Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Take advantage of Black Friday with 15% off sitewide with coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" on Slashdot Deals (some exclusions apply)". ×

Comment Right here (Score 1) 168

This is the best programming book I've ever used (I'm not a professional just a 30 something who started with C at 13 dropped it, and has regretted it since). This is for Python.

If you scroll down a bit you will see a package called Swampy. Swampy = Turtle. If you do the book you will see example code that uses it. Good luck.

Comment He already has ... (Score 3, Interesting) 83

Cinematic Titanic which also has the people from MST3K that don't hate him. As a huge fan, this sounds fishy.

There's also the much MUCH more prolific and IMO funnier Rifftrax. The timing is interesting considering that RIfftrax just started bringing back old MST3K episodes every Monday with a new intro video by Mike Nelson. I backed one of the Rifftrax Kickstarter's and I don't regret it (I even have an mp3 I made of Kevin Murphy saying my name from one of the reward tiers.

I don't really know what caused the rift between Joel and Mike/Kevin but it seems clear that there is one. Personally, while he has his moments, I don't think Joel is as funny.

Comment Free Opensource Ghost (Score 1) 118

FOG can back up disk images and do inventory and scheduled re-images and keep images for things like AV scan and whatnot.

We mostly just use it to wipe machines back to clean slates ourselves but it's supposed to have quite a rich feature set. It does also have some bugs though.

I set one up at my school that has re-imaged 1000+ student netbooks 7 at a time, the school district also has all of our images centrally located and available throughout the district for all models of laptops/desktops that we use and manages the images there. It uses iPXE/Partclone/TFTP and LAMP. The original .32 version has plugins that can do things like identify a machine based on its DMI info and pick a set of images based on that (Capone).

I've set them up on CentOS and Ubuntu. There are always quirks though, I suggest strong perusal of the wiki before deciding, and toy with it before putting in to production.

Comment I work at a public high school. (Score 1) 149

I'm not the librarian but I work closely with one and we've looked at RFID. Regular barcode tags are going to be far cheaper and you can get a shitty barcode scanner cheaply ~$30-50 although a good one is ~$300.

As for a system to actually track them I'm not aware of a FOSS one but I haven't looked either as the district chooses not the building. We did have Surpass as a separate stand alone system for some paperbacks and netbooks for awhile which was decent but these are serious systems for circulation likely well beyond the scope of what you're looking for (and likely price range although I don't know how much it cost) so I'm not sure what to recommend there.

If you're going to go the full library route you want something that can handle MARC records. Good luck =)

Comment Re:Linux (Score 2) 109

You don't see the problem? What happens if/when Valve starts to behave like Microsoft/Sony? I have a 12+ year old STEAM account but I definitely see the open source thing as good and free as in beer as better. Having said that I'm willing to bet less than 10% of my library will run without Windows. So for the time being, it's the Win 7 lifeboat for me.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce