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Comment: Re:Why not virtualize? (Score 1) 708

by zerkon (#37826136) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?
I just started doing this myself. I had stopped using my MacBook due to bootcamp issues (was taking a class that required MS Access so I needed Windows). The drivers (touchpad especially) just didn't work that well under Windows 7. I had switched to an old thinkpad dual booting windows and linux.

Recently discovered VMware Fusion and now I have a virtualized Windows 7 on my MacBook which lets me run office and internet explorer (for the 1 stupid IE only website I need to use). $50 for fusion and now I can run windows/linux/whatever flawlessly under OSX with very little slowdown.

Biggest caveat, the Fusion Unity application support only extends to XFCE, Gnome, and KDE (does not work with e17 or LXDE) so make sure if you install a linux distro it's using one of those DE's or Unity will not work as nicely.

It sounds funny, but my favorite feature of my MacBook is the MASSIVE touchpad that works flawlessly. I don't know why manufacturer's skimp on the touchpad given that it's the primary input device, but I looked at dozens of laptops before I purchased a used thinkpad because it had the trackpoint, but they all had one feature in common... a crappy touchpad.

Comment: Dreamhost (Score 1) 554

by zerkon (#37027338) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?
I've been running a few websites with email accounts off Dreamhost for a few years now, and I highly recommend that over rolling your own. Sure, you might be losing some of the flexibility of a complete from scratch solution, but you're also handing off a lot of the administrative hassles to professionals. Plus since it's a paid solution I'm not as concerned about my data being fodder for google's growing empire.

The whole thing is running off a virtualized server that I pay $15 a month for. No blacklist issues (so far in like 3 years) since it's a known IP block with a known hosting provider. Spam is a minor issue, they're running spamassassin which on it's own seems to do an all right job. It gets the worst of the worst and thunderbird picks up a fair amount of it as well. The webclient uses roundmail, which is somewhat dated, but has a decent ajax interface. I think they have some other choices for webclients but to be honest I don't use them that often.

Comment: USB (Score 1) 517

by zerkon (#26152117) Attached to: SoHo NAS With Good Network Throughput?
I know this doesn't exactly answer your question... but unless your machines are widely geographically separated, why not cut out the middleman and just get a hard drive and a usb2 enclosure? You know exactly what you are getting (instead of all the debate about "real world" performance). Sneakernet ftw
Security

Experts Tell Feds To Sign the DNS Root ASAP 147

Posted by kdawson
from the digital-john-hancock dept.
alphadogg sends along news that the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration has gotten plenty of feedback on its call for comments on securing the root zone using DNSSEC. The comment period closed yesterday, and more than 30 network and security experts urged the NTIA to implement DNSSEC stat. There were a couple of dissenting voices and a couple of trolls.
Google

Google Adopts, Forks OpenID 1.0 316

Posted by timothy
from the complicationism dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Right on the heels of Microsoft's adoption of the OpenID protocol by announcing their intention to enable OpenID authentication against all Live IDs, Google has announced their intention to join the growing list of OpenID authentication providers. Except it turns out they're using their own version of OpenID that is incompatible with everyone else. It seems that Google will be using their own 'improved' version of OpenID (based upon research and user feedback of the OpenID system) which isn't backwards compatible with OpenID 1.0/2.0, in hopes of improving end-user experience at the cost of protocol compatibility and complexity."

Comment: Last 3 months (Score 1) 656

by zerkon (#24832373) Attached to: Typical Home Bandwidth Usage?
DD-WRT bandwidth meter:
August 2008 (Incoming: 17734 MB / Outgoing: 3549 MB)
July 2008 (Incoming: 12001 MB / Outgoing: 4202 MB)
July 2008 (Incoming: 12001 MB / Outgoing: 4202 MB)

Most of that is just from me - music/movies/linux isos, etc. I do have a roommate but youtube is about as bandwidth intensive as his use gets.

You would have to use a LOT of bandwidth to hit the 250gb cap comcast reported the other day. I download a lot and I'm not even at a 10th of that cap.

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