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Comment: Pranked a computer in high school using Turbo C++ (Score 1) 231

by toygeek (#47831703) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

When in high school, I wasn't in any of the computer programs they had but I was on my own a bit of a tinkerer and was busy learning Borland Turbo C++ at home. At school I'd dink around with the computers in the lab (386sx16's) which were also being used to teach Turbo C++. I wrote a program that made a low sound for several seconds and then said "Oh, sorry, I couldn't control myslef!". I setup the autoexec.bat to run it and then restore the original version of autoexec.bat. I didn't get in trouble because they could not prove it was me, but I did piss off the teacher (another student, ironically) of the class. They let me play with the computers at lunch only if I promised not to mess with them anymore. I complied.

Another time a guy gave me an old heathkit oscilloscope and I really didn't know what to do with it. I wish I did! But anyway I hooked the leads to a 72mhz RC transmitter and turned it on. As I was watching the patterns on the scope, I heard every car alarm in the neighborhood going off. I later realized that a harmonic must have been strong enough to interfere with alarms. That was pretty fun :D

Comment: Assuming they are your personally: (Score 1) 208

by toygeek (#47545053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

Since you're asking this question, I'll assume that you have the freedom to do whatever you want with them. We'll assume they're your servers, personally. In that case, keeping them at the ready in case your cloud solution turns into a hurricane is a great idea that was mentioned previously.

Otherwise, a couple of things come to mind:
1) Start a web hosting company, using Linux and cPanel
2) Start a Private VPN service
3) Beowulf Cluster! (this is slashdot, after all...) or the modern version: OpenStack
4) Profit!

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Comment: Re:Best is subjective (Score 1) 201

by toygeek (#46043115) Attached to: Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

I could not agree more. For the first time in my life, I live out in the real woods in a forest and far away from the city. To go outside and look up, and see... *everything*. Its really fantastic, and it really starts the brain thinking. It wasn't long before I started thinking "bigger". Its a wonderful experience.

Comment: Re:malware = local (Score 4, Interesting) 189

by toygeek (#45852763) Attached to: Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

This is exactly what happened with Apple a couple of years ago. The DNS Changer virus

It infected OSX machines and logged in the users router using the biggest "back door": admin/password. Then it changed to some DNS servers in Russia, and any device on the network was getting redirected to death to all sorts of sites.

Yes, this is a big back door, but no bigger than the admin/password admin/admin default credentials that 99% of people never changed. Thankfully, these days the routers come with better defaults.

Comment: Personally I love tablets (Score 1) 211

by toygeek (#45822605) Attached to: Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

They've lowered the street price of used laptops enough that I can buy a workable 15" laptop for $15 and install CrunchBang Linux on it and use it for everything I could need, save for gaming. The project that I did this with is working out beautifully, even using it for work:

Then again, Tablets Are Not Computers. Not yet, anyway.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.