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Comment: Re:Virtual Machine (Score 2) 572

by freedom_surfer (#43362211) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

Agreed. You can also run the machine in a non-persistence mode so that nothing is written to the disk at all while in use. Just periodically fire it up in a persistent state to apply important security updates etc for their safety. Unless they are savvy they won't even know they are running in a VM.

Comment: Blender isn't for defeatists (Score 1) 158

by freedom_surfer (#42976689) Attached to: Blender 2.66 Released

Blender is an awesome tool that just gets better by the day. Defeatists won't like it because it takes effort to learn how to use it. However once you do, you'll be addicted and basically only be limited by your imagination and your willingness to learn more. It is such a powerful tool that even after using it for almost 4 years now I still learn new abilities and hack gems outside of the new stuff that is added all the time.

I can't thank the blender devs enough. Keep up the good work and don't let the haters get you down. Our community is better off without people who don't contribute more than insults and complaints. Which reminds me, time to make another donation. I now make a living doing something I actually enjoy because of blender.

Comment: He likes what he has right? (Score 1) 655

by freedom_surfer (#27468293) Attached to: How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

Just build a new single system and virtualize the two components of the previous system. He won't have to learn how to use it, you know it works for what he needs and considering you are emulating such old hardware, can be done on cheap modern hardware. Just get a low end core 2 duo with VT, and install Ubuntu and kvm virtualization. You could probably get a bare bones system for the same price as two new Microsoft licenses. Spend the real money on a big display for the old man instead!

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?