Lots of hate, but very little comments on how to actually fix it. I would suggest maybe a site like this full of tech geeks doesnt really understand modern user interface design and would rather use a terminal. But what do I know... I'm a tech geek also.
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Education Software Solutions tells school customers: We are moving to 3-year licensing contracts and so are you
Sims is an awfully outdated product. Some of it is still based on Pascal and Dbase I believe!!
It makes you wonder why they didn't just start again with a modern framework but they seem to have built on top of the legacy code over and over again to the point where it is impossible to upgrade.
Our school moved away from Sims years ago, we saw this coming.
As a developer myself, I've found telemetry and particularly crash reporting to be hugely beneficial to the development process. Some people call it "spyware" others call it reporting, the most important thing is simply that you can turn it off by choice if you are in the "spyware" brigade.
Nothing wrong with telemetry or legally tight privacy policies. People moaning should concentrate on helping to improve it. Its still, you know... open source.
If Audacity gets half as good as musescore all these faux outrage will be well worth it. Musecore is amazing!
Audacity has needed an update for years. Glad to see it happening and I will happily submit my telemetry data to get there!
The Audacity of it all: Version 3.0 of open-source audio fave boasts new file format, 160+ bug fixes
Sims is a really poor "legacy" piece of software and their replacement Sims 8 has been in development for 5 years with no real progress.
Basically the EES division has been a sinking ship with thousands of schools moving away from it in the last year or so.
The valuation is crazy, i'm surprised this private equity firm fell for such a high buy price even if they think they are getting a bargain!!
Sims needs to be thrown in the bin and a new agile cloud based platform developed.
Maybe i'm the only one but I watched a 10min GIMP tutorial on youtube and think its fantastic, I use it daily for logo work and image manipulation.
Sure the name is terrible, the startup time needs to be improved and the interface options simplified but its still a great bit of software worthy of a photoshop comparrison.
GitHub users speak their brains on Microsoft's open-source efforts: ASP.NET shines, but WPF is 'a disaster'
Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN
If you look at what new banks like Monzo are doing with their micro services and UK based IT staff you can see why the legacy banks are in so much trouble. They literally sacked everyone and thought they could outsource everything to India while being on a 1970's mainframe platform. Pure idiocy.
I've been using GIMP recently since the 2.1.0 and its outstanding compared to what it was before with the white background and horrible "floating" toolbars.
The new version really is a revelation, and the developers should be congratulated for their efforts. The startup time had been annoying so I am glad to try out this latest improvement.
The only thing I would change is having plugins based in a simple standard python language, and better online videos on their youtube channel to teach new users. Oh I would also make the colour icons default just to make it look nice out of the box ;)
Welcome to 3 years ago
Been running all the front and back end servers for my organization on Intel SSD's for a couple of years now. Couldn't be happier with the power consumption, speed and reliability improvements.
I would suggest any organization looking at doing it this way, has a good handle on what data they are actually storing and for how long. Its amazing the efficiencies that can be done when you are actually restricted to storage space.
People can moan about renewables but it is our main way of gaining energy independence.
Our offshore wind capacity is one of the best in the world. If it was all exploited then we could power the country 5 times over. Think about Saudi Arabia and their oil reserves. The UK is similar in its wind power resources.
We run 2 x identical Windows 2008 R2 hyper-V storage servers with 600GB Intel SSDs in them in our organization. Basically mirroring each other each night.
The intel SSDs are rock solid, there is no complicated setups and the file sync each night is lightening fast. We also backup the entire VM each weekend.
Fail safe data on a very limited budget :)
SSD live rocks!
Been running an Intel-X25 24/7 as a high traffic, high I/O web server for over 2 years now. Works perfectly no slowdown as far as I can tell. Not even using TRIM on it.
SSDlife software reports 97% health levels and a 33 year projected lifespan.
Who knows how long it will last but its doing fine so far!