Wait, I forgot, the main reason they buy Lotus notes is because of the ability to log every transaction, every note change with a time and date stamp of the user that created it. So THIS is the reason that people buy it. Same thing with Goldmine. If you change a phone number on a contact, a history record is created that says that you changed the phone number from 123 to 456, whatever. Also, if I want to fax a document to my customer, I go to the Document center and right click on the document that I want and right click fax, BOOM, Goldmine uses a word template that automatically merges information into the document from the Contact that I'm working on, then passes it off to either Faxnow!, Faxrush, RightFax, or one of several other programs made to work with it. This is something you CAN'T do on a Mac, unless you're wiling to write all the code yourself.

    A lot of the reason for companies to buy Lotus Notes is A) The Support; basic LDAP is GREATLY unsupported and B) most LDAPs are extremely difficult to implement without a nice GUI like Notes offers. LDAPs for UNIX have logging that logs with everything else on a UNIX system, not quite sure about Windows LDAPs though. You can't find an efficient LDAP for Windows, unless you look at $10k+ software like Notes. It just can't be found.

    Like I said though, I don't know enough about Goldmine, its not my field, but I'm still looking into alternatives. It sounds to me like its a Database working in tandem with a Office Suite, tailored specfically for managing customer data which there are viable solutions for Mac. 4D comes to mind; although 4D requires years of training as its nothing like any other Database you can find.


    Originally posted by Darking:

    When did I say that Windows is better than Mac? OS/2 was FAR SUPERIOR to both Windows AND Mac's, did it make it the right computer to buy for Business? NO, because other than Notes, there was no REAL business software written for it. Of course I'm talking about generalities here, I'm not talking about individual circumstances. [...] I even tried looking for something so I can simply run Linux clients off Terminal Servers, but there isn't any version of Remote Desktop for Linux that can redirect Printers, unless I want to upgrade to Citrix, which would cost me an additional $2000.00 in licensing. What do you think that I'm some kid in college, studying business, NO! I live in the REAL world, where you have to use what's available REGARDLESS of who makes it, Bill Gates included, because if you don't use that advantage, your competition sure as hell will and eat your lunch while they're at it.

    I misunderstood your direction. Your original postings came off a bit as "Mac OS X sucks".

    As for the printer thing with Linux Terminals, you might want to look into CUPS Networking a little further, but I'm pretty sure depending on your configuration you should be able to redirect to your printers rather easily, since printer selection can be set in a users group configuration. They just need to be CUPS supported. I know Sun Microsystems includes some extra software for doing just this... but migrating to a Sun thin-client system is equal to commiting ritual suicide unless you know what the hell your doing....... which even Sun Techs barely have a clue.

    There are always alternatives, often they are too different for a massive change. It really depends on your network you'd be deploying to. I'm sure you'd find the Customer Management Software for 4D extremely different from Goldmine.

    It all comes down to if you've gotten yourself comfortable or not. If your comfortable, don't switch; it'd be a dangerous move with your company to migrate to another system. The idea is getting companies when their starting, you'll have them forever. Microsoft, Sun, Novell... they all do it.

  6. Darkling... have you used a Mac using OSX for more than a week? For starters... most of the truly useful features of Notes are built into OS X, as with any UNIX OS currently. Notes is simply a nice looking wrapper for an LDAP client.

    I don't know about the other programs; Goldmine I believe has a very popular Mac equivilent but I'm not sure. I need to research it further.

    Macs are also in the Enterprise environment, they're just not as prevalent, mostly because of their cost. Their American Enterprise market is also extremely small because of Microsoft's dominance in the 1990's here.

    There are package management systems for Macs, ones that were out there BEFORE Microsoft copied the UNIX and Mac world with the .MSI packages. Even here at school we don't use the .MSI system because its inheriently broken and has security vulnerabilites that make our resident paranoid have nightmares.

    The group management for Macs is the same group management used with all BSD UNIX computers; again, which as an Administrator, I love compared to the crummy "Group Policy Manager" that comes with the NT line of Windows. Apple even includes a decent GUI for managing users, something BSD doesn't by default.

    You USED to have to go one by one to install software... those days are long gone since OS X is BSD based. Application push has been in UNIX and Mac for years before Microsoft even dreamt of it.

    Please, do a little more research before you start debunking something; I haven't debunked Windows nearly at all... just simply stated facts. The last thing this conversation needs to erupt into is a WINDOWS IS BETTER THAN MAC flame war.

    EDIT: One last thing... Graphics Programs arn't the main concentration in OS X, they were for OS9 and earlier though. OS X has taken a much broader aspect on the Desktop, and now you can actually find some of the most powerful DataBase applications for it, some spectacular Programming Environments, and the entire Microsoft Office Suite even runs better on a Mac than on any of our PCs here.

  7. quote:

    Originally posted by Darkling:

    Now of course, if you will be actually using it for work, it may not be so easy. What happens if you need to run Quickbooks? Or Goldmine? or Act? Most productivity software is ONLY made for PC's so, it's not so easy to say yeah let's just run only Macs.

    Thats not true. Not nearly true at all. There are more than enough equivilents to cover ALL of those pieces of software. Quickbooks even has a Mac version out this very moment, in its 7th version as well. Depending on what you're doing, its extremely easy to say "let's just run only Macs." Education for example, gets a big boost when you use Macintosh.

    Here at my college, our Mac labs need maintaining 3 or 4 times a year, and students prefer them because they work instantly... you don't have to deal with finding a computer that doesn't have a virus or spyware on it. The Dell labs are neglected by students for the most part, primarily becuase they'll be working for one week (after somebody goes in and fixes them) and an hour later they'll be infected again because some student doesn't know what the hell their doing. It hampers education; right now were fending off W32.Spybot and Norton Antivirus isn't doing its part very well.


    Originally posted by $ilk:

    I read that Apple was taking out non-proprietary hardware support?

    I doubt it. The x86 PowerMac G5 we have at work actually has the same x800 video card that many of us wish we had. If they took out non-proprietary hardware support they'd kill a lot of their market.

  8. You can buy an external drive that fits right under the Mac Mini from Lacie.


    If you want to get a cheap mac and have a lot of hard disk space, I'd actually recommend going this route, as getting a PowerMac and upgrading it will be costly. As for the iMac; unless they changed the playing field for the iMac G5, there is only one slot for a hard disk, so you'd probably have to get an external to upgrade it anyways.

  9. I agree grayson. The SP was bloody terrible on easy and medium, and it wasn't too great with the little story adjustments on hard. The first 2 missions were fun, but after that it was just the same old thing.

    The multiplayer was where Perfect Dark shined, but it never really caught on as much as Goldeneye did.

    Sad really, the neutron bomb is possibly the coolest way to kill a MP opponent, ever.

  10. quote:

    Originally posted by Soback:

    Hopefully this Empire at War will live up to Rebellion, if you read their forums, tons of people are just raving about that.

    Thats part of the problem I see developing. Half of the gamers interested in it, the fans of Star Wars, want it to be like Rebellion, and then the other half, fans of the developers, want it to be more like Command and Conquer with a Star Wars twist.

    Personally, I'd like it either way, as both would be interesting. I don't think it will be a flop either; it has the potential to completely set the new standard for 3D space real-time strategy. The scale of the capital ships is amazing, and this would be a very welcome refresher for the sub-genre of RTS that Homeworld 2 is beginning to stretch its welcome for some.

  11. Its probably going to end up somewhat similar to the Command & Conquer Series. Almost the entire team is from the disbanded Westwood Studios.

    Maybe we'll actually see a decently fun RTS for Star Wars. Force Commander was kinda weak IMO; it was so buggy that if it wasn't CTD the AI just pissed me off (horrible pathfinding). Battlegrounds would have better just been released as a AoK mod.

    Rebellion was great, but it fell more under the 4x genre of games rather than RTS.

  12. I see this as a two faced deal. For starters, EA is a very successful company and they do have decent games come out once in a while. However, does this mean that Valve is going to be pushed for early releases, less quality more quantity, and long hours with extreme fatigue?

    It could work, Gabe Newell is a Microsoft baby, and he's proven his strength time and time again, although I can see this turning bad very quickly.

  13. The crackers these days will stop at nothing. This is already looking like more of a war of attrition than anything else. Sony's code hackers are gonna be modifying security code and closing loopholes as quick as the crackers break them. Bloody sad... I'd rather Sony be concentrating on fixing other problems with the handheld.

  14. I caught this on /. just a couple minutes ago.

    We play dumb with store clerks to see who helps us shop smart.

    Honestly, it sounds about right. Every time I've been in an EB Games for the last year its always been some 18 year old prick who thinks he can hack his way through the CIA just because he knows what Uplink is. Or they're a self-rightous idjit who revels in the fact that they've beaten every game in the store... and they make sure you know it.

    The honest truth is that for the most part, customer service is seriously lacking in video game stores. I was honestly a bit surprised about GameStop, since I've had problems there as well when trying to figure out if a game that is supposed to be out was delayed.

    One gripe though about this article, I do think they were a little unfair with the Toys-R-Us guys with the polygons question. I wouldn't expect a Toy-Department Store to train employees on what every nitpicky thing in the store is. The guy they talked too probably worked around the whole store.

  15. This forum seems to go in waves.. I don't have any statistical proof of this, and I'm too damn lazy to gather and process it, but I think I has to do with the seasons. Seems to pick up around end of summer early fall, then die off late spring early summer.

    Just an informal look at the scope of it.

    It also picks up A LOT when a new game is about to come out or has come out. (hence the typical lockdown to keep flamers out)

  16. I think partially this has to do with the public's discovery of their acts of beating the slaves. I for one haven't bought but maybe two EA products since that whole mess started.

    The NASCAR sim community is still pretty poor about the fact that Papyrus can't work on a new NASCAR sim. Personally, I hate NASCAR (Gimme WRC Baby!!) but the papyrus sims were always a little fun to play. As for the other sports titles, nobody can do it quite like EA can... as hard as that is for me to admit.

  17. quote:

    Originally posted by Kung-Fu Massa:

    RE: Recommending an MP3 player. First off, let me admit that if I could afford to pay for the grossly overpriced iPod devices (mini or otherwise) I most assuredly would. I believe iPods are very well designed, have nice user interfaces, and the circular touchpad is very intuitive to use.

    However. That doesn't change the fact that they are grossly overpriced for what they are.

    How are they overpriced? You can do soooo much more than you could ever imagine with an iPod. They're a portable hard disk for starters. You can put books on them, use them as a planner, and many many other functions. The new iPod Photo has a camera attachment coming out very soon for it as well.

    Enjoy your H10 Freeze, they're pretty good listening devices as well.

  18. This is crap in my opinion, since Immersion's patent is so vague in the first place.

    Honestly, if this isn't more proof that we need a revamp of the US Patent System then I don't know what is. Currently just about anyone can get away with as vague a patent as you can imagine, thereby ceasing all competition for that sector. Its anti-capitalist and in the end, I think its gonna do more hurt to the economy than help.

  19. iPod Mini... The majority of the IT department at my school uses them daily (including myself) as portable hard disks and as sanity keeping devices. In addition the teachers use them as teaching tools.

    iPods are much more than an MP3 player, and I think you would be extremely satisfied with one. Currently, the mini comes in 4 and 6 gig forms, so thats exactly what you're looking for. Check out http://www.apple.com/ipodmini/ for more information.

    The only thing is it uses Apple's format, but being as you can find converters for almost any format (including Ogg Vorbis) that isn't a huge issue. Unfortunately, because of the DMCA and all that crap, finding a MP3 player that doesn't use some form of DRM is near impossible, and Apple's is much better than most forms of music DRM IMO.

  20. Very true.

    The probems wouldn't be so bad if so many programmers weren't so lazy when it comes to making sure that their code is secure. Most of the time, vulnerabilities are caused by buffer overflows, which can be minimized by writing proper code to counter a buffer overflow.

    Granted, I personally hate making sure my code is secure, but I have teachers here at school who will give us an automatic 'F' if they can quickly and easily break our code. It is just a necessity in today's corporate world.

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