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Comment: Re:Skip the gimmicks, focus on the 4 pillars: (Score 1) 117

by AVryhof (#43870493) Attached to: Motorola Building "Self-Aware" Smartphone

My Droid RAZR Maxx has all of this... but I would love to have a slide out keyboard. Even more, I would love all of this in a waterproof, more rugged case. (I really don't want to need an otterbox since it increases the size of the phone) If my hiking GPS can do this, why can't my more expensive phone?

Comment: Computing from a young age, but very limited (Score 1) 632

by AVryhof (#41582949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

It was the mid-80s, most of the computer labs were loaded with Apple IIe and TRS (Trash) -80 computers. The school was just starting to explore computing and most of what we had was Oregon Trail and Math Blaster. There was also the occasional "What will you be when you grow up" or Myers-Briggs Type Indicator but that was the meat of it for most students. I was lucky enough to have extremely bad handwriting, so they put me in a special computer class where I learned typing and mouse use on one of the few Macintosh computers the school had at the time. It was enough to get me hooked, but the TI/99 was in storage, and we didn't get a home computer until 1991. It was a Tandy 1000 and was fun to do what was included at first, then I messed it up and watched one of my parents' friends who was an expert recover it. After that, I really started experimenting and learning QBasic, Batch Files, 4DOS, and anything else I could get my hands on.

In High school, all we ever used computers for was typing, graphing, and some CAD in shop class. I did everything else on my own. The coolest thing I got from school was one of my math textbooks had BASIC programs for working through the problems, and I was able to relate it to actual use.

Comment: rsync (Score 2) 188

by AVryhof (#36892900) Attached to: DIY Dropbox Alternatives

rsync + ssh + cron + unlimited web hosting (that allows ssh access)


rsync + ssh + cron + a tunnel between the computers you want to sync

You might also want a manual update script to update between cron syncs.... or better yet.... write your manual update script and have cron call it for easy maintenance.

Comment: Re:Daily Fail (Score 1) 371

by AVryhof (#36447906) Attached to: How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

So..which is it? Simple or sophisticated? Or simple?

You are under estimating modern intelligence. Sophisticated these days doesn't mean what it did back in the golden days of computing.

Now days, you can be considered sophisticated if you are simply observant. I see it day in and day out being a web developer and the company's "IT guy"

I wonder if Citibank pays it's web developers more than what I make a year. I consider my user systems simplistic, but they authenticate the session on every page and will only give you your own data.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw