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Comment: Personal Cloud (Score 2) 319

by Ptur (#45506441) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?
My current solution is: - NAS (QNAP) at home with various apps - Exposure towards the internet is SSH, VPN and https (with self-signed certificate) The only weakness in this scheme is possible flaws in SSH, OpenVPN or SSL. Ignoring those, whatever I do remotely on my NAS is for my eyes only. Accessed through either my smartphone (n900) or debian based linux systems.

Comment: Ami Pro (Score 1) 479

by Ptur (#45110749) Attached to: Charlie Stross: Why Microsoft Word Must Die
The sad thing is that one of the victims of Word was Ami Pro, the first WYSIWYG text editor for Windows. And it used styles (templates) they way it should. Still feel sorry for those guys. I can't even remember how many messed-up documents I took from desperate people, stripped them to bare ascii, set up the styles the way they wanted and started applying. Should have seen their eyes when the document came out of the printer.

Comment: Re:Are you an engineer? (Score 1) 333

by Ptur (#41948581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Developer Or Software Engineer? Can It Influence Your Work?
Exactly. Plus, a Software Engineer has a very broad basic knowledge because the first years in your engineering studies are common for a lot of fields, so a software engineer also has basic electronics and mechanical (amongst others) knowledge. A programmer could be anybody who had programming lessons or learned by himself. Which is why a software engineer is a lot more useful in projects which combine include software and hardware design.

Comment: Re:Apple isn't anti-open source (Score 1) 158

by Ptur (#41272287) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hackable Portable Music Player For Helicopters?
On the other hand, Apple went into extreme efforts to encrypt the ipod so that it becomes near impossible to have it run your own firmware. Apple will allow you to write apps, as long as they agree with your app and it doesn't duplicate functionality. Try writing a replacement music player app for your ipod. Good luck.

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