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Archive for March 14th, 2011

Is Linux Ready for the Desktop?

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/14

Larry Hengen recently posted the question Is Linux Ready for the Desktop on his blog.

Though I like Linux (most of my incoming mail and web traffic is handled by a few SuSE Linux boxes), and have done so for a really long time.

I started with Linux about 15 years ago, after having uses SunOS and Minix in the early nineties, so I’d love Linux getting momentum in the desktop world.

But I don’t think it will; here is what I commented on the blog post:

Jeroen Pluimers Says:
March 7th, 2011 at 9:05 am
It won’t, and likely never will. Whereas the Linux server side is quite consistent in what you have and can use, the UI side still has way too many parties struggling to get their ‘way of doing UI’ (be it framework, theming, app suite, etc) accepted, so it is heavily fragmented.

In order to gain acceptance in the Desktop market, you need momentum, not fragmentation.

Apple recognizes that (in a very stringent way), Microsoft recognizes that (in a firm, but less stringent way), the Linux community at large doesn’t.

15 years ago, on one of my first Linux presentations, when you had only few flavours of UI on Linux, I was hopeful. Now I just use a Mac, or Windows.

Do you have a different opinion on this? let me know!


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Convert Microsoft Access JET SQL to SQL Server T-SQL Cheatsheet and Access JOIN parenthesis

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/14

There are truckloads of differences in SQL between Microsoft Access and SQL Server.

This Convert Microsoft Access JET SQL to SQL Server T-SQL Cheatsheet helps you convert between the two.

It doesn’t cover the parenthesis thing that Access needs on joins, but you can read on that here, here and here.


Posted in Access, Database Development, Development, SQL, SQL Server | Leave a Comment »

Duh: iPad safari search inside is easy!

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/14

The old iOS version of safari had no way of searching inside a page so I never took the time to find out (pun intended) if it was added in the new iOS.

But: I still missed this obvious feature, and – after finding out how – was amazed it is so easy.

As GilsMethod points out, just use the search box: in addition with a list of search suggestions, it comes up with a list of matches for the current page too.


Posted in iOS, iPad, iPhone, Power User | Leave a Comment »

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