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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?

gregthebunny GNU/Linux (190 comments)

Better yet, skip the Chromebook altogether and get something like the Acer Aspire E11 and then install your favorite flavor of GNU/Linux. I bought one for $199 at MicroCenter, installed a 128 GB Crucial SSD ($79), 4 GB of Crucial DDR3L memory ($39), and an Intel Wireless-AC card ($19), and then installed Ubuntu 14.04. It cost under $350, everything worked right away in Ubuntu, and now I can do whatever I'd like with it.

about a month ago

Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Ricochet

gregthebunny Oh, that Ricochet... (49 comments)

I thought maybe he was the guy behind the Half-Life mod Ricochet.

about 4 months ago

Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

gregthebunny Re:What I would prefer... (80 comments)

Try the WD TV Live. I have one, and it's awesome. Plays MKV files ripped straight from a Blu-Ray.

I really like my WD TV Live. It plays a lot of formats and has a simple but usable interface. It definitely passed the "wife test" for ease-of-use. But it has one glaring omission: no Amazon Prime streaming (see: "Online Services"). They just released a 2.0 firmware update with a bunch of new "supports [service]" notes, but Amazon is not one of them. Western Digital, I am disappoint.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

gregthebunny Yes (631 comments)

At least in my world it's been declining. I was once an Ubuntu fanatic. "It's so easy," I would tell people. It passed my girlfriend test. It passed my parents test. I used Ubuntu every day for years. After 10.04 LTS, things started going downhill. Once 12.04 LTS hit the streets, things started going downhill faster. I have since switched to Ubuntu's upstream parent, Debian, with LXFE for the desktop. Clean, simple, elegant. I'll keep this.

about a year ago

Universal Flu Vaccine "Blueprint" Discovered

gregthebunny Zombies (100 comments)

This is how zombie movies always start. Some new "universal" vaccine that induces growth of one type of cell. No thanks. I like being un-undead.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?

gregthebunny You already said it (299 comments)

...(beyond develop hobbies, spend time with family)...

Develop hobbies and spend time with your family.

Programming (or learning to program if you don't already know how) is a productive hobby. Get a train set. Repaint your house. Buy and restore a classic car by hand (although that can be quite expensive). Go hiking/kayaking/skiing/biking/fishing. Learn to play the guitar/bass/drums/piano/sax/trumpet/sousaphone. Have a barbeque. Build a barbeque. Go geocaching. Go geohashing . And get your kids/parents/spouse/siblings/friends/neighbors involved.

I only wish I have free time for these things

about a year and a half ago

Average latency to Slashdot.org?

gregthebunny Consistent 11ms (558 comments)

We're on a big 50 Mbps pipe from a major provider in Toledo, OH.

about 2 years ago

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

gregthebunny I'd most want to see a wider color specturm (456 comments)

Considering I suffer from dichromacy [wikipedia.org], I'd surely like to be able to see a "normal" range of colors.

Also, "specturm" really?

about 2 years ago

Apple and Amazon Flirt With a Market For Used Digital Items

gregthebunny No more authors? (138 comments)

"until there were no more authors anymore."

Yes, because this free market will somehow manage to write its own books. There will never be a need to generate new content, ever.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Does an IT Generalist Get Back Into Programming?

gregthebunny Start with the classics! (224 comments)

C and/or C++ will get you further than any other "modern" language.

Join an open source project that strikes your fancy, or find a niche and start your own.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?

gregthebunny If I could play these (951 comments)

These are my top three franchises...

- Fallout 3 & New Vegas
- Borderlands 1 & 2
- BioShock 1 & 2 (and Inifinite, coming soon!)

Well, plus the entire Valve catalog, but I guess that goes without saying.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

gregthebunny Resara (388 comments)

It's too bad Resara shut down. Hopefully someone will pick up its pieces.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Do You Push To Production?

gregthebunny Once a month isn't that bad (182 comments)

We have a particular software from a particular vendor who only pushes an update once a year. We've already pointed out several bugs and quirks in the software that have become "feature requests" for the next release (due in January 2013). On the other hand, we also have software from a vendor who pushes an update every six weeks, and then we have to get that update installed for every user that has the software because every update changes the file format and it isn't ever backward compatible! . So, if you're a major software vendor, my suggestion would be to favor structure and stability over frequent and minor patches or releases, but not so infrequent that it doesn't seem like you're paying attention to your market.

more than 2 years ago

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

gregthebunny Re:Graduated College (524 comments)

Well, yes, I have a wife and kids, a mortgage, a car payment.

I wish I could afford a new or even slightly used car. And we've yet to start on the whole "having kids" thing.

I'm pretty much screwed either way...

more than 2 years ago

Open WebOS Releases Core Apps; Reveals Touchpad Won't Be Supported

gregthebunny Re:New Speak garbage (49 comments)

This news came to Slashdot via "The H Open".

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?

gregthebunny Resara (227 comments)

Buy a Resara device (http://resara.com/) or roll you own (http://resara.org/).

You'll get file storage, an Active Directory-compatible domain, DNS, DHCP, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution

gregthebunny Re:Just say 'No' (437 comments)

Agreed! This is an opportunity for us to protest with our wallets. Not only will I be actively pursuing non-UEFI motherboards, but I will also be actively campaigning my colleagues, coworkers, friends, and family to not buy non-UEFI machines as well. Microsoft is trying to fix a system that isn't broken. They shouldn't have to rely on securities at the hardware and BIOS level to lock down their new operating systems. They should just, you know, build a more secure operating system...

more than 2 years ago


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