Let's just say that you own a computer. Let's just say that you hate everything Microsoft. Let's suggest that somebody sends you an email with an attachment in a MS Office format.
Damn. What do you do?
Here is an alternative to MS Office that will allow you to open and save in native format. Open source. Free. Enjoy.
By: spam_vigilante
Monday, Oct 22nd 2018 (12:01am)
This is the HP Spectre Folio. Unveiled in an over-the-top press event in Manhattan today, which included such turns of phrase as "aluminum has become the gold standard," the device is a convertible laptop with a leather case. As HP put it at the event, "this isn't a PC that's wrapped in leather, it's a PC that's made of leather."
By: dave
Tuesday, Oct 2nd 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: /.
Intel is far from a dead company but there are some new challenges as the markets have changed quite a bit.

Here is a little history lesson of how a memory company became a microprocessor company but is now falling behind the competition in that technology production.
By: spam_vigilante
Wednesday, Jun 27th 2018 (12:00am)
Write songs as the ones who inspired you before. The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration. Writing lyrics with the handwriting of influential songwriters helps imagination to develop. Being in the mood of Bowie, Cobain, Cohen, Gainsbourg, Lennon, might be purely imaginative... but that's precisely the point.
By: dave
Tuesday, Apr 10th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: blort
Comic Sans and Papyrus, two font names that are like nails on a chalkboard to designers. The only thing that could potentially top seeing these two choices in your font folder would be if for some ungodly reason, some evil mastermind combined the two.
By: dave
Monday, Oct 2nd 2017 (12:01am)
We take them for granted in our computing machines today (even storage engineers with vast arrays of disk drives) but during most of our lifetimes, the first disk drives have emerged and evolved into what we have today.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Oct 21st 2016 (1:52am)
That thing is generate random numbers. Sure, their output LOOKS random when we want it to, but it really isn't.

That is, until now. A couple of computer scientists from the University of Texas have produced a new randomness extractor that actually spits out a truly random bit. It may seem small but this is huge, with major implications in cryptology.
By: dave
Monday, May 30th 2016 (12:00am)
Yes, you want to use the latest computer buzzword in your technobabble speak and you have letters after your name to prove it. Get your certifications at bargain rates and impress the boss.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Oct 16th 2015 (6:10am)
Did you know that you cannot claim a font face as intellectual property, but instead only the font name? Well with that in mind, here are over 27,000 of them for you to download. Protip: Don't just get a bunch of them and install to your system. Get a font manager.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Aug 7th 2015 (3:01am)
A rude designer has mixed together Comic Sans and Papyrus typefaces together, thus creating the Nelly and Tim McGraw of fonts. The eye-tearing combination was concocted by Ben Harman, a once respectable graphic designer who's gone rogue.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 30th 2015 (12:01am)
Games, like all other software, go through many revisions to add or remove features and shake out bugs. When these spot fixes get made, they are documented in a changelog. As this twitter feed illustrates, when taken out of context some of these patch notes can be pretty damn funny.
By: dave
Thursday, Nov 27th 2014 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
Joel Runyon met an interesting fellow while working on a blog post at a coffee shop.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 9th 2012 (4:36am) | Thanks: mefi
The era of cognitive computing has begun, IBM has developed a processor that can 'rewire' itself in a manner similar to how our brains route neural synapses in reaction to experience and new knowledge. It's now only a matter of time before they realize that humanity is the weak link.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 22nd 2011 (12:02am)
Windows doesn't have a native DIFF, a process for determining the difference between two blocks of code/text/whatever. Of course, internets to the rescue!
By: dave
Tuesday, Aug 16th 2011 (6:33am)
IBM's Watson completed its challenge, winning handily at Jeopardy versus the show's two best-known champions this week. If you missed seeing the broadcasts (like me), the yootoobs has all 3 days of competition, resplendent in HD.

day 1 pt 1 | day 1 pt 2 | day 2 pt 1 | day 2 pt 2 | day 3 pt 1 | day 3 pt 2
By: dave
Thursday, Feb 17th 2011 (4:34am) | Thanks: /.
If you've watched any football over the past weekend, you've no doubt seen the IBM ads for Watson, a computer that's facing off with champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter for a special Jeopardy! tournament in February.

Yesterday, they played a warm-up game at IBM hq in Yorktown and... Watson won. But that's not a given for go-time. Like Jennings and Rutter, it's not hooked up to the internet, and it has to deal with puns, entendres, and evolving slang. Plus it has to physically push the buzzer.
By: dave
Monday, Jan 17th 2011 (12:02am)
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in history... with the possible exception of handguns & tequila.
By: ZiB
Monday, Dec 13th 2010 (12:01am) | Thanks: /.
In 1984, Bloom County's Oliver Wendell Jones got a sentient computer for Christmas. In 2010, the Banana Jr 6000 was reborn.
By: dave
Thursday, Oct 28th 2010 (5:55am)
Cooling a computer by submerging it in mineral oil. In an aquarium, it looks great!

Full details here.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Aug 10th 2010 (12:52pm) | Thanks: Geek!
But I really hate Apple, and the assholes running the show. Aside from their refusal to license any Mac clones, Apple just doesn't play well with others.
The primary reason for this, imho, is Steve Jobs - the same man who (allegedly) sold out Steve Wozniack for $2100.

Here are my top 3 reasons Apple sucks. (There are more, but I have to release the hate, man.)
iTunes sucks - MediaMonkey is a much better media player, and it can sync iPhones to a limited degree, but the phone's ultimate reliance on iTunes handicaps MM's utility.
App approval is...questionable.
The Developer Agreement is...fascist
By: Mr._Dog
Tuesday, Apr 6th 2010 (4:05pm)
Among the list of things I geek over, fonts rank high. I compulsively point out fonts I recognize everywhere I go, and it aggravates Sunny to no end. My inability to shut the hell up about the rampant misuse of Comic Sans has put me on the do-not-serve list of many a bakery and laundromat.

The problem with being a font geek is that fonts are fucking EXPENSIVE. The last time I went hunting for a cool font I saw on TV or something, it was 400 bucks. Fuck that. The League of Moveable Type has a fantastic collection of open-source fonts, and they're all FREE.
By: dave
Tuesday, Mar 23rd 2010 (6:18am) | Thanks: mefi

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