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@Bart Kurt: >In addition this 15$ LEDBERG costs over 30$ in Europe, which is totally unfair with >an average salary of 650$ in my country. Wow, in fact this 30$ ledberg is 20 cms >shorter. You can get this http://www.dealextreme.com/p/car-decorative-0-96w-60lm-7500k-6x3528-smd-led-white-light-water-resistant-flexible-strips-pair-93272 for $5.60 (shipped anywhere in the world), or for a bit more this http://www.dealextreme.com/p/12v-led-strip-30-led-50cm-white-5256 for $9.80. From the comments on it, even the $5.60 pair should be bright enough.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2011 on Bias Lighting at Coding Horror
One thing that you have to be aware of when changing your monitor's setting from "project an X-ray of your skull bones onto the wall behind you" to something more reasonable is that many monitors that use flouro backlights have inverters that only work properly above 95% load. Once you get below that (meaning you reduce the brightness below 95% or so), they start to whine very audibly. Generally you won't hear this because the PC they're attached to produces enough noise to drown them out (although you may get slight headaches or feel somewhat nauseous from the high-frequency whine), but with a quiet PC it can become very obvious. I've had several Samsung's that whine unbearably when dimmed, and had to send two Acers back before they sent me one that's mostly silent. Unfortunately there's no easy way to tell whether a monitor will do this (presumably never LED ones don't have this problem unless there are PWMs that oscillate audibly as well), so if you're worried about this then make sure you're buying from a place with a liberal returns policy.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2011 on Bias Lighting at Coding Horror
@Shane: >All of these seem like permanent solutions to hide the bad community members. >Since they, in theory, don't know what is going on, they won't learn a lesson That depends on what your goal is. If it's to act as a user etiquette education site then you've failed, but if it's to provide an enjoyable experience for participants then you've succeeded. In any case I suspect that the sort of people who need to be hellbanned aren't educatable with anything less than a 2x4.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2011 on Suspension, Ban or Hellban? at Coding Horror
If you read Thomas Straub's PhD thesis, which looks at the amazing level of unusability of the Entrust PKI software, then the Entrust certification may be quite valuable, since it's far, far cheaper to pay someone else to set it up than to have your own people go through the endless pain of doing so. The Baltimore product, although not covered in the usability test, was just as bad. So don't throw out those PKI certifications just yet, they still have value.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2011 on Obsolete certifications at Superconductor
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