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Comment: Why not just use plugins? (Score 1) 332

by erat123 (#39713661) Attached to: iTunes' Windows Problem
I know it would cost a lot up front to change their overall software model - not to mention the security implications it could cause, but I'm surprised Apple hasn't gone the route of plugin based software development. Download the core iTunes app, which could be very small and fast, then if you want additional features, just select them from a list and click install. Heck, it would be really cool if when I bought a new iDevice, I could plug it in, it then would pick up the model number and then automatically download the newest plugin from the all holy Apple repo. Just throw in a little reflection-oriented programming Apple! What are you waiting for?

Comment: You might get really busy... (Score 1) 319

by erat123 (#39226139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?
If you let each person decide which distro they want, that could get ugly from a sys admin standpoint. But it really depends on the size of your company. If it were me in your shoes, I would lean towards stability. I would probably go with CentOS. I prefer KDE myself, but back when I made the jump from Windows to Linux, I started with Gnome because I thought it was cleaner and better organized. If they want a little more polish, I would consider Mint.
Hardware

+ - Old router hacks 1

Submitted by erat123
erat123 (1114479) writes "I have a lot of old routers, some even with a USB connection for external storage devices. I would like to find a way to use something like dd-wrt and make my old routers that I'm not using into a file/web/whatever server, using a USB external drive as storage. That would produce a low power alternative to running a computer. Any thoughts on this?"

Comment: Server (Score 1) 249

by erat123 (#32762956) Attached to: What To Do With Old 802.11b Equipment?
I have a lot of old routers, some even with a USB connection for external storage devices. I would like to find a way to use something like dd-wrt and make my old routers that I'm not using into a file/web/whatever server, using a USB external drive as storage. That would produce a low power alternative to running a computer. Any thoughts on this?
Software

+ - Seamless backup - Are we there yet?

Submitted by
erat123
erat123 writes "I maintain computer systems for small businesses. I usually get a call because most of these companies haven't even heard of backups. After restoring as much data as I can, I do what I can to get them to buy a copy of ghost or even just get an external drive. Recently, I've been learning about services like Dropbox and rdiff-backup. I think my customers would benefit from a seamless and automatic backup solution. But, as nice as Dropbox is, none of my customers will allow their content to be stored on someone elses server, period. I haven't used rdiff-backup enough to know if it could help me. What does the Slashdot community think? Is there a way to create a "Dropbox Server" or does anyone else know of a way to create a very user friendly and automatic means of backing up (with snapshots and disaster recovery), without resorting to buying macs for the Time machine?"

Comment: what!?!?!? (Score 1) 420

by erat123 (#26741431) Attached to: Users' Admin Logins Make Most Windows Malware Worse

"A new analysis claims that over 90% of the Windows security vulnerabilities reported last year were made worse by users logged in with administrative privileges"

Um.... duh?!? How much money was spent on that study? I've been running an XP box as a restricted user for 3 years, and haven't gotten a virus yet. Goes to show you, all those Linux and Mac guys aren't too dumb.

Power

7th-Grader Designs Three Dimensional Solar Cell 719

Posted by timothy
from the lucky-guess dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "12-year-old William Yuan's invention of a highly-efficient, three-dimensional nanotube solar cell for visible and ultraviolet light has won him an award and a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. 'Current solar cells are flat and can only absorb visible light'" Yuan said. 'I came up with an innovative solar cell that absorbs both visible and UV light. My project focused on finding the optimum solar cell to further increase the light absorption and efficiency and design a nanotube for light-electricity conversion efficiency.' Solar panels with his 3D cells would provide 500 times more light absorption than commercially-available solar cells and nine times more than cutting-edge 3D solar cells. 'My next step is to talk to manufacturers to see if they will build a working prototype,' Yuan said. "If the design works in a real test stage, I want to find a company to manufacture and market it.""
Space

+ - Rare dead star found near Earth

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mernil
mernil writes "Astronomers have spotted a space oddity in Earth's neighbourhood — a dead star with some unusual characteristics. [...] If confirmed, it would be only the eighth known "isolated neutron star" — meaning a neutron star that does not have an associated supernova remnant, binary companion, or radio pulsations."
Windows

+ - Is Windows actually as secure as Linux?->

Submitted by
erat123
erat123 writes "I've been working with Windows my entire life. I've also been working and learning Linux for a few years now. I know Linux doesn't get virus' or if it does, they just arent able to get past the file security settings. I've notice when I install Windows XP, I am asked to input my primary user name, and if I wish, some additional names for other users. I enter my login name and continue with the installation. When I log into Windows, I am granted administrative privileges to the system. And you wonder why Windows is prone to attacks. My question is, if we, or Microsoft, were to take the time to lock down the OS in such a way that you would be running as a standard user, and my Battle Field 2 would run without problems, would there be a need for virus software any longer? I've tested this theory and I've been running my Windows XP Pro SP2 computer for a year now, and I haven't recieved a single virus, and the only spyware I've gotten is those tracking cookies. What are your thoughts on this? Maybe Windows can be a secure OS, if just thought through."
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