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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

http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan_osx_dnschanger.shtml

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:

http://www.tidbitsfortechs.com/2013/12/project-5050-a-low-budget-linux-laptop/

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

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