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Ask Slashdot: Portable High-Resolution External Displays?

dchamp Make your own case (141 comments)

Get an inexpensive LCD screen (about $140 at Newegg), I have a slightly older version of this Asus 21" 1920 x 1080 LCD back-light monitor, works great and is fairly light weight:


Make a case with some foam padding and cloth that won't scratch the screen. Maybe something like a Pelican case (the monitor above is about 15" x 20").

Looks like there is a Hackerspace in Austin. Go visit them and maybe they will be able to help you hack something together.


about a year and a half ago

Raspberry Pi Hits 1GHz With Official 'Turbo Mode'

dchamp Re:Aww (92 comments)

The "turbo" button wasn't really turbo... it was either normal speed, or 1/2 clock speed, or otherwise crippling the cache or something to slow it down.


more than 2 years ago

Coming to an Ice Cream Shop Near You: Soft Serve Beer

dchamp Beer Milkshakes (157 comments)

Beer Milkshakes are delicious. I use a nutty brown ale with a good vanilla ice cream.

c'mon, try it. Dave Lister would not steer you wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

dchamp Some favorites... (1244 comments)

Some of my favorites;
Guy Gavriel Kay - Fionavar trilogy, Tigana - top notch fantasy. He helped edit Tolkien's The Silmarillion, and his writing reflects a lot of Tolkien's influence.
Timescape - Gregory Benford - the only good science fiction book about time travel I've ever read.
David Brin - the Uplift series
Lord of Light & Roadmarks - Roger Zelazny. Lord of Light should be required reading for any Sci Fi fan.
Hothouse - Brian Aldiss. May be hard to find, I found an old copy in a used book store.
I read a lot of Andre Norton's books as a kid, I especially liked "The Stars are Ours". Her stuff is mostly regarded as young-adult, but very good. I may have to re-read it some day. I've also been meaning to read her Beastmaster series, I understand it's much different than the bad movie / tv adaptations.

more than 2 years ago

Fluidinfo, Wikipedia For Databases

dchamp Re:So what is it? (79 comments)

It's a big swirly thing in space.

more than 3 years ago

Matt Asay Answers Your Questions About Ubuntu and Canonical

dchamp Re:Too much denial (244 comments)

I would agree that the Kubuntu / KDE experience is not that great, which is a shame.

My usual desktop Linux distro, Mandriva with KDE, has much better KDE integration than Kubuntu.

As many have pointed out, KDE seems to be pulling ahead of Gnome, and the KDE / QT library is much more portable to other platforms.

I hope that KDE gets pulled into the main Ubuntu stream soon!

more than 4 years ago

Father of the Frisbee Dies At 90

dchamp sad... have a pluto platter. (89 comments)

That's sad.

I have a Wham-O Pluto Platter I found in the attic of my Grandpa's house - it's not the original Bakelite Morrison Pluto Platter, but the plastic version, looks very similar. Mine says "WHAM-O" on the top, but the word "Frisbee" is not on it, from what I can tell mine was made in 1957.

more than 4 years ago

Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out

dchamp Re:How does it compare to Ubuntu? (267 comments)

That's not true.

There is the One edition, which is a single CD, meant to be run as a live CD, or can be installed.

There is also the Free edition, which comes as a DVD, or as multiple CD's. It has to be installed to run it. It doesn't contain any proprietary drivers or software, but you can choose to install them - i.e. you will be prompted to install either the free nv driver, or proprietary nVidia driver.

The 3rd option is PowerPack, which you have to pay for, which contains proprietary drivers and software - i.e. a commercially licensed DVD player.

There are other commercial versions available for firewall, enterprise servers etc. Check it out yourself!



more than 5 years ago

MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Models

dchamp Re:Outperform? (457 comments)

But your RX8 gets what... 18mpg, on a good day? I've driven them, and seen what they can do in an autocross, impressive performance, but the MPG absolutely sucks.

I had a Honda S2000, very similar performance specs, but I could get 27mpg in daily driving. I don't understand why anyone puts up with the MPG of the RX8. 18mpg is 60's muscle car territory.

more than 5 years ago

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?

dchamp Mandriva Pulse2? (904 comments)

I don't know much about it (other than reading about it on their web site) but Mandriva has an Enterprise desktop management system for both Windows and Linux desktops called Pulse2:


I'm a long time Mandriva user on desktops, laptop, and servers, but all in a small business or personal environment, and it works well for me... I don't claim to know anything about Enterprise.

more than 5 years ago

Website Security Without Breaking the Bank?

dchamp Suhosin, etc... (195 comments)

I just got back from a PHP security class, here's a quick overview of what was covered:

- register_globals = off

- Use the Suhosin PHP hardening patch.

- Always filter all of your input for injection attempts. Write a validation class to handle this.

- Use prepared SQL statements, or stored procedures to help avoid sql injections

There are some pretty good articles out there that cover most of these points and more, just google for "PHP security". Take the time to read the articles, they're worth it.

It's really sad that more people don't pay attention to PHP security. The class I took was, as far as I know, the only commercial PHP security class offered in the US this year, and there were only 4 students in attendance.

more than 5 years ago

Mandriva Linux 2009 Released

dchamp Re:Worth a spin...? (106 comments)

It's been improved... the best way to handle your update repositories is to use the Easy URPMI site at http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/ - just click and it will automagically add the sources for you.

I've been running the Beta and RC versions on my laptop and a desktop, it's been working well. Gonna start torrenting the release version shortly.

more than 6 years ago


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