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Comment: Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (Score 2) 573

by JamesTRexx (#43264249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?
I don't think it's his handling of Ubuntu but more that Ubuntu (which is just Debian testing + unstable) can do weird things.

I suggest running Debian stable (although testing and even unstable run fine here) with the stable, backported, contrib and non-free packages first.
When you're comfortable with that setup installing the latest software directly (outside the Debian repositories) from source/.deb packages is next. This should give you up-to-date software like with Arch.

E17 isn't available right now in the Debian repository, but I suggest looking at fluxbox as it keeps all the distraction away from the desktop and provides a simple way to run programs (which is what's it all about).
As an alternative look into FreeBSD, my first open source server/desktop that I used.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 2) 148

by JamesTRexx (#43257835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Simplifying Encryption and Backup?
I think your answers are wrong.

1) All the more reason to encrypt stuff, although it would take more than that.
2) Protect your privacy in the case of hardware getting stolen.
3) Because you can is a very good reason (see #2).

I'm looking into adding this extra layer of protection to laptops and external disks for our customers as an option.

Comment: Re:I love the SimCity series (Score 1) 386

by JamesTRexx (#42728247) Attached to: Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums
I've bought the previous 3 Simcity games because I love the casual experimenting I can do with it, but when I first heard about the always online requirement I decide not to buy it, nor get a "liberated" copy.
I've bought games while running the pirated versions so I'd not be bothered by always use CD in tray, etc., but something like that I find less offensive than EA's scheme.

It's a shame that Simcity 4 will probably be the last version I'll play...

Comment: Re:Concern isn't the companies position on spying. (Score 1) 85

by JamesTRexx (#42716889) Attached to: Your Cloud Provider (Probably) Isn't Spying On You
This has happened at the previous company I worked for, although luckily not at our IT department during my time there.
But during that time there have been several employees from other companies we supported who moved to the competition with data in their pocket.

Comment: Re:Also decided in favor of restrictive firewalls (Score 1) 58

by JamesTRexx (#42695647) Attached to: 10 Years After SQL Slammer
The problem is that decent security is often too "costly" or "difficult" for the end user.
I'd love to implement great security for every customer we have but it's always up to them and how much "trouble" they want to get through using their network (even if it isn't really).
The only thing I don't like is IT companies setting up a customer with a shoddy network in the first place.

Comment: 3 things (Score 1) 372

by JamesTRexx (#42569527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?
First started off with Tai Chi, made me fly up the stairs in a couple of weeks even when it was just the start of the 24 routine.
Then bought a set of kettlebells after reading about using those for strength training.
Last, got my hand on Convict Conditioning about body weigth training.

All this makes sure exercise doesn't get boring.

Comment: Add sandboxing... (Score 2) 183

by JamesTRexx (#42450215) Attached to: Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats
This is why I use Sandboxie on the Windws PC's I use. Great little tool and I bought a license some time ago after testing the free version for a few years.

Only problem is that it's no use for regular users. You need to know what you're doing.
BufferZone Pro might just be the right alternative but I've not tested it much.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle