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Comment: re snow (Score 1) 723

by freddieb (#46109197) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
There is no way the gov. authorities could have prevented the problem. Business and schools let out early and created a huge traffic problem and temperatures dropped well into the 20's (F). All most all roads despite traffic became iced over. The city and state did not possess enough sand, salt to cover the affected areas besides by this time there were abandoned cars and trucks. It took my daughter 7 hours to go about 10 miles from work to home mostly due to blocked streets and jammed up traffic.

Comment: Use hostapd and Debian or Ubuntu (Score 1) 193

by freddieb (#45045663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?
I have tried what you suggest using both Ubuntu and Debian. I used one of the AR5212/AR5213 HP pci cards however if your laptop will work in the master mode you should be able to use it. I also have a Mikrotik router as someone else suggested. The hostapd solution is not as good as the Mikrotik even though I both are running high power. In my case it is probably the antenna placement. There are plenty of hostapd howto's on the net. wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Master Tx-Power=27 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management:on

Comment: re WRT-54GS (Score 1) 334

by freddieb (#38229452) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?
I have struggled with the same. I have put dd-wrt on a couple of clones and ending up bricking them with updates or modifications. I have two suggestions. Mikrotik has just come out with a high power ap / router for under $100 bucks. Their routeros is linux based and the new ap/router has a usb port also. I have had good luck running hostapd on a linux server. I presently use one of the high power (EPI-3601S) available from Amazon or Newegg and the latest version of Ubuntu server edition. Works great however, this card doesn't have wireless N.

Dell's Misleading Graphics Card Buying Advice 381

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-should-know-better dept.
Barence writes "Dell's website includes a guide to graphics cards for PC novices which contains a dangerous chunk of misinformation. The monitor on the left, labelled as a PC that uses a 'standard graphics card,' is displaying a Windows desktop that's washed out and blurry. The seemingly identical Dell TFT on the right, powered by a 'high-end graphics card,' is showing the same desktop – but this time it's much sharper and more vivid. They're both outputting at the same resolution."

Comment: re RS (we are up to RS in parts?) (Score 1) 413

by freddieb (#36273438) Attached to: RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots
Radio Shack never was a real good parts store. Olson Electronics was better. There were some local parts stores that were much better (Delta Electronics). Most all of them have vanished. Radio Shack did have a big store that was great (can't remember the name) but it was similar to Allied Radio. We had a local store here in the Atlanta Area. They sold everything from cases to test equipment. Like most of their other trial balloons (Incredible Universe, etc), they went bust. I will go to RS for small parts (led's etc) as it is the only local venue left. We are lucky here in Atlanta to have Fry's. They have most anything that RS would stock and much more of it.

Comment: Re:Don't worry, Microsoft is on it (Score 1) 135

by freddieb (#36144068) Attached to: New Alureon Rootkit Takes Malware To New Level
The last time I had a windows virus it was Alureon. Every time I clean the drive, it was fine until I reinstalled MSRT. Then it appeared. Finally, I replaced the drive and installed Nortons and have not had another problem. I found only one tool that would actually remove it and it was free from Kaspersky Labs (TDSSKiller).

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