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Comment I have some questions first... (Score 1) 501

It's difficult to come up with a solution without knowing what the problem(s) is (are).

1) What is wrong with the apps you are running where the systems require "constant under-the-hood tweaking"? and what type of 'tweaking" is required?

2) You say you need "something to work with the mechanical equipment it controls". Are there apps to control the mechanical equipment that run on other platforms?

3) You are "not an IT tech". Who is going to plan, install, configure, and test the new platform?

4) Do you have managements' buy-in to do a wholesale change in the control of the mechanical equipment?

5) Can you afford the downtime required to install, configure, test, and move to production, the new platform?

6) ...and the outages while you, or someone else tweaks and adjusts the applications and operating systems?

7) Is there networking involved?

8) What is your back up plan and how do you test it?

9) What is your roll back plan?

10) What do you do in the event of a failure?

11) Who is creating the project plan?

12) How critical are these systems to your business?

These questions will lead you to the next set of questions, and they will in turn lead you to the next set of questions, and so on.

You need to better understand the requirements before you can come up with a solution. Everyone here is going to recommend what they think is best, or their favorite Linux distribution. They are all good recommendations based on their understanding of your problem, but they may not be the best solution to your problem(s). I like Centos and Puppy. The Ubuntu derivatives were too restricting for my personal tastes. If I'm on the system, I'm god. On those systems, I'm god, but I have one hand tied behind my back. I'm not saying they are bad, just not for me.

Comment DVDFab could make $$Millions (Score 1) 167

DVDFab should add an option to decrypt iPhones, or images of iPhones. It doesn't really have to work, just a checkbox or menu entry where the user could select an iPhone or iPhone image.

I think law enforcement in the USA would be lined up with wheelbarrows of cash to get the software. Wheelbarrows of Bitcoin may be safer if you are going to take the money and run.

Comment I think the guy on MSNBC said it best (Score -1) 327

When it was announced that Cruz was going to name Carly Fiorina as his running mate, one of the people on MSNBC commented 'two losers are better than one?'

Yes, I laughed out loud. Cruz, in his introduction, listed all of the attributes a leader should have. I laughed again because she has none of these. Yes, I am biased. I had family members that were directly impacted by her management moves. It pissed me off to the point that I will never purchase or approve the purchase of any HP product.

The only question I have is whether I thaw out the tomato before I throw it.

Comment Re:Samsung S5 - Verizon (Score 1) 183

Why are you updating the Verizon apps? And, what other crap apps are you putting on your phone?

I also have an S5 from VZW and although I have installed the updates to get to it is still as responsive as the day I got it and it was running 4.xx. Disable the stuff you don't want or need. I don't need a vzw app to tell me when I am close to, or in a vzw store. Their messaging app lasted only a day or two before it was replaced. The other apps I didn't want consuming data were disabled. It's not that difficult to NOT press 'update all' and only update the apps I choose.

You can disable the automatic app restore and reload the OS (or get a Samsung repair center or Best Buy to do it) and rebuild your S5 to get it back to where it performs well.

Comment I received the letter (Score 1) 32

Amex sent me the letter regarding the breach. After seeing they wanted me to closely watch my account activity for the next 12 to 24 months, I concluded I it was more effort than I was willing to expend. I contacted Amex to get more information regarding the breach. They, understandably, would not / could not offer more information and stated there is an ongoing investigation. After telling the nice lady their recommendations were more than I was willing to do, I asked for a replacement card. It was either a new card or I was willing to zap the chip, cut the card and put it into a drawer for the next two years.

These companies that do not provide sufficient security should be burnt to the ground. We could start with every other Home Depot to set an example.


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