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Submission + - A operating system for the elderly

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


Comment Why not everyone share the internet connection? (Score 2, Interesting) 504

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.

Comment Re:Hrmm (Score 1) 159

I need to talk about your flair.

Really? I have 15 buttons on. I, uh, (shows him

Well, ok, 15 is minimum, ok?


Now, it's up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum. Well, like Brian, for example, has 37 pieces of flair. And a terrific smile.

Submission + - New OpenGL standard fails to delight some->

Bridger writes: OpenGL 3.0 was supposed be a major revision in the standard, including a ground-up rewrite of the API into a faster but smaller package. It was due out in September 2007 but has faced repeated delays over technical issues. This has now been abandoned and version 3.0 contains some new functions, but nowhere near the amount developers had been expecting. Message boards are already filling up with developers venting their frustration at the new code. Other developers are now talking about switching to Microsoft's DirectX standard which, while proprietary, is now looking like a more advanced option.
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Submission + - ABC News: Farmers on the Cutting Edge of Energy->

Scott Mayerowitz writes: "TRIMONT, Minn. — One would hardly know it driving down Main Street, but this tiny prairie town surrounded by corn and soybean fields is at the forefront of America's fight to wean itself off oil. Long before gas topped $4 a gallon or Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens embraced renewable energy, a group of farmers here banded together to build a massive wind farm. Today their vision is paying off. At the edge of town, 67 giant turbines — each taller than the Statue of Liberty — rise above the landscape, producing enough electricity to power 29,000 homes throughout the state and providing the farmers and local government with roughly $2 million a year. And it's just the beginning. Soon, a second phase of the project will be online — doubling the number of towers — and a third phase is already being planned. Read more at:"
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Data Storage

Submission + - Need notebook PC w/factory encryption & no Vis

GeezerBoy writes: "I am the guy who wrote all those legacy applications that you whippersnappers love to hate!

Since being rendered totally obsolete by that Internet thing-a-ma-jig, I have resurrected myself, Phoenix-like, as an accountant. While doing income taxes is dull, it does require having hundreds of people's critical data (complete tax returns) on a notebook PC. I would really like to keep this on an encrypted disk. Buying a new notebook PC is OK — EXCEPT that it cannot contain the Ultimate Mega Dinosaur Dropping (aka Vista.)

I will return to systems programming to teach you whelps a thing or two before I will own a PC with Vista!!! Any suggestions? (...Now where did I leave my System 360 Job Control Language reference manual...?)"

What We Know About the FBI's CIPAV Spyware 207

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?"

Submission + - Nanotechnology-based flexible hydrogen sensors

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Researchers from U.S. Argonne National Laboratory have developed flexible sensors for hydrogen vehicles. These sensors will be cheaper than previously designed hydrogen sensors because they will use only palladium nanoparticles instead of pure palladium. But they will be as efficient and could be used in many applications, like in vehicles, aircraft and portable electronics. They could even be used to detect a 'leakage of hydrogen caused by tiny pinholes in the pipe of a space shuttle.' Read more for additional details and a picture of a flexible hydrogen sensor."

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