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    Rampant M$-phobic paranoia

    Double oops:

    1) "the above post", i.e. blog entry before this one, was still in "drafts" -- fixed.

    2) I thought I was subscribed to your comments, my apologies for nor approving them sooner.
    Posted 09-19-2011 at 11:35 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    HAL-PC Board of Directors Election, 2011

    Once again, we had exactly as many candidates as open positions, so this wasn't needed after all.
    Posted 09-19-2011 at 11:20 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Thoughts on cross-posting & reporting it.

    As always when I write something like this I am torn between using too many words & not making myself clear to everyone, especially those whose 1st language isn't English.

    I would appreciate any suggestions for improvement in:
    • clarity,
    • brevity,
    • tone,
    • respect for OP's privacy,
    • typos,
    • other ...
    Posted 09-19-2011 at 11:18 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Rampant M$-phobic paranoia

    Well, there certainly must have been a certain degree of old MS buddy networking going on which may well not be in the best interests of Nokia or it's customers...
    Posted 02-13-2011 at 07:00 PM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    Rampant M$-phobic paranoia

    Honestly, maybe this is a good move for Nokia. Much like Motorola having somebody else design their droid device. I used to test all the feature set devices as well as smart phones. Nokia was consistently a joke. Especially their 'n-gage' marketed devices like the N95. Sure they were high end devices and it may have done many things well, but handling J2ME was flaky and the OS felt clumsy. More importantly, if MeeGo was designed for handsets... what are they doing using btrfs as their default file system when it's not done yet? Nokia really does make strange choices. However, Nokia has done a lot, so i guess I can't be too angry. Maybe I'm just disappointed in them. So going to Windows 7 isn't anything different.
    Posted 02-13-2011 at 12:39 AM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Rampant M$-phobic paranoia

    You could be right. After all, Microsoft has played dirty before.
    Posted 02-12-2011 at 08:57 AM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    @ splitting up comments

    When needed, I generally use <@ topic> to comment on a long rambling post with multiple topics or replying to multiple topics that are going on at the same time across the thread. Not that it was needed here, just making a point. Additionally, when a sentence has a proper lead in/out, there is just no need to state the topic or phrase before each chunk of your reply. Block replies are as annoying to me as some people get about improper sentences and bad grammar. It's just another form of not taking the time to write up a well composed response. However, under the circumstances, perhaps it was justified. No time put in, no time given back.

    @ well phrased 'constructive' comments

    I usually comment on their complete lack for detail then try to predict what their answer might be. The object is to be constructive, not negative. Point it out, but not frustrate them.... Unless you are trying to push them away. Either way, there are two sides to look at every situation.

    @ frustration

    I usually find that typing out all the details I know of the problem allow me to solve the problem for my self. Like trying to get a program compiled. I realized I had enough knowledge to debug the configure script only to realize it was doing a check first for 'valac' then a check for the library with 'pkg-config vala-1.0' which isn't there because 'vala-1.0' is probably a symlink to 'libvala-0.1?' on the cairo-compmgr developer's computer and obviously isn't there on mine because the vala 'make install' doesn't actually install the '/usr/lib/pkgconfig/vala-1.0.pc' file.

    @ In general
    Anyway that was a rant that probably made no sense. I also make no guarantees to the quality of the text that I post because I'm sure there are a million holes that could be poked into 90% of the stuff I type.
    Posted 12-31-2010 at 03:16 PM by lumak lumak is offline
    Updated 12-31-2010 at 03:24 PM by lumak
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    I have 16 people on my ignore list. It helps me to avoid irritating situations.
    Posted 12-31-2010 at 07:47 AM by stress_junkie stress_junkie is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by leopard View Comment
    @archtoad6;
    No one can see anybody's comments except yours.
    ... If you already knew this, sorry! Just a pointer.
    Oops!
    I didn't remember that I had set my blog to require that I moderate all comments. In fact this is not the 1st comment complaining about invisible comments to my blog. I am reviewing my blog entries now & approving them.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention.


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by lumak View Comment
    Nobody really likes to have their posts ripped apart and each section replied to individually. Not only is it insulting to the reader's intelligence of not being able to follow the topic but it's equally insulting to the OP who now has to explain each part in a weird double quoted post that nobody wants to read.

    As for the OP, perhaps he was tired or typing on an input limited device? I know I've tried posting on a forum using a tablet PC, Even if you reread your post you sometimes miss stupid things like "imap. server."
    ...
    If LQ is about helping, why even bother thinking of a negative comment that helps nobody?
    ...
    As for the OPs frustration with useless answers,...
    Note that I am trying to answer point by point w/o splitting your post into the points I want to deal w/. This is unpleasant for me, it's not the way my mind normally works. I see your point about nested double quoted posts, but to me splitting a post way I did is just another way of making a list, & working through it methodically. This may be a matter of taste.

    I am very fussy about my input devices --
    • I refused to own a laptop for years because of the difficulty I have using their keyboards.
    • I recently bought a 2nd-hand Eee PC 8G (as a toy) &, ironically, found that I admire the choices the designers made in that keyboard.
    • I have texting turned off at my cell provider rather than deal w/ thumbing my words (I'd rather gum steak ).
    • I had the use of an original iPhone & found I hated it because of the oversensitivity of the touch screen. Now that I'm in the market for a smart phone, I will be very careful about what I buy & my expectations of it.
    In short, I have little sympathy for anyone who inflicts a bad entry device on him/herself.

    A well phrased negative comment, a constructive criticism, here at LQ can teach better question asking which benefits those who ask as well as those who answer.

    ... & that in turn w/c/should lower OPs frustration with useless answers. Until all OPs learn to ask perfect questions, they must put up w/ requests for more info. They must also expect to piss off folks who are trying to help them if they refuse to answer follow up questions.
    Posted 12-31-2010 at 05:45 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    Nobody really likes to have their posts ripped apart and each section replied to individually. Not only is it insulting to the reader's intelligence of not being able to follow the topic but it's equally insulting to the OP who now has to explain each part in a weird double quoted post that nobody wants to read.

    As for the OP, perhaps he was tired or typing on an input limited device? I know I've tried posting on a forum using a tablet PC, Even if you reread your post you sometimes miss stupid things like "imap. server."

    Either way, my response to the OP would have been, if I had to comment on every part,
    """
    I haven't heard anything about Verizon selling to Frontier, but a quick google search shows that it may only be 14 states and only the hardwire connections; not the cellphone service. Either way, I would double check your ports and SSL settings. It's possible the Windows computer is using an insecure connection and default ports, where you Linux PC may be trying to connect using SSL. Or the ports in general could just be messed up. Either way, imap works just as well, I would use it for gmail if I wasn't lazy and set it up for such.
    """

    That message indirectly comments on the vagueness of the Frontier acquisition, suggests a possible solution, and recommends just using imap since it works.

    If LQ is about helping, why even bother thinking of a negative comment that helps nobody?

    Sometimes if I have only negative things to say, I type it up and don't send it. But if I have a potential answer, I give it then add an extra comment about their vagueness. Or if I think I might know the answer but there isn't nearly enough information to begin to answer, then I ask for more.

    As for the OPs frustration with useless answers, I know his pain. I've given up on asking questions for the most part. This is primarily because I find the answer for my self before somebody can answer. That, or I offer too much detail for my exact problem that nobody knows how to solve... Maybe I'm just posting in the wrong forums. I do primarily use the Slackware Forum.
    Posted 12-29-2010 at 12:10 PM by lumak lumak is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    @archtoad6;

    No one can see anybody's comments except yours. On my screen it look like I'm the only one who posted -- and my comment has a little guy with an X over his mouth, meaning that my comment is not seen by others (i.e. moderated comment). You either have to select all the comments and then accept them, or edit your blog options so that you don't have to allow them (which is what I did).

    If you already knew this, sorry! Just a pointer.
    Posted 12-28-2010 at 04:18 PM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
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    The Sphynx & viruscomix

    test - just subscribed
    Posted 12-28-2010 at 07:48 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Posted 12-28-2010 at 07:35 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    Thanks all for your sympathy & support.

    For the record, I have since been invited (& accepted the invitation) to become a mod. -- I was not one at the time.
    Posted 12-28-2010 at 06:36 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    We all know who the real a**hat was.
    Posted 12-24-2010 at 09:25 PM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
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    Reply to an inconsiderate poster

    Oh hey!!!
    How are you today?
    I'm doing fairly well myself! Anyways...
    You ARE free to use whatever desktop you'd like. That is why Linux is so awesome. But if your Distribution doesn't offer it, compile it from source! If you can't do that, well, tough. You're stuck.
    The page I sent to the OP was definitely still relevant for KDE 3.5.10 (if you would've gone further down the page it says that *cough* ) which is what they asked for. And just because a distribution is suited for beginners, doesn't mean that power users can't use them or that people can't build packages for themselves. And yes, I am a Slacker, and I use Arch now (so am I an Archer?) but no matter what you do, no matter what distribution you use, no matter when you do it, building from source will ALWAYS provide the results needed of you do it right. You can go try it sometime. And as for being in the Mepis sub-forum, I wasn't purposely. It was in the Zero-Response section and GUESS WHAT!?!?!?!!?!?! My solution would've solved the problem.
    As for the solution that was given, I did apologize to the OP in a post on that same forum stating that I didn't know that project existed. So why were you bashing me afterwards? Seems like a waste of space.

    Anywho, Happy Linuxing! (Is that a word? I may trademark it...)
    soppy
    Posted 12-11-2010 at 03:13 PM by soppy soppy is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    Have you calmed down now ? I can understand your frustration, really ! I have not faced any such thing on LQ but I have got co-worker who makes me bang my head to walls !
    Posted 11-15-2010 at 03:21 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 11-15-2010 at 03:32 AM by TheIndependentAquarius
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    You don't mess with Texas.
    Posted 11-14-2010 at 05:32 AM by peonuser peonuser is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    I totally sympathize with your view.

    I use the ignore list. It helps me to avoid seeing posts from people who chronically write bad questions.

    I try really really hard to be nice but I sometimes fail.

    I had to take a 1 year vacation from LQ because I was becoming chronically harsh. I only returned two weeks ago. I don't know how long I can keep contributing. The irritating questions are starting to get to me again. I often have to wait a day before I post a response to many of the questions. I lurk in the zero reply thread listing. If a question shows up there for more than a day then the question may be one of the irritating ones and everybody is waiting before they respond.

    I am resolved to continue contributing in a positive way or to stop altogether for a while. Maybe I need better meds.
    Posted 11-14-2010 at 05:31 AM by stress_junkie stress_junkie is offline
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    Reply from an incoherent poster

    In my opinion the op has the abuse angle wrong. I admire your restraint and replies.
    Posted 11-13-2010 at 01:14 PM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline

  



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