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Comment: You are doing it wrong (Score 1) 287

by Merenth (#43171615) Attached to: What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?
I don't think that most people who weren't avid Google Reader users have any idea how it was used. Suggesting Twitter or Live Bookmarks as an alternative is absurd. Reader was great for putting feeds into categories and helping you keep track of what has been read. Once you read something, it didn't show up again unless you starred it. You could search your old articles, forward them, share them, or do nearly anything that you needed to do. It was simply the best was to manage large volumes of news/web updates without getting bogged down. I'm working with Feedly and a few of the others now, but the fast and simple interface of Reader will be sorely missed.

Comment: CYA most likely (Score 2) 1307

by Merenth (#35856666) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?
I would insist on the same if I were in that person's shoes. The network is managed by IT, and they need to know exactly what is running on it. It would be negligence to allow an unmonitored/uncontrolled server inside of the firewall. Also, anything related to IT stands a strong chance of being inherited by IT in the future. Someone sets up a system, and then they leave and IT is left to reverse-engineer the whole thing because they weren't involved.

Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the ad-nauseum-roundhouse dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pricepoint-better-be-right dept.
Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Comment: Lock it down (Score 1) 932

by Merenth (#30075484) Attached to: Easing the Job of Family Tech Support?
I think that it all depends on the details of your situation. 1. Macs. Yes, switching them to Macs will eliminate your support time, but it isn't a cheap solution. 2. Linux. It's fine for some people, but switching to Linux to reduce support time is like switching to Zima to reduce your bar tab. People who don't want to learn about tech won't like any flavor of Linux. 3. Windows. If you stick with Windows, install Firefox with Adblock Plus. Delete all IE icons. Move them to web mail. Make a disk image of each machine. Disk imaging software will save you a ton of time on the occasions where a reformat is needed.

Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support For XP 580

Posted by kdawson
from the population-inversion dept.
Slatterz writes "Come next week, Microsoft will be in the unusual position of no longer offering mainstream support for its most widely used product. Windows XP will pass another milestone next week on the road to retirement when mainstream support ends on 14 April 2009, over seven years after the OS originally shipped. While the company said that it will continue to provide free security fixes for XP until 2014, any future bugs found in the platform will not be fixed unless customers pay. Windows XP accounts for about 63 percent of all Internet-connected computers, according to March 2009 statistics from Hitslink, while Windows Vista makes up about 24 percent."

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