* Posts by doowles

69 posts • joined 14 May 2007


Heaps of tweaks and improvements incoming with GNOME 42


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.

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Sims is an awfully outdated product.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.

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes


Re: Depressing

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


Just a shame its really ugly still!

Capita finally finds buyer for education software biz, private equity Montagu to pay £400m


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.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop


Re: The GIMP hmm...

Paint shop Pro 7 still my goto editing package!


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'


I thought the guy who designed WPF left Microsoft years ago and its basically been abandoned ever since..

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere


Re: Laravel

Laravel has changed the game, so elegant and fast to build things. It really is the future of the language.

Like Visual Studio Code and your data lives in SQL Server? Microsoft has something for you


Now for MYSQL/MARIADB support please!

Nix to the mix: Chrome to block passive HTTP content swirled into HTTPS pages


Wish they would do it sooner!

Bit of a time-saver: LibreOffice emits 6.3 with new features, loading and UI boosts


Still looks like an early 1990s software program, they really need to work on the look and design to make it beautiful. Not just features.

Meet Microsoft's new Visual Studio Online... not the same as the old Visual Studio Online


Visual Studio Code is open source and free I believe

The great and powerful Oz (broadband network): Revs rise, but nbn™'s exec bonuses don't


5G is in no way a substitute for Fixed line broadband, they just down have the backhaul for that.

Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN


Incredible! This is huge news!

Innovation for the win!

Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos


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.

GitLab gets it, grabs $100m to become $1bn firm


Google should buy them....

By gum: Supermicro's Samsung storage ruler server uses secret SSD


Always thought these were a good idea, so much wasted space in 1u rack servers these days.

We even moved to installing NUCs in a rack and it works great.

GIMP masks font downloads, adds horizon fix in new build


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 ;)

Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges


Fuchsia looks awesome already, finally a proper replacement for Androids fragmentation issues

More power to UK, say 'leccy vehicle makers. Seriously, they need it


Re: Its not just manufacturing that needs a solution

You would just "fill up" for 45mins at a service station on the motorway. Charging is a non issue these days.


The unnamed company was Jaguar and the car was the i-Pace.

Pro Evo-lution shocker: Samsung SSDs focus on endurance over capacity


Hopefully prices will come down for the larger drives.

What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed


This version looks surprisingly beautiful...

SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed


Re: SSD Burn out

SSD burnout is a non issue



I've got an 8tb SSD based NAS back home, been using it for over a year now.

The days of large storage on SSD are here.

Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites


Re: In theory a nice idea...

Wordpress runs 30% of the internet, what exactly do you not like about the most popular website platform on the planet?

Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog


Don't forget the PDF editor. This is a great feature that people have wanted for years.

Works well too.

First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up


Is it me or is this totally confusing with all the different versions?

I have no idea what any of them are....

/me continues working on windows 7

Sink your teeth into OCZ's ARC 100 SSD sizzler with tasty home-grown chips


Don't touch OCZ with a bargepole.

Some of their drives had a 50%+ failure rate.

Stick with intel.

A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND


Been stuck on 1tb for a while.

Come on, bring out the 2tb versions so I can finally upgrade my noisy NAS

Is the all-flash data centre just a tantalising dream?


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.

Nevada to host Tesla gigafactory: reports



UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on


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.

Just saying...

MacBook Air 13-inch: If you squint hard enough, you'll see a lesser-spotted Apple Price Cut


I have this laptop, and the screen is outstanding already.

I'd take the battery life any day.

Gee thanks, Ofcom! BT 'pleased' to hang onto pricing 'freedom' for Openreach fibre product


I still don't understand why I have to pay for a "Voice line" when I have never used it.

I only want broadband.

Toshiba new HG6 range REVEALS slimmest SSD module you can buy


Yep waiting for a 2TB option here as well.

Got the samsung 840 1TB version and its great! Just need that extra space.

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013


Been using SSD drives in my web servers since 2010, blindingly quick, reliable and power efficient.

Flash is certainly the future, but I still struggle to see why these expensive enterprise solutions are actually needed.

Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014


The biggest innovation this year is the large capacity Samsung 840 Evos.

I just bought a 1TB version of this for our backup server for less than 500 quid!

Now that is revolutionary!!

Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host


We've been running Office 365 for a year now and loving it.

Its laughable to think we ran an entire server for our 1,000 person business now. That's like running a nuclear power plant to heat your home ;)

Murdoch hate sparks mass bitchin', rapid evacuation from O2, BE


I left because they didnt do fiber. Simple as that.

Currently sitting on a 70mbit / 15mbit infinity line. Couldn't be happier :)

BE was a pioneer that lost its way...

Hm, disk drive maker, what's that smell lingering around you?


Re: Reliability??

We use Intel drives throughout our organization with 1000's of PCs.

Been using them 2 or 3 years now. Never had a single failure.

Check your manufacturer.

Cisco clambers aboard gig Wi-Fi bandwagon


now we just need some laptops to include the 802.11ac chip!

Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?


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 :)

So everyone's piling into PCIe flash: Here's a who's who guide


Having used a standard Intel 320 consumer drive in a high volume webserver for a while now, I can quite safely say I don't give a monkeys about PCI/E devices.

OCZ omnishambles leaves flash chippery biz on knife-edge

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Some of the OCZ SSD drives had a 25% failure rate. No company can survive after that.

Good riddance.

Don't shoot the Windows Live Messenger, cry IM users


I moved to skype a couple of months ago, works great and just as good as msn messenger. Only thing I miss is the nudge feature.

All old contacts show up just like messenger, I really don't have a problem with skype.

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat


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!

BT wins £33m Surrey council superfast broadband deal


100% coverage or 100% of houses?

I live in the town center appartment block and cant get Infinity.

We've had "Fiber" for 2 years now but apparently not my building for some reason.



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