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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

toygeek Pranked a computer in high school using Turbo C++ (230 comments)

When in high school, I wasn't in any of the computer programs they had but I was on my own a bit of a tinkerer and was busy learning Borland Turbo C++ at home. At school I'd dink around with the computers in the lab (386sx16's) which were also being used to teach Turbo C++. I wrote a program that made a low sound for several seconds and then said "Oh, sorry, I couldn't control myslef!". I setup the autoexec.bat to run it and then restore the original version of autoexec.bat. I didn't get in trouble because they could not prove it was me, but I did piss off the teacher (another student, ironically) of the class. They let me play with the computers at lunch only if I promised not to mess with them anymore. I complied.

Another time a guy gave me an old heathkit oscilloscope and I really didn't know what to do with it. I wish I did! But anyway I hooked the leads to a 72mhz RC transmitter and turned it on. As I was watching the patterns on the scope, I heard every car alarm in the neighborhood going off. I later realized that a harmonic must have been strong enough to interfere with alarms. That was pretty fun :D

about two weeks ago
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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

toygeek And I thought I was cool... (155 comments)

When I reboot machines in Asia or UK/EU using IPMI from the US.

about two weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

toygeek Perhaps this won't be a popular view... (364 comments)

But I think it's a good move. I always thought they were trying to do too much in one episode. And really, who can argue with focusing on two really awesome dudes who love to blow stuff up?

More isn't always better, sometimes its just more.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

toygeek Re:ASUS RT-N16 (427 comments)

Another vote. Have had mine for almost 2 years and it is rock solid. I'm using TomatoUSB (Toastman's, need to update it, but it Just Works)

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

toygeek Assuming they are your personally: (208 comments)

Since you're asking this question, I'll assume that you have the freedom to do whatever you want with them. We'll assume they're your servers, personally. In that case, keeping them at the ready in case your cloud solution turns into a hurricane is a great idea that was mentioned previously.

Otherwise, a couple of things come to mind:
1) Start a web hosting company, using Linux and cPanel
2) Start a Private VPN service
3) Beowulf Cluster! (this is slashdot, after all...) or the modern version: OpenStack
4) Profit!

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

toygeek Slashdot is dead! (2219 comments)

Long live slashdot!

about 7 months ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

toygeek Re:Best is subjective (201 comments)

I could not agree more. For the first time in my life, I live out in the real woods in a forest and far away from the city. To go outside and look up, and see... *everything*. Its really fantastic, and it really starts the brain thinking. It wasn't long before I started thinking "bigger". Its a wonderful experience.

about 8 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

toygeek Re:Go to 8 (346 comments)

I don't know if I should be amused or terrified. This is strikingly similar to my own Windows 8 experiences.

about 8 months ago
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Backdoor Discovered In Netgear and Linkys Routers

toygeek Re:malware = local (189 comments)

This is exactly what happened with Apple a couple of years ago. The DNS Changer virus

http://www.f-secure.com/v-descs/trojan_osx_dnschanger.shtml

It infected OSX machines and logged in the users router using the biggest "back door": admin/password. Then it changed to some DNS servers in Russia, and any device on the network was getting redirected to death to all sorts of sites.

Yes, this is a big back door, but no bigger than the admin/password admin/admin default credentials that 99% of people never changed. Thankfully, these days the routers come with better defaults.

about 8 months ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

toygeek Personally I love tablets (211 comments)

They've lowered the street price of used laptops enough that I can buy a workable 15" laptop for $15 and install CrunchBang Linux on it and use it for everything I could need, save for gaming. The project that I did this with is working out beautifully, even using it for work:

http://www.tidbitsfortechs.com/2013/12/project-5050-a-low-budget-linux-laptop/

Then again, Tablets Are Not Computers. Not yet, anyway.

about 9 months ago
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Australian Dept. Store Chain's Website Crashes and Can't Get Back Up

toygeek I've Fallen! (156 comments)

And I can't get up!

about 9 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

toygeek Re:I have Verizon DSL, 1.5Mb down, 350Kb up (277 comments)

Agreed. You can feel the difference when banging away at the linux shell. *that* is the reason it matters to me.

about 9 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

toygeek Re:Meaningless (277 comments)

I can't tell if this is satire or not, but I'll bite anyway. What does the modem matter? 1.5 down, 896 up, does't matter at the modem level. The rest is irrelevant. My ISP won't sell me higher speeds and nobody out here has another terrestrial solution, literally.

about 9 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

toygeek Re:How is this news? (277 comments)

Thanks! I do appreciate that quite a lot :)

about 9 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

toygeek Re:Latency (277 comments)

Streaming isn't the only thing we do here- with my work from home, latency matters, as it does with the gaming we do. Perhaps I should have made it clearer that we're trying to fit 5mbps of usage into a 1.5mbps line.

about 9 months ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

toygeek Re:How is this news? (277 comments)

I was afraid folks would think that. I removed the ads, they're all but ineffective for revenue anyway. I'm sorry you didn't like my solutions, but that's how it goes. If one person benefits from something I wrote, that's enough for me. Plus, I just like getting my stuff out there and being *read*.

about 9 months ago

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Why I am boycotting Slashdot for a week (and its not just the new design!)

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about 7 months ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Slashvertisements. Irrelevant content. News for... not nerds. Then, Beta. This isn't my slashdot! So for this week- the readership of Slashdot- you, me, everyone who makes Slashdot what it is- are boycotting it. It’s not a political statement, its not an activist statement. It’s us, saying “Yes, we care enough to prove it.”"
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Surviving The Internet on Low Speed DSL

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about 9 months ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Earlier this year my family and I moved out into the woods, where high speed is simply not available. We traded in high speed for high latency, clean air and peace and quiet. We've made it work, and can even watch Netflix and Hulu while I'm off in another room working from home full time. Read along as I share some tips about how we've made it work, and the compromises we've had to make."
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Surviving the Internet on Low Speed DSL

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about 9 months ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Earlier this year my family and I moved out into the sticks. We traded in high speed for high latency, due to our local ISP thinking it's still 2001. We've made it work, and can even watch Netflix and Hulu while I'm off in another room working from home full time. Read along as I share some tips about how we've made it work, and the compromises we've had to make."
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Creating a Remote Gnome desktop server with CentOS

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "One way I manage putting up with very slow Internet in my neck of the woods is to use a VPS that has a Gnome desktop that I can VNC into. You an also use them to improve privacy, allow mobile use for emergencies, and countless other uses.

Follow along as I show you how to use CentOS on a VPS or Dedicated server to make your own remote desktop server."

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Techs Guide to a Decent Cup of Coffee

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Geeks and their caffeine fix are almost inseparable. When you think of coffee, you think of that warm tingling you get when you drink a good cup, quickly followed by that full body shiver when you get a bad cup. Is it that hard to make good coffee? No! You don't have to spend a lot of money, go through any crazy rituals or do anything unusual to make a good pot of coffee right in your own home or office. Read on as I share some simple tips that'll have you juiced up in no time!"
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Using AutoHotKey to assist the Elderly and Disabled

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Helping elderly folks with their computers can be a real challenge. The most common issues I see have to do with a lack of dexterity using the mouse. Here I present some simple solutions using a fantastic open source program called AutoHotKey."
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Using AutoHotKey to assist the Elderly and Disabled (and yourself!)

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Helping elderly folks with their computers can be a real challenge. The most common issues I see have to do with a lack of dexterity using the mouse. My own grandfather had some serious issues using his. I was able to solve the problem with a fantastic open source program called AutoHotKey. Using it, you can make your life, and those of the elderly and disabled a lot easier. I hope you enjoy it."
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Techs Guide to a Decent Cup of Coffee

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Geeks and Caffeine go together like few combinations. And nobody wants a weak, bitter, impotent cup of coffee! I have put in writing my own tips for making a good cup of joe, and want to share it with my fellow slashdotters."
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Robotic Boat Hits 1000-Mile Mark in Transatlantic Crossing

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "“Scout,” a 4-meter-long autonomous boat built by a group of young DIYers, is attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean. It is traveling from Rhode Island, where it launched on 24 August, to Spain, where all being well it will arrive in a few months’ time.

Scout has now gone about 1000 miles (1600 kilometers) of its planned 3700-mile (5900 kilometer) journey. Should it complete this voyage successfully, its passage will arguably belong in the history books."

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Never underestimate the bandwidth of a Suburban filled with MicroSD cards?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "If you've been in IT long enough, you're bound to have heard the phrase "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with backup tapes." These days moving data has become so much easier; We've surpassed baud rates and are into Gbps fiber on the backbones, and even in some homes. So, what's the modern equivalent to this, and what does it take to make the OC fiber connections cringe? Follow along as we theoretically stuff MicroSD cards into Chevy Suburban and see what happens, and take sneakernet to a whole new level."
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Never underestimate the bandwidth of a Suburban filled with MicroSD cards?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "If you've been in IT long enough, you're bound to hear the phrase "never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon filled with backup tapes." Its a great sentiment and surely, moving data around is easier now than it was when that phrase was coined. But how well does it scale? Follow along as we cram a Chevy Suburban with MicroSD cards for a theoretical update on this old saying, and see how it holds up against modern technology."
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What's it like to get Slashdotted?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  1 year,16 hours

toygeek (473120) writes "I've been reading Slashdot for over 10 years, and this year decided to start writing more on my blog. I tested the waters by submitting my articles to Slashdot (for me, the ultimate peer review) and managed to make the front page, not just once but twice. Its something I'd never expected to achieve. What's it like to be on the other side of the Slashdot front page, to so speak? What does it to do website stats? Do you get flame broiled in the comments? Does Cowboy Neal's digital ghost call you to personally congratulate you? Read on to find out.""
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What is it like to be Slashdotted Twice?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  1 year,4 days

toygeek (473120) writes "I've been reading Slashdot for over 10 years, and this year decided to start writing more on my blog. I tested the waters by submitting my articles to Slashdot (for me, the ultimate peer review) and managed to make the front page, not just once but twice. Its something I'd never expected to achieve. What's it like to be on the other side of the Slashdot front page, to so speak? What does it to do website stats? Do you get flame broiled in the comments? Does Cowboy Neal call you to personally congratulate you? Read on to find out."
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What's it like to be Slashdotted Twice?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  1 year,4 days

toygeek (473120) writes "I've been reading Slashdot for many years and have been fortunate enough to have had articles featured on the front page a couple of times. I always wondered what it would be like. It has happened not just once, but twice now, I wanted to share the other side of the experience with my fellow Slashdotters. My small article covers what my website statistics look like (the Slashdot effect) and the social aspects too. I hope you enjoy reading it!"
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What's it like to be Slashdotted? Twice?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  1 year,5 days

toygeek (473120) writes "I've been reading Slashdot for many years and have been fortunate enough to have had articles featured on the front page a couple of times. I always wondered what it would be like, and now that it has happened twice, I wanted to share the other side of the experience with my fellow Slashdotters. My small article covers what my website statistics look like (the Slashdot effect) and the social aspects too. I hope you enjoy reading it!"
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Experiences and Realities of a Homesourced IT worker

toygeek toygeek writes  |  1 year,29 days

toygeek (473120) writes "Many of us wonder what it would be like to work from home in the IT world. Well, I've been doing it for the last 2 years and I wrote an article on my blog about it and want to share it with like minded folks. Its not blog spam, I promise. Its a real article written by a real slashdotter, me! Please check it out."
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Experiences and Realities of an Homesourced IT worker

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Some companies have small corporate offices with a few desks and some basic staff, and the balance of their staff works from home. I have worked for two companies that have home-sourced their staffing. I wish to take you through my journey in working from home in the IT world and share some facts that I've accumulated along the way."
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The Realities of Working from Home in IT

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Some companies have small corporate offices with a few desks and some basic staff, and the balance of their staff works from home. I have worked for two companies that have home-sourced their staffing. I wish to take you through my journey in working from home in the IT world and share some facts that I've accumulated along the way."
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Microwave ovens and WiFi interference- is it real?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year ago

toygeek (473120) writes "For years I've heard rumors and seen articles online that discuss the interference that can be caused by microwave ovens. It goes like this: Using your microwave oven can disrupt your WiFi because they use very close frequencies. Because of this, it is advisable to place your WiFi equipment at least 10 feet (3m) from your microwave oven. But is there a specific reason this happens, is it real, and can it be fixed? Today, I found out and managed to diagnose and solve the problem, showing that it is very real. The fix might be outside the scope of the average folk, however."
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Home server or VPS?

toygeek toygeek writes  |  about a year and a half ago

toygeek (473120) writes "Which is cheaper: Running a server from home, or renting a VPS (Virtual Private Server)? We're trying to pinch pennies where we can, and my son Derrick suggested upgrading an extra PC we have and running his Minecraft server at home. Would it save enough money to be worth it? I wanted to share with the results of my analysis with my Slashdot brethren."
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Journals

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It should hurt to be stupid

toygeek toygeek writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Every so often someone comes along and instead of just following suit, as many do, they really raise the bar. Forrest Gump said "stupid is as stupid does, Sir." Well these people get all creative and make Forrest Gump look like a Professor of Sociology.

Now, you might wonder, what could possibly be the problem? Is it stupidity? Sometimes. Is it ignorance? Sometimes. Is it lack of education? Sometimes. But when these people speak, and show their true colors, we can see that there is a common theme in all of their meanderings. And that brings us to our next subject.

Internet Retardation
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Internet retardation can be defined as "the inability to learn, show common sense, breath without direct instruction, to remain ignorant by choice and design."

Now how could a person come to this, such a deplorable state? In the industry it is commonly referred to as "SOL" but you know it as AOL.

In the movie "As Good as it Gets", Jack Nicholson, playing the socially inept author Melvin Udall, is asked by a receptionist: "How do you write women so well?" "Easy. I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability."

And now you understand why AOL users are the way they are. I was recently asked "Toygeek, how do you understand AOL users so well?" I replied "Easy. I think of a normal person, and I take away reason and accountability."

Hopefully through this short discussion, you will have a better understanding of the internet in general. And when an AOL user asks for your screen name so they can email you, slap them up side the head. If they ask why you did that, explain that you read online how smacking AOL users in beneficial for your health. They will understand. After all, if its on the Internet, it MUST be true.

Right?

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This is my journal

toygeek toygeek writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This is my journal. Here me roar! RRRROOOOOAAAAARRRRRRrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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