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Comment Re:Depends upon the OS... (Score 1) 318 318

This is a very good point. I run Arch Linux on my own box, but I know I can roll back a change easily from the local cache if something breaks (it very rarely does). It really does depend on what you're running, especially how easy it is to roll back changes that have been made.

Comment Re:Basically WiFi with Sabbath mode then? (Score 1) 207 207

These are two very different things, aren't they? In the case of the routers we're talking about a claim that can be, and has been, tested scientifically. In the other case we're talking about something that science simply cannot speak to. Scientific knowledge is not the only type of knowledge. Science can only speak to a subset of reality.

Comment Re:Impressive... and improbable. (Score 1) 74 74

I agree. I've been running Arch for a few years now. If you pay attention to changes that need user interaction, you're usually fine. Arch doesn't really break things. It make for a very fast, stable system in my experience, especially if you stay away from the dark recesses of the AUR.

Submission + - IT disaster recovery lessons from Waffle House-> 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: In IT, we often find ourselves in situations where planning for the future is the choice we would like to make, but making such plans would take away from the work we need to do now. Such is the lot of human beings: We can conceive of the future, but we're pretty bad at actually planning for it.

One example of such planning gaps in the IT world is that old bugaboo, disaster recovery. Everyone in IT knows they should do it, but rarely it gets done. In fact, disaster recovery planning is something that is not getting done in a lot of organizations. But every once in a while, an organization can break the mold and do a better job.

You wouldn't think Waffle House restaurants, a staple of interstate exits throughout the U.S. Southeast, would be a model for disaster recovery, but they are. The 24-hour restaurant chain has drawn up such a good disaster plan for their stores, people started noticing. If there's a natural disaster, such as a flood, hurricane, or tornado, Waffle Houses are pretty good about keeping their doors open and their hash browns flinging.

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Comment Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (Score 2) 399 399

I agree. When I write anything of significant length which, I'll have to admit, doesn't happen as much as it used to, I prefer one of my fountain pens. They're attractive and different, but mostly I just like the way they write. Neither one of them was very expensive.

Comment Arch and ArchBang (Score 4, Interesting) 357 357

I like cobbling together my own desktop too... sometimes. I have a family computer at home with KDE, but my own laptop uses ArchBang which is really Arch Linux with Openbox. Openbox is very sparse though and you can use your own menus, taskbar, system tray, etc. etc. etc. I like the control and I like finding out what's out there and trying new solutions to the Desktop 'problem'.

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