Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
"Eventually the CD might not be supported,"
welcome to the 21st century where music is listened to on phones. devices that are obsolete in 2 years but can store all your music on a tiny bitty chip unless you've been torrenting the best music of the past 100,000 years.
as to 'not supported' there are chinese firms still selling 8 track tape playing devices, despite the fact that all of the remaining tapes should have deteriorated now. they also sell vhs decks which the local wal-mart actually has a model on the shelf. blu-ray playback is not going away anytime soon. i have 2 bluray writers, one for the desktop and one usb powered one for the laptop(s). reel to reel tape decks may now be considered obsolete but there are people who still use them in the industry.
there will be pushes to make new fancier stuff, yes. it is called marketing. the vast majority of my cd-rs are still readable and only some of them have bitrot. but i wasn't organized with my cd-rs so i have a considerable number of discs i don't really know if i still have the data or not. most of the data isn't really mission critical and despite losing my music collection about 4 times now (from windows formatted hard drives) the back ups cd-rs and dvds and now 1 bluray, i have only lost 1 song to bitrot 1 song and it was all because i had backups that survived longer than hard drives.
i recommend HDDs and BD-R discs for backup. BD-R while subject to bitrot are still the lowest energy overhead per GB in the consumer space. HDDs are the cheapest per GB but if left running so as to automate backups draws more power and powering off a HDD in the consumer space means you have to be there to power it on for archival use. though there will at some point be a 'smartphone' app to remotely put them to standby via software. this can already be done with a NAS and Wake-on-LAN and a little scripting. but then the energy requirements are significantly higher on a NAS than on a usb hdd. anyways using both media HDD and Blu-ray offers a better chance of not losing everything. flash memory is nice but i wouldn't expect it to last forever, my compact flash devices suffered from an issue where the memory would take more and more power from devices until the cameras running them couldn't power them from fresh batteries, could have been the camera but it is hard to say but i wouldn't consider any flash memory as reliable when compared to hdds and bluray devices.
Is the Touch UI irredeemable?
my second computer was an 80286. it had 1MB of ram, and we had i believe EGA graphics and a serial mouse for gaming and word perfect. for dos word perfect 5.22, think vi and emacs having a child it is what wordperfect for dos behaved like. it had an extensive array of command line abilities (my teacher had a rolodex with all the commands she used) and yes she needed a rolodex to sort the functionality. but it supported a mouse too and had menus, often triggered by the function keys and/or the mouse. but yes even dos apps had mouse support. and the sad thing is, while *bsd supports mouses and multiple mice automatically (or did lat i used it) linux doesn't do this without modifying configuration files, people like in ubuntu don't worry about the tty's anymore but i loved using copy/paste and scroll lock in FreeBSD when i used it... cause i always did all my root work in the ttys instead of x windows. well once i learned that running x as root is bad... somewhere i learned about su, but i know whenever i was setting up freebsd it was from the ttys most of the time...
DARPA Wants Atlas Robot To Go Wireless
but shielded corridors inside a shielded power plant would not allow full building wifi penetration
Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband
and those that study history are doomed to watch everyone else repeat it.
Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects
"I wish all people were as smart as this plant."
anyone ever tell you be careful what you wish for
"Give up some free time now to do your school work, get paid $800,000 more later."
tried that, had awesome grades then no job of course i was unwilling to take up debt to go to school.
"Give up the opportunity to cuss your boss out today, end up with a raise next month, after discussing the issue calmly and professionally."
that is a strawman cussing the boss out will get you fired.
"Give up the girl offering easy sex now, have a self-respecting partner for the rest of your life."
other people covered this so i won't
"Give up the Starbuck's and iPhone 6 today, retire 10 years earlier."
ten years earlier huh? for one thing the smartphone is part of modern culture how can a person who gets their data on dead trees compare to someone who has always on access to all the information in the world? the starbucks premium coffee is still valid, as caffeine is an allergen that shocks the brain into thinking it is under attack and begins circulating blood faster and causes an immune response until you get too tired from it and crash. the brain will swell slightly from going off caffeine and cause a mild headache as the immune response vs the toxicity making the brain (slightly) numb to pain wears off.
What are you most interested in seeing out of CES?
"Yet another Universal Serial Bus connector. At least it plugs in both ways."
which again is an idea stolen from apple's thunderbolt connector. and apple made thunderbolt because people were frustrated at trying to plug their devices in at night to charge them, alternatives like wireless power were too risky compared to a new connector that goes in without having to orient the cable which when tired/drunk is supposedly really hard.
Something about the mass murderers often shouting "Allahu akbar"
i think i can help you with this one, 'aloha' is hawaiian for hello and then ackbar is the guy who is known for saying 'its a trap' in star wars. instead of saying hello it's a trap' they say what you said.
How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again
has 2048 'stream' processors and only 3GB of ram -- true it only has 32 of what most people would call compute cores, but it is getting data from thousands of threads processed from its stream processing units. i have one of these devices and it was about 75 times faster at altcoin mining (dogecoins specifically) than the general purpose so called 8 core fx 8150 cpu. even though it's 8 threads the wiki doesn't explain why they can call it an 8 core but i know shortly after i built the rig computer parts changed generations and got slower.
basically speaking programming for thousands of cores exists today by having simple tasks that break up complex or end user desired tasks and make them simple to run in parallel.
Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
1. A lot of the movies that are showing are crap (and that is being kind).
this has always been true.
2. The cost of my going to a movie and wife along with some munchies, well, I can buy the DVD in a few months for less money.
or rent for considerably less. i heard a rumor that one can use software to make a rental disc into a mpeg-4 stream or a dvd stream or a bluray stream.
3. We can pause the movie at any time and take a break or grab some munchies (and not the over-priced crap in the theatre).
movie theaters are still more fun than the investment in jiffy pop or whatever you're getting from wal-mart for home viewing
4. Did I mention most of the movies are crap?
yes, i have a book rating some 4,000+ older movies most of the movies get 2 stars.
5. We can skip the various 'ads' at the start of the movie. I want to see the movie, not pay to see advertising.
ahah! not without the rumored software for removing prohibited user operations. sure some discs are clean and some blurays only play ads when 'online' (ps3 can disable the internet access to blurays) but many especially new releases may have as many as 12 trailers each PUOped to be unable to be skipped, some players have a cheat code to skip straight to menu but the normal controls don't skip past adverts on discs out side 'cheat codes' which vary from player to player.
6. I don't have to put up with people talking about the 'good stuff' coming up and spoiling it for me.
you been on the internet long?
7. I don't have to put up with the cell phones going off.
apparently you just switch to vibrate?
8. Did I mention most of the movies are crap?
again this is nothing new. i hear the internet is overrated and good books are hard to find.
Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
all auto rotate oses support disabling it. this doesn't help with the narrow field of bifocals but that was already covered by other readers. as to the pressure to get bifocals you should have suggested separate reading Rx glasses there is such a thing and it is easier and more useful than the +1 to +4 option at the local discount store. as it is possible to need 'negative' prescription and reading glasses which everyone else ignored.
2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are
the problem is 'security' software is never as secure as promised. it's like physical keys, you can only make so many types of physical keys, so you would think they would make locks with a larger sample size than the retailer has access to. but no go to any menards you want to, bring the package from your door lock and they will point you to the exact same paired key on the shelf. throwing away your key package is inviting a thief to grab fresh one at the local hardware store and ask if they can get matching keys. the problem is so bad that hotels switched to digital keys that can be controlled by a computer, which as it turns out is no safer as the computer can make a 'maid service' key that unlocks any room. it is not that hard to get a hold of equipment for making magnetic swipe keys either.
How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy
you're missing the highly necessary radiation and impact shielding. a sufficiently robotic civilization could send machines, but machines can't survive radiation either. their bits could flip, and cause a blue screen or a kernel panic. if you only shield the machines then you need only impact cushions of some sort, and there isn't a better material than layered graphene crystals which cost an order of magnitude higher cost than any other material and is currently so brittle a hand shake could destroy it
New Year's Resolution for 2015
that is the resolution in 'characters' which may vary my best googling found this:
"It's 80x24 characters, so the size depends on the font, e.g. with the 11pt Monospace font it's 722x434"
The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' of the Pirate Bay In a Week
if copyright just had a sane law that honest people could follow, instead of artificially created scarcity of content. the only reason copyright should ever last more than 5 years is to make the new books -- crappy or not -- the only laymans access to content at retail. out side of public libraries. streaming is cool, streaming works, but an oc-768 line can only cover the internet of about 40,000 streamers. (40 gbit/s) obviously you can throw in a thousands of fiber-optic cables in one line and stream to many many more a thousand oc-768 lines can handle 40 million streamers, but the resources to do this isn't exactly cheap. and $30 a month to the last mile with an additional $8 a month per streaming provider is a lot of money but the companies are crooked and the price once locked in will go up. unless they don't have a choice about it. hulu plus is so hard to cancel you have to click 3 different cancel buttons to cancel the service, and all they have are clips and a weeks worth of crappy tv broadcast videos and the ads are unavoidable and will repeat if you try to slide past them. netflix has some good movies but most of it is the cheap stuff that nobody wants to watch. so what if online streaming has more content than any mortal can watch through, if the good stuff all sells for $20 a disc and never goes to streaming... well it is a first world problem. apparently the only ethical solution is to rely on local libraries for entertainment.
Windows 8.1 is a great tablet operating system and is better than Android
my sister uses mapquest on her iphone.
the scifi series stargate atlantis has working tablets with an unknown os circa 2004. scifi has portrayed the idea of mobile computer interfaces since the 60s.wikipedia has a good article about it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_computer however tablet devices are an attempt to get people to use smaller screens less powerful cpus and such. this has hurt technology as notebooks to compete have resorted to use slower processors even though oses do more work than they used to do when we had simple machines doing simple tasks. i own an alienware with 4 cores 8 threads but the cpu is only running those at 2.4 ghz with a 3.4 ghz turbo, because it also has a gpu built in which has horrible image quality compared to the gpu inside the laptop. and actually taxing the cpu and the gpu at the same time can cause the power brick's capacitor to pop. i didn't play any games that actually do that, but i did a burnin test with a bitcoin miner and sure enough the psu's capacitor popped. it was under warranty but dell was clueless as to why it popped. i told them the capacitor popped and they were confused because their phone scripts didn't cover actually using the gpu and cpu at max power
Windows 8.1 is a great tablet operating system and is better than Android
microsoft has been trying to get tablets working for eons, but people didn't want YAMS device. they choose ios and android, because they are sick of the microsoft sickness. by yams i mean yet another microsoft.
Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology
nuclear reaction. fission is to fusion as a square is to rectangle. they are not the same thing but fusion and fission are both nuclear reactions. just because cold fusion is bunk doesn't mean it's not a 'nuclear reaction' of decidedly low energy.
US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny
plus the vessel isn't deep sea worthy must be towed to a shipyard for scrapping. the people who wanted to make it a museum piece couldn't come up with the cash in time.
US Internet Offers 10Gbps Fiber In Minneapolis
at $400 a month for the service it is pretty reasonable compared to an oc-768 which is only 4 times faster. there has to be a catch somewhere besides 'plans to cover the 694/494 loop'
What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?
to be honest i never met a job i truly enjoyed. i had a hard time keeping work but eventually they realized i was seriously mentally ill. i am on medicine, i changed my life goals, and i have almost zero debt and i have only been happier in childhood. somedays i am happier than that too. why? i quit competing with everyone else because i didn't have to anymore.
i quit gaming, i gave up on ever being a writer, but i didn't give up on humanity. there are days i miss being at the top of my game (ranked above 800 on random team warcraft3 tft) but i am able to be happy now without a whole lot of video games. if i spent a month training i could easily get past level 30 on the ladder again, but the thrill would come at the cost of sanity.
so instead i spend a little time doing other tasks. i find it quite easy to relax. i have a girlfriend. i talk to an elderly lady during the day, i spend many hours online. i talk to a professional, sometimes i spend hours just thinking about random things. the corporations sell that life needs to be complex and difficult that without stimulation they sell to us we would be unhappy.
i admit medicines have helped me, but i am doing very good and with the exception of childhood i haven't been happier even though i do very little that 'they' say is worthwhile. true i have no debt, i no longer have a 'bad' plan that was ruining my life and bringing unnecessary drama and depression.
my body rejects wheat as a food source now so i avoid every grain except corn, and because i am finally dealing with my overweight problem i have lost 22 lbs, on a low carb diet but it is getting harder to stick to, because of people worried i am not getting what they consider necessary calories, at 220 lbs and 5'6" i could still lose another 20-40 lbs and then have 'enough' carbs to maintain. but all around i am doing just fine, the winter has made walking less safe and also too cold for me, but come spring i will get exercise again.
but feel worthless? not a minute of my day do i feel worthless. i felt worthless when i was in a state of insanity where i made all the wrong choices for the sake of making the wrong choices... where i had to compete when i wrote useless bots on irc bringing depression to countless people who don't even try to cyber stalk me, when i left.
anyways i am happy doing just about nothing. life doesn't have to be bad.
found a nice place to learn how to speak english better (you know i need it)
http://www.etymonline.com/ this site has cause me more learning than any other site besides wikipedia. about time i started learning what the words really mean right right?
trouble in paradise...
okay since the idps box has been running the wasted bandwidth went down sharply. but a new issue has surfaced, devices have stopped working online especially at evening hours. not every device certain windows machines always boot and work fine, with a few small exceptions. outages that are small. my linux laptop is one of the machines that has trouble using the network. my neighbors box has trouble streaming at night time if it was used that day. yet my custom built windows 7 box never has an issue. my linux laptop is less likely to have issues if i power it off at night.
oh and the tablets are sporatic in working/not working, with no real rhyme or reason behind it. they also have issues with bluetooth keyboards. torrents of linux isos almost always download with no issues, but i may have to switch which pc i am using to get the functionality of downloading. my connection was slower, before but was always reliable. i have considered trying a different linux flavor of linux for the idps and i generally keep it up to date with apt. i have considered letting the neighbor use my dual channel wifi stick, to see if that helps but it is almost like she is on a rolling bandwidth plan or some machine is throtling her streaming at night time. yet i have unlimited consumer cable internet so the only tracking possibility is in the packets formed on her machine eg super cookies... i haven't tried removing the idps box because the whole point of it is to protect the network, by identifying the threats so i don't have to. sigh. and yes i realize i am running a mixed network of windows and linux machines, but plenty of other people do this and my attempts to get my parents off the microsoft teat were unsuccesful, and when i got back into computers i made the call to use a windows machine again.
i realize some of you guys think i should get every machine under my control off windows. linux works great for me, but there almost always is a problem that crops up which is why i tradiationally had a dual boot laptop when i mostly stopped using windows at home, but wasn't keeping up to date on modern hardware. blah keeping up to date is overrated some days i feel like selling off everything but the laptop and make it a dual boot... but i don't know if i would really like booting to windows to do blurays and booting linux for everything else. especially since that would leave me with 4 windows machines on the local network and i wouldn't be keeping up on my windows skills.
side effect of new IDPS box...
okay so i built a diy intrusion detection box for my network, even though i now know the infection came from inside the network. suddenly my network went from 1.0-2.0 MB/s to 4.0-7.5MB/s. we are paying for 7.5MB/s but due to wireless limitations only one wireless box has 1300 mbit dual channel wireless n/ac. that one gets the full speed connection, the rest get what their laptop wifi does. except the ones using ethernet over powerline. someone told me that it was probably line noise because of the number of devices we have, which doesn't make sense to me, but ok. also the diy box has squid transparent proxy enabled, another reason could be multicast, the wifi router is a decent one but consumer grade was putting a real cpu (quad core) that big a difference in ability to multicast and cache data efficiently?
the cpu was the cheapest low watt cpu i could find, but the box still idles at 26 watts (inline power consumption measuring device) which i know is a lot for just an idps box. still it was cheap but is only as well configured as i know how to which isn't much knowledge at all, i tried about 7 different distros before picking one. it is amazing it made that big a difference in network performance though.
the only other reason i can think of for the bandwidth is a botnet is being blocked by the new firewall that the old router didn't fix/block.
found the breach in my network...
So i don't control everything that happens on my network and i had people besides me able to install programs. well i found the culprit and my network was compromised 2 months ago. http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=20501 i have since closed the hole (allowing other people to install software) at least on my network. checking logs to see if the scan caught the files already and quarantined the file or if i have to reinstall windows.
post compromize help please
so since all my machines were compromised, i need to know what is the best solution for this problem. our wifi has a good router with firewall, but was unable to stop the infection of my systems.
the router is i believe linux based. is smoothwall still the best firewall? or should i roll my own using a BSD? which hardware makes the best firewall, should i install freebsd or linux to it.
which anti virus/anti malware/anti root kit is most reccomended. i am making it so no one but me can install software to the windows machines but even my home dir on linux was hacked. is there a good tut for rolling linux on my own and use clamtk and firefox as a secondary scan for usb sticks etc.
norton was useless at stopping the infection. only one windows machine had it's files overwritten and thus that was the only one to be factory reset. how about intrusion detection with the add on firewall? i use bittorrent for linux i am not real big on jigdo and debian because it is not 'easy' to do yet. i can follow step by stem guides but that is painful so please only give me better links than simple googling...
just went under 220lbs for the first time in a long long time...
i love it when overweight people give me diet advice.
i double plus like it when they say i lose weight from exercise.
i rotflol when they tell me to eat veggies/salads 'instead of meat' while eating them with high carb dressings.
i took an inch off my waistline and i caved in on eating 'banned' foods according to the diet i picked at least 2-3 times a week. i clearly know more than they do, because it is the first diet to ever work for me even though i couldn't follow it like i wanted to. nothing else works. exercise on most diets makes me hungry, and therefor i gain weight. i even trained for a 10k and gained a whopping 10 lbs.
my secret? replace almost all carbs with meat, veggies and fruits combined are to be less than 15% of my caloric intake. grains and potatoes and legumes are totally off limits, according to the diet i am trying to be on. if i lost 16 lbs and a waist size why do i 'need' your obese self justification for eating like a feedlot cow? i was trying to follow the paleo diet if you must know the name, and hense legumes, grains, and potatoes are off limits but so to is sugar, processed foods sodas etc. needless to say i didn't stick to it. but i did stop eating garbage foods from the frozen section (quit those 2 years ago though) i made a point of finding new ways to eat meat, including lunchmeat, that i could tolerate and really i only get hungry if i've had bread or it's many cousins in the past week. yeah and i quit taking acid reflux meds turns out the wheat was irritating my tummy and i thought i had acid reflux.
the sub $30 micro tablet...
over 120 reviews i remeber using computers slower than this one but wow it sucks
just watched "terms and conditions may apply" on netflix.
but it is lacking. it makes a few points, but they are kinda empty on what people can do about or against surveillance. encryption gets 3 seconds worth of coverage. they don't even mention the fact that closed source software makes detection of spying almost impossible. no mention of how true open source gives the freedom to be free of government and corporate surveillance, as long as you don't release information on your own. i realize google uses open source software, but they neglect the facts that open source isn't by itself enough to prevent abuse because humans are humans and that is the flaw in google's model. ah well, it has a little republican slant, barely mentioning how republicans were involved in it while painting dems as having the most use of surveillance, which is a fluke because google yahoo and facebook have been doing this stuff for years now regardless of which party is in office. it just that 'freemium' games and popularity of social media has skyrocketed in the past 6 years. although i know a lot of people think we have a 0 party system that it's just the rich who gets their wheels greased...
color e-ink is here! now comics and color manga on e-readers!
i don't think this is news, but second generation color eink readers are now $500 and for sale online. first gen i have seen as cheap as $120 but second gen is so much better. now if only the screen came down in price. http://www.ectaco.com/jetBook_Color/?refid=41196&gclid=CK7KueeI_70CFclDMgodEwYAiA
http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/the-once-bright-future-of-color-e-paper/ paints a dark picture... i don't know what the refresh rate is on the triton2 but it must not be good enough for high frame rate video. i have movie watching devices though, color eink just needs to work with digital delivered comic books/manga. and ebooks with 'color' pictures. it doesn't need to be a one device does everything it just needs a group of people willing to pay for eink in color and know what that means too slow for video. eink displays don't shatter, and kids get too much video anyways, so they should be encouraging kids to use a device that has a battery that has as much energy as a AA battery, but needs charging only periodically...
has slashdot lost it's sense of humor?
today is april first, and while bing and google have jokes up, i haven't seen a single april fools on the main page. i realize in years past they have done nothing but april fools and that was unpopular but seriously not even a token link to google or bing?
just watched "we're not broke" documentary and here are my thoughts on it.
the main point of the movie is that companies are offshoring profits to avoid the 35% corporate tax rate, and that so called laws to get the money back in the usa don't create jobs but rather let companies reward the people at the top and cut jobs drastically.
companies including bailout companies from 2001-2011 have over 2.4 trillion dollars off shore. most of that money has 0% taxrate and can never return to the USA, except on 'tax holidays' which generally allow for as little as 5% tax rate. and it is all legal. sick it is so sick. republicans have forced through huge benefit cuts under the notion that america is broke. no americas tax laws are broken, and so are many other places including the uk. http://www.usuncut.org/
so i dived into bitcoin....
not really, i dived into dogecoin. but with my hardware i was able to mine 1,000 dogecoins a day which is worth $1.76 as of last refresh. roughly $50 a month with only the electric bill to pay its nice, but i decided the risk is worth investment. i don't quite trust 'asic' devices as the people making a scrypt based asic would almost certainly be making more profit mining new scrypt coins than selling asic for miners. at least until parts start going bad, then it's time to dump them on the market and let the buyers be jipped thinking they had a decent miner.
my current rigs do 170/khash but i just dropped $400 on a gpu that should do 600-800 khash on dogecoin the former is at my 2.2 days a total of 1700 dogecoins, which is as well as a 5ghash asic for bitcoin. mining bitcoin no longer makes sense(unless you have asic and are desperately trying to recoup your investment). oh and i get a nice free game to go with the new gpu. my power supply and motherboard are can do quad gpu, depending on how the initial gpu does i may buy a second and possibly a third. for legal reasons this is all part of my dad's small business. even though my computers are being run to do the work. as i am the only one with decent gpus. you may have heard of max coin so have i, but seeing the mining going on i'd say asic for maxcoin is highly likely. because math is hard and quality information on which exchanges to mine for maximum profit (they can all be converted once they are in your wallet) i am so far sticking with dogecoin.
windows 7 and hidden resolution 'feature'
okay, i have been using windows 7 for quite a while now, but just found out that setting the screen resolution to 1080p does not actually set resolution to 1080p. from the desktop if you right click it says 'screen resolution' by default that is set to 1080p BUT it is overridden by a feature called 'display percentage' which defaults to 100% yet in my experience on a custom from oem build vs a dell setup that it really defaults to 125% of resolution. this means less room for desktop icons and a lot of other things... this includes trying to watch blurays to a 40" tv via hdmi, not cool. windows 8 and 8.1 both disable or hide this feature though i haven't checked for hdmi resolution on the tv with 8.1. games of course override the desktop settings which is part of why i didn't notice sooner.
advice on wifi routers...
we now have 6 devices on wifi here good router info would be good... i will research a bit myself but i want to know a good one that has a long range it is not ok to log me off just because i walk to the other end of the house..
so yahoo claims account hacking against me, to get a Capital Letter in password
i know i wasn't hacked but their login screen invalidated logins until i changed my very secure password to a slightly less secure but containing a capital letter password. sigh i for one welcome the post nuclear holocaust.
does anyone know if tor is standard on ubuntu?
i noticed on my ubuntu laptop that tor is running and at a low pid, is tor default as installed at /usr/sbin/tor i havent checked logs yet i just noticed it is installed and running.
a bit late but i was checking out chromium os...
it is just a browser kiosk with an app store. i used a vm to try it out and i was unimpressed.
i guess i feel like if i were going to a hacker thing i wouldn't mind grabbing a cheap one just to browse the web without having to worry about getting hacked since i could have a second gmail account just for the chromebook and wipe the account and format and restore the chrome book while still on vacation then i could keep it for the next time or just sell it on ebay or something. but i don't go to hacker things. and if i wanted cheap i could find cheap without being crippled the way chromebooks and windows 8 outlook.com tie ins are. at least with win8 i was able to teach my mom how to do things she likes. and ugh the malware i already found some in the chrome store that was able to open a tab and look like it was a search setup sigh not safe for grandma either. android devices are better but have some of the same flaws of chrome os. google you're not apple. and i don't see why microsoft is making win8 as much like chrome os as they are. flashy gui up front but everything is flawed from a real usage scenario.
not cool amd, not cool
i guess they think exascale means government contracts to build it. and likely any plants to power exascale computing... i know all american politicians are not doing their job right. but really this is crazy stuff...
should i become an at home author?
i haven't been as heavy a contributor here on slashdot since i started on facebook/g+. i have considered taking up writing as a hobby again as i now have the time to do so... i learned how to storyboard from movies and haven't taken up a project with a good storyboard yet(since i learned how). i just want to feel important and to do what i enjoy doing and if writing isn't all i thought it would be as a child, well i don't have any better plans for what to do.
it would seem that things are going to be okay for me for a while, i have no worries other than worrying that not progressing on writing fiction will drag me back into feeling worthless cause i could not write a single useful thing in that spare time.
what should i do. i can't game, as i made an iron clad no serious gaming for myself except on weekends rule as i can stay sane if i don't over stimulate my brain. i know how to write, i know what i like to read, i know a few insider secrets to writing the kinds of stories i like... but every time i try to draw myself into writing i just act like i don't want to write more. i don't want to be tldr, i don't want to scour old media hoping to glean some copyright infringement free ideas... basically i just don't know what to do as i want to be important, but i can't figure out what i should do to be important
windows 8 is hate.
first off, everything is broken -- you load all apps as limited user privaleges so called windows mode. great for a tablet which doesn't matter, but broken on a laptop where they invented new ways to emulate touch screen with a mouse if i hadn't found that out while installing i would have had to scour youtube for directions. needless to say window mode doesn't work with pogo, which uses flash, java, and popups. once i got ie to run in desktop mode i could find the ways to enable/update things but despite being preloaded with all three they didn't work in desktop mode without updating which took a good 20 minutes to even try to find, and of course mega download updates for the os. i don't know if flash updated i don't know if my mom is going to be able to keep them updated either, since i was confused as to how to get it done. still in progress of making it work, dumb website that makes people use the latest software even when that is broken in windows 8. sigh. if anyone has any ideas of ways to make windows tile screen have a simple link to desktop mode ie, it would be helpful though i will probabally scour youtube for that. then i need an app that makes updating flash and java painless. not sure what to do there, i can't be there every time there is an update to flash because they go on vacations and remote desktop is too insecure for me to trust it running on moms laptop.