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Comment Re:Why did they need his passwords? (Score 1) 330

That depends. If you mean financially, no way. If you mean the 1% of computer users with enough sense not to install Windows on their computers because it's broken and insecure by design, then yes, I am and have been for almost a decade now.

Comment Re:Why did they need his passwords? (Score 1) 330

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 Re:what if they find "good things"? (Score 0) 125

They'll do their very best to cover up any good things they find. After all, they're not being paid to find out what's going to happen, they're being paid to find out what bad things will happen, and anything that isn't bad needs to be covered up.

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.

Comment Re:Count me in (Score 1) 86

The early morning starts are doing the children a huge disservice...

Don't blame that entirely on the school system. Parents who let their children stay up late and don't make sure that they get enough sleep (Children need more sleep than adults do.) are just as much at fault, if not more so.

Comment Re:Nukes are safer than coal. (Score 2) 248

Most people would think that Ground Zero, right where a nuke went off (or below where it went off, for an air burst) would be the best example of a radioactive wasteland, but it's not. There are two places in Japan known as "Peace Park," one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki. I've visited the second of the two and stood on the grass next to the statue pointing straight up to where the blast went off back in 1945. I mentioned this to a friend, once, and learned that he'd been to the other one and they're both covered with grass, bushes, trees and flowers.

Comment Re:I have bought 5 Belkin products (Score 1) 48

In the router options, it no mechanism for setting the router to not require a password.

Even if you ignore the fact that this "sentence" has no verb, it still isn't clear what you mean. Are you saying that there's no way to set the router up so that it doesn't require a password (good) or that you can't set it to require a password (bad)?

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