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Keeping a PC Personal At School?

chris_sawtell Use an obnoxious name and password. (695 comments)

Call your lappie some exotic female name so the login screen says Welcome to Linux on Samantha, or whoever

Tell the nuisances who want to use your computer that the guest login name is ROOTER

and the passphrase is "is going to catch AIDS"

That fact will get around the dorm. before you can say Jack, and you won't have any more problems.

Let us know if that doesn't work please.

more than 5 years ago

Overzealous AirTran Boots 9 Passengers Off

chris_sawtell I am going from NZ to Europe in about 6 months. (1002 comments)

I will attempt to avoid the whole of the airline industry if I possibly can, but if not, please be assured that there is absolutely no way whatsoever that I will be on a US aircraft or passing through US airspace. It's just too inconvenient, and frankly, dangerous.

Sorry folks, but the behaviour your government and its servants on the international scene is just the pits and I'd much prefer to put my travel dollars into a country which is actually a responsible member of the family of nations.

about 6 years ago

Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?

chris_sawtell Re:XP Linux MacOS (823 comments)

Daybot:: You must be Yet Another Opinionated and Ignorant Yankee who does not know that there are many English patois, of which yours is but one . There are more English speakers in the rest of the world than there are in the US. I assure your there is nothing whatsoever wrong with Domini's ability to spell. Didn't you notice the .za domain?

more than 6 years ago

Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?

chris_sawtell Re:pop caps lock off (823 comments)

No! Re-map it to CTRL which is what it should be. At 66 I'm junior senior, and that mis-placement of the control key on the PC keyboard almost drove me insane.

And yes, my main current complaint about computers is that the text size is always too small, and fixing it always breaks the aesthetics of the window and desktop. Is it not possible for the box to be sized around the text? KUbuntu is as bad as all the rest in this regard.

Yes /. you are just as bad as all the others. Please oh please fix that.

more than 6 years ago

Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

chris_sawtell Printer error message (747 comments)

I was saddened when the "Printer Failure, is it on on fire?" error message was removed form the standard Linux printer driver.

more than 6 years ago

Gadgets For a Budding Geek?

chris_sawtell Re:"/."liza. (372 comments)

> My six year old is pissed I won't let him have his own soldering iron yet.

Why on earth not? If he picks it up by the wrong end, he'll yell and squeak, drop it soon enough, and never repeat the exercise.

It's called learning from experience, and it's just so wrong that we seem hell-bent on stopping that form of learning, because it's by far and away the most effective way.

more than 6 years ago

China Defines Internet Addiction

chris_sawtell I think I'd better go and do .... (201 comments)

...the shopping before the thought police turn up and haul me off to boot camp in the forest, because I have a 24/7 on Cable connection to the Internet.

more than 6 years ago

Prevent Gmail From Emailing Under the Influence

chris_sawtell Typo? (258 comments)

Isn't that supposed to read as: Google Giggles?

more than 6 years ago

Mozilla Admits Firefox EULA Is Flawed

chris_sawtell This is the TeX argument all over again. (312 comments)

My suggestion is that the Mozilla Foundation offer a completely unbranded version of their browser software for public distribution, and name the binary 'wb' - for Web-Browser - or somesuch. The software licence could be the GPL and allow distributors who wish to brand both altered and unaltered versions of 'wb' with their own mark to do so. If end users wish to apply the FireFox brand to wb they could do so by downloading a EULA-protected set of branding files _only_ from Mozilla Corp. The installer of the branding files could very easily check that the particular instance of 'wb' was in fact the genuine unadulterated item before applying the patches to brand 'wb' as a genuine instance of 'firefox'.

Mozilla Foundation: You listening? 'cos I'd be happy with that approach.

Problem solved?

more than 6 years ago

Mozilla Demanding Firefox Display EULA In Ubuntu

chris_sawtell Re:Fewer idiots using Linux (785 comments)

Well I do believe that my age and UID qualify me to comment about the days of yore, and, with hindsight, I can say, without a shadow of doubt, that it's a real tragedy that the "PC" did not evolve from one of: the PDP-11; the VAX; the 68000; or indeed the AT&T 3b series. All these are vastly superior architectures to that miserable waif called 8086 and her misbegotten offspring which we are condemned to suffer on our laps and desks for at least another decade or three.

After some 27 years it's time for us all to have the choice of a decent processor running quality software which doesn't suck.

more than 6 years ago



Microsoft loses antitrust appeal in Brussels

chris_sawtell chris_sawtell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chris_sawtell writes "The Guardian is reporting that: "The European commission today hailed a key ruling by the court of first instance, Europe's second-highest court, that upheld its March 2004 decision to fine Microsoft a record 497m (£345m) $US690m for abusing its dominance of the software market and force it to share critical information with rival companies.

"After securing a comprehensive victory in its nine-year battle with Microsoft, Brussels is now free to pursue other high-profile cases against hi-tech companies such as Intel and has emerged as the world's leading antitrust authority. The company founded by Bill Gates will have to alter its business model as it faces stiff competition on new markets from the likes of Google and Apple."

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