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Comment: An unsolvable problem. (Score 1) 334

by hduff (#47933595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

Your parents, their character as you describe it and their unique, unchangeable circumstances present an unsolvable problem given your goals.

You must let them go and allow them to deal with their own problems on their own time and spending (or wasting) their own money.

You cannot save, much less help, your parents because their circumstances and behaviors offers you no alternative.

Comment: Re:ARCH LINUX WIKI (Score 1) 430

by hduff (#47600725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Most people blog on their own sites due to the obstacles involved with contributing good documentation. Fundamentally, it's a coordination problem, and that's something tools are good at solving.

That the direction I took: until that became too much of a hassle.

Now I use Zim for creating personal documentation. One day I'll get around to putting that stuff in my blog.

Comment: ARCH LINUX WIKI (Score 4, Informative) 430

by hduff (#47599999) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

I have found, the Arch Linux Wiki to be the most useful single source of information taht is generalized enough to apply to most other distributions.

As an early adopter of Linux, I too found the existing documentation appalling and started writing better documentation, which led to co-authoring RedHat/Fedora Unleashed with Bill Ball.

My advice is to contribute to the documentation yourself since it appears that no one else, including the software authors, care much about it.

But the barriers to contributing are high. You may not only need to learn about the application, but you need to learn any number of arcane editing and versioning tools, and then convince someone in authority to accept and include your changes. It's really no different that contributing code to a project and for your average writer, that's a huge hassle and likely a big part of why more writers don;t contribute.

Comment: Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (Score 5, Insightful) 928

AFAIK, he told the agent he made the tweet, so his "I'll show you" attitude figured into the equation. The agents' "You're not the boss of me" attitude was also a part. Result: Two asshats vie for the title of "Biggest Dick". And they both won.

Comment: Active Linux Community (Score 1) 81

by hduff (#47526753) Attached to: Announces Linux Support

There has been an active Linux community for these games for quite some time. Many can run on DOSBox or WINE with alittle tweaking.

As well, a lot of theses games have hi-def visuals available as a substitute and other enhancements.

If GOG can package all tghis together as an easily insrtallable package (insted of requiring a HOWTO), it will be great.

I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.