Both my mum, dad, sister, girlfriend, mother in law, girlfriends granddad(!) are using Ubuntu now. This is what I did.
First let them use Firefox and Thunderbird (if they use POP/IMAP mail) and maybe OpenOffice.org for some time. This will give them a hands on experience with alternatives to MS software. For most of the users the introduction to Firefox was a blast. They quickly noticed a much better web experience compared to Internet Explorer.
Then I offered them to try Ubuntu LTS. Installed it on a small partition on the disk, so they had dual boot. Then I told them to use Ubuntu for all their web surfing needs, etc. and only start up Windows, if they had to do something that would not work in Ubuntu. I also made them write down what didn't work, and we would look at it next time I visited.
Some of the users soon just stopped ever booting in to Windows.
So here is the status:
* mum: using Ubuntu LTS, but still has dual boot to Windows Vista because of a special application she needs at work.
* dad: only using Ubuntu LTS. I have had one support question about how to find imported pictures from a digital camera.
* sister: only using Ubuntu 9.10, but recently she needed a Windows application for school, so I installed Windows XP in VirtualBox. Apart from installing Win XP in Virtual Box, i have not had any support questions for over a year.
* girlfriend: only uses Ubuntu 9.10. I never have any support questions.
* mother in law: using Ubuntu LTS, I do not have any support questions. She primarily uses Firefox and OpenOffice. It Just Works for her.
* girlfriends granddad(!): Using Xubuntu LTS. Font size has been increased a bit from the default. I had one question about how to install a very old printer. Turns out the printer did not work on the computer (did not have parallel port), so he got a new printer.
To me it seems like the WHO overreacted, people and governments bought in to it, and now they are looking for a scape goat
To you. Are you a doctor? Are you a virologist? What the fuck do you know? Nothing. Do you think anybody in his right mind is going to risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people by paying attention to you?
The vaccine seemed to have provided significant protection. It's hard to tell how many people would have died without the vaccine, but twice as many is reasonable.
So, are *you* a doctor? Or a virologist? What do you base your conclusion that the estimate that twice as many would have died without vaccine is reasonable?
...and I know it's why Western kids have lots of strange allergies.
Will greedy capitalist evil corporations steal your domain? All you have to do is show that you've actively used the domain (and not just merely have a parking page),
What if I have never used the domain for web pages, but have used it for e-mail? How do you prove/disprove that?
and that you've registered your trademark with the correct authorities (something that could be done by the domain registrar where you bought your domain).
I have the domain thomasdamgaard.dk, which is not a registered trademark but a personal name. Shouldn't I be allowed to own this domain?
What if I think a domain, say, foo.tld is a cool name for a website, I plan to make. Shouldn't I be allowed to use that? Say I register the domain in 1999, but then in 2009 some company called Foo Inc. wants the domain. Maybe the company even has a trademark on Foo. Does that mean that I should hand over the domain?
To see who has a problem with this, but is A-OK with connecting to any random unprotected WAP they can find.
I don't think that calling up people's voicemail and trying default PINs to obtain access to private information is equivalent to connecting to a random unprotected wireless access point. I think it would be a more fair analogy if you said connecting to a specific wireless access point and then packet sniffing the data traffic on it. Just using an unprotected WAP is not and should not be a crime. Leaving your WAP unprotected is just courtesy.
Given that the whole world is moving to DNSSEC, have fun trying to spoof it two years from now.
Come on, do you really -- honestly -- think that the internet has switched to DNSSEC in two years? Just look at IPv6 for an example of how slow these things happen...
"No matter where you go, there you are..." -- Buckaroo Banzai