top Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?
Yep, that sounds familiar. I get those forwarded to me a few times a month, though most of the time they are military and not cute as he is an old Marine.
top Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?
Live CD's and USB keys will run too slow on old hardware (USB 1). Not a bad idea otherwise.
I will be converting my Dad's old laptop next week. Probably some flavor of Ubuntu as that is what my wife runs (kubuntu 12.04 LTS) and what I am most familiar with.
top Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I just talked to my 78 year old father on the phone about this last night. He was not aware of MS dropping support for XP. His older laptop works fine for what he does, email and web, and he doesn't want to spend money on a new one. He is going to mail the machine to me so I can back up his data and settings, install and configure linux, and then ship it back to him. I'll try kde first, since I am more familiar with it, but if it is too slow on his hardware, I'll try something more lightweight.
top Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System
Aye, there's the rub. I never get emails from my sister anymore, and if I email her, usually no response. Dad still emails me, even though he's on facebook. Most of them are forwards from his pals though. Best response from both is to pick up the phone and call.
top Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating
They paid me $18k to get out in '95. Sometimes I think I should have put my 20 in, and then I remember I would have had to do Bush's dirty war.
top Edward Snowden and the Death of Nuance
My first thought with this headline is what did Snowden do to kill Nuance, the speech recognition company?
Then I realized they capitalized a wrong word.
top 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
He delivered pizzas for a while.
about a month and a half ago
top Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014
People need to quit calling these devices smart phones. They are computers that have a secondary voice communication function.
That being said, I am a fan of cheap burners. I have a sanyo miro I got for free when I purchased a block of prepaid time. Currently use it about $10 a month to make actual phone calls.
top Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium
That's how you interface your mp3 player. Or at least how I do.
top Google Nabs Bing Maps Architect
My thought as well. Sounds more like Hollyweird.
top Facebook Tracks the Status Updates and Messages You Don't Write Too
Google helpfully archived those for you. There is stuff I posted back in the 90's on usenet that I thought would be long gone, that google can still find.
top Over 20% of Online Black Friday Sales Came From Mobile Devices
I only used the PC, as I only have a work supplied blackberry, and I decided not to buy anything. I suppose I need to order a couple of gifts this week though.
top SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy
No problems with warranty service on our Toshiba CT scanners.
top SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook
Exactly. It's not like this guy is doing God's work. It was a class assignment that happened to take off. Sell the damn thing to facebook, let them destroy it, and use the money anyway you want. Blackjack and hookers or starving Ethiopians, what ever.
top US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials
FYI, they ask that shortly after the 'what's your name' type questions.
"Who is your daddy and what does he do?"
top You're Only As Hirable As Your Google+ Circles
And if they don't use those social connectivity tools, what do you do?
top Unmanned 'Terminator' Robots Kill Jellyfish
The moon is an alabaster retard.