* Posts by Gerhard den Hollander

162 posts • joined 26 Feb 2007


Linux fans thrown a bone in one Windows 10 build while Peppa Pig may fly if another is ready in time for this year

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Linux developers

For Linux developers missing the blues teen there is, of course, xscreensaver.

Building it from source is considered a bit of a rite of passage.

Building it from source, and getting the full suite working, including the xscreensaver-demo is not easy ( until you've done it once)

BOFH: We must... have... beer! Only... cure... for... electromagnetic fields

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Re: Irradiated Haggis

I'd hate to spoil it ...


Y2K, Windows NT4 Server and Notes. It's a 1990s Who, Me? special

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Hold the power button ....

I learned relatively quickly that certain brands if server hardware would not poweroff on the push of the button but on the release.

Back in the NT4 days I remember having to get a colleague ( who was within shouting distance) logging in on the console and doing a graceful shutdown while i kept the powerbutton depressed.

To be fair i’ve returned the favor a few times as well.

When someone asks can you powerdown The server, always ask which of the servers we’ve just been discussing he meant ....,

BOFH: Oh, go on, let's flush all that legacy tech down the toilet

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Reading this on the toilet

Little knowing that Graham the dispatcher is now a poo-smelling smear in the middle of the road because he forgot to take your latest memo with him."


Which is why i print them, rather than take an ipad.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity

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Re: What about if, during the fourth cycle, you panicked and turned it off after just seven seconds?

... which would be a great opportunity to throw in a NINE NEIN NINE NEIN joke ...

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

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Re: snapd and systemd

Have an upvote for referencing Bergholt Stuttley ....

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

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Witte wieven

Witte wieven translates to white women, not wise women. It’s actually a nickname/folktale referencing the fog from the canals that, when rising up across the meadows looks ( in the dark ) like white women climbing out of the canal coming to drag the weary walker in the canal.

Many a walker in the 1800s who had fortified himself before a long cold walk would encounter these white women and depending on his level of fortification may have ended up in the drink.

Linux in 2016 catches up to Solaris from 2004

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Re: True but but hardware

I've had a softspot for Sun ever since I saw the knightrider lights on the 3/50. Unfortunately in the late 90s sun lost it when their top of the line videocards were being outperformed by a ridiculous margin by a linux box + top of the line NVidia card. And the linux+videocard cost a third of what the sun videocard alone cost. And when in early 2000 the amd and Intel CPUs started outperforming the Solaris machines by similar margins (at least for the software we developed) it became a matter of years before all our clients had switched to linux.

Sad. But if a 60K machines takes a month to run a job, and a pc you buy for 2k at the shop around the corner runs the job in 2 weeks you have lost.

Esp since installing linux, loading our software and loading the data took less then a day.

Google calendar TITSUP

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calendar and office?

Time to Don a tinfoil hat,

Office365 and google calendar down at the same time?

Dutch court says BREIN should get e-book uploaders' names

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Facebook, WhatsApp farewell BlackBerry

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Re: Competition problem?

BBM competes with facebook/whatsapp about just as well as BB10 competes with Android/iOS.

I havent received a BBM message in months , and if you dont count the 2 total strangers who wanted to invite me, i havent received a BBM message in over 2 years ...

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Re: More worring

webwhatsapp is one of those new features that I dodnt know about, didnt care about, until i tried it

Who knows what else they may be trying / thinking off

Android on Windows is disruptive because neither Microsoft nor Google can stop it

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Re: Right...

From the page you pointed to:

[ -- start snip -- ]

This isn’t the fastest way to run Android apps on your PC — BlueStacks is faster if all you want to do is play Temple Run 2 or another Android game on your Windows PC. However, Android-x86 provides access to a complete Android system in a virtual machine. It’s a great way to get more familiar with a standard Android system or just experiment with it like you would experiment with a virtual machine running any other operating systems.

[ -- end snip -- ]

so performance is one reason ....

Sony snags Spotify for streaming music to Playstation gamers

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Re: Hyperbole

set your cellphone to spotify connect

have it so that spotify is full screen

have the prev,pause,next buttons on your screen

whenever you want to change th music, reach down to where you know the cellphone is, and hit next ..

kinda like hitting the audio shortcut keys on your keyboard while playing a game

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bluray ?

Would this service also be available on Sony's blu-ray line ?

Some (all?) of them are basically just PS3's without the gaming bits anyway.


Sound and battery: 20 portable Bluetooth speakers

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Re: TL:DR....

the philips bt3500 is stereo, though you dont hear that much stereo seperation, as the speakers are very close together.

I'm a bit surprised at the #80 prive tag, as I got it for e60.

Better osund quality than my laptop speakers, plus it has a built in mic, so can double as a cheapo conference phone means Im happy with it (and since I bought a battery pack for my phone ages ago, that can also charge the speakers, the 5 hour battery life isnt much of a problem for me .

But, to each his own :)

BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

Gerhard den Hollander

meet the new boss...

... same as the old boss?

Will the bofh be fooled again?

WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: So it scrolls from right-to-left ...

kinda fitting, as legions of youtube uploaders use a mirror imaged version of their upload (say a soccer world cup match highlights reel or ...) to bypass the google (c) checks in yootoob .

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: FFS!

wasnt it tvwm (Toms Virtual Window Manager ) ?

OpenLook on Solaris had an olvm in the early 90s

I started using fvwm in late 1993 because I wanted something on Linux that gave me what I had been using on Solaris (or maybe even SunOS).

So, from personal experience, I can say this has been around for at least 20+ years

The windows ``desktops'' solution does not even come close to the flexibility and ease of use of a real VWM

Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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printed ?

The service will cover printed books ?

Really ?

how ?

[insert joke about how something should have thought of this before, and call it something creative like library]

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher

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Re: Beamer?

And it's a bummer when it gets stolen

Hello Moto... It's the Nokia Lumia 630

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What is the deal with whatsapp?

Last I heard you had to pay for whatsapp on winpho?

That got followed by someone telling me whatsapp was dropped for winpho 8.1?

Kids these days use whatsapp more than anything else on their phone

Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

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interesting ....

what would be eally interesting if these wifi connectable devices wouold also show up as a UPnP device

Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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do away with cash ... plot

Maybe a good excuse to get rid of all those pesky coin operated machines, and switch to credit/debit/NFC machines .. and screw all those without debit cards, tourists with incompatible cards

worked really well over here ....

Windows Phone beats BLACKBERRY in mobe OS popularity stakes

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care to back up your claim that winpho is actually more secure than the alternatives ?

BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

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You need to sideload snap if you want to access the googlplay store. If you can find the raw apk file, you can just doubleclick it.

2 caveats:

1) corporate phones usually have a security policy that disables debug mode, so no sideloading possible

2) some android apps rely on the Google play api (e.g. For in game purchases) and Google play api is not supported on bb10.

So Google maps will work fine, plants vs zombies 2 fails to start.

Mozilla takes wraps off 25 DOLLAR Firefox OS smartphone

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want one ....

Seriously .. for this kind of money, I want one .. just to use as a spare phone in case my real one dies .. in fact, I might want an additional 4 (one for each of the kids, and a hot spare in case they drop one in the loo).

Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Gerhard den Hollander

BB10 Re: If you want answers

As a recent owner of a Q10 (to replace a dead bold 9x00) I have to say this device is sweet.

The android compatibility layer is great, some of my favorite apps are now available as .apk's (endomorphpo, spotify, google maps).

The new UI takes some getting used to, but is actually very easy to use.

It has a physical keyboard ... honestly, if you do more than a few emaisl a day, physical keyboards are soo much better than touchscreens.

It finally has a decent webbrowser

And if you have a BES server as a corporate email gateway, honestly, there is no alternative worth trying for more than a few days

Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Re: This is old news...

Too late

... sent from my iPhone 8 ...

Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

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I would still go for a recruiting job ... kinda like how the brit intel agency in WWII found people who were good at crosswords , and used that as a selection starting point.

Spy agencies need peole who you can tell, we know that messages are being swapped through the XXXXX messageboard, without them going ``yeah, Duh .. it's a message board, what do you expect '' and in stead find the steganosaurs

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Its simple

even if you screw up, it's still a job for life .... just a very short one ...

'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: I don't care what it looks like

I'm lost ... you say the music is being reencoded every time you have to sync the phone ?

Then why not just reencode to VBR-mp3s and leave the lossless items on your harddrive ?

Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

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Re: And cry you might


Optimus just works for me (using the nvidia drivers, which are a 1 -click install, and a lot quicker and easier to install than doing the same on windows 7

I currently run my main linux box with 3 screens connected to it. Took about all of 15 minutes to get it to work, at least 10 of which was spend trying to find a HDMI cable to connect screen #3

Whereas windows 7 for some reason insists on removing my second screen as soon as I switch off the monitor, happily moving all my apps to screen #1, then when I switch off screen #1 as well, poor old windows doesnt know what to do anymore, so when I poweron my monitors the next morning, my whole desktop is screwed.

So, in order to maintain my desktop overnight, I have to leave both my monitors on (and let them switch to powersave mode).

Sound has been nice, stable and rocking since oh I dont know, mid 1995 I think (which is when I bought the first soundcard for my PC).

Printers, are actually a lot easier under Linux then under windows, as all the models I've tried work out of the box on Linux , whereas on windows I needed to hunt down the right drivers (yes, Dell, Im talking about you)

As for laptop battery life. Im sure you have a point there. Thankfully Im noever to far away from a wallsocket, and I prefer to enjoy my plane trips reading a good book, in stead of trying to work on a heavy laptop

SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

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missing on winphone 8

To get winphone in the enterprise, a few things I could think of

* physical keyboard (seriously, while it's fun to see people struggling, fighting,. cussing and swearing at their touchscreen, it gets stale pretty quickly if you're on the receiving end of emails send that way)

* proper exchange integration (only blackberry seems to have gotten it right, by tying exchange to the BES, and than using BES to talk to the device. Form what little I tried on iphones and androids, their exchnage integration is nowehere as smooth and seamless

* lync integration

The latter 2 now seem to be available in winphone 8 .. too bad I've never seen anyone actullay using ti to see how good this is ...

Any chance of getting a winhone with aphysical keyboid ?

Three Men in a Tardis

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To say nothing of the dog

... is a rather funny time travel novel by Connie Willis .. which has nothing to do with Dr. Who, but should not go unmentioned in a thread like this :)

Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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No lync integration ... that was about the only reason (for me) to consider this ....

Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Re: Fooling with conventions

in which case your SoL on the citroen, as it does not have a cigarette lighter,

in stead it comes with a cigar lighter .

Yes, the mind baffles .....

Britney-obsessed Ubuntu 13.10 DUMPS X Windows-killer Mir in desktop U-turn

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Re: The Britney Link

from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/01/ubuntu_second_beta_review/

Smart Scopes also seem to have become a little smarter. Search results were a bit more relevant than when I have tested this feature in the past, though there is still plenty of junk. Why Britney Spears albums come up on a search for "Thailand" is something only Canonical knows. Maybe.

Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: grip on Linux does a nice job

If you have a laptop, this becomes less of an issue, just leave the laptop soemwhere near, and just occasionally pplug in the next CD when the drive door opens. If your work involves working with/near/at a computer, again it becomes less of an issue

Samsung's new image sensor promises better snaps in smaller devices

Gerhard den Hollander

you will also need a bigger lens, and therefore a large focal range, meaning increased Z-height

WHY do phone cams turn me into a clumsy twat with dexterity of an elephant?

Gerhard den Hollander

Re: Well, if you're taking photos at a concert...

hear .. hear ..

people taking pictures at any event , using a tablet/iPad should simply be taken out and shot.

I mean, wtf would youo take an ipad in the first place to a concert ?

It's not like a spur of the moment, ohh I only have an ipad thing.

You deliberately thought about it, and decided to take an iPad / tablet to take pictures, in stead of a (much smaller) camera or your iPhone. [no iPad wihout an iPhone in like 99% of the cases]

Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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No 3rdparty driver support for Mir ?

So your nvidia card (or your AMD card) will not work with Mir ?

(or at least not work accelerated)

That's a minor disappointment.

And what about things like mplayer (and friends) who use the acceleration in those proprietary X drivers for nice smooth video playback ?

Also, editing xorg.conf ?

Havent needed to do so by hand in years ... nvidia-settings does it all (including hot plugging monitors, triple monitor support , laptop support ).

The only time I needed to manually ahck the xorg.conf tree was when I wanted to have one of my monitors in portrait mode (though even that can now easily be done through the nvidia-settings dialog)

Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

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Re: if it works as just a tablet....

It would be running ARM, which is (one of the) reasons windows RT fails.

If you want a laptop, you want to do windowsy stuff on it (for work purposes outlook 2010 connecting to exchange plus some vpn stuff that's real windows only).

For hobby purposes, you pretty soon end up needing some stuff that's windows only (roxio dvd creator, or some silly games or ....)

Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: So I suppose...

Dali clock still lives, along with xscreensaver (which I still run), both from the same guy, who used to code for netscape (remember the days ) .

xv wasnt really an editor, and other than viewnior, not many image programs come close to it's ease of use when it come to putting an image on the screen as fast as possible, with as little unnecesary junk as possible.

Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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Re: The better solution would have been

Maybe they should just include a z80 emulator, a shitload of z80 games, and sell it to the retro audience

Hubble boffins: Incredibly old supernova could explain EVERYTHING

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Re: superbovae ?

Is that the plural of a spherical cow in a vacuum ?

Firefox: Use new stealth window to satisfy your wife, suggests Mozilla

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Re: Really?

Same here. Working mainly on Linux, I usually have 3 different browsers open (Opera, Firefox and chrome) sometimes including konqueror/rekonq/whatever.

Of those 3/4 I find that I tend to use opera least, simply because it doesnt fo what I want it to, or at least not in the way I expect it to.

Nothing serious, but sometimes it's just slower, sometimes it's just annoying and sometimes it's just crap.

And sometimes it does things to a webpage that none of the other browsers do

Still it has it's uses, so i keep using it, but if I had to stop using any one of those 3, the obvious choice would be opera.

Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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Re: I hate Boffins

He might have been talking about that Cricket match near the chinese border , though I think that was pre-Pearl Harbour .....

Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Re: A nitpick

Zawinski's observation is in all good books on regexps

'Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems.'



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