McFly69 writes: Good morning everyone. I am looking for an operating system that would be easy to use for my elderly mother with issue with her hands. Over the years I have given her various computers and she always had difficulty using them. Either the icons she moved accidentally to the wrong directory and could not find them again (Mac), having issues clicking with the wrong mouse button (windows), to not able to attach a digital camera to automatically recognize it (Linux). The second issue is that she complains about the boot-up time for the OS; she expects it to turn on just like her TV.
My mother wises to go online and use the basic items; email, google maps, view pictures, web surfing and maybe play some mp3's. I know operating systems have changes but I am looking recommendations of which OS would be best suited for her. I would like to use me older P4 hardware (notebook or desktop). I also have an older G4 mac desktop. If I need to buy anything, I would like to keep the cost down
Why not share the internet connection with everyone. 100 minutes for 600 people is alot. Setup an intranet or even a wireless network. Combine the minutes and you will have close to 42 days of internet access for everyone. ((100 minutes * 600 people) / 60 minutes) / 24 hours = 41.666 days.
If you limit the internet conection to evenings, lets say to 12 hours, then you can double that to 83 days.
from the i-always-feel-like-somebody's-watching-me dept.
StonyandCher writes "What is CIPAV? CIPAV stands for 'Computer and Internet Protocol Address Verifier'; a lengthy term for powerful spyware the Federal Bureau of Investigation can bring to bear on web-based crime. It was used last month in a case where someone was emailing bomb threats regularly to a Washington high school. An affidavit by an FBI agent revealed some of the workings of CIPAV. 'According to the court filing, this is [some of] what the CIPAV collects from the infected computer: IP address, Media Access Control address for the network card, List of open TCP and UDP ports, List of running programs ... Last visited URL. Once that initial inventory is conducted, the CIPAV slips into the background and silently monitors all outbound communication, logging every IP address to which the computer connects, and time and date stamping each.' In a Computerworld article, the author attempts to dissect CIPAV's purpose and raises a number of questions such as: What happens to the data the CIPAV collects? Does the CIPAV capture keystrokes? Can the CIPAV spread on its own to other computers, either purposefully or by accident? Does it erase itself after its job is done?"
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