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Comment: Re:Not as much as it used to... (Score 1) 281

by Maxwell (#47944809) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Similar experience here. You are now a service provider for your family. Reliability, ease of use are more important than bragging rights. I am down to a single xeon server, serviio, 24g, 8tb. PS3 as media player and servio handles the transcoding for phones and tablets. Kids can watch their movies, we can listen to music, watch movies.

Comment: Re:Sensationalism? for BIOS updates? (Score 1) 294

by Maxwell (#47806741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

If updating your BIOS is the *most* important feature of a motherboard, sorry.

I've never had a problem with MSI, Gigabyte or Asus . And the one time in a blue moon I had to update a bios, I simply booted off a USB HDD with windows on it.

Your deciding which car to buy based on how hard it is to adjust the cam shaft timing.

Comment: Doesn't scale anyway (Score 1) 81

by Maxwell (#47678491) Attached to: Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

One of the major drivers of online was for scalability/cost. Do the bulk stuff asynchronously online with some minimal in person or synchronous work. If this is an instructor led , real time course they might as well be 'in the building' anyway. How would 200 people take a course like this? All you need is 23 professors, easy right?

Comment: How did micorsoft 'solve' this problem? (Score 1) 249

by Maxwell (#47674075) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

For 20 years we had nothing but Microsoft (DOS, Windows) on PC's and somehow we survived. Now we need someone to curate the app store? Why not submit your app for review, like in the olden days? The reviewing, rating and recommending of apps should be a separate function than publishing...

Comment: Re:Uh...try again (Score 4, Interesting) 116

by Maxwell (#47603219) Attached to: Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Think again. AOL, prodigy, compuserve were all proprietary, isolated systems. They did not provide internet access. It wasn't until 89/90 that there email services could even talk to each other (via the internet).

Source: old enough to have listed compuserve "forums" and AOL "keywords" on my business cards...

Comment: Re:Fire(wall) and forget (Score 1) 348

No that is Windows Server Security 101. Network security is different. If you had network security you don't need firewalls on every single server in your enterprise because that traffic is already caught and logged elsewhere. By the time they are at your server, and you haven't detected it, it is too late.

"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved." -- Butler