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Old 03-16-2007, 12:53 AM   #1
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Just stopping in to say Hi. I mostly lurk around but you'll see me post from time to time.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:05 AM   #2
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Hi Tom! You know where the coffee is!
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:38 PM   #3
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Hey, Tom! come out to the light, lurking is for vampires!
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Old 03-16-2007, 01:49 PM   #4
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Hi Tom! No need to lurk, we're friendly here!
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:23 PM   #5
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Hi, Tom! Welcome to our new toy!

Hey, I noticed an article on your site where it says "A senior Microsoft executive told a BBC World documentary that people should use commercial software if they're looking for stability [instead of open-source software]."

That got me to thinking... within my experience, open-source applications have been much more reliable than commercial software. I'd say the difference in reliability between The Sims 2 and SimPE is quite apparent. This also holds true for the Microsoft Office suite in comparison to the open-source tools I'm using in my day job.
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Old 03-16-2007, 04:45 PM   #6
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Well, although SimPE is allegedly open-source, no one except the original developer has ever seen a line of it. But SimPE doesn't do most of the irrational things the game does!

I've never crashed PhotoShop, but I've never crashed Gimp either!
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Old 03-16-2007, 04:59 PM   #7
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I have crashed Photoshop. If I try to run Photoshop and Microsoft Outlook at the same time, Photoshop craters.

B'b'but... I thought that the source code for SimPE was available on SourceForge.
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:43 PM   #8
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There's an "entry" on SourceForge, but last time I looked, no actual code. It's been a while since I looked tho.
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Old 03-17-2007, 01:26 AM   #9
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Just checked again... no actual code. http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...roup_id=133134

The only "source code" is "localization files," which I assume are for translators.
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:39 AM   #10
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Greg,

Yeah, I'm usually a big Linux user, but I've yet to put Linux back on this machine, been to easy just to stay in Windows. But I love open source software.
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:33 AM   #11
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I'm particularly sensitive to Windows issues at the moment. This afternoon I tried to let XP do a simple update and ended up having to reboot the machine four times in the process of installing a patch so that I could install the update to get an update.

Three hours of down time... grumble... grumble... grumble...
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:28 PM   #12
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My CD drive killed my Linux yesterday :P

Waiting for clever techy Linux-programmer son to fix it.
Meanwhile Windoze is moderately reliable. And one vital reason to have Windows - there are NO SIMS on Linux! (well Second Life is, but that's not quite Sims!)
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:31 PM   #13
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Yeah, Windows has really been fairly reliable for me, too. I'm flinchy about have to reboot on demand because of a peculiarity in my home network. Every time I reboot one of the Windows boxes, I have to take the Macintoshes off line because they go through an Airport, and there's a misconfiguration in teh Aiport that I haven't been able to figure out. The Windows machines don't get a screwy IP address if the Airport is on line while they're starting up.
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