Posts by James Butler

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  • Hard News: Dunce Dunce Revolution,

    Try this one which pops up in quiz evenings now and then: what is the next number in this sequence: 20, 1, 18, 4, 13, ?

    10?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    My search for a good lightweight word processor that's not Word (but can save and open Word documents) continues

    I fear the requirements of "lightweight" and "can save and open Word documents" are mutually exclusive, considering the nature of the .doc[x] spec. Abiword mostly makes an acceptable job of reading it, but can't write. OpenOffice.org makes me want to hurl even more than Word itself - on my Linux desktop at work it's easier to open Word in a VM than use OOo.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    I don't think Windoze can go much further without dropping the bloody awful "Registry" and quit running parts th OS as "Services"

    Not sure what you mean about services, what exactly do you think other OSes do? A Windows "service" is much like a Unix "daemon".

    but to do that would mean a total ground upward build. Which would in all likelihood end up similar to BSD, with about as many applications in the box i.e not many.

    Well I don't know about your BSD, but mine came with 20773 applications sitting just outside the box...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    actually the Borg may be the result of locking Vista in a box for 700 years ....

    Nope, I'm pretty sure the Borg descends from Ubuntu - which is, after all, "Linux for Human Beings".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    Sorry, I was unclear: I meant Russell's own operating system, the thing he uses to process all that information. By using that metaphor I neatly become my own worst enemy, but hey.

    Ah sorry, I see. You have to be careful using metaphor around literal-minded IT-types such as myself - simile is much safer.

    Agreed, Russell must be pervasively multithreaded.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Windows 7: Actually Not Bad,

    Can we briefly discuss your operating system, Russell?

    It's not Apple's fault that Adobe can't handle Unix... Flash on Linux is a similar POS, and don't even ask about Flash on my favourite OS...

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: I'd just like to thank ...,

    and how interesting and listenable parts of the middle have become in recent years

    Nope, that's called "getting old".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Outraged of Sockburn,

    Would you make an exception for HBO dramas such as Six Foot Under or True Blood?

    The most disturbing sex scene in Six Feet Under has no sex or nudity in it at all, just... nuzzling.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Iggy told me,

    This is like being asked to join Grampy outside on the front porch with a jug and washboard.

    ...only to find out he's having a Tupperware party.

    But hey, put me down for backing vocals.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: In the Game,

    (FFS, David: if you really want to raise the tone of your comments, don't fanny about giving "20 demerit points". Just ban these people.)

    That would be prescriptive nanny-blogism.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 811 posts Report Reply

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