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baomike Why not (554 comments)

I have been doing it for years and it is not that big a deal once it is configured.
If you want to get fancy then it can be a problem.
We run courier (I wanted sendmail but lost ) using imap to our local net.
it runs on a local virtual machine and is pretty much maintenance free.
It can not be accessed from outside (the "fancy" part) and it has no spam filtering.
The jewel in this is the alias file. Untrustworthy sites (most) get a specific alias.
If I get spam with that I delete the alias.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook May Make Tiny Town a Data Center Mecca

baomike Re:Prosperity, here we come... (136 comments)

You mean like Beaverton? (Intel)
Lots of towns in Oregon like that (a dying breed).
Most were dependent on a sawmill (sometimes a very large sawmill). Timber goes, town goes.
Sometimes there is a small town left, and sometimes they remove everything (Valsetz for instance).
Some were even company towns (the lumber company owned everything) Gilchrist OR. for instance.
Even Bend was a mill town, but it had a little more going for it (skiing, county seat) and didn't die out.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook May Make Tiny Town a Data Center Mecca

baomike Re:The natives probably won't be getting the jobs. (136 comments)

AH Bend. What a mess they made out of that town. Good skiing , but population growth got a bit ahead of the city and county.
The town of 10,000 that was so neat is long gone. Californication at it's best.

A Eugene resident (native)

more than 3 years ago

Facebook May Make Tiny Town a Data Center Mecca

baomike Re:17% of 10'000? (136 comments)

People don't stay. Those that can often leave. It may not be as pretty but you can find a job in Portland a
lot easier.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook May Make Tiny Town a Data Center Mecca

baomike Re:I've been there (136 comments)

No hydro locally. There is a hydro project down stream where the Crooked, Deschutes and Metolious river join. Water around Prineville is for irrigation.
Even the small dam upstream might have problems. It was built using a method that is now considered suspect.
Electric power in the region come from the Columbia via BPA (Bonneville Power Administration).

more than 3 years ago

Facebook May Make Tiny Town a Data Center Mecca

baomike Re:I've been there (136 comments)

Lumber industry is not too good right now.

more than 3 years ago

Volcano Erupts In Iceland

baomike Smoke out of volcano? (191 comments)

I have never seen a volcano smoke. Ash, rocks, mud, steam, noxious gases yes, but no smoke.
You want smoke you gotta burn something.
(maybe the volcano came up thru a coal bed???) (no coal that I know of in Iceland).

NB: Maybe trolls are surreptitiously feeding it peat.

more than 3 years ago

Geologists Say California May Be Next

baomike Cascadia Subduction zone (258 comments)

Put that in Google and read away.
Forget about the San Andreas, this is where the big ones come from.
Fortunately not too often.

more than 3 years ago

IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

baomike I use Opera (360 comments)

I'm just going to sit here and giggle and point.

Opera works fine for reading HuffPo.

more than 4 years ago

Location Services Raise Privacy Concerns

baomike The joy of it all (152 comments)

Look at the bright side, you not only get to give away your personal info/location
you get to pay to have this done.

Cell phones are such a wonderful invention.

more than 4 years ago

Google Researcher Issues How-To On Attacking XP

baomike Sympathy??? (348 comments)

I find it very hard to generate much sympathy for MSFT.
Gee, someone played a dirty trick on them.

While it wasn't nice of Google , I hope they don't stop.

more than 4 years ago

Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind

baomike Re:Possible upwind? YES Think Iceboats (393 comments)

The can go up wind.
They can also sail faster than the wind (very much faster).

"Modern designs of iceboats are very efficient, utilizing aerodynamic designs and low friction, and can achieve speeds as high as ten times the wind speed in good conditions."

more than 4 years ago

Algebra In Wonderland

baomike The Annotated Alice (184 comments)

Sounds like somebody found a copy.
There is so much stuff alluded to in Alice that the annotations seem to go on for ever.
It is an interesting read, but slow.

more than 4 years ago


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