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Comment: Ah Tucows... (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by Dwedit (#48614443) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

Ah...Tucows...
Download anything from them and it will be loaded with extra adware with a very tricky sequence of clicks to not install any of it. Yes, this even means not agreeing what looks like a license agreement, but is actually an offer to install crap.

I'd probably take even Comcast over them.

Comment: Aspect ratio (Score 1) 567

by Dwedit (#48573661) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

Portrait displays were great when monitors were still 4:3 aspect ratio rather than 16:9. You could get a desktop width of 1024, and be just like a standard monitor, except much taller. You can even see entire pages in your word processor. But if you rotate a 16:9 monitor, it just looks absurdly tall and hard to deal with.

Comment: Standard remote access (Score 2) 334

by Dwedit (#47932905) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Use a SSH or VNC server, and also use a dynamic DNS client so you have a hostname instead of some random IP address, Then you can control the machine directly when it's online. VNC might be really slow over dialup though, you'd need to use Tight encoding with JPEG quality cranked all the way down to make it usable at all.

I usually end up tunneling VNC over SSH, and the VNC server only allows connections through the tunnel.

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