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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

ipb OpenSUSE and KDE (287 comments)

My Mother (now in her late 80's) has been using Linux and KDE since I gave her a computer back in the 90's. I had it dual boot for a while but finally gave that up when I spent far to much time fighting windows. By then she was comfortable with Linux and only needed one windows program that I was able to run under Wine.

Other family members have accounts on the same machine so they have net access when visiting ( less of an issue now with tablets and laptops) and I handle the admin details. I'll be visiting her this weekend and will probably spend less than an hour updating and checking logs. My last visit to do this was Christmas.

It's a no-brainer.

about 8 months ago
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The Twelve Days of Christmas Gadgets

ipb Wait a minute, this is /. (28 comments)

"Or how about a Sound Oasis Sound Therapy Pillow for $38? The speakers are in the pillow, you don't feel them,
  and you can drift to sleep with music playing without disturbing whoever is trying to sleep next to you."

No one here has someone sleeping next to them.
Crank those suckers up to 11.

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about 2 years ago
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to SlashdotTV! (Video)

ipb Arghhh - Fixed width site (203 comments)

Do not want.

Over 50% wasted white space when I go full screen is not going to make it an enjoyable experience.
Slashdot has a chance here to one-up YouTube and get it right.

-
Lotto - A tax on people who are bad at math

more than 2 years ago
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App Enables Surfing Over SMS/MMS Through T-Mobile

ipb Where's the RFC (149 comments)

We have running code, lets see the RFC.

more than 3 years ago
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Iran To 'Remove Fuel' From Bushehr Nuclear Plant

ipb Re:all this crap about israel (240 comments)

...
there is definitely a sliding scale of regimes who have nukes, and if you put canada on the top of your scale, you have to agree, iran falls down on the low end. so where do you draw the line between "i'm uncomfortable with this" and "no fucking way"

Right below Canada.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

ipb W.A.G. (483 comments)

After 40+ years of programming it's still a Wild Assed Guess.

You're never given enough time to prepare your estimate, marketing has already
determined the delivery date, and management doesn't know what it is you're
supposed to create anyway.,

more than 4 years ago
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Phone and Text Bans On Drivers Shown Ineffective

ipb It's not a ban in Washington (406 comments)

It's a secondary offense and you have to do something else wrong before they'll pull you over.
Until it's a real ban with real consequences you won't see a behavior change because most drivers figure they won't be pulled over for it.

more than 4 years ago
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WiMax In 2010 — Too Little, Too Late?

ipb Re:WiMax isn't what they've promised (128 comments)

I've had Clearwire service for something lilke three years now, Speeds were good, reliability the same, and I''ve anxiously awaited the deployment of WiMax.

Now that I have it, it doesn't work at all.

The old system gave me 2-3 bars of signal from a site about 5 miles away, WiMax gives me nothing.
There's a new site only ten blocks away, and from it I get nothing unless I put the modem ten feet above my roof (I taped it to a pole to test)

Clear's recommendation?
Find a way to permanently mount my modem above the roof or switch to another service.

With this kind of support, they're going to die.

more than 5 years ago
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Is City-Wide Wi-Fi a Dead Idea?

ipb WiMax doesn't necessarily cut it either (259 comments)

Clear can't seem to give me coverage from a site 10 blocks away over flat terrain.

Their solution?
Either mount the modem in a box 5-10 feet above my roof or switch to Comcrap.

When they switch off their old network in a few weeks their going to loose yet
another customer.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft: Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Nearly a Day

ipb Re:Mid-end?! Really?! (706 comments)

It's spelled 'pedantry' :-)

"grammer pendantry" is for those who make jewelry with words.

more than 5 years ago
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Dad Builds 700 Pound Cannon for Son's Birthday

ipb Re:Safety first? (410 comments)

Google wasn't around then, and I suspect that there may have been much
more charcoal then clay in the ones we used.

They made satisfyingly large booms, and great rockets.

Then again I will admit that when we got our hands on some powdered
charcoal it worked much better. (don't ask)

more than 5 years ago
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The Myths of Security

ipb Re:Myths of Security? (216 comments)

Darn, now I need to change my password.

more than 5 years ago
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Dad Builds 700 Pound Cannon for Son's Birthday

ipb Re:Safety first? (410 comments)

So, you never made gunpowder as a kid?

charcoal briquettes, saltpeter and sulfur.
grind fine, mix, pack into empty CO2 cartridges
add dynamite fuse, crimp

stand back (way back)

I know, I know, I'm lucky to have all my body parts.

But it sure was fun :-)

more than 5 years ago
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Opera 10.0 Released, With Integrated Web Server Functionality

ipb Re:What? (437 comments)

I've been seeing them for about a week or so.
Firefox 3.0.11
Konqueror 3.5.9

Very annoying

more than 5 years ago
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Backlash Builds Against US Copyright Blacklist

ipb Re:Nothing new (292 comments)

More like the Evils of Access.

more than 5 years ago
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Archive Team Is Busy Saving Geocities

ipb Don't forget (267 comments)

to surround it all by a blink tag

more than 5 years ago
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How Does Flash Media Fail?

ipb Re:In my case (357 comments)

Just don't crank it up to 11

more than 5 years ago
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Managing Online Forums

ipb Re:The simple answer (118 comments)

"Have you ever subscribed to even one high-traffic mailing list?"

Actually I do, more than a few. And no I don't do it because it's my job. My email client sorts them into mail boxes and I read them when I have time. I do get behind, but I can run thru a couple of hundred postings looking for the interesting ones and catch up quickly.

"Yahoo Groups sucks"

There, fixed that for you

more than 5 years ago

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