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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

armanox Re:Publicly Funded Governments (123 comments)

You are stuck with either GNOME or KDE for RHEL, and most users are going to expect GNOME. We also run into where our users have to emulate the users' environments, which often means GNOME for the GUI. Third, there are a lot of situations where a GUI is required (say, the default installer for a lot of things, like Documentum, Matlab, Oracle, etc). Trying to get people not to use the default GUI is near impossible.

9 hours ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

armanox Re:Publicly Funded Governments (123 comments)

Agreed. They should avoid being locked into a certain vendor.

Also, there certainly is plenty of reasons to vote against OSS solutions - take the whole RH7 disaster with GNOME 3 - if you are running it in a virtual environment for users (say, like a terminal server), GNOME 3 (which is the default) is no go (doesn't play nice in virtual) so you're left with Microsoft.

11 hours ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

armanox Re:Easy to lobby when funded by the taxpayer (123 comments)

Actually I think he was referring to money he spent on stuff that either contained a Microsoft Product or payed patent royalties to MS. I could be wrong though.

11 hours ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

armanox Re:Oh it'll happen... (652 comments)

They used to have a link to an OpenSuSE live CD to do just that (well, with XFree86/X.Org. Wayland isn't a priority for KDE). It would appear that is no longer present on the site. Also, KDE doesn't really care to be Linux - they target UNIX compatible systems (AIX, FreeBSD). GNOME, on the other hand, wants to be just Linux, and is largely in bed with the Fedora Project.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

armanox Re:Torvalds is true to form.... (652 comments)

As the GP said though, what does that have to do with Linus and his kernel?

yesterday
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

armanox Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (413 comments)

Many ads no longer pay out unless they receive clicks - which most people are not going to do anyway. They simply waste space and bandwidth for something that provides no value to the person viewing the page. And also there are sufficient ads that are malicious to make them a security concern.

Finally, my bandwidth isn't free either, and many people have limited usage per month.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

armanox Re:Switch to linux / OsX. (323 comments)

Big difference in a lot of things anyway - just think how much legacy stuff was dumped for one when OS X came out that OS 9 still had. Another thought (although minor) is that OS X will no longer run PPC programs - any malware that was built for PPC is gone. Third, I think that everyone in general takes security more seriously these days.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

armanox Re: question: does IE support adblock and noscript (413 comments)

Oh absolutely. It's simply NoScript that I'm not a big fan of. I have (and promote) firewalls, IPS/IDS, AV - all of that.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

armanox Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (413 comments)

Malware infections are not limited to just the browser as the source. It is *a* source, and a popular one at that.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

armanox Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (413 comments)

And that, I am going to have to agree with. You and I have different ideas on security and usability, and you are encouraged to do and use what you feel is best for your requirements. That, is freedom.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

armanox Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (413 comments)

Considering how often I deal with malware on my own computer, I don't really see the need to deal with NoScript. Antivirus, IPS, and staying up to date take care of *most* threats (and not pirating software, etc). The last time I had an actual infection get through, I took the easy route of just restoring to last Sunday's backup (actually, Windows Restore takes care of a lot of things too...), which took a whole 20 minutes to pull off.

Like I said, I've blocked most tracking and analytics in my hosts file to deal with things that exist outside of Firefox (say, a program with an embedded browser, flash, etc).

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

armanox Re:Switch to linux / OsX. (323 comments)

Unless of course, the script has an exploit to give itself root access - which plenty of such are frequently being patched.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

armanox Re:Switch to linux / OsX. (323 comments)

Oddly, I've never seen a virus on Mac OS, while I have seen trojans that targeted OS X. It could just be internet exposure though - I know more people connected to the net with OS X then I did with OS 8 and 9.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

armanox Re:Linux's Security (323 comments)

ESET has a Linux anti-virus, which I have used. In the past I used Avira, but they've discontinued their Antivirus for UNIX product.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

armanox Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (413 comments)

Oddly enough, with all the disable this and that options IE has (Java, ActiveX), JS isn't one of them. I generally do system-wide adblocking via hosts file in addition to using ABP. Noscipt is a giant pain in reality, and is a little on the paranoid side to be honest. So is always using HTTPS.

4 days ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

armanox Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

I went from AMD Bulldozer (FX-8120) to Intel Ivy Bridge (i5-3570K) and couldn't have been happier with the upgrade. Didn't see a need to buy Haswell, and in all honesty I'll probably skip Broadwell as well (maybe. BOINC could always use more computer power...The only game that maxes it out is War of the Vikings, on max settings)

about two weeks ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

armanox Re:Do they still support Windows 3.11? (99 comments)

Sorry, but I'm pretty sure Skype never ran on Windows 3.11

about two weeks ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

armanox Re:See what happens when you whine enough? (99 comments)

Considering that the only equipment that would be 'stuck' on 10.5 is on PowerPC, and the switch to Intel took place in 2006, I don't really care. Hardware has changed so much since then. Or have you tried using a G5 PowerMac in the modern world? Anything that's GPU accelerated (like browsers), HD video, or Javascript heavy is going to have issues.

about two weeks ago
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China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

armanox Re:Desktop is what you make it of (115 comments)

The FOSS thing isn't quite so important to me - I just like MIPS a lot more then I like ARM.

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

armanox Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

Your first point is dead on - users have no reason to switch. And why should they? The choice is made when they buy the computer, not after they've spent the money.

On number 3 - I've generally had better luck with drivers on a clean Linux install vs a clean Windows install. The Windows experience saw great improvement with Vista, but things 'just work' in Linux, until the driver is dropped (old GPU are a great example, such as the Intel i8xx series). AMD GPU are probably the only trouble point I really know (and some odd ball wifi chips) when it comes to drivers, and I blame the driver team for that one (just like I blame the driver teams when one of them cause a BSOD for me on Windows 7).

about two weeks ago

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Slackware 12.2 Released

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

armanox writes "The Slackware Project gives us a release for the holiday season. From the announcement:
"Yes folks, 'tis the season to announce a new release of Slackware. With a shiny new kernel, many package updates, and the newly added ability to install from a Samba share, we bring to you the latest in the stable Slackware 12.x series. Slackware 12.2 ships with the 2.6.27.7 Linux kernel, the Xorg 1.4.2 X server (with many driver, library, and application updates), Xfce 4.4.3, KDE 3.5.10, simplified wired and wireless networking with wicd in /extra, package upgrade management with slackpkg moved into the main tree, support for non-usb-storage digital cameras through libgphoto2, pm-utils (tools to support suspend and hibernate through HAL), and much, much more. This release brings the system up-to-date without compromising stability or compatibility with the 12.x series. More details may be found in the official announcement."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "At long last StarCraft 2 has been announced. The website promises a single player campaign to pick up were BroodWar left off, more units, 3d gameplay, enhanced returning units, enhanced Battle.net, and a fitting motto: Hell, It's about time."
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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

armanox writes "I always said that I would install Microsoft Office when I could get it for free. Well, now everyone can, just by listening to Microsoft's new release (Vista and Office) features! From Microsoft's Launch Tour site:
"Receive a FREE copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Professional and Microsoft Office Grove 2007 when you attend a Windows Vista, 2007 Office System, and Microsoft Office Exchange Server launch event near you!"
Now, getting free software is certainly a powerful incentive!"

Journals

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The state of Modern Graphics

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I've been thinking recently about modern monitors and graphics cards. I just purchaced a desktop with an nVidia 7150 in it. An integrated GPU in a desktop in today's day and age. Sad. Forunatly that will change when I drop a 9800 in it. But, shared memory for the GPU and CPU? That's a terrible idea. Whoever came up with it should be banned from computer engineering.

Another issue I have these days. It's hard to find a laptop with a high resolution display. I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 with a Pentium III in it that has a display of 1600x1200. My two most recent laptops, a Celeron M and a Turion 64x2 (Toshiba A105-S2071 and HP DV6636nr) both had displays at 1280x800. At work we just purchaced two Thinkpads (Core 2 Duo) with a 1024x768 display. Why have displays gotten worse over time for laptops? I don't mean that they need to be 1900x1600 or something like that, but, for a widescreen laptop wouldn't 1600x1024 (or whatever fits the WS aspect ratio) be nice? Or have 1600x1200 standard for 4:3 screens?

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 6 years ago I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2071. The HDD is failing, that battery is useless, and would cost me a bit to replace the two. Now, I'm wondering, is it worth buying the parts? Or, for a little bit more money, should I just replace the laptop? I just added 1GB of RAM (DDR2) to the system, so if I did get another laptop, I could skimp out on the RAM and add the 1GB stick to it. Thoughts? UPDATE: I've replaced the Toshiba with an HP Pavillion dv6000.

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Hostname Delema

armanox armanox writes  |  about 7 years ago Computer system names
Hmm....I've run into a problem. I've exhausted the naming scheme that I've been using for the past several years for my computers. The scheme, based upon the game I half way wrote in BASIC years ago (abandoned due to me realizing that the gameplay really sucked, and that 16 bit DOS programs had no future), has been seen in my through my sn, Armanox, who was the main character, and through anyone whose visted any of my servers or other systems(Armanox, Anorock, ashere-laptop, Taloron (Still up at armanox.no-ip.org!), Anaton (my desktop for the past two or so years), apharian, Artarias, and Talarias). Since I never finished writing the game, I never finished all of the characters (many were designed, few were named), and thus had a short name list to use. With the laptop that I'm currentlly using, I need to find a new naming scheme to use.

Ideas: Norse mythology. Have the DHCP server be Yggdrasil, which would be the server that connects all of the others. And I could name an antiVirus server Thor, and have it send a message to the system it cleaned of a virus like "The hammer of Thor has come down upon your system." Might be a cool idea. But, who would trust a system called Loki (That can be a Windows Box.....)

Mental Afflictions. The Linux group has officially adopted this one, so I'm not going to use it at home.

STDs. Humourous, but probably not a good idea. Can you imagine people spreading something from the Herpes server?

Okinawan Martial Artists. Fun idea, but kinda obscure. After all, when I tell people that my laptop is called matsumura, they're really gonna think I'm nuts

Beowulf Characters. I love the epic of Beowulf. But I'm saving the names for Beowulf clusters.

Shakespearean characters. Another interesting idea. but, who would trust the MacBeth server? And poor Juliet will die after Romeo does....

So I ask you, reader of my journal, to comment and leave ideas for me to use. Thank you for your time.

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One OS is not for an entire location

armanox armanox writes  |  about 7 years ago I intern at a location that is 99% Windows. The 1% that is not is the three Linux boxes that I run and one Solaris server (that really isn't my company's anyway). Several weeks ago a Worm (W32.Tenga.A) infultrated the network with Admin access, and quickly began infecting systems, including the servers. Now, the Worm only effects Windows 95-Me and Windows NT 4-XP, but the company does not have any systems running Vista at this time. While the rest of the IT department began trying to clean up the infection, which Semantic AntiVirus mis-identified, I started mounting the C:\ of the servers and the workstations via my two laptops and running ClamAV to start the clean up. Now, due to Semantic and ClamAV's scouring tactics, we lost a lot of exes, inlcuding the install exes on the servers, but, thanks to having two Linux systems, we were able to start the clean up using a system that was impervious to the worm. Now, I'm not saying that running an all Mac, Linux, BSD, or other *NIX shop is the way to keep everything running, just that diversity is important to keep everything running smooth.

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Computer Collection

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Decided to make a list of my running systems.....

Type - Make - Processor - Mem - OS

Desktop Gateway P4 1.7GHz 384MB XP Pro, Slackware 10
Desktop Dell P3 1.0GHz 256MB Ubuntu 6.06
Desktop PackardBell i486SX 22HMz 1MB DOS 6.22
Laptop Toshiba Celeron 1.7GHz 512MB XP Home, Ubuntu 6.10
Laptop AST Pentium 90 MHz 8MB Windows 95
Uber SGI 2xIP30(64bit,446BogoMIPS) 1GB Gentoo

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Stupid Cetifications

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 8 years ago Once again the age old problem has arrisen - people lack faith in my skills with computer repair for the simple fact that I'm not certified, when I can present several person's who'd testify in court that I put many certified individuals to shame. Damn.

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A Gateway for A Gateway

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 8 years ago So.... over the summer, I did some computer repair work for the Church. They were working with a P4 gateway that I had cleaned up in Feburary. For some odd reason, it refused to work there. Noticing that it was to replace a x486, I offered to trade them another Gateway with a P2 and 32MB ram for it. They made the deal. I brought it home, and have had no problems since. Oh, and it runs Fedora Core 4 very well...

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Best $25 ever spent

armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago Flea market Saturday:

Compaq Deskpro:
Celoron @ 400 Mhz,
320 MB Ram
Matrox Productiva G100 Video Card

So, while the HD needed some, replacing, its most likly the best thing $25 ever spent

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armanox armanox writes  |  more than 9 years ago En taro Adun... I am Armanox, sent by the Conclave to serve and to concoule

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