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It maybe that I got used to it but I find it very comfortable to use in everyday work (documents, mail, graphics). For development I use Visual Studio running in VirtualBox using seamless window, so I do not feel Windows at all...
I'm not questioning your powers of observation; I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is. (V)
I tried Ubuntu at home awhile back. Got everything installed and updated and then popped a movie DVD in the drive. It wouldn't play it. After some searching I found out you had to open a root shell and do some stuff in there to get a special package to support that. For me it was no big deal, but it made it clear why Linux has not yet taken over the desktop for the general user
Every previous iteration of Ubuntu has caused me grief eventually,
I've found their desktop to be klunky. What's new in 14.04? I guess I'll take a gander.
At the end of the day, everything I do in *nix ends up being done in a terminal window. Or in RubyMine under Windows. There are just so many little things about Windows that you come to appreciate when dealing with somebody else's half-baked desktop.
And it's got new stuff, and undated / revised versions of the web material.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
yeah, but ARCs are put out a few months before the protection copy of the book is available. Think of them as (cheaply) printed betas. They're produced so that reviewers can have their reviews written and in print publications when the book first becomes available, so that marketing people can give them to book buyers to try to convince them to stock more copies of the title, and occasionally as promotional handouts.
Depending on the volume they're produced in getting one isn't necessarily that hard. I've got at least one on my book shelves (IIRC 2 but I'm not certain about the 2nd).
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt