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Comment Consumer Laptops are disposible (Score 1) 732

If you want reliability, I would recommend a Panasonic Toughbook. I first hand know they have very few electronic failures (2 out of about 500) and can take lots of physical abuse too. The cheap consumer laptops often die within 3 years because they try to save $2 by not sourcing decent capacitors on the motherboards. Even if you replace the motherboard your self it is still $250 or more from the manufacturer. Those models often all have motherboard issues on Ebay too. Then it is at lest $100 in labor to hire someone smart and patient enough to do a good job. At lest I think you should charge $100 to $150 if one is good at laptop motherboard replacement. I repaired a DC plug once, but never a motherboard because the estimate is always too much. The customer will just buy another disposable laptop.

Comment Gamer Windows (Score 1) 233

I wondered why Microsoft never makes a gamer edition of Windows. It could be a cut down not include all the libraries and services that games never use. They could put a light weight 10 foot interface on it, maybe even the Xbox interface on it. It would use less RAM and probably even play the games faster. I guess it would compete with Xbox, but Xbox hardware is not a money maker. They could make money with a logo program or a built-in app store.

Comment Re:Looks nice (Score 2) 48

Apparently, it will be soon available at Amazon, but for now you can buy it here. The money would go to Lydia Pintscher, who has been actively involved in FOSS since 1990, and in recent years KDE. So pretty sure it will get poured into OSS development.

IMHO though, it would probably just be better to directly send donations, bug reports and patches to your favourite open source projects. :)

I you expect me to believe that Lydia Pintcher has been involved in FOSS since she was 5 or 6 years old? http://www.lydiapintscher.de/about.php

Comment FreeDOS is in frequent use (Score 1) 266

I just used SSD firmware update CD, it used FreeDOS. I see it used all the time for firmware updates and hard drive checking tools. Just last week I used Seagate's Seatools to check a drive. After the Windows version found a problem it instructed me to check it again with their Dos based disk. Dos is still actively and preferably used for tools that need low level hardware access.

Comment IE6 is still around for many (Score 1) 335

I just setup a new computer and had to setup XP mode to run IE6, because my state still has Juvenile Court Web page uses a really old activeX app. The major Hospital and Healthcare organization in the area still uses IE6 on all the doctors computers too. I don't think it dead until you can't find it used in business anymore.

Comment Bad Time to buy storage (Score 1) 355

I would make best with what you got and wait to buy hard drives. Drives will probably be half the current price next summer. The upside is now is a good time to off load drives. I Ebay-ed a bunch of 4 year old 500 GB drives for about 2 1/2 times what I could have got a few months ago. I was amazed how much I cleaned out of my media collection when I decided to keep stuff I would actually want to watch or listen to again.

Comment I do both, have a nice smartphone and pay little (Score 1) 851

I have a really nice smart phone and very good monthly rate. The trick is to not to get suckered into a subsidized phone contract. I bought a unused Palm Pixi for $60. (Laugh all you want, WebOS is freaking awesome) I got a no contract T-Mobile plan for $30. 1500 Mins, 30 MBs data. I can get free wi-fi almost everywhere I go, so I don't even hit my low data cap. No overages too. I wish I found this setup years ago. I have a friend that followed my lead, but he got a nice Android phone for about $150 He is very happy and he has cooler apps than me.

Comment There is a great need for this (Score 1) 601

No I've never used encrypted email, I wish that there was a universal system for it. The other day I needed a credit card number from my wife. Simple I texted my wife to put the number in a text file and save it in the Dropbox folder. I wasn't in a big hurry so I check 2 hours later, nope not there. Texted wife again to recheck, I got a "It's there stupid" No problem, I'll ssh in. Doh! I forgot to setup dynamic dns when I reset the router for the new ISP. My high tech efforts failed, I called my wife and got the number over the phone. 4 hours later the file showed up in DropBox. I sure wish encryption was to norm in electric communications.

Comment I wish for this too, but found nothing (Score 1) 482

I support a District Attorneys Office and have been seeking a secure way to give electronic files to defendant attorney in the "Discovery" process. The files would have to be securely stored on own servers. Looked and looked for a Dropbox like system, concluded that we would have to roll our own. The Web Programmer rejected it, saying he couldn't devote the time needed to do it. Now we are just going to setup a SFTP server with take on all the fun end user support we will have give.

Comment Re:Females?! (Score 1) 141

You cannot divide the cake by zero, so the cake would remain. You could argue that my solution tries makes divide by zero equal to a divide by 1, but not so. I can illustrate the difference. If a Baker sells you cake with the requirement that you must divide it, if you divide by one you will get the cake, if you try to divide by zero the cake will remain Baker and the sale will be voided.

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