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Comment Re:Moon... (Score 4, Interesting) 35

Yes, a full moon was important, as well as acceptable weather conditions. However, the state of the tides was also important. The planners wanted the landing to take place before dawn, on a rising tide. Not only did that expose more of the beach obstacles, it meant that grounded landing craft would be afloat again sooner, making them able to bring in reinforcements sooner. And, if the landings didn't take place on June 6, the next time the tides would be right would be in two weeks, without a full moon.

Comment Re:Why did they need his passwords? (Score 1) 396

Neither my desktop PC nor my laptop has an Administrator account, and if they did, I'd have given them a password. They do, however, have root accounts and part of the installation is setting a root password. Hint: not everybody who uses a PC uses Windows; some of us install an OS that isn't designed to be as insecure as possible.

Comment Re:We often learn more from our failures. (Score 1) 440

Actually, my sister is only five years older than I am, and thought she was happy with Windows until she got her hands on Linux. Please note, BTW, that the conversion was her idea, we made sure that she had proper access to all of her old files and that if she needs help, I'm generally no farther away than the length of the condo we share. I also did a similar installation for a friend's wife, but that's because she had learned and liked Linux because her first husband used it and my friend doesn't know enough Linux to do it himself. (I did, however, have him defrag and shrink the Windows partition because he knows more about Windows than I do any more.) The one thing I won't do is force anybody to change; at most, I'll explain why I use it and let them decide for themselves.

Comment Re:Any good router suggestions? (Score 1) 527

You don't need to be a Linux guru unless you insist on doing everything from a CLI. This is why I suggested the distros I did: they don't need much maintenance, and if you go with CentOS, you won't have to worry about updates very often. The programs you need, including the firewall configuration, all have GUI front ends. And, unlike Windows, Linux doesn't demand that you download and install a special driver for almost any mainstream card unless the OEM is being pissy about providing the specs. If you're a hardware geek, or have access to one, your best bet is to buy bits and pieces and put your own server together with two NICs of the same brand. (Checking on the support forum for whatever distro you're planning on using will tell you which brands/models are safe.) And the nice thing about doing it that way is that you don't need bleeding edge hardware or a huge mass of RAM; if all the box is doing is acting as a router and a local DNS server, it won't need that much.

Comment Re:Any good router suggestions? (Score 1) 527

Get yourself a small, inexpensive desktop computer with two NICs, install a stable Linux version, such as a LTS Ubuntu version or CentOS and configure it as a router and DNS server. Make sure that its firewall is set to block all traffic to those sites, in or out, and that DNS is set to return as all of their IP addresses. It's a bit of work, but once it's up, it's about as safe as you can get without going to the extreme of using OADS.

Comment Re:It takes two... (Score 4, Interesting) 440

When you let techies build things you get Linux which is great. But I'm not installing it for my 70 year old mother.

My older sister was in her late 60s and not at all tech savvy when she first encountered Linux. It only took her five minutes with a live version of Ubuntu to decide that it was what she wanted. I helped her install it, dual boot with Windows, and with access to her Windows partition so that she could get at much-needed files. It's been years since she's needed to boot Windows, and after the first few weeks of getting used to Linux, her tech-support questions to me dropped to less than 5% of what they were under Windows and have stayed that way ever since. (Most of her questions I can solve in just a few minutes and the rest go to the Ubuntu forum.) You don't need to be a computer geek or a Unix guru to run Linux; you just need to select a distro that's designed for average people, such as Ubuntu.

Comment Con Crud (Score 2) 86

Everybody who goes to conventions, especially conventions for hobbies, SF, fantasy, mystery, gaming or media interests knows what con crud is. It's a type of cold or flu-like disorder that many people come down with either at those conventions or just after. Not everybody gets it, of course, and few people get it every time, but as long as there are a few people there who are in the contagious stage, it's going to be passed around. I've been lucky, so far, because in several decades of attending SF and media cons I've never come down with it. I also try to make sure that I get adequate sleep while I'm enjoying the con and that just might be why I've been immune to it. Remember, if you want to come home healthy, don't insist on partying all night, every night and be sure to eat at least one healthy meal every day.

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