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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

blop debian (867 comments)

slackware -> redhat -> debian -> ubuntu -> back to debian

IMO debian is the benchmark, especially to build servers from scratch quickly.

about 2 years ago

Scientists Find Gene That Predicts Happiness In Women

blop Re:Spoilers (323 comments)

Actually, I'd like to see the study that says woman are happier than men, because that flies in the face of my experience. Most of the women I know are either depressed or angry all the time.

You should stop playing angry birds...

more than 2 years ago

Zappos Hacked: Internal Systems Breached

blop Re:How many comments to go through to find out... (122 comments)

I was wondering exactly the same thing... Slashdot forgets that a lot of readers aren't from the US and don't know anything about US-centric brand names...

more than 2 years ago

Finnish ISP Forced To Block the Pirate Bay

blop Re:And so it begins... (168 comments)

Thank you for the link and the parent for the reference.

It's the full text and was well worth a read !

more than 2 years ago

Iran Blocks VPN Ports

blop Re:Use OpenVPN (134 comments)

You can actually run a proper VPN with ssh and not just tunnel individual ports:

This creates a point-to-point layer 2 or 3 tunnel between 2 hosts. This is great for proxying TCP, UDP, ethernet frames...

about 3 years ago

Tens of Thousands Flee From BT and Virgin

blop Re:People seem confused about Virgin, let me clari (258 comments)

The Superhub is SLIGHTLY better, but still nothing on a dedicated router. But can you still plug in your own router? Nope, VM deliberately disabled the DHCP options within the HUB, meaning you have to rely on it (although a patch is coming that will enable "gateway" mode).

I have a SuperHub with VirginMedia and I use my own router: you need to set "DMZ Host" in the "SuperHub" advanced settings to the IP of your own router's WAN port. That means that your router's external IP looks like a private IP (in a different subnet from the LAN obviously) but that's not a problem in practice.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Introduces MeeGo-Powered N9 Phone

blop Re:No hw keyboard (252 comments)

I use the N900 keyboard quite often, sysadmin tasks via ssh are surprisingly easy once you remap a few symbol keys!

more than 2 years ago

LastPass Password Service Hacked

blop Re:KeePass (268 comments)

Thanks, that looks promising!

more than 3 years ago

LastPass Password Service Hacked

blop Re:KeePass (268 comments)

PasswordSafe has less functionality than KeePass except that there is a compatible command line client for it (pwsafe).

I often use pwsafe from a remote shell and I would switch to a KeePass database if I could find a CLI for it...

more than 3 years ago

Keep SSH Sessions Active, Or Reconnect?

blop Re:screen (307 comments)

Shocking vulnerability, you could potentially get rooted just reading some dodgy email in mutt under screen!

It was fixed in October 2006 (couldn't find a POC though) but there must be a lot of people with older versions still...

more than 4 years ago
top Editor Looks Back At Paywalls

blop Re:Makes me wonder... (246 comments) is a much better free alternative to

They also regularly provide a complete database dump of all the questions and answers ( so there is no risk they'll steal the community effort like expertsexchange did...

more than 4 years ago

National TV Turn Off Week

blop adbusters (873 comments)

If you like initiatives like the TV turnoff week, make sure to check out adbusters

more than 10 years ago


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