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Submission + - Do they still teach logo at junior high schools? (star-dev.com)

maramirezc writes: "I was reading about employees with poor programming skills, why there are less students in computer science, why Java is not a good language for learning programming.

Some years ago, I read an article about that many people that study Computer Science, started at High School & Junior High School, learning Logo and Basic. And another about Logo used in Junior High School, Basic in High School, (Object) Pascal & C (++) in Colleague.

How many of you, took programming in Junior High School, with simple programming tools, that make computer basic interesting, and later, not to get scared with C/C++, years later ?

Are we making programming unnecessarily difficult, by teaching everything in Colleague/University, instead of starting earlier ?

How many schools still teach Logo, Karel and similar kids programming languages/environments, that later make programming as a profession interesting?"


Submission + - What gets the most money to the musicians I love?

Uglor writes: I grabbed the new Dropkick Murphys album "The Meanest Of Times" off BitTorrent the other day. I liked it a lot, so I decided to buy it. I could support my local indie music store and buy the CD there, but it was midnight and they were closed. I could order the CD via the internet, pay extra for shipping and get it in 3-5 days. iTunes had a "deluxe edition" with two bonus tracks and some video for $11.99. Amazon MP3 had it for $8.99. I wound up buying it and another one of their albums through Amazon MP3. I'm wondering how I can eliminate as many middlemen as possible and put as much money in the bands pockets. In a perfect world they would have a virtual tip jar on their website and I could just PayPal them $10 and keep the mp3s I already have, but barring that, what gives artists the best royalties?

Submission + - What is my end-to-end (open) HD video solution?

Tiger4 writes: Toshiba has Surrendered in the Format War. Sony and others will now be cranking out discs in Blu-Ray format. Players will doubtless fall in price now, for those who don't already have Playstation 3. HD TVs have been out for a while. So we will soon have all the elements of an industry standard, DRM reinforced, consumer cash cow system in place. What about the rest of us? Those who want High Def video, played by machines we control, on machines we control? What are the hardware and software solutions available for minimal DRM, Do-It-Yourself storage, distribution, players, and displays? Open and Free would be nice too, but I don't want to start another war ;-)

Submission + - Odd network activity

Tom90deg writes: "Ok everyone, While I'm computer savy, I'm not a expert by any means, and I need some help. I've been getting odd network activity on my laptop (I notice through my bandwidth monitor) and it'll say things are being sent, or received, and when I disable the screensaver, it shows a high level of activity. Not quite sure what's going on, and any help for a piece of software that can tell me what programs are accessing the net or something like that would be greatly appreciated! I've run Ad-aware and virus scans numerous times, and while it's probably nothing, it might be something. Thanks again!"

Submission + - How to future-proof home wiring? 1

Beryllium Sphere(tm) writes: Now is my last chance to run wiring semi-cheaply before useful areas get insulated and sheet-rocked. I'd like to put in wiring that won't leave me needing a retrofit in ten years. In other words, the answer to the question "But just what is it you want to accomplish?" is "to allow for things I haven't thought of yet".

Some things are obvious, like making everything a home run to the wiring closet and not skimping on cable quality.

But what to put in the walls?

One option is something called bundled cable which consolidates into one easily pullable jacket two RG6 coax cables, two UTPs, and two multimode fibers. One of those per room should take care of most networking needs but might not support future multimedia projects.

Another option is to buy N cable reels and a lot of cable ties and make my own bundle. Two or three Cat 6a's would be logical, but what else? HDMI?

Still another option is to install conduit and avoid having to guess the future. Friends with a construction background have warned me that this is much harder to do than it sounds.

Then of course there's the option of doing nothing, on the assumption that everything will be wireless in the future and that 60 GHz equipment will make it down the price curve to the mass market.

If you were buying a house, what kind of built-in wiring would make you smile and relax?
Data Storage

Submission + - What tools do you put on your keychan thumbdrive?

Henry Cipolla writes: "With USB keychain storage devices so cheap these days, every geek has to have one. It makes a great platform for keeping all your tools so that wherever you go you don't have to download putty, etc. What common tools do people keep on their drive? I find most of the winternals tools great for windows machines and all my config files for linux machines to be pretty comprehensive, but I've still got 2 gigabytes to fill!"

Submission + - How to tell kids what you do?

spribyl writes: My 4 year olds pre-school class is having talks about what some of the parents do for work. I would like to participate in this. However, I really don't know where to start. I have a hard time telling my techie wife what I do. BTW, I am an infrastructure practitioner for a small internet company. It is a what do need done today sort of place. Network, Hardward, software, source control, windows, unix, phones, etc.

Submission + - Do you use an 'on-access' virus scanner? 2

An anonymous reader writes: On-access virus scanners slow my Core 2 Duo laptop way down. Disabling the on-access scanner makes it feel like my laptop is twice as fast. I can see the value of on-access scanners for noobs and grandparents.... but I can't recall the last time my virus scanner protected me from a real virus (other than false positives with things like VNC).

I'm ready to ditch on-access scanning for good.... my question is:

Do the ./ nerds out there use on-access virus scanners? Or are you just careful about what executables you run and manually scan anything suspicious?

Submission + - Knowing the Admin password....

Texaskilt writes: "I was recently hired to be the first, full-time IT guy at a small food manufacturing plant, handling everything from copiers to telecommunications to W2K3 servers. My official boss is the HR Manager and is largely oblivious to what I do and computers in general. My "unofficial" boss is the Controller (Accounting) of the company. The owner's family is very involved in the running of the facility and the office. Before I got there, the global Admin password was known by the owner, the owner's wife (Treasurer of the company), the HR Manager, the Controller, and the part-time IT guy (who actually has another job here, but was able to do IT as needed). Since coming to the company, I've changed the Domain Admin password, trying to get a good grasp on security. There have been a couple of requests for the new Admin password, but so far i've managed to deflect them. My general worry is that one of the "higher-ups" will request the Domain Admin password. Since they are rather nonchalant about security, they would not be very discreet about distributing the password. I'm trying to decide which battle to fight and I'd like to hear from other Slashdot users on this subject. I know what all the security manuals say, but unfortunately they don't deal with "real-life"."

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