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Comment: Re:Why not linux? (Score 1) 418

by dextermanas (#43086155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?
This. I moved my folks to Linux (Mint) four years ago, and they're still running it fine with no issues. They don't even know they're using Linux - when I changed it from XP, I just told them it's a new system that's more secure, faster, better. And they love it. I have set them up with icons on the desktop for all their tasks. For remote desktop, I have setup SSH, VNC and TeamViewer - so in case any one of them fails, I always have a way of getting into the system. I'm now in the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a watchdog system connected via 3G so that I can remotely reboot their router if needed. Now if only I could somehow use the Raspberry Pi to simulate keyboard/mouse input, then I could enable automatic kernel /dist-upgrades as well (right now the system auto-updates only the userland stuff). The only reason I haven't enabled kernel updates is for the fear that it could break their system - not that it should, given that the PC isn't using any proprietary drivers...

Comment: Error in FTA and summary (Score 1) 281

by dextermanas (#38964925) Attached to: 4G Phones Are Really Fast — At Draining Batteries
JuiceDefender doesn't really help track down apps that are running in the background, however it can intercept/manage apps that maintain/initiate a data connection. You can create profiles which allow data for certain apps at certain times / conditions. If you want to track battery sucking apps, use Better Battery Stats or SystemPanel. Also, JuiceDefender doesn't help you in erasing apps; Titanium Backup is better suited for that task. Titanium Backup can even uninstall or freeze system applications (provided your device is rooted, of course).

Comment: Re:Android is becoming bloatware (Score 1) 246

by dextermanas (#37672000) Attached to: Nexus Prime, And Ice Cream Sandwich, Go For a Video Tour
The problem isn't the system requirements; infact, I'm able to run the latest Android 2.3.7 on an outdated HTC Magic (G1) just fine (the last official update was 2.1) The problem is: 1) Manufacturers want to give users one more reason to buy a new phone - that it runs the latest Android version; hence they stop supporting older devices. It also makes sense to them, financially. 2) Manufacturers like to customize the deivce and tack on their own UI and integrate crapware into the system. Sometimes this doesn't work well, as there just isn't enough space on the ROM for all that extra crap (case in point - the reason for the delay in releasing Gingerbread for the HTC Desire). Even if the device supported all that crap, the manufacturers still have to do extra testing to check if everything works fine with the new Android codebase, which introduces delays. 3) Carriers. If manufacturer bloat isn't enough, the carries have to add in their own bloat, or worse, more lock-ins/restrictions. And then you run into the same issues as above. It's easier to just say, "sorry, your device is too old". Android isn't the problem here, the carriers and manufacturers are.

Comment: Re:Doesn't work (Score 1) 189

by dextermanas (#37652910) Attached to: Extension To Chrome Brings Remote Desktop Abilities
Just checked the troubleshooting section, and looks like this extension requires inbound and outbound UDP and XMPP. Oh well, good luck trying to use it behind any corporate network. Without the ability to work behind firewalls, I doubt the Chrome Remote Desktop extension will be very successful. I, for one, won't be recommending this extension to anyone.

Comment: Re:Mission Critical (Score 1) 324

by dextermanas (#33336354) Attached to: Trojan-Infected Computer Linked To 2008 Spanair Crash
Except that you can't just run a random attachment without giving it execute rights first. Also, shell scripts by default open with a text editor (when launched from within Firefox). Say you decide to package your binary malware in an installer - which format would you choose? .deb? .rpm? .txz? What about all the dependencies needed (to do anything useful), if you add them how large would the file be then? You could go for shared libraries, but there's no guarantee that the target's system has the required versions installed. Heck, it's a challenge to install even legit third-party programs (those which aren't available on your distro's repo) due to dependency hell. Besides, the installer on most distros come with sufficient warnings/prompts before the package can be installed. Thanks to the fragmentation within the Linux community, it won't be feasible for a malware writer to bother packaging for different distros / versions / configurations. I'm not saying that it can't be done, I'm saying that if it is done, it has to be a very specific, targeted attack.

Comment: Re:Reality: deal with it (Score 1) 233

by dextermanas (#33099284) Attached to: UK Government Rejects Calls To Upgrade From IE6

I wasn't aware that you could only have one browser installed on a computer at a time. What's wrong with installing Firefox for 99% of tasks, and also having IE6 available for the obsolete and soon to be extinct tasks that require it?

What's wrong is that it costs time and money for the variety of things that go in to supporting and maintaining an additional application. The bean counters would throw a fit at the idea of spending money on two applications that do effectively the same thing.

Could you explain how it would cost a significant amount of time/money just to deploy Firefox across the machines? If you have proper app-deployment infrastructure in place, it shouldn't take more than a few clicks. Then send out a note saying "you can use Firefox for all the non-intranet stuff, just remember that we don't officially support it". And you're all set. Firefox auto-updates itself so that's taken care of as well. Eventually one could start using IE Tab+Firefox and remove IE (the icon). IE Tab can automatically open pre-defined websites in an IE instance within Firefox itself, thus the end user only has to deal with one browser (icon). When they visit the IE6-only site, it opens up in IE tab, but all other sites would work in Firefox. Problem solved.

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