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Comment: Fetchmail, dovecot and sieve (Score 4, Informative) 334

by frooddude (#47933055) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Use fetchmail to pull from their account, drop it in their "inbox" managed by dovecot and create a whitelist via sieve (mail filter). You might even be able to get sieve to do that whole 'exec by email' thing if you want.

The real key here is that what they see in their 'inbox' is only what you allow them to see since you're dropping everything except your approved From addresses (or similar criteria).

Option 2: switch to snail mail and cancel their ISP account.

Comment: Forgot some of them... (Score 2) 867

by frooddude (#41470049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Started with Slackware in 93/94 (I think, just remember a ton of floppies and I definitely used Slack back then, just don't know that I started with a distro, this was kernel .98alpha or so)
I know I played with Yggdrasil (that became SuSE, right?)
After that everything is pretty hazy, but I spent many years on Debian then switched to Gentoo a couple years ago.

On the other hand I professionally support RedHat and OL (and any other enterprise flavor should something broken come up).

Comment: I would've liked Chrome... (Score 1) 807

by frooddude (#39236243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

If it weren't for it's complete inability to deal with Roaming Profiles and magically ignoring the fact that it's pinned to my task bar.

So I switched back to Firefox and w/ v10 it's not too shabby. I miss the multi-threading of Chrome, sometimes it'd be nice to go to another tab while waiting for the 'script is eating your CPU' dialog to come up. It's nice to have search actuated by / again, although I didn't miss it quite enough to hunt down a solution for Chrome. I also think the bookmark tools are a little better in Firefox.

Comment: PXE w/ Clonezilla and DBAN (Score 1) 253

by frooddude (#38203714) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?

PXE booting is not difficult to set up and Clonezilla is dead simple to automate after that. DBAN also has instructions to PXE boot, but I've never used it that way. Extra points for setting it up to do both in 1 pass. Clonezilla also has the nice feature of verifying that you have a good backup.

Comment: Wifi tethering - requires rooting (Score 1) 125

I just looked into wifi tethering and got it working on my Samsung Fascinate last night in about 20 minutes. Open Garden is what I went with. I had already rooted my phone quite a while back to get a newer version of Android so that requirement was no problem for me. It was interesting to find that some wifi tether apps require you also to use a modified kernel. Neither Barnacle (mentioned above) nor Open Garden require a different kernel.

I passed 25MB down / 6 MB up over the course of a couple hours on the road browsing the web and reading email. No overheat issues, the phone was plugged in at the time. Overall the connection was far snappier than my experience trying to browse using the phone. The laptop I used runs Linux and I was using the latest Firefox and Thunderbird.

Comment: Sure, if you're a rules lawyer or have some OCD (Score 1) 123

by frooddude (#37368494) Attached to: How Game Makers Like EA Mine for Tax Breaks

"Since filling out even a simple return can be rather game-like, maybe they're just doing what they do best."

So is this the new real-time strategy game you want to sell to our future accountants? Personally I tend toward games with the fewest rules, they're more entertaining.

Comment: Mini isn't really a good idea... (Score 1) 229

by frooddude (#37347078) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Passively Cooled Hardware For Game Emulation?

Small spaces make quiet cooling difficult. Bigger fans are quieter at moving the same amount of air. The more air you move over a given heat sink the better the cooling (with diminishing returns, see various HSF reviews). So go for something larger with good airflow and some very quiet fans.

My HTPC has a PSU with a fan that I've never heard since it's temperature controlled and I'm not abusing it. The HSF is a Scythe Ninja something or other with a Panasonic D12SL 120mm fan, can't hear it. Graphics card is an MSI N460GTZ Cyclone. Sounds like a loud card, right? Well it's dead silent on movies (good for those quiet scenes) and none of the games I play have "quiet" atmosphere so when it does get cranking I still can't hear it over the audio of the game. You can always get aftermarket coolers for real silence if that's where you want to spend your money. All that packed into an Antec Solo with a cheap 64GB SSD, although when I had the 320GB single platter spindle in there you couldn't hear it at all.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller