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Call for Questions: Rasterman, Founder of the Enlightenment Project

LinuxGeek A long term project... (124 comments)

How difficult has it been to keep working on the Enlightenment environment all this time and has the opensource community been supportive?

more than 2 years ago

Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

LinuxGeek Much more than phones here (311 comments)

Motorola is a communications company, not just a phone maker Look at the distributed whitespace broadband that Google has been looking at deploying; now they own the infrastructure to make it happen. I see phones fitting in as a smaller piece of a giant puzzle. They has been planning this for years and owning Motorola means they won't have to wait on others to make the hardware anymore.

more than 3 years ago

4G and CDMA Reportedly Hacked At DEFCON

LinuxGeek Can you hear me now!? (139 comments)

This will be interesting if it is true. Maybe this will delay the rollout of smartphones to combat soldiers...

more than 3 years ago

Joel Test Updated

LinuxGeek Re:Who is this guy? (182 comments)

I don't see why distributed source control is so necessary for a team. I mean, git is neat and all that, but I'm thinking it's a lot more "nice to have" than "need to have".

Source control is important, regardless of the team size. One project I worked on years ago was some custom contracted software for a specialized industrial client. I was helping the lead programmer with initial deployment and bug fixes. Every couple of weeks the client would call me about a particular bug and let me know that it was back again. I'd go back to the code dump and they were right, a bug I had previously squashed was back again. This happened several times and I informed the lead programmer who told me that he didn't know how that bug was creeping back into the code.

I finally went to his system and found several different source code directories, all with different versions of the source tree and none that were in sync with my code base. A SCM tool would have allowed us to track code changes and enforce accountability. After the same bug popped up 5 times, the client was not very happy. SCM tools help to cut down redundant work and allow centralized quality control.

more than 4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Sales Continue To Struggle

LinuxGeek Not quite the same (351 comments)

I saw original Droid phones for 1 penny (w/ contract) just before the Droid Incredible was released by Verizon. Hardly the same as deep discounting of WP7 units a month after release.

The marketing at microsoft baffles me too. I don't know any iphone/android/blackberry users that are even remotely interested in the WP7 stuff. People are staying away in droves.

more than 4 years ago

Vint Cerf Keeps Blaming Himself For IPv4 Limit

LinuxGeek Re:Glad thats sorted out! (309 comments)


Guess I'm not the oldest man here after all. Don't worry, I'm getting off your lawn...

more than 4 years ago

Just Where Is The Lincoln Memorial, Anyhow?

LinuxGeek Re:True patriots (650 comments)

You seem to have a Strange Love for your PBF.

more than 4 years ago

Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

LinuxGeek Re:where's LTS kubuntu? (1231 comments)

The Koala doesn't work even in a virtual machine.

Blanket statements like this tend to bother me. Here is my experience with the Koala release:

- On my netbook ( Gateway LT31, vista, 2GB ram, 1.2GHz AMD L110) I grabbed the desktop i386 torrent and started the d/l.
- While that came down I downloaded and installed virtualbox.
- Booted the koala ISO as LiveCD and created a bootable USB drive.
- Rebooted from my thumb drive and did a quick install which included shrinking the single ntfs partition; took about 20 minutes.
- Rebooted, got the Grub menu, booted Vista to make sure everything was functional, rebooted back to Ubuntu to finish configuration and add more packages ( eclipse, python3, etc...)

Everything has run very well; sound, ati accelerated driver, and atheros wifi drivers all function. My desktop system is still running ubuntu 9.10-rc, my older laptop is still running ubuntu 8.10. I ran 9.10-rc from my usb thumb drive on several different systems prior to the release and was quite impressed with the wide range of hardware support.

I've been running linux since 1994 and have been through about all of the common distros as well as commercial UNIXes, OS/2, most versions of DOS and Windows starting with 1.0, C-64, Vic-20, TRS-80s, TI/99-4a and a couple of Macs thrown in. Guess what? There have been various problems with every single platform and release version.

A bit of googling would have pointed you here concerning the lack of LTS 8.04 Kubuntu. I'm not trying to pick on you, but good answers to many questions may be found with just a little effort.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do With a Free Xbox 360 Pro?

LinuxGeek Re:eBay it (or otherwise) (416 comments)

You rang? And to be slightly helpful, he could trade the xbox for an older PS3 fat model that can run linux. It actually runs ubuntu fairly well.

more than 5 years ago

McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating

LinuxGeek Even Simpler Solution (500 comments)

I sit in my car and use their free wifi... Much more comfortable than those hard plastic seats, better cup holders too.

more than 5 years ago

Cybercrime-As-a-Service Takes Off

LinuxGeek Honesty? (113 comments)

Will the sellers be honest enough to give you all the money they drain from bank accounts?

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates' Plan To Destroy Music, Note By Note

LinuxGeek Re:This is just awful. (659 comments)

That ad makes me think the only one making any money from MS research is the crack dealer...

about 6 years ago

How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

LinuxGeek Simplest answer (835 comments)

Bottom line, if your system has a sudden dramatic change in behavior for no visible reason, wipe your drive and reinstall windows. There are nasty things now that don't show up as a process, mearly using the windows kernel to spawn another thread to do whatever it wants.

Backup your data and do the safest thing. I usually run windows inside VirtualPC which means only using it for the programs that *require* windows, not for general browsing and stuff.

about 6 years ago

Feds Can Locate Cell Phones Without Telcos

LinuxGeek One more question (199 comments)

Can I call the feds when I get lost and find out where I'm at?

more than 6 years ago

Red Hat & AMD Demo Live VM Migration Across CPU Vendors

LinuxGeek Xen does migration, but not Live... (134 comments)

This is a demo of a Live migration, no shutdown or reboot involved. Xen does not support the live migration of a running VM between an AMD and Intel server. Watch the video, they are running a video in the VM that keeps playing during the migration. Very impressive stuff.

more than 6 years ago

How To Verify CD-R Data Retention Over Time?

LinuxGeek DVD-RAM too (303 comments)

I use dvd-ram to archive important files. Designed for archival type storage, the slower media has a 30 year designed life, the faster media has something like 5 year. Add in the builtin ecc and cheap cost, it is a good way to save my source code and photos.

more than 6 years ago



LinuxGeek LinuxGeek writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LinuxGeek writes "Systems are fast enough for bruteforce key discovery. This could cause real trouble for Microsoft. What happens when you buy that brand new laptop in a few months and then cannot activate the shipping OS because someone already guessed it?"

LinuxGeek LinuxGeek writes  |  about 8 years ago

LinuxGeek writes "The LA Times has a story on the good and bad sides of the Gates foundation investments in Africa. It has heavily invested in some of the most prolific polluters in the countries where it is trying to help. Pollutions that are strongly linked to some of the diseases they are trying to help people overcome."


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