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Comment: Re:I plan on using it (Score 1) 205 205

I'm in the exact same boat as you. Don't like evernote, but plan on using this. I mean, I'm pissed that Reader is dying, but they made it easy to get my data out. Same with notebook. I've tried Catch and Astrid on Android, and they never really synced well. When they did, I had to log into their site or jump through hoops to get the data into Google. Ever note (and recently the other two) are really busy, don't look as sleek and simple as Google apps, and have WAY more functionality than I need, so they take a while to open and connect and feel bloated. Google Keep, on the other hand, is lightweight and easy to use. And one day, I may have to export the data. And that's OK. I've already transitioned to TTRSS and I'll do it with Docs and Gmail if I have to.

Comment: Re:Can't buy the OS for $200? (Score 1) 531 531

[fluffman@moria:~]$ s bejeweled
kdiamond - three-in-a-row game for KDE
gweled - A "Diamond Mine" puzzle game
monsterz - arcade puzzle game
monsterz-data - graphics and audio data for monsterz
[fluffman@moria:~]$ i gweled
[sudo] password for fluffman:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
    gweled
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 87 not upgraded.
Need to get 163kB of archives.
After this operation, 479kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/universe gweled 0.7-2ubuntu6 [163kB]
Fetched 163kB in 2s (76.8kB/s)
Selecting previously deselected package gweled.
(Reading database ... 231023 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking gweled (from .../gweled_0.7-2ubuntu6_amd64.deb) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for python-gmenu ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/desktop.en_US.utf8.cache...
Processing triggers for menu ...
Processing triggers for python-support ...
Setting up gweled (0.7-2ubuntu6) ...

Processing triggers for menu ...
[fluffman@moria:~]$ gweled

Actual time spend searching for and installing bejeweled clone: 10 seconds. And it's actually pretty good, with music too!

Comment: Re:Too bad (Score 2, Insightful) 849 849

Exactly. From a legal perspective, SC and the CSA had a better legal argument for leaving the USA than the Colonies had for leaving England.

Legally, colonies aren't allowed to secede from a mother country. But SC had freely entered into a contract with the other states, and should have been freely allowed to leave.

Comment: From experience (Score 1) 1146 1146

Wow, I'm a linux geek and my wife is a literary/gaming geek. We just got married last year.

From experience:
-- Change "sports" in those books to "games and linux"
-- Do *NOT* install the latest Alpha release of your distro because "it's stable enough"
----- If you *STILL* do the above, be sure you do it on a computer that she doesn't use
-------- If you *STILL* do it on *HER* computer, be sure to show her any and all of the differences.
----------- If you *STILL* don't show her what's new and let her know what's going on, be prepared for no sex / a divorce.

Comment: wtf? (Score 1) 2 2

My wife pointed this out last night, and after a brief moment of outrage, I began laughing. The clip talks about files from your computer being uploaded and read by the federal government. How is this even possible? That would definitely require either a Java app running in the page, or ActiveX, and nobody actually lets that run, right?

right?

>_> :(

Privacy

+ - "Orwellian" CARS Application Disclaimer 2 2

krygny writes: I saw this on FNC's Glenn Beck Show yesterday and is recounted here. When a car dealer visits the cars.gov web site to apply for the rebate, he encounters the following disclaimer:

"This application provides to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a federal computer system and it is property of the United States government, ... Any and all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized CARS, DoT and law enforcement personnel, as well as authorized officials of other agencies, both domestic and foreign."

I haven't been able to duplicate the path described in the article, maybe because I'm not a registered dealer or maybe the process has changed as much as the program has in the past few days.

Comment: Re:Kubuntu (Score 1) 948 948

Depending on who's using the computer, don't bother, unless you're programming in Qt or your users are very tech savvy.

I first started using Linux full time around Kubuntu 7.04 alpha 5-ish. I looked at Gnome and KDE and thought KDE looked nicer. I couldn't even boot the standard Ubuntu on my PC at the time, so it wasn't really an option anyway. KDE was great, but I found it was pretty difficult for my fiancee and parents to use. It has a LOT of menu options, and it was overall pretty difficult to do common tasks like mounting windows shares and stuff like that. Most tutorials were written for Gnome, but I could generally convert the necessary instructions.

Then, I started getting more people interested in putting Ubuntu on their computer. I went with Ubuntu (Gnome) because it was generally easier to use. I switched to Gnome myself out of necessity, and once I figured out how to do the stuff I had learned in KDE (and since it actually booted into Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon) I began to love Gnome more and more.

I still find KDE interesting, and would probably use it personally if I was the only one using the computer and if I didn't have to help friends/family with their computers over the phone. It's just much easier to describe how to do something if you're using the same desktop environment. Even so, Gnome is still quite capable despite being simplistic.

Comment: Re:Meh? (Score 2, Informative) 229 229

Actually, I just ordered a Mini 9 from Dell. I checked the prices and sure enough I saved $40 by getting Ubuntu instead of XP.

Funny thing is though, I called in the order to talk to a real person about different discounts (epp, sales, etc.), and she tried her *darnedest* to get me to *not* get that laptop! First she wanted to make sure I "had a *real* laptop" (yes, that's a quote!), then she asked what I would be using it for.

ME: Oh, you know it's a netbook, so...the Internet.

HER: Oh, you won't be typing papers at all or using Excel or anything? Because you need Windows to run MS Office

ME: No...it's Ubuntu, it comes with OpenOffice, I don't need MS Office.

HER: But you can't open word or excel without windows...

ME: Yes, I can edit and create MS Office documents. Move along, please.

Next, she urged me to upgrade the RAM.

HER: And would you like to go ahead and get the 64GB hard drive [even though it's actually solid state] and 2 GB of RAM? This is a small laptop and is very hard to upgrade.

ME: Actually, I've seen the videos online. It takes 2 screws and you just pop off a little lid and the extra ram or the new SSD just pops right in.

Then, of course, she wanted to sell me the latest gizmos and gadgets they have. No, thanks. Finally, when the build is complete, I get the most hilarious thing EVER:

HER: Ok, almost done here, one last question. Right now, we have a special on McAfee Antivirus and it's only $X/month and it will protect your system from...[I cut her off here]

ME: Would you like to tell me A) how McAfee is going to run in Linux and B) what viruses I would be protected from? I'll go ahead and answer that: McAfee doesn't even run on Linux, so the question is moot. What's my total?

I'm guessing that even if they sell McAfee and have to give a refund, they'll still charge people for that first month, or even if they give the refund on that, then McAfee gives dell a kickback for so many licenses sold.

Comment: Re:You're still using Adobe Reader? (Score 2, Informative) 136 136

In Windows, I like Sumatra. It's smaller and faster than Foxit, and doesn't allow javascript and crap that causes problems in Adobe Reader. It does, however, sometimes have trouble rendering some more complicated pdf's, but you could always keep foxit around for that rare occasion.

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