Ah yes...long, long ago I was a sysadmin. We took care of the "Classified" side of the shop. I had an "Unclassified" desktop that they'd left me enough privileges to install a screensaver on. A really nice BSOD image. The other side would wander down to update somethingorother and invariably hit the power button first. At least they didn't complain to me...my other one said "Puppies, the other white meat".
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Reg readers have not one, but TWO teams in [email protected] top 1,000 as virus-bothering network hits 2.4 exa-FLOPS
Never let something so flimsy as a locked door to the computer room stand in the way of an auditor on the warpath
It's like deja vu all over again.
Back in the stone ages, that'd be the 70's, I had a process that ran on a XXXXXX computer. The process would start, remove a old file, create a new one and take off. Blew up. Finally figured out that if I put a sleep between deleting and creating it would work. Seems that the multi-processor/multi-tasking was screwed.
Re: Survived by a monitor and a keyboard
Once, long ago, we had a SUN mouse die. I cut the tail off and put it into a mouse trap, then inside the case of a dead PC we were turning in.
I was worried when I saw the article. I know several people in the Springs who could have done it, so I was relieved to not see a familiar name.
Re: Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?
Done exactly the same thing. Mine were usually good, but obscure, LP's that went from issue to the cutout bin in 3 weeks.
My method of cutting LP's to MP3's was a lot more complicated that the article methods. Mainly because there wasn't such a thing as a USB turntable, so I had to convert phono output to input for Audacity using stuff I had laying around.
Well I feel a lot better.
It's comforting to know that MicroSoft will not only decide what a bug/security problem is. But will fix it, if they decide it's a problem. Probably in the dead of the night after they've whined enough and I turned automatic updating on. Guess that means that all I have to do is turn the critter on, go do all the stuff I use it for, like online banking, and turn it off. All with 100% certainly that nothing bad will happen...after all MicroSoft is watching over me.
"REAL WORLD average failure rates"
A concept also used by auto battery companies and probably others. They sell you a battery with a 108 month, or some big number, warranty for a big chunk of change. However, they're betting you'll sell/trade the auto in 3-4 years, rendering the warranty on the battery worth less than spit.
Re: Year of Linux on the laptop
Long ago, when I was gainfully employed, I sat and stared at monitors all day. I finally broke down and got a prescription for glasses that are focused about 4" past the end of my fingers. I wear bifocals mostly, but the "computer glasses" are a necessity. But, for the laptops I own, I use a wireless keyboard/mouse anyhow. Hate that stupid little touchpad. The alternative is to run a HDMI cable over to the bigscreen TV, plop down in the recliner and compute.
"where you have to use kludges like SUDO"
Huh? I'm running linux, worked with UNIX, and have never used sudo. Sure it's there, but when I need root access I run as root. Do whatever is needed, logoff and log back in as myself.
"Flash, Acrobat, Java"
Didn't realize they were *NIX only packages. Next you'll be telling me I need to modify the kernel code and roll my own everytime.
LOVE Chorizo! Use it in practically everything I cook that might be considered "Mexican"*, but not in green food. Plus the local grocer has at least 6 different brands for sale in plastic chubs and bulk.
* I tend to be pretty freeform when I cook. Sort of depends on what I see laying around and what I want it to taste like, and yes it's almost always pretty good. Drove my wife crazy, she was a recipe person and would ask me what I put into something. Who knew.
A couple of things.
Yes, the differences between "American" bacon and the rest of the world are many. Basically it boils down to what you want out of the pig who gave everything for you.
As an American,couple, who screwed up royally in Fiji and ordered "sausage" all I can do is warn everyone else. We never knew mutton could smell/taste like that! One bite and all the wife and I could choke down without gagging was the toast since it hadn't been close enough to the sausage to be contaminated by it. Here I should tell you that I'll eat practically anything as long as it doesn't crawl off the plate first.
Back to bacon...the bacon "grease" left over from cooking is an essential ingredient for any recipe from the South and carefully treated with the respect it deserves. Just don't burn it, then it's useless.
When my old XP machine was dying, again, and support for XP had stopped, I replaced it with a brand new Win 8 machine. Scrubbed the drive and installed Linux. Took the old laptop running Veranda, scrubbed it, and installed Linux.
Recently I bought a used laptop with Win 7 on it, I plan on going in soon and deleting the gateway from the configuration. As an aside I was in an "Office type" store and a 70yo+ guy walked in saying he wanted to buy a new laptop, but only if it had Win 7 on it.