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Comment: Re:What evidence do you have that you're being DoS (Score 1) 319

by CyberSnyder (#45112201) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mitigating DoS Attacks On Home Network?

I was so guilty of that. Freaked out every time a single packet from anywhere would hit my home machine. Even had email alerts sent to my cell phone. That lasted about 48 hours when I decided I wanted to sleep. Wish I could send email back in time to myself. Eh, I probably wouldn't believe it anyways.

Comment: What works for me... (Score 1) 301

by CyberSnyder (#43061709) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Software To Help Stay On Task?

As silly as it sounds, I find that I'm far more productive when I take a few minutes before I start working and make a list with paper and pen of the things I want to accomplish today. Cross them off when complete. Something about the list living in the real world versus a list in a text file keeps it more "real". Maybe it's the way my brain is wired since I grew up when computers were things you hooked up to your TV. I definitely understand the OP's situation. It's really hard to focus when you literally have the world at your fingertips.

Comment: I rarely game (Score -1, Offtopic) 951

by CyberSnyder (#42035429) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

As silly as it sounds, "putty" made Windows bearable for most admin tasks as I rarely need X Windows. It's probably been 10 years since I had a true linux desktop. Now if I want to run linux on my laptop, it's done as a vm which makes driver issues much easier. And I can run Netflix on the host OSX. IMHO, the only reason to run linux on a desktop/laptop is to get some life out of old hardware.

Comment: Mine would be... (Score 1) 700

The TI-994a Extended Basic manual and "Cosmos" when I was a kid.

No books really stick out from college, I'd say it was more of a cumulative effect from the individual books.

"UNIX in a Nutshell" in the early 90's - sure it's just a dump of man pages, but I think I memorized everything between the pages and it got me started in UNIX.

"Learning Perl" - perl has paid the bills and let me go home at a decent hour. Thanks Larry!

Comment: Netbook (Score 1) 423

by CyberSnyder (#41282471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Computer For a 7-Year Old?

I was in a similar situation and I bought my kid a netbook at Target for something like $230. He takes it to school and if he loses it, I won't kill him. Added NetNanny and that keeps him away from most of the nasty stuff on the 'Net. It's not fast, it's not open source, but it works reasonably well. He can surf, email, and make documents for homework and it fits in his little back pack. It's held up for two years so far. No complaints here.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.