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  •  aoeu (none)
    Ok :p

    My video card is the radeon 9800 pro, just a month there was no (real) way I could play games like unreal 2003, halflife 2, or doom 3 natively in Linux.  ATI put out video card drivers which finally let me play them.

    ActiveX is either some microsoft extention to html or it's a competitor to javascript, I'm not too clear except I know that I need it to do my timesheet at work.

    You can have both linux and windows installed.  That's called "dual booting."  Essentially what happens is the computer boots up and it asks you which you wish to use.  To switch you have to reboot.

    •  ActiveX (none)
      An object that is exposed to other applications or programming tools through Automation interfaces.

      Short answer: an easy way to take the hard work out of OLE and COM+ programming... UI elements, business objects, hooks in to services... all can be described under the heading of ActiveX.

      A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

      by wickerman26 on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 07:58:37 PM PST

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      •  Important caveat (none)
        The very thing that makes ActiveX easy makes it dangerous. This easy access to an operating systems components means that script kiddies with very little actual skill can infiltrate and take over one's computer.

        I've used it as a programmer, and it is easy to use. It was when I evaluated the security model that I decided it was too dangerous to deploy outside of any corporate firewall.

        •  Hence (none)
          the "easy way to take the hard work out" part of my statement ;-)

          Done right, it definitely speeds up development time - done poorly, and jeebus christmas - what a mess... My rule of thumb when it comes to MS dev tools is to be extremely suspicious of anything that was intended to make VB4-VB6 programming easier (speaking as someone who wouldn't have had a prayer at getting into programming without VBA/VB6 as a gateway...).

          So far, I've been extremely pleased with the way .NET implements security, but so much (too much) depends upon the end-user's environment being configured properly...

          A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

          by wickerman26 on Wed Jan 26, 2005 at 08:05:27 AM PST

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          •  in my time (none)
            I had to code message loops, IUnknown interfaces and free threades marshallers by hand to make the life easier for the VBA/VB5 drool brigades. ;)

            We had no ATL or fancy wizards, we didn't even have 0s, we had to bang rocks together to get 1s.

            •  Didja (none)
              make your own punchcards out of rawhide, too? And use meteorites and lodestones for your memory?

              Heh.

              'Drool brigade' - isn't that the truth... While I worked with many good, conscientious VBA/VB developers, far too many were of the I-can-write-Access-macros-and-embed-ActiveX-controls-in-User-Forms-so-I'm-a-real-programmer-and-need -75K-a-year variety. And don't get me started on the FrontPage jockeys... ;-)

              A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exception of handguns and tequila. - Mitch Ratcliffe

              by wickerman26 on Wed Jan 26, 2005 at 11:02:40 AM PST

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    •  For game playing, I'd recommend Cedega (none)
      It's a software program that allows Windows games to run under Linux.

      http://www.transgaming.com/

      ATI is one of only two high-end consumer graphics card makers actively supporting Linux. The other, for those who care, is NVidia. You should be able to get perfectly decent gaming under Linux with the above.

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