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Comment: Speak Out! (Score 1) 146

by patchouly (#47342377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?
Try the 7-11 "Speak Out" sim card. The sim card is $10 and can be used in most modern phones. Then you buy minute cards. The best part is instead of the minutes only being active for one month, they are good for a whole year. So, buy a $25 card and you have an emergency phone that has minutes for a year.

Comment: I'm confused. (Score 1) 435

by patchouly (#45284817) Attached to: The Case Against Gmail
I use Outlook to check my Gmail account (among others). I've never had any issues with it in the past nor currently. Pop in the info and it sets it up automatically. Same thing goes with my iPad, Samsung Aceii Phone and my old Blackberry. Never any issues at all. As with the OP, I've had Gmail since the beginning and I haven't noticed any changes (to be fair, I never check my email with my browser so changes there would have gone unnoticed). I have to wonder what sort of third part programs the author was having trouble with.

Comment: Re:Whats the alternative? (Score 1) 863

by patchouly (#43464483) Attached to: ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"
I've been using computers since the 80's. I've seen TONs of changes and used many OSes. IMO, Windows 8 is a great! I like the clean bar with no Start Button (In fact, it's even easier because all you have to do is point your mouse down there and click to bring up the menu). The "Metro Screen" is really just a fancy start menu. Click on the desktop icon and you are back to your normal desktop. Point to the lower left corner and you can access your fancy, cool new start menu (Metro Screen). Folks really need to learn to use the system before complaining about it.
Security

Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access? 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-to-blame dept.
CowboyRobot writes "Despite the headlines, the big denial of service attack may not have slowed the Internet after all. The argument against the original claim include the fact that reports of Internet users seeing slowdowns came not from service providers, but the DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare, which signed up Spamhaus as a customer last week. Also, multiple service providers and Internet watchers have now publicly stated that while the DDoS attacks against Spamhaus could theoretically have led to slowdowns, they've seen no evidence that this occurred for general Internet users. And while some users may have noticed a slowdown, the undersea cable cuts discovered by Egyptian sailors had more of an impact than the DDoS."
Power

Solar Impulse Airplane To Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the guided-by-the-light dept.
First time accepted submitter markboyer writes "The Solar Impulse just landed at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California to announce a journey that will take it from San Francisco to New York without using a single drop of fuel. The 'Across America' tour will kick off this May when founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg take off from San Francisco. From there the plane will visit four cities across the states before landing in New York."

Comment: Re:I like Windows 8 (Score 1) 913

by patchouly (#42712345) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure
Actually, I work on my server during the day and often have multiple windows open (I run a dual screen set up). During my down time, I do a lot of music recording and have a full home studio set up. If you start looking at the "Metro" screen as a fancy start menu, it really is just a decorative upgrade. Not anything to freak out about.

Comment: I like Windows 8 (Score -1) 913

by patchouly (#42706823) Attached to: Microsoft Blames PC Makers For Windows Failure
I know. I'm probably the only one. It really is simple and I have no idea why everyone is having a hard time. The system is identical to Windows 7 only the boring "Start Menu" has been replaced by the "Start Screen" with "Live tiles". It's turned one of the drab features into something cool. Other than that (without having a touch screen), it is the same as Windows 7. It starts up on the "Start Screen". You can either click on a tile to choose an activity or you can click on the "Desk Top" tile to go to your usual desk top. If folks are having a hard time understanding that, they probably should not be using a computer.

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