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  1. Welcome back!
  2. That's cool Whitesword. If you're looking to try something rather different, go with BB4Win
  3. Colloquy is my preferred client of choice. It has options, and it's beautiful. Chatzilla works in a pinch, but after using Colloquy, you'll never want to switch again. (At least I didn't.)
  4. No no no. My sig pic comes from the old Pacific Bell van graphics: ← This is why I'm no phreak.
  5. There was an excellent episode of Binary Revolution Radio that covered somewhat in-depth the pros and cons of getting a degree versus certifications (MSCE, CCNA, MCDBA, etc). I can't remember it offhand, and I just crawled through the archives trying to find some sort of reference to it with no luck. Hopefully you're listening to some of the old episodes, and you'll find it soon enough then. Basically, a college education will always be worth it. Certifications can help, yes, but to rely on them isn't going to pay off nearly as well as having a degree. I made the mistake of paying an outrageous amount of money to take one of those 6-month certification prep courses, and so far I'm still just an MCP. I have one more test to take to get my MCSA, and three more after that to pick up my MCSE. One of the main reasons I took that course was because I was leaving the military in less than a year and wanted to make myself marketable for a job I'd enjoy, involving computers and networks. Well, I can attribute the fact that I don't have all the certs advertised by the school yet (MCSA, MCSE, CCNA, CCDA) simply because I started to slack off a bit - and learning all that shit in that timeframe, in addition to serving was a bit much for me, especially when I had to work numerous 18-hour days. Now, I'm looking forward to taking the rest of the certification exams when I have time to. The money's already gone, I have the bills to prove it, and I'm happy with where I work now. My company offers a very competitive tuition reimbursement program and I have the full benefit of the G.I. Bill at my disposal, so sometime early next year, or perhaps later this year, I'm going to continue my college education and pick up those certs along the way. But enough about me. My advice to you would be to go to college, make your way through it by scheduling classes that won't interfere with your work schedule, and get yourself a degree! If you're feeling like you have a little extra time, go to (or comparable online retailer) and pick up some certification track textbooks and read them, supplementing them with online resources. In other words, don't waste money going to a certification course. Also, do like XxthugstylezxX (thanks, copy and paste! ) and get a job that's related to what you're studying - it certainly can't hurt. Best of luck to you!
  6. It's not like you have to use the Apple peripherals. Apple keyboards still kick ass, but you can use any mouse. The Logitech MX series puts out some pretty good shit. And if you have a spare keyboard laying around, you can use it as well (there's some pretty good freeware apps that fix the command key switch problem out there.)
  7. Sounds like Tatooine University's 5th Annual Alumni Dinner.
  8. Well, I'm ready to ride the wave. I adore my Mac, I love my PC and never the two shall have met... until now. This is going to be entertaining, to say the least.
  9. So THAT'S where your sig pic came from...
  10. Pretty cool layout - did you get it from Clan Templates?
  11. Well, the -r argument calls for a recursive grab of the page and the -l 1 simply states to only go one level up, but (--no-parent) not to the parent level. Seems to me that's the way to do it.
  12. Exactly my point.
  13. If anyone thought I meant everything should cost money and I'm somehow anti-OSS, please know that wasn't my point. I'm simply stating that it's easier for technology to advance when the funds are there, as there are a lot less dedicated individuals who are in it just for the love of the game when there's no other source of funds. A developer who offers open-source software and then waits for donations which may never come is bound to get mighty discouraged quick, fast and in a hurry. An awful lot of OSS gets developed because it's creators have a steady income and make a decent living (not necessarily in the development community), and choose to dedicate their time and their own personal funds to furthering a project. There's also something to be said about feedback. As I know StankDawg and the DDP can attest to (even though the majority of DDP projects aren't software), the majority of feedback generally received with anything (free or not) is negative. When it comes to paid software, that's fine. You paid for something advertised, yet didn't receive; whatever. But nothing will extinguish a creative fire faster than anti-support, especially directed toward someone who poured countless hours into a project they then GIVE AWAY. Compliments a rare occasion in today's society, but their weight is undeniable. A compliment (or lack thereof) can change the world. Referencing Godwin's Law, what do you think might have happened had Hitler not been criticized upon his application for art school? So I ask of everyone here: "Have you hugged your OSS developer today?"
  14. Yeah, that's definitely kryptonite for guys like Strom and me. Is this what society is coming to? It was bad enough years ago when the ebonics bible was published; now people are making a push to write like 12-year-old AOL kiddies?! WTF?!
  15. Damn JFalcon - you sure were busy last night! As far as what you said about open-source not being the push for major development and innovation, I have to agree. While there's plenty of developers out there, many are writing open-source ports of commercially available products, and even more are sitting back waiting for the donations to come in. There's a very, very small percentage of people who code and provide that code simply for the love of software. I would say everyone wants money, but that's not entirely true. Everyone needs money (at least SOMETHING) in this day and age (GAS! ), and the developers who work for companies like MSFT, etc., are making ends meet. They haven't sold out (for those OSS dev zealots), they're simply doing what they have to do.
  16. C++

    I haven't done much coding on my Linux box, as I'm learning on my Mac right now, but I can say that Macs do come with everything needed to write and compile all your favorite C family languages, as it runs off a BSD kernel and ships with GCC (you have to install XCode, however, which is on the included CD). I'm pretty sure Linux does as well (fully support C), and if not, it can be solved with a simple download. I'm pretty sure it depends on what type of distro you have. Some early distros may not have come with C support included, but if you have anything released in the last few years, you should definitely have it. Just type "gcc -v" into your shell or terminal window to find out if you do, and if so, what version. Also, there's a search function if you ever need to find a topic again, too. I ran into the same problem - you forget it's there sometimes. Hope this helps!
  17. Like us Mac users. We're so broke from buying hardware, we don't have enough money to wipe our collective asses.
  18. Mac users aren't elitists; we're just better than you. In all honesty though, I do believe there is a certain amount of elitism involved with *nix, and even within THAT community there's subsets of elitists (i.e. FreeBSD has it's cliques, as do SuSE, Red Hat and Slackware users, etc.) It's all part of the game, I guess. As far as goes, if you want to develop software to make money, then develop software to make money! You can't put a product out there for free and EXPECT people to pay (or donate) for it. Donations are always welcomed, yes, but if you want to participate in the open-source/freeware movement and still get paid at the same time, you've got a long road ahead. It's all about being decisive. A line has to be drawn somewhere, and that's all Apple and Microsoft did. They drew the line, profited from it, and IMHO, deserve all the money people give them. As everyone already knows, there's at least two sides to everything, including software. In software's case, the two major factions are proprietary vendors and the open-source pioneers. Proprietary vendors charge for their products; therefore they're required (sometimes tenuously) by something of a social contract to provide support for those products (i.e. they have to accept responsibility for what they create). Open-source developers oftentimes don't offer any support, and usually provide software "as-is". This is usually the case with the smaller, one-man operations, but it's been known to happen with larger entities. I'm not saying that the open-source community as a whole doesn't support their products, however; there are those that do, and are damn good about it (Mozilla, anyone?). Perhaps a comfortable medium would be to develop proprietary software alongside related (or not), open-source/freeware projects. For instance, open-source extensions for a proprietary browser. Alternatively, you could combine the two. I think it's possible to offer a limited pre-compiled binary of a program so the user can get a feel for it, then if they want to purchase it, they can... and get the source code as part of the purchase. Chances are, other developers would recognize the efforts poured into a project and will pay to get at the code, if for nothing else. And before people start pointing out that it'd only take one person to purchase the product and freely distribute the source, I ask of you: "How's that any different from putting it out there in the first place and waiting for the donations to roll in?" Even still, "How is that more detrimental than warez?" (In the case of proprietary software.) The people who stubbornly refuse to pay will always stubbornly refuse to pay. That's a fact of life, and it's here to stay. However, I believe this latter option would result in more revenue for small, open-source developers who are fighting an uphill struggle in trying to find a balance between dedicated user bases and profit margins.
  19. Somewhere on the site it mentions that the giveaway will continue until the end of this month (June 30). The cards will last until April 30, 2006. Of course, they also mention that they can pull it at any time, so who really knows, right? Although, I have to assume they already paid Sprint for all these minutes, so once you've got 'em, you've got 'em.
  20. Sweet. Thanks Stank.
  21. Apparently Stank didn't get it to stream in time. He's a busy man, though; and I'm sure it'll be up for download in the next day or two. Mai pen rai.
  22. You know, if it's a voluntary thing and the government doesn't enforce it, then it's fine by me. Let's just hope it doesn't turn into China, Redux.
  23. It's easier to navigate, but definitely seizure-inducing. Perhaps some static images?
  24. This isn't the place for this. Have you bothered to read the rules yet?
  25. Oh, they'd try and find a way. I'm sure of that.