Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?
first of for the record, internet speeds are measured in bits per second this is also the case with video, but not everyone is a movie head. ergo a 60mbps connection is actually a 7.5mBps connection.
http://help.encoding.com/knowledge-base/article/understanding-bitrates-in-video-files/ says a typical 720p will use 2.5 mbps and a 1080p 5 mbps. this is wrong for many reasons. how many audio channels does it have if it's more than 0 it needs at a minimum 64 kbit/s per horrible lossy audio. then the problem with especially rapidly changing graphics causing encode time spikes where the data is not all capable of being stored at the given bitrate, then there is network routing delays and dropped packets. a buffer will usually smooth that out though.
okay then lets see here, every device that is used for youtube and netflix has to work simultaneously on all devices at the same time. sure a 10 mbit/s stream will let you get 2 streams of data, maybe if they're crappy quality you tubes. 60 mbps and then you can possibly stream 8 streams if they're meant to be shared on the internet. while you can thus say 60mbps is plenty fast for home users, there was a time (holidays) when there were 12 people on the wifi at the same time. and consumer wifi can have 50 connections, so realistically people need 375 mbps, so everyone at a party can stream at the same time. no that was a joke... with 6 antennas it is hard to run 50 connections anyways, even with them all being trancievers.
there were people who swore that dialup was enough for them, at the time who would have dared dream of being able to drop $120 for a 128 GigaByte chip the size of a fingernail http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-MicroSDXC-Memory-Adapter/dp/B00IIJ6W4S so saying gigabit networking has no use for home users (though there clearly are for businesses, someone made netflix you know) is to be shortsighted.
The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone
"Prepare for the steering wheel in new cars to work in exactly the opposite way, and for the brake pedal and accelerator to be active when released rather than pressed. Surely you won't get into much trouble on the road now that I've told you about that in advance."
nono its no use using a facetious quip. the gas can will now be on the passenger side, not the drivers side, but company b is putting them behing the rear driver plate. or wait the turn signal needs to be on the left side with the lights, no thats where we'll put the cruise control and the wiper blade activations. no wait lets move the lights to their own switch on the dash, no wait we need to put the wiper blades and the lights together...
had you used a real driver issue like the ones all real from above you would have gone further with the software/car analogy.
Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too
the push for younger coders is to create a user base for microsoft and facebook. microsoft is still thinking everyone can be converted to their crappy software base by letting kids learn how to code for it. when i was coding ircbots i was totally hooked on using windows, because for most of my life gaming i had played on windows computers and nintendo consoles...
i had some pretty cool projects like an ASCII video player (think ASCII art, replaying static frames manually typed out for playback on mirc) it actually was able to get almost 30fps on a p-120 laptop with about 2gb hdd and 48MB of ram.
anyways compared to what i've seen these days a p-120 is pathetic, yet most of the people who use them don't need the speed hence tablets and laptops being so far behind desktop systems and graphic cards. wikipedia has documents that show that standards for video were all really old tech too, they had a plan to make themselves billionaires and have more gamer addicts whom tend to have the biggest craving for overpriced electronics.
and the bubbles come when people find out they are being suckered into buying stuff that is old and power hungry when they could have just used a iphone or android to get their facebook fix and candy crushing games. which are also overpriced but not if you get a used or 'older' model
Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma
the first real world mass market character recognition i used was brain age 2 for nintendo ds and if you didn't start the characters the right stroke for stroke recognition it would screw up on you.
with many millions of users of the ds and it's descendants it is clear that microsoft is reinventing the wheel again.
post compromize help please
"Well, actually I do have a Windows VM so I can use Netflix"
you do realize the latest chrome (beta) supports html5 and netflix natively in linux. right?
Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards
the problem you see, is ATMs require windows XP software. yes windows XP. http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/20/5326772/windows-xp-powers-95-percent-of-atms-worldwide
So the malware simply connects to a botnet, hops through inadequate satellite networks makes a map and reinfects itself after the system is cleaned. i have seen windows xp machines infected by satellite communications they are after all devices that must obey 'this device must accept any interference received' which is usually a kill switch to make them stop emitting radio waves, but also means viruses that transmit via radio must also be accepted it is the law after all.
How Dangerous is Being a Cop in the US?
'Poverty, like wealth is socially engineered - not the result of a supernaturally moral system of merits.'
"Yes, actually it is. Africa is, primarily, the way it is because it is full of Africans. Mexico is, primarily, the way it is because it is full of Mexicans. To the degree that Mexicans and Africans are allowed to achieve a critical mass in the USA without assimilating, is the degree that the USA will become more like Africa or Mexico. There is nothing "supernatural" about it, but the result of a simple truth that not all cultures are equal. To pretend moral equivalency, like this disturbed young man and so many others, is to play with the fate of our civilization."
1948 called, it wants your apartheid back. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid
if white supremacy is so good why did black people manage to overthrow it in 1994. why didn't germany overpower the whole world with their 'superior' white leadership? why not napoleon for that matter? we can go back to the roman empire if that stuff is 'too soon' for you.
the only thing that history has proven is that crazy white men tend to believe they are great at building empires and eventually find themselves overthrown.
How Dangerous is Being a Cop in the US?
there are neighborhoods and times of night where the cops don't patrol at all. there are massive areas where you cannot get a pizza delivered because the people there know pizza drivers carry change and fresh hot pizza and they can beat em down and such. generally they use difficult to trace prepaid cell phones using 150 talk minute cards and order as many places as they can have buddies at to get the most cash and pizza loot.
in fact by merely mentioning this suddenly criminals can use addresses that are flagged as safe and just jump out of the bushes to get at the little money and hot pizza... not that you kids at home should do this kinda thing, its just some places are real bad. anyways cops don't go into the hood where people have guns and shoot at cops.
New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet
Macs have never been immune to viruses.
the reason windows needs AV protection to run safely is because one account can overwrite critical OS files replacing them with malware infested fake software, and everyone by default starts out with ability to install any program including malware that later will get the special administrator privileges (on a reboot) needed to permanently infect the machine.
heartbleed and shellshock are nasty but a well hardened install will not be a problem, as the users dumb enough to install bad software generally need to ask someone to do that for them. and yes i realize they can run any command and possibly as root with shellshock if your cgi-bin is running things as root. seems to me that with Apache needing to run things as user Apache or httpd it was quite the oversight to let cgi-bin run as root in the first place!
Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
I have a dell laptop with a 800 Mhz processor and it runs lubuntu faster than lubuntu on a lenovo quadcore 1.2ghz AMD apu...same os. one is what most would call obsolete and yes i installed with the same optical disc. the APU boots up faster but takes a full 30 seconds to respond after clicking the 'log out' button it is no lag if i sudo shutdown -h now from terminal.
knoppix warns that using the live media and eventually the system begins to slow, and that still applies to a write protected flash memory card. no i don't mean just leaving the computer booted up all the time the parts inside the computer slow down as they get older. there are a ton of things that cause problems that good design can deal with most issues people get with windows but that doesn't stop bitrot or normal failure or slowdown of the chip and other components...
the only thing that deals with component slowdown is buying new components. there is not one OS that doesn't have the same problems without requiring replacement of parts known to fail or slow down things.
DARPA Technology Could Uncover Counterfeit Microchips
the real use of this tech is not to kill counterfeiting it is to know what a chips parts look like. also a malware/spyware IC isn't something that can be ruled out by a simple test of if it does as advertised. i have a $40 tablet that connects to a chatbot system based on yahoo messenger everytime i activate the official android yahoo messenger from play market i get a 'friend' request from an offline user who one or more days later asks if i want to see them naked on a webcam.
if that iRulu tablet is feeding my data to a yahoo messenger botnet (they are a F rated company on the BBB have a cheesy website etc) who knows what else it is trying to do... and if you think 'just root the damn thing' there isn't a really well documented screen shot by screenshot of how to say load an alternative os, because apparently it is illegal to do so on a tablet because the term 'tablet' was too obscure for the judge to rule on it.
so yeah shining a laser on a chip to know what it really has on there is huge, especially for military use.
The Matrix is Mimetic
I exist, I remember a lot of things in the journey of my life. Does it really matter if my brain is generating the reality i experience? who put the programs in my mind there? family? School? what is the driving function of my mind?
I recently changed my life philosophy from 'do whatever i feel like' to 'make happy memories with the people i communicate with' it wasn't an easy transition, because some people know my programming too well, and seem to think i am bound by my past.
the past is just a collection of variables and lines of triggers. that isn't what binds me. because now as always i can completely regenerate my programs to a prior state with little difficulty. there are thoughts that get lost, sure but i know about causality i know about loops, i know about code bloat and lies of tech marketing.
does it matter if my mind stores 1.25 TB of data at any given moment? does it matter that i can reorganize my thoughts with a few 50GB blurays of content i saw before?
so i am going to marry someone in the time i have left, i haven't gotten engaged yet, but the program has been initiated and the info streams are very much so saying it to me. since i changed my goals i changed my future and by changing my future i have made many strides into having a chance to be the person my mother was trying to program me to be.
the proof that i changed the future is in the fact that i can do things that were once impossible for me. and i see how many people are trying to be me, now with much greater clarity of mind. why? because for the most part i am happy now, and people have been trying to experience the happiness i experience for quite a while, though i was very depressed for a very long time, even into this new phase i have depression, but it is weak depression, something i can easily deal with though i would like to be on a medicine for it, it would seem that i don't actually need a pill, because i can generate the happy memories at will very easily since i redefined what makes me happy.
but it is possible to be happy and depressed, the thoughts are not mutually exclusive. but i was also not depressed until i went off two medicines the doctors had me on, so it is possible that one of the medications was doing something that made it hard for me to be depressed. the only other variable is caffeine. i have been depressed ever since i went to 2 sodas a day in caffeine intake. which happened when i went off the two medicines roughly.
anyways, my life has many bright points to it. which is why i don't waste as much time online as i used to. instead i have quality time listening to others. talking when i know what to say. and yes i am aware my mind makes the reality i experience. i have seen so many people try desperately to make memories that i can share with them. The biggest problem i am now dealing with is deciding if the girl i am dating is the girl i will marry. because most of my reality is a desperate plea for love and comfort. so i don't know what games are being played out in parallel to the reality i am experiencing.
i got sidetracked here somehow i feel okay posting this though so whatever.
Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power
"What that means is that if most people had solar panels, from 10:00-2:00 they could generate as much power as they use the rest of the day. Their electric bill under net metering would be zero. However, the power company still has to provide power to them the other 20 hours per day - for free. See how that could be a problem for the utility, having to provide power for everyone, but nobody has to pay for it?"
well, your post was fairly good, except the part about 4 hours a day. from my link set the day to the 28th of September 2014, starting at 8:30 am decent thousands of megawatts, by 11:30am power is nearing it's peak for the day which levels off until about 2:30 pm and doesn't fall to the thousand megawatt until 5pm. and please realize this is solar generation in germany, a fairly far north country anything that works at germany's elevation is going to work even better in further south regions. so really you get 25% or better of power generation for six hours a day not four hours, and you get a trickle of power for 12-13 hours a day, if you call 100 megawatts 'trickle' 2.5% or better of peak capacity.
Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?
proprietary software has been reinventing the wheel since people figured out you could build machines to count instead of people having to use math skills.
the rich get very rich off this planned obsolescence and reinvention process. those people rarely have morals or ethics.
case in point VR goggles. the idea of them is old, there are several ways to design and deploy these devices and yet the 'occulus rift' is just now coming out? i realize multi thousand dollar devices have been around, but most of them don't do what the rift will do, and none of them were able to use a ultra high def display device such as some cell phones are able to do.
secondly graphic processors which are on almost always 1-2 generations ahead of desktop processors. there is a gpu sitting in my desktop with 32 render output units. that is like a 32 core desktop chip and it has the speed and with gddr5 memory speeds to do what it needs to. it's not even the 64 ROPs of the top card. to even push my card to its limits requires 3 or more screens.
i realize graphics cards and desktop cpus are different markets, but the desktop chips always have some reason for scaling back performance while the gpus push a little. soon there may be an open hardware ASIC processor which at hash processing is way ahead of anything else on the market, and the little game the desktop and gpu makers are playing will all collapse as the chinese flood the market with open source asics the way they did with android tablets.
IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC
"Of course I would like to see what wind loading a 40 m dish would take, in terms of thunderstorms and the like."
since the device is made from concrete i would imagine it is nice and stable if properly installed. that is instead of glass in the mirrors which are just aluminum with a silvered surface... and yes that was from the fine article.
Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
and virtually every city has 'clubs' where people do various things, and find inside connections to get jobs. kiwanis, the lions club and a zillion more on wikipedia if you look for them there.
Outlining Thin Linux
servers aren't all unique, some need to provide the internet archive with 50 petabytes of storage(on 7 TB/disc spinning rust if they are using raid 1+0), some need to be secure against outside hacks and obvious indoor hacks, some need to host the 'cloud', some need to be able to route 3000 petabytes of data a day(route not store)....
Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout
the real reason republicans hate obama care is simple. it eliminates two very important metrics for keeping people poor.
first off it means buisnesses can't 'manipulate' cash strapped people to make artificial job growth or contraction simply by hiring more or less people for the same total work hours. this no longer works when you are required to provide heathcare then they have no choice but to give people the hours wages needed to live a good life, instead of making them work to boost or contract the economy.
prior to obama care the working poor had only quacks peddling fake insurance houses constantly shifting locations and doing many unscrupulus methods to keep the poor from being able to pay for care via insurance. if you were poor enough you could hit the jackpot of qualifying for medicare, for the rest it means payday loans to buy meds and such, and the unscrupulis con artists insurance is slowly beginning to fade away, because of the new law.
why don't you grep the source? the equasion for m and m2 should all be open source...
James Foley Is Not a War Ad
minor point but ISIS is a company looking for a new name...
ISIL is the actual terrorist group funded and trained by americans to make syria's leaders have a war with someone.
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.
mom is getting a dell, maybe.
so, my mom wants a laptop to play 'pogo.com' games she pays for membership there, and plays games (mostly java with some flash since EA acquired pogo.) so i checked her desktop screen size on her desktop and it is 1680x1050, in laptops i only found 900p in her price range (450-550usd) at dell http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17-3721/pd?oc=fncwd25s7&model_id=inspiron-17-3721 which if you look at the tech specs is a dual core 1.9ghz cpu she currently has a dual core 2.8ghz desktop. so i tried shopping other sites but could only find 1366x768 resolution hardware in her price range, i didn't search everywhere and 'dad's' laptop is a dual core 2.0 ghz computer. whats wrong with dad's laptop? it won't run java or flash very well it is old and i formatted it twice since he owned it. should i stick with the i3? or should i try to talk her into an i5 dual core at 2.7 ghz? even though it it is $100 over the price range i suggested for her. any better sites to get at least a 900p laptop or better on the cheap that will only run an av and a browser, using java heavily? the dell has a 17.3" screen fwiw and she needs one at least as large. is it okay to not have it faster than their existing hardware? these are tough questions to me.
windows vista broken on dad's laptop
well isn't this fun, http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14139 first we have windows take 45 minutes to start, though i cheated and used taskman to start things cause i wasn't gonna wait for windows... http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14140 then we have windows load but norton complains because i attempted to run norton while windows was booting. http://imgbin.org/index.php?page=image&id=14141 finally we have nav refusing to scan while hijackthis fails to work. i have tried in the past to get my parents onto linux but they didn't like it.
internet explorer fails firefox runs, but ugh it is not pretty, also i can't get my dad to use anything for browser script stopping, and my mom won't run popup blockers. sigh. i want to format and reinstall and of course use linux to backup and restore important files but that also involves finding the install dvds.
my old desktop went up in smoke, so i built a custom rig.
i just randomly picked parts based on what newegg had available. i reused a hdd and a bluray burner.
it is an AMD 8 core 125w cpu with ATI hd7770 gpu. windows 7 because it is for gaming, the games from gamefly instead of tpb. it will run steam because the free game is a steam code. if i do dvds or blurays it will be of legal content like from the internet archive. i tried using bluray in linux, and it was shoddy coding at best, not giving features of the command line strings the guis were interfacing for. and i like command line only where it is needed. not everywhere because it is too memory intensive learning a skill set and then not use it enough. computers make my life better, or they find the bin. i went overboard on the power supply thinking i might need crossfire, but it's energy efficent, and 80gold certified psu. oh well, it has a single stick of 8gb ram i might buy more if i ever learn virtual machines. it's tco sofar is $800. that includes windows 7, because i don't quite trust the desktop to linux when i just lost my second open source machine and my first linux one. i lost a freebsd running from a 486 once, sigh. i've had various backup devices and schemes, but the one that works best is always have a removable media source that can not be overwritten easily.