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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

JamesTRexx Re:Winamp (87 comments)

For this I still keep going back to XMMS (the original). Tried the various successors but it felt like there were less features and keyboard controls with these.

I only need to find the right file to load .flac files, but then again almost everything is ripped to ogg vorbis q10 anyway.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

JamesTRexx Re:Reinstall Ubuntu. (573 comments)

I don't think it's his handling of Ubuntu but more that Ubuntu (which is just Debian testing + unstable) can do weird things.

I suggest running Debian stable (although testing and even unstable run fine here) with the stable, backported, contrib and non-free packages first.
When you're comfortable with that setup installing the latest software directly (outside the Debian repositories) from source/.deb packages is next. This should give you up-to-date software like with Arch.

E17 isn't available right now in the Debian repository, but I suggest looking at fluxbox as it keeps all the distraction away from the desktop and provides a simple way to run programs (which is what's it all about).
As an alternative look into FreeBSD, my first open source server/desktop that I used.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Simplifying Encryption and Backup?

JamesTRexx Re:Well... (148 comments)

I think your answers are wrong.

1) All the more reason to encrypt stuff, although it would take more than that.
2) Protect your privacy in the case of hardware getting stolen.
3) Because you can is a very good reason (see #2).

I'm looking into adding this extra layer of protection to laptops and external disks for our customers as an option.

about 2 years ago

Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

JamesTRexx ING banking site (393 comments)

Some time ago ING moved the site that handles the stocks to Flash. And I didn't see any reason feature wise on why they did that.

Other than that site I haven't needed Flash for years. Any website that had no html home page lost my interest immediately.

about 2 years ago

Experience the New Slashdot Mobile Site

JamesTRexx Re:My chief complaint (384 comments)

Second that.

Looked once at the page and it was back to classic to read the full summaries.

about 2 years ago

Feedback On Simcity Gets User Banned From EA Forums

JamesTRexx Re:I love the SimCity series (386 comments)

I've bought the previous 3 Simcity games because I love the casual experimenting I can do with it, but when I first heard about the always online requirement I decide not to buy it, nor get a "liberated" copy.
I've bought games while running the pirated versions so I'd not be bothered by always use CD in tray, etc., but something like that I find less offensive than EA's scheme.

It's a shame that Simcity 4 will probably be the last version I'll play...

about 2 years ago

Mutations Helped Humans Survive Siberian Winters

JamesTRexx Re:A most interesting question: What did they lose (77 comments)

Same with me, I can stand the cold better than warm weather where I can just swim away in my sweat. :-/
I've always suspected it came from having one half of Finnish genes.

about 2 years ago

Your Cloud Provider (Probably) Isn't Spying On You

JamesTRexx Re:Concern isn't the companies position on spying. (85 comments)

This has happened at the previous company I worked for, although luckily not at our IT department during my time there.
But during that time there have been several employees from other companies we supported who moved to the competition with data in their pocket.

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

JamesTRexx Re:How did this happen? (192 comments)

*nods* Unfortunately most of the small businesses hire someone cheap claiming to know about computers but has no real clue about securing a network or setting it up right.
The lucky ones come into contact with a company like mine before disaster strikes... :-/

about 2 years ago

Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

JamesTRexx Re:Insert Cheese (192 comments)

Did this at the previous company I worked for as a 1st of April joke. Nobody had any clue as to how I did that. *lmao*

Or maybe I should have been worried about why nobody had the knowledge about these exploits...

about 2 years ago

10 Years After SQL Slammer

JamesTRexx Re:Also decided in favor of restrictive firewalls (58 comments)

The problem is that decent security is often too "costly" or "difficult" for the end user.
I'd love to implement great security for every customer we have but it's always up to them and how much "trouble" they want to get through using their network (even if it isn't really).
The only thing I don't like is IT companies setting up a customer with a shoddy network in the first place.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Fit In the Office?

JamesTRexx 3 things (372 comments)

First started off with Tai Chi, made me fly up the stairs in a couple of weeks even when it was just the start of the 24 routine.
Then bought a set of kettlebells after reading about using those for strength training.
Last, got my hand on Convict Conditioning about body weigth training.

All this makes sure exercise doesn't get boring.

about 2 years ago

Antivirus Software Performs Poorly Against New Threats

JamesTRexx Add sandboxing... (183 comments)

This is why I use Sandboxie on the Windws PC's I use. Great little tool and I bought a license some time ago after testing the free version for a few years.

Only problem is that it's no use for regular users. You need to know what you're doing.
BufferZone Pro might just be the right alternative but I've not tested it much.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Releases Windows 8

JamesTRexx First two are done. (403 comments)

Already had the first two laptops with 8 this week, and both of them got the ClassicShell treatment after realising the amount of support calls we'd get if the users get their hands on the new interface.

more than 2 years ago

How Sensors and Software Turn Farms Into Data Mines

JamesTRexx Nothing new here (62 comments)

We've got clients in this business and I've seen IT used in all sorts of ways there.
I even remember a TV presentation plenty of years ago about automated monitoring/feeding of cows on a farm here in the Netherlands.
The principle is simple, tags and sensors, and the rest is software to make sense of it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

JamesTRexx Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

Same look-and-feel for the OS across the same distribution over a long period of time

Never found it with Windows, but then I spend most of the time on servers with administrative tools.

Every 6 months I have to install a new OS

Why? Spent the first few years on FreeBSD with KDE 3.x, then with a new laptop on Ubuntu/Gnome several years and decided to "go back to the roots" a year ago with Debian/Kde 4.x.
I had more trouble finding the network settings with XP/Vista/7/not mentioning server 2012...

But I agree with Exchange. That's a good integrated package. And that's the reason for me to find a good alternative as the SBS server line has died with server 2012.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

JamesTRexx Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

most people's experience of Linux is a troublesome couple of days trying to get some obscure bit of hardware working properly

Most people's experience is to drop off their computer at a shop that gets it (anything related to computing) working.
Trust me, the average user doesn't deal with problems that require more than reading the dialog box stating the error and a possible solution.

-a computer repair shop owner

more than 2 years ago


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JamesTRexx JamesTRexx writes  |  more than 6 years ago Conspiray mode;
Someone from the rr.com domain found the download link to the Zeitgeist movie on my site directly from the frontpage...
And I didn't publish it or saw entries from search engines prior to it.


Maybe my site's just that well designed and popular. :-)


JamesTRexx JamesTRexx writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, joined as of sunday 25th of March 2003... Let's see how long I'll survive, hehehe...

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