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Comment: Many have the policy, what's the practice? (Score 1) 177

by frooddude (#48802109) Attached to: The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

Every company I worked for had a specific retention policy. What they didn't have is any automated means of enforcement.

While a central server hack will get the stuff that's most easily handled automatically, lawsuits get to dig into the ugly bits that are still hanging out on the laptops of the employees waiting to be discovered.

Comment: We're already doing it and don't know the results (Score 1) 319

by frooddude (#48769731) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

So we're already engineering the climate, and doing it without a clue as to what the changes we've been making (and are still making) will ultimately end in. Do we really know enough to try adding yet more crap to the original pile of crap in order to cancel out the whole pile?


Comment: My wife hates the L interface changes (Score 1) 437

by frooddude (#48764497) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

She dislikes the look of the SMS app and I haven't found a 3rd party that's not following the new Material design...

She dislikes the stupidly separated calling and contact management. Can't edit a contact from the dialer list... WHY? Long press does nothing at all so there's no reason it couldn't just keep the original function. Then from the Contacts list it's more presses/steps to make a call or send a text than it used to be.

And so on and so on...

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 720

by frooddude (#48487585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

define r4,
3x 140mm rosewill pwm fans for the case
1x 120mm couger pwm fan for the hsf
gigabyte g1 gtx 970

this thing is silent even when gaming. only time i hear the fans is when the system posts and gooses to full speed for a couple seconds.

pardon the lack of a shift key synergy is messing with me today.

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.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming