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Comment: Re:Perhaps at last an affordable mini PC? (Score 2) 180

by dfsmith (#48815297) Attached to: Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

I got an nVidia ION-based Asus Aspire Revo PC a few years back. It worked fairly well, gets nice and warm, and is still in service as my Kodi box, NAS/backup server (eSATA+GbE with RAID) and secondary DNS/DHCP. It does leave out the PCI slots from the reference platform though.

I'm currently evaluating a $150 (from Fry's) Asus VivoPC as my next primary server. Dual core, hidden micro-PCIe, SATA and USB3. So far, so good.

Comment: Use telnet (Score 1) 148

by dfsmith (#48757539) Attached to: Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

The telnet protocol can be made very secure with the right software in place.* But it's only useful when you have a pre-agreed algorithm.

* Use the data stream to carry benign traffic. Encode your critical message elsewhere, e.g., the inter-packet delays, typos, a secondary (intermingled) TCP stream, TCP retries, TCP checksum, window lengths, header packing.

Comment: Digital progressive lenses (Score 1) 464

by dfsmith (#48728733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I went through two rounds of cataract correction surgery, so my medical plan allowed me to experiment a bit with replacement lenses. In the end, I found that a larger spread of focal range (top to bottom) suited me better (I think my original corrections were -4 to -3, and settled on -4 to -2). A also found I liked the "digital" layout (small infinity at the top, wide screen-distance, small near distance) over the standard layout (wide infinity, narrow mid, narrow near).

Comment: Re:There's only one image organizing program (Score 1) 259

by dfsmith (#48603999) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Image Organization?

I run a Linux kernel on 4 out of the 5 PC/laptops I own, and spend 90% of my time screen-time on them. I organize my photos in <shameface>Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer 8</shameface> on Windows. Elements can be made to tag the metadata into the JPEGs so that its database can be reconstructed just from the files, and it has a reasonable tagging interface. However, my photos probably only amount to 500GiB or so, going back to the 1990s, and I don't bother with raw, so my load isn't high.

Comment: Re:Responding to feedback (Score 1) 267

by dfsmith (#48098133) Attached to: GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

..."people hate change but they'll learn to love it"

It's mostly true. The early Gnome 3 annoyed me so much ("I want my clock on the bottom of the screen, dammit!") that I changed to KDE4 and XFCE (on low memory systems). KDE was infuriating, but once I'd figured out how to disable, e.g., Akonadai and Konqueror, I learned to like it. (Dolphin is good! Window title bars on the left edge is a godsend for widescreen use.) XFCE was similar enough to Gnome 2 for me not to notice it much.

The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.