SMB's sooo sloooow...
SMB's a shockingly lousy protocol, well, certainly as implemented by Microsoft on their operating systems. Even copying to an SMB share from a Mac it's so damn slow. Yes, it's a feature.
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The Ribbon is a minger. So much superfluous unusable guff for the one or two icons that might be useful.
Talking of icons, it's far harder to interpret icons than it is for menu text IF you are looking for something that's uncommon. Seems to have been designed for Chinese speakers (other pictogram languages are available).
That you can't edit it to move things around is the worst part of it.
Then again Microsoft have never built good user interfaces. That utter turd Windows hate, as it goes onwards.
The great thing about using a Mac is that poxy Ribbon is an option as the menus are still in place.
Meh. Double meh.
Natural navigation... Trees will have moss growing on their north side (in the northern hemisphere) as it doesn't like light. Use that for a bearing. The sun's simple to use, but slowly moves around at 15 degrees/hour, moon too. Slope of the ground helps with general direction. Bushes slope away from the prevailing wind, generally south westerly in the UK.
AKA the Peter principle: people rise to the level of their own incompetence.
There's too many managers around that can't do the job of the people they're managing. Whilst there's *some* skilled and talented managers who understand this and effectively delegate and manage, alas they're a rare commodity outnumbered many times over by clueless management numpties throwing their (light) weight around.
"Quick, call the BCS" .. said nobody.
They're fine for academia (one ass-u-me s), but not when working at the coal face with unqualified 'managers' and dubious processes. Much like attempting to read 3 volumes of The Art of Computer Programming (Knuth) - which would probably qualify as membership, but you wouldn't get a job.
Here am I using my "Magic Keyboard" to type this whilst looking at my Thunderbolt screen (still works, just needs the official Thunderbolt to USB-C adapter). The 16" laptop's sitting on a desk stand to get it to the same eye-line as the monitor.
I don't have a Touch Bar on this keyboard.
In any case, I'm a touch typist (like everyone is) so I'm looking at the screen as I type and won't be looking up and down at the pretty useless Touch Bar. Sure, it's amazingly well implemented, but fundamentally flawed in that your eyes are looking at the screen not the keyboard. So 10 out of 10 for implementation and minus several thousand for usefulness.
£1000? Cheapskate! Try £4000 for the 16".
Magsafe's great. You put no pressure on the port, just let the magnets do their best. Sometimes needs an initial wiggle to get it all to connect, but it's been exceedingly reliable for me for the past 14 years or so on many different Macs.
Still smarting at 4 grand for the 16" although it's a work device and works brilliantly. Lots of disc space and memory.
Properly built WebForms actually have the three tiered structure of MVC: code-in-front=View, code-behind=Controller, rules/data tier = Model.
Unit testing client applications is always fraught because of the complexity of the UI. It's perfectly possible to create unit tests but it's further down the stack.
BTW 'classic' ASP was pretty good too and enabled people to start with lightweight coding and progress on to more complex projects. Of course .Net was a massive step up in the tools (Visual Studio) and performance. I'm no MS fan boy, but credit where it's due, ASP.NET is one of the best things that ever came out of Microsoft.
(The date's wrong. ASP.NET was released in 2000 with versions 1.1 and 2.0 soon after. Was developing a large ASP.NET project when 9/11 happened.)
That is not HTML and nothing like Web Forms and drives a horse and cart through accessibility, performance and reliability.
Did the covid malarkey have any affect on Apple 'phone' sales?
Would be reasonable to assume yes as many (most?) people have had 7 months out of the office and working from home where the old phones will quite happily suffice. Shops were closed, so no impulse purchases of £1k+ phones.
It's hardly surprising that sales were down.
Certainly the phone functionality in a smartphone is only one part of the overall feature set. But when you've a perfectly good (smart)phone there's simply no compelling reason to upgrade. Struth, you can't wave it around in front of people to show how kewel you are - cos you can't go anywhere. Also who wants 5G when it causes Covid ;-)
The iPhone 12, at over a grand, gives you what... 5G which isn't yet fully rolled out (and we can't travel, etc.). An 'improved' camera. Wow. Oh, it's such a great reason, I'm so excited, etc.
Is it surprising people aren't rushing to splaff the cash at Apple. Especially as there's the mother of all recessions around the corner.
Could also be an indicator that people are fed up with Apple's pricing?
> If you then do use it where you can't have a null, you will get a Null Reference Exception.
So building bulletproof code requires the traditional two step shuffle; null check first with sensible default, then call the indexOf(str, search)
Relying on the compiler's all well and good, but strings frequently get nulled out through subsequent assignment/manipulation. Would be nice to know that the indexOf utility handles nulls gracefully.
Can't help but think this is one of those arguments similar to cAse sensitVity. More often than not a right PITA.
Oh to have accessible pages again.
BTW isn't UDP's other definition "Unreliable Datagram Protocol", i.e. fire and forget. Seems odd to add it to web pages. Makes sense for broadcast protocols though - the famous driverless cars telling all the other cars where they are.
Alles turisten und nonteknischen lookenpeepers!
Das maschine-kontrol ist nicht für der gefingerpoken und mittengraben! Oderwise ist easy to schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparksen.
Der maschine ist diggen bei experten only!
Ist nicht für gewerken bei dummkopfen. Der rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottonpicken händer in das pockets.
Zo relaxen und watschen der blinkenlights.
Tanks are so last century/millennium. Seems that they're of very limited use compared with other technologies, such as drones and lightly armoured vehicles. They'll never again be used in large numbers crossing a battlefield. About the only place is driving across protesters in Tiananmen Square or Red Square (look at the size of my knob)
One would expect that a Challenger 2 would be slightly more expensive than a Mastiff or Foxhound, not to mention somewhat more difficult to transport to theatre.
ALLES TURISTEN UND NONTEKNISCHEN LOOKENSPEEPERS!
DAS KOMPUTERMASCHINE IST NICHT FÜR DER GEFINGERPOKEN UND MITTENGRABEN! ODERWISE IST EASY TO SCHNAPPEN DER SPRINGENWERK, BLOWENFUSEN UND POPPENCORKEN MIT SPITZENSPARKEN.
IST NICHT FÜR GEWERKEN BEI DUMMKOPFEN. DER RUBBERNECKEN SIGHTSEEREN KEEPEN DAS COTTONPICKEN HÄNDER IN DAS POCKETS MUSS.
ZO RELAXEN UND WATSCHEN DER BLINKENLICHTEN.
They changed how death certificates are issued; only reviewed by one doctor who doesn't need to physically examine the body.
Some argue that the 40,000 includes lots of people who died with Covid, not because of Covid (i.e. infirm, weak people).
The only figure that will really count is the "excess deaths". But it's all nigh-on impossible to determine this accurately.
You're missing the point about it being a completely different model; applications need to behave in a radically different way, it's not just another screen. Look at Apple's TouchBar, where applications will need to present new menus.
For example, you could locate the "Ribbon" down there to free up the main screen for content.
In the beginning, laptops originally had the keyboard at the front of the laptop, with trackballs all over (even located on the screen on the Compaq LTE). Apple's Powerbook 100 was the first laptop where the keyboard was at the back, with wrist rests and a trackball between. Masses of advantages, not least ease of use and comfort. Trackpads became normal, replacing nipples and trackballs. Almost all laptops follow this defacto standard configuration... because it works.
Changing to put the keyboard at the front and a giant secondary display out of eyeline and removing the trackpad doesn't do anything for usability, especially if on a lap (legs sloping, wrist rests hold the laptop in place). Anyone with a modern Apple Macbook Pro will know the limited use of the trackbar above the keyboard -- useless for a touch typist.
Maybe, just maybe, a grown up in Microsoft woke up and smelt the coffee before the children wasted enormous effort on a fundamentally flawed design?
Can't both be run in parallel? The GCHQ sponsored centralised database one for those who don't care about privacy issues (numbed brains from years of Facebook/etc.); and run the decentralised version for those who do care.
It will then be the problem of "the centre" to do the data merge when someone catches the plague and reveals their contacts.
(Assuming that it logs the Bluetooth ID of all mobile devices and doesn't need to run some "alright mate" protocol -- or they mod the centralised version to take the anonymous data which isn't revealed until the "reveal" command is given)
Aren't they furloughed under the government scheme? Or are they now reduced to penury and selling the big issue.
Long-term, can see a considerable difference in government approach; aside from your looney bell-end in chief. Looney bell-end in chief. Looney bell-end in chief. (How many times does he repeat himself whilst rambling?)
And since when do we need masks when out in rural areas? You town-dwelling nonces are a PITA to us carrot crunchers who's life carries on pretty much as it was. Get orrf my laaand...
What's the 'new' edge UI like compared with "legacy edge"? Always found the later IEs and legacy edge to be a bit shit; stupid dropdowns, ugly animations, and general cack rendering of widgets.
Don't have a recent VM of Win-DOS to run it on so have never seen it. Have always had this issue where part of me thinks that people who run IE just don't know any better - we forgive them as they know not what they are doing.
Catalina's a bit of a mess. Loads of bugs compared with previous versions, especially by the time it reached the 4th update. Problems here include:
* Crashes - almost Microsoft levels of crashes, generally on waking from sleep
* Display driver problems - secondary monitors intermittently blank on waking from sleep, flickering hue; incorrect contrast
* Sleep problems - like won't sleep
* Airplay problems - unreliable connections
* Security and other changes means lots of time messing around answering silly "security" popups - very MS like.
Really not their finest version. That there's SSH problems doesn't surprise. The loss of some 32bit utilities also annoys.
Stuck with Catalina because a 16" machine depends upon it.
And the unfortunate sods who were 'converted' to full time employees can be sacked as they're "new employees".
As opposed to laying off all the contractors as they bare the risk of self-employment, i.e. they are contractors so aren't subject to employee regulations. Yet the HMRC couldn't give a damn about that crumbled 'pillar'.