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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.

Comment: Spreadsheets destroy data (Score 1) 422

by Dwedit (#47104543) Attached to: Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

Spreadsheets tend to mess with strings that look somewhat like a date, it will automatically convert it to a date when it sees things like that. You need to be really careful about spreadsheets automatically reformatting your data, make sure you properly indicate whether a field is Text or not.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"

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