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Comment Gitso is OSS & offers Windows, Mac, Linux supp (Score 1) 180

Surprised nobody has mentioned Gitso: "Gitso is a frontend to reverse VNC connections. It is meant to be a simple two-step process that connects one person to another's screen. First, the support person offers to give support. Second, the person who needs help connects and has their screen remotely visible. Because Gitso is cross-platform (Linux, OS X and Windows) and uses a reverse VNC connection, it greatly simplifies the process of getting support."

Submission + - VirtualBox beta supports OS X as guest OS on Macs (

milesw writes: In addition to a slew of new features, VirtualBox 3.2.0 Beta 1 offers experimental support for Mac OS X guests running on Apple hardware. Got to wonder if Ellison discussed this with Jobs beforehand, given Apple's refusal to allow virtualizing their (non-server) OS.

Comment Re:The iPad is original Apple Redux (Score 1) 643

Though, I can't imagine using it as my only computer as a student, blech

Well, duh! That's not what it's for!

You obviously didn't bother reading the article. Woz is the one who suggested it: "The iPad could lower the cost of acquiring computers for students. I think it's going to be huge in the education market. Think about students going off to college." Woz insisted. "They want an Apple product, but their parents don't want to spend that much. Now they have the ideal thing. They can go to college and someone may have a whacked-out $6,000 laptop, but the guy with the iPad will get all the attention."

Submission + - The iPad is a microwave (

milesw writes: FTA: 'You can't realistically do whatever you please with a microwave, and most people won’t expect to. But the future of food delivered from microwaves — quick, easy, user-friendly, one-button — is a bleak future. No one will become a world-famous chef by playing with making food in the microwave when they're 12. The stove presents much more opportunity to mess up and spend hours cleaning up the aftermath, or even burn down the place. It also presents an opportunity for expression and exploration that just cannot be realized in the limited nature of the microwave oven.'

'It looks like Apple would really, really like it if more people would get rid of their stoves and only use microwaves.'


Where Are the Cheap Thin Clients? 349

Darren Ginter writes "I find many aspects of desktop virtualization compelling, with one exception: the cost of the thin clients, which typically exceeds that of a traditional box. I understand all of the benefits of desktop virtualization (and the downsides, thanks) but I'm very hung up on spending more for less. While there are some sub-$200 products out there, they all seem to cut corners (give me non-vaporware that will drive a 22" LCD at full resolution). I can PXE boot a homebrew Atom-based thin client for $130, but I'd prefer to be able to buy something assembled. Am I missing something here?"

Comment Did the same thing with just a single camera (Score 3, Informative) 177

I'm amazed at how good OCR has gotten. I did the same thing without building anything: just connected my Canon PowerShot A540 to a tripod, lay the tripod on a coffee table, put the book on the floor, and started snapping away. Fed the JPGs to ABBYY FineReader 10, and it spit out plain text that was *at least* 97-98% accurate on every page. I did not use any special lights, do not know anything about photography, and frankly thought I'd have to buy all sorts of special equipment. The only other thing I added for convenience sake was Dirk's CanoRemote so that I would not move the camera (however imperceptibly) every time I pressed the shutter.

Comment 132,000? Try 1269. (Score 2, Interesting) 186

As many have pointed out, the blog post does not offer sufficient detail, but does offer the rather sensational headline "SQL injection attack claims 132,000+". The Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for has it closer to 1200 or so:

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?
Over the past 90 days, appeared to function as an intermediary for the infection of 1202 site(s) including,,

Has this site hosted malware?
Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 1269 domain(s), including,,

Comment Protektive Pak (Score 1) 393

I recently had the exact same question. After an exhaustive search, I found these guys who specialize in ESD control packaging:

I ordered their 37305 In-Plant Handler (which accommodates up to forty 3.5" hard drives and PCI cards beautifully) from these guys (the only ones I could find who would ship outside the continental U.S.):

I swap hard drives / PCI cards regularly and am very happy with this solution.


Submission + - Belkin paying for good reviews on NewEgg & Ama (

milesw writes: "Via John at TechCrunch: 'I just contacted Belkin to confirm but this doesn't look good. A site called The Daily Background found evidence that Belkin Bizdev guy, Michael Bayard, is paying folks 65 cents to write good things about Belkin routers... I sure hope this is just a lower level junior guy getting a little excited and not a wholesale, nefarious plan for online shilling. I'm positive this isn't the first time this has happened but this is the first time I've seen it so egregiously advertised.'"

Comment Mod parent up (Score 1) 68

Not sure why this was modded down - very important point. Why was an entire site by volunteers simply shuttered with no time to move the donated content elsewhere? It was a goldmine of anti-malware tips and techniques generously given by hundreds, if not thousands, of users over the years. Geeks (even more than most people perhaps) generally abhor having to figure something out that has already been solved. It is simply a waste of brain power (which God knows is in rather short supply). Now with this repository of valuable information gone, much of it will have to be solved anew unless archives can be found.

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