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Comment Re:Nothing (Score 1) 340

I did this too for my daughter in her second year of college. After bringing the Winxp laptop home fully infested with spyware. At the time I was using mepis. Quickly showed her around and sent her back to school. She had a few issues, but her school's computers had OpenOffice on them so no issues there. She was virus free for 3 years, playing her mp3s and sharing photos etc. and the techs at the school loved it that someone other than they used linux. Her senior year she got a mac - so instead of saying "I have a Linux Box", where she would get looked at by others saying "WTF???", she could now say "I have a mac", and they would give her a sympathetic look and pat her on the head and say "We understand".

The point is she understood what she wanted to do and figuring out how to do it whether or not it is Windowsx, Linux or MacOS is not that difficult anymore.

Comment Not to beat a dead... (Score 1) 84

Operating system... just kidding, I am fully aware it is alive and well and doing great things...
HOWEVER, it would make more sense and get them MORE DONATIONS if the giant "Donate" button on the top of the page ACTUALLY took you to the place/page you can make a donation instead of some monotonous page about their good works and why you should donate.

Just sayin', but the obligitory dead os thing was funny.

Comment Vortexbox (Score 1) 330

Perhaps you should give Vortexbox a look. I took a customer's throw away computer ( a dell dimenison 4300) and tested vortexbox so I could rip my family's various cd collections into 1 big collection to back and store for safe keeping. A little tweaking of the configuration had me ripping in no time. With 7min being the average for audio cds. It is very nice and had I not just been using to rip cds for storage, I would have used the server aspects Vortexbox. Just keep swapping the cds out until you have run through them all :D

I tested 1 movie, and it worked fine as well. I was very impressed. Give it a shot.

Comment Re:Scorched 3D (Score 2) 338

Back in 2000 my buddy and I were forced to take a beginning linux class in order to take the advanced - so we quickly got the root password for the DeadRat server the teacher was running for the class - created some alternates, then installed scorched3d for the rest of the year we played scorched3d while the rest of the class tried to learn. :D Ah... Memories.

Comment Re:Manager bank accounts? (Score 2) 87

The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 6th, 2012. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.


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