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Comment Gopher was my second step/ (Score 1) 225

Gopher was how I expanded out on the internet beyond paying crazy fees to send internet email over Compuserv. A few local bulletin boards offered access. I was in high school, so I didn’t have anybody around to tell me what the point of Gopher was, so it was like browsing a very nerdy newsstand. Today I often miss Gopher, because it had no images, no video, no Flash, no insane page layouts trying to sell me clickbait.

Comment And this is why... (Score 1) 500

I had made my Windows 8.0 install work nicely for me. It never pestered me to upgrade to 10, but I need security updates. I never installed 8.1 because I didn't want to risk the stability of my Laptop that was working just fine. So, last month, I got new drives and installed Ubuntu 16.04. I'm going to miss the Windows-only games on Steam that I never played anyway. Still working out some minor annoyances, but it has been working well for me so far.
(Anybody know how to make the alt key keep the menu opening. I tap the alt key, then hit the f key separately, so it is alt then f. Not Alt-F. My "saving" muscle reflex is alt, then f, then s. But that isn't working for me in Ubuntu.)
Yeah, Microsoft, I took my ball and went somewhere else instead. (But if I really need to, I can put the old drives back in...)


Comment Re:Slashdot is not far behind... (Score 1) 264

Slashdot comments are just awful. It seems like a collection of bots that only exist to turn every post’s comments into a way to blame all the world‘s problems on taxes, immigrants, and women programmers. I think all the good commenters have moved to carefully moderated subreddits.

Comment Let us ignore comments by keyword (Score 1) 1839

I almost never post on Slashdot because I don’t want anything to do with the comments pages. And I don’t want anything to do with the comments pages because it’s always the same tired old arguments about stuff like systemd, women programmers, immigrants taking jobs, and politics—often even when the topic has nothing to do with those things. I’d love to be able to create a list of words and have Slashdot just not show me those comments, similar to how I was able to block John Katz stories in a previous epoch.

Comment Re:Use a G3258 (Score 1) 207

I just built a couple of G3258 machines. It is a good chip, but I probably would have used the G4400 instead if I had noticed it before doing my builds to allow an easier better upgrade to the newer i3/i5/i7s.

I have year-old clearance sale 1GB nvidia 650s that I got cheap that were in the replaced machines.

If you need graphics, buy any nvidia card you can and you'll be better off.


Comment Firewall/Router blocking settings? (Score 1) 240

Does anybody have instructions for common hardware firewalls and routers on what needs to be blocked at the network level?

My google-fu keeps failing me and everybody tries to explain how to do it using the built-in firewall which is probably as secure as guarding the hen house with foxes.


Comment House wiring needs (Score 1) 557

In-Wall speaker wire and other entertainment system wiring (with lines to a projector mount in the ceiling.).

12 Volt DC electrical wiring in addition to standard AC wiring. That way if you go Solar or Battery, you can keep your electrical systems from doing multiple wasteful conversions.

Ethernet wiring and Cable wiring. While wireless is handy, you need a good wired infrastructure to get your gear in to optimal places. Wired fixed equipment frees up your wireless bandwidth for your portable stuff (and is a bit more future proof since the wired standards are fairly well set).

Drains in the floors of rooms with water service. Much less flood damage when the washer or dishwasher breaks down somehow or a sink gets stopped up with the water forgotten.

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