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+ - Radio Shack TRS-80 vs. Commodore 64: Battle of the Titans->

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Nerval's Lobster writes "The one and only Jeff Cogswell is back with a new article comparing the two biggest competitors in the home-computing business: the Commodore 64 and the Radio Shack TRS-80. What does he have to say about these absolutely cutting-edge machines? The TRS-80 simply can't stand up to the awe-inspiring Commodore 64, which features the latest processor from MOS Technology, the 6510. Best of all, the C-64s graphics processor can display up to 16 colors simultaneously, and it can create a full screen made up of 320 x 200 "dots." But the TRS-80 has some good points, as well, including a whopping 512 K of memory (not that you'll ever use that much, anyway). As Cogswell writes: "Let’s cover these two bad boys and provide a totally unbiased review unencumbered by any alleged kickbacks (including a brand new daisy wheel printer and a case of Schiltz Beer) from Commodore, the maker of the awesome machine known as the Commodore 64.""
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Comment: Almost switched from Ubuntu back to Fedora (Score 1) 380

by Bilbo (#42677143) Attached to: Alan Cox: Fedora 18 "The Worst Red Hat Distro," Switches To Ubuntu
Oh great! I had been using Fedora since... well... since before Red Hat split Fedora off from their base install and went all corporate... Partly out of curiosity, I went to Ubuntu a couple of years, and found it very workable (especially since they weren't so pedantic about proprietary Nvidia drivers and mp3 codec's). However, ever since they introduced the collection of garbage that they dubbed "Unity", I've had nothing but trouble with it. I can get it to work, but I won't say it's pleasant. I WAS JUST ABOUT TO TRY GOING BACK TO FEDORA! I've actually fund Fedora 17 reasonably usable, and was hoping that maybe they had cleaned up some of the confusion they had created when they changed everything around in the UI. Looks like I'm sticking with Ubuntu for a while longer.

Comment: Re:DNS replication (Score 1) 343

by Bilbo (#42263477) Attached to: Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

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Now, I have one last suggestion. On a Windows machine, an AD is setup with a simplistic wizard, where standard AD questions get asked. It seems that such a wizard might be a good idea - even if at the end the wizard advised where to make additional changes. (This might give you a leg up in selling to Windows ops)

Cheers DS

To some degree, this is where the vendors like ClearOS and SMB Server come in. They attempt to wrap up the AD (Samba) functionality in a neat package with easy to use "wizards" and whatnot to make something that a reasonably good (ie., non-guru) admin can set up. This is one of the things I'm trying to research now.

Comment: Re:What vendors are using Samba? (Score 2) 343

by Bilbo (#42261001) Attached to: Samba 4.0 Released: the First Free Software Active Directory Compatible Server

You do realize that many enterprise storage servers made by companies like IBM, Symantec, EMC, Dell etc. are or have been based on Samba code, right ?

Nah, probably not... :-). After all, you know that only Windows storage servers work with Windows clients don't you :-).

Jeremy

Arrrgh!! I just realized that I hadn't logged in, so I'm posting this again under my /. name, not as Anonymous Coward...

Actually, this is a question I just got from some of my IT friends: A lot of smaller shops are (perhaps justifiably) hesitant to custom build a Samba4 based AD server, but they would be happy to run a nicely boxed solution like ClearOS or FreeNAS or some of the other "enterprise storage servers" like you mention.

My question is, has anyone gathered a list of what Linux savvy solution providers are planning to move to Samba4?

Back in July, I made a partial list for a presentation I was doing on Samba4 at a technical conference. I don't know if this list is still accurate, or if more vendors have been added, but it's a starting point:

- Restara Server (AD replacement – recent Samba beta)
- ClearOS 6.x
- The ZEG (Zero Effort Groupware) edition of SOGo
- SerNet Samba 4 Appliance
- OpenChange (Open Source Exchange replacement)
- Zentyal 3.0 Beta

Comment: Re:By Windows users, or by IE users? (Score 1) 290

by Bilbo (#36167688) Attached to: Microsoft: One In 14 Downloads Is Malicious
Interesting point. Even if these stats are specifically for IE, I wonder how MS is collecting them. I'm pretty sure MS is not counting downloads through other browsers such as Firefox, since they don't comply with MS's Most Excellent Security Protocols (ie., asking Brother Bill for permission before downloading anything) for blocking malicious software.

Comment: Big Surprise!!! (Score 1) 290

by Bilbo (#36166964) Attached to: Microsoft: One In 14 Downloads Is Malicious
Big Bloody Surprise THAT is!! Freaking Windows warns you about EVERYTHING. "If you do XYZ, your machine may be at risk." You can hardly turn around without Windows warning that it'll put your computer at risk. Tell that four or five hundred times to the average user, and then profess surprise when they start to ignore the warning????

Comment: Your next book? (Score 4, Interesting) 156

by Bilbo (#35535552) Attached to: The 'Adventure' In Self-Publishing an IT Book
Here's another angle that's hard to quantify: What happens if you decide to publish another book? The fact that you've distributed all those free copies along side of the pay-for editions means you've got a *LOT* of people who know your name. This fact alone should give your next book a big head-start if you ever decide to publish again, either through a "vanity press" or through a more conventional channel.

Comment: Re:that depends... (Score 1) 164

by Bilbo (#34546496) Attached to: 'Jeopardy!' To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine
You also need to filter the kind of knowledge you are saving. You don't need in depth scientific journals with a lot of highly specific knowledge, but you might need some trivia on the 14th US president's wife's cooking habits...

Also, the greater the amount of data, the longer it's going to take to look through it. You can only do so much with key words and indexes. This is not only a contest of how accurate you are, but of how fast you can retrieve the information, sometimes even before the entire question has been asked (or in this case, guessing the question before you know the entire answer....)

Comment: A lot more complex than it seems. (Score 1) 164

by Bilbo (#34546388) Attached to: 'Jeopardy!' To Pit Humans Against IBM Machine
In many ways, this challenge is vastly more complex than chess. The game of chess is incredibly difficult, but it is pretty well understood, and has a very restricted number of rules. Natural language processing is another problem altogether. The computer has a much faster access to facts, but processing the "answer" in order to create a question in the right context is going to be huge. Personally, I wouldn't place any bets either way as to which side I think will win in this one.

Comment: Bad analogy (Score 1) 129

by Bilbo (#34388482) Attached to: Aussie Gov't Decides ISPs Aren't Responsible For Infected Computers

I actually think the car analogy is a poor one. That would imply that car manufacturers, or even the dealers, KNEW about bad drivers, and had a way of disabling their automobiles.

ISP's can tell with a fair degree of certainty that a computer they have connected to the network is spewing either spam, or participating in a known 'botnet. They also have a way to contact the user to tell them that something is happening. Also, having an infected computer isn't usually something the user chooses, and they often have no idea of what is going on. That's not to say that we should be making laws that force ISP's to act regardless of the circumstances. That's more like telling someone they can only use a baseball bat to fix a pair of eyeglasses.

On the other hand, this is COMPLETELY different from "bad people" who are doing things like file sharing or downloading stuff, or even using more than their share of Internet bandwidth. Writing laws to force ISPs to become the puppets of the big media monopolies is BAD, BAD, BAD.

Comment: Public Radio (WXXI - Rochester, NY) (Score 1) 228

by Bilbo (#33124764) Attached to: String Quartets On the Web?

Granted, this is a local public radio station in upstate NY, but you can stream it anywhere. WXXI is one of the vanishing breed of predominantly Classical radio stations here in the US. They have some jazz programs, and a little bit of news (and you have to put up with the occasional Public Radio fundraisers), but it is probably 90% high quality classical music programming: http://streaming.wxxi.org/fm-hi

(The station has been around for something like 40 years, so it's the station I grew up on!)

Comment: Re:Take off and nuke Marshall, TX from orbit ... (Score 1) 186

by Bilbo (#33025262) Attached to: Company Claims Patent On Spam Filtering, Sues World
Since the total cost of settling a patent suit is often proportional to the length of time it takes to settle, then yes, getting the stupid thing over as fast as possible is often the best approach. Even putting it through a lopsided court is going to eliminate the most obvious offenders, so at least you still have a reasonable chance of winning, without wasting a lot of time and money if you do lose.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann

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