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Ask /.: what is a nerd?

sjaskow My Definition (8 comments)

I agree with the wikipedia entry that states "Nerd is a term that refers to an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit". That would explain why Wired include the D&D book in it's nerd's list. After all, being obsessed about D&D fits that definition.

more than 2 years ago

It's done

sjaskow epublishers (12 comments)

Have you considered using a place like to publish your books? I've got a Nook Color and a lot of the free/cheap books I get from B&N is from them. The only really bad think is they want a .doc file.

about 3 years ago

Book Review: Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook

sjaskow Re:Why are there still shell scripts anyways? (173 comments)

Don't forget that there's still a lot of commercial unix in the work place. Most of those OS's don't come with python or ruby and the perl that does come with them tends to be old and not have very many useful modules already. Learn ksh/bash and you can write scripts on any modern Unix-like OS; only learn perl/ruby/python/current-flavor-of-the-day-language and you won't.

more than 3 years ago

Google Rolls Out Encrypted Web Search Option

sjaskow Re:SSL Wikipedia & TPB (176 comments)

When I click on your link, I get redirected to the non-SSL version of the page so it might still be a subscriber-only thing.

more than 4 years ago

Monty Wants To Save MySQL

sjaskow Re:Ob (371 comments)

I got it but I'm a geek for WWII trivia. And comparing Rommel to Monty is like comparing Bill to Darl. :)

more than 4 years ago

Nerd City -- A Cartoon

sjaskow Quaid? (4 comments)

Um, it took me a while to figure out the joke. Then I remembered that governator's character in "Total Recall" is Douglas Quaid and I LOL. :-D

more than 5 years ago

Even Faster Web Sites

sjaskow Re:AJAX (171 comments)

It's not an image all, it's a calculator to tell you how big a picture you're going to get depending on type and size, etc.

more than 4 years ago

Father's Day

sjaskow WQNA Online? (4 comments)

You got good enough broadband to listen to WQNA online ? It'd be a way to listen and get out of the heat.

I really like Blues and I'm always looking for a place to get my fix. I'll mark this one down for a listen next weekend. Thanks!

more than 4 years ago

Build an $800 Gaming PC

sjaskow Re:Dude, get a dell (296 comments)

I agree. I bought my daughter a Vostro 200 with a C2D 2.0, 2 GB, DVD+-RW and 250GB drive for $400 shipped about a year ago. While it probably won't run Crysis, it does quite well with things like Half-Life 2 and Sims2 even though it's got an integrated graphics card.

Oh, and since I ordered it from the Dell Business side, the only cr@pware installed on it was the Google Desktop and Acrobat Reader.

more than 5 years ago

US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet

sjaskow Re:/. is not a blog (417 comments)

Um, since /. is a .org, not a .com, perhaps is a blog site. :-D

more than 5 years ago

Ridley Scott's Forever War In 3D

sjaskow Re:STOP IT (296 comments)

I have a lazy eye as well and when we saw Coraline, I spent about 50% of the movie watching without the glasses. It seemed to alleviate the headache and the 3D wasn't too bad without the glasses. The old red/blue movies I could see with the glasses on and I was fine.

more than 5 years ago

IBM About To Buy Sun For $7 Billion

sjaskow Re:I built an ISP on Sparc 4s (699 comments)

Um, he said Sparc 4's (which came out in 1995 sometime) and a dial-up ISP. I'm betting he's talking the 1995 or 1996 time frame for the set up. I don't know about you, but in 1995, I was making less than 50K per year. I would have loved to been making 7K gross.

more than 5 years ago

10 OSes We Left Behind

sjaskow Re:I'm disappointed (562 comments)

Well, technically, BOB wasn't an OS, but a shell on top of Windows 3.11.

One positive about BOB was it was where Bill met the future Mrs Gates.

more than 5 years ago

What Filters Are Right For Kids?

sjaskow Re:Thanks (678 comments)

I use dansguardian on Hardy Heron for filtering my daughter's access. I like the fact that I can adjust just what gets blocked as she gets older.

However, I do believe the best filter is the one where parents practice that ago old filter of "No, you can't do that".

more than 5 years ago

Bill Would Require ISPs, Wi-Fi Users To Keep Logs

sjaskow Re:Not a partisan issue (857 comments)

The big issue is once you get above local government; i.e. city, county, etc; the rules are stacked against a candidate that doesn't have a D or an R next to their name. Mostly it has to do with who gets matching campaign funds from the Federal Election Commission and the state versions of it. It's damn near impossible for a 3rd party candidate to get funds to run at a state level. In fact, the only time I can remember it happening was when Jesse Ventura was the governor from Wisconsin.

more than 5 years ago



Microsoft is Stupid, Apple is Not

sjaskow sjaskow writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sjaskow writes "A Dvorak rant about the relative levels of security of Windows and OS-X: "If you take a look at the history of OS design by each company, it's pretty clear why this is so. Microsoft has historically made an unreliable, ugly, and highly insecure operating system based on its own spaghetti/Swiss cheese code. This is no secret to anyone who has followed the industry or even used Windows on a daily basis. If you are a Windows users you MUST have spyware/virus/malware prevention software or, sooner or later, your machine is going to get nailed.""
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Hell Has Frozen Over: Dvorak Has a Mac

sjaskow sjaskow writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sjaskow writes "It appears that Dvorak has taken the plunge. He's got a Mac and, horrors, actually seems to like it!"


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