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    Quote Originally Posted by brotagonist View Post
    Fedora is a community effort and it is free to download and use. I'm not exactly sure how it works, but it functions sort of as a testing ground to work the bugs out and then Red Hat releases a for-pay version based on Fedora. So, to recapitulate, Fedora is basically driven by fans and Red Hat, like the others, is a commercial endeavour.
    Yes, I've used both. They're fine OS's (although I don't like yum much).

    I simply find it curious that you criticize Apple and MS for being in the business of making money and yet choose to use a commercial Linux.
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    I'm running Mint on this pc, and #crunchbang on the other one.
    Still getting my head round using Terminal, but I will persevere
    “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwarchc View Post
    I'm running Mint on this pc, and #crunchbang on the other one.
    Still getting my head round using Terminal, but I will persevere
    Command line interfaces are a way of life. You must embrace them with your whole heart.

    Godspeed, grasshopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahammel View Post
    Command line interfaces are a way of life. You must embrace them with your whole heart.

    Godspeed, grasshopper.
    Quite agree. If you haven't used DDT on CPM or edlin, then you haven't lived!
    Music begins where words leave off. Music expresses the inexpressible.

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    Reading about a chat demon of Biblical proportions. No, not hpowders...a trojan.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/05/27/im_trojan/

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    I use PC Matic that they're advertising now. $150 for lifetime [of the company] of coverage on 5 computers. It's pretty good, catches things before they happen, runs a quick diagnostic once a week (or whenever you schedule it), fixes things as they need it and it's fine. I don't worry about it any more.

    I have had bad luck with AVG and won't go with Symantec/Norton.

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    I swing with Windows 8.1, Mac OS X, and the latest flava of Ubuntu Linux across a few machines.

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    Reading a few articles. Lenovo just went on my never-to-buy list. That list's getting longer each week.


    The GROK hack threat.


    http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/17/tech...html?iid=HP_LN

    White House rethinks their IT people.


    http://www.infoworld.com/article/288...t-leaders.html

    Lenovo adware blunder.


    http://www.infoworld.com/article/288...anup-tool.html

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    When I was a kid, there was a Univac machine on Art Linkletter's TV show People Are Funny, and they used it from time to time as a matchmaker. I suspect that what it did was sort a list of men and women by height. It occupied an entire back wall of the studio with flashing lights and rapidly-spinning reel-to-reel tape drives that would spin one way then the other all independently of each other. It was fascinating.

    When I was in college about the time the Vietnam war started to heat up, there was a mainframe computer that you could run programs on my handing in a stack of punch cards with your Fortran program on them, and in the morning you'd get a print-out with your results, or, in my case, a list of compiler errors. I never got a program to compile.

    Some time around 1970 or '71 I took some classes at a local college and by that time there were filing-cabinet-size computers connected to teletype terminals with paper-tape punch and reader. You could save your program on punched paper tape and feed it back in later. I think the computers had about two kilobytes of memory and a limit of 200 program lines of Basic for your program. I wrote a simplified blackjack program for it, and a program that I called a poetry-generating program, which randomly assembled words from as long a list as I could fit in the available memory. And no, it never produced anything I'd call poetry. Mainly it was an excuse to be at the computer so I could write the blackjack program.

    My first computer was a Kaypro 2X, some time around the mid-1980's. It had 64 kilobytes of memory and ran CP/M, which was 1/10 the size of DOS but infinitely more elegant. If Digital Research, rather than Microsoft, had gotten the contract to produce the operating system for IBM's PC, we never would have been burdened with the disaster which is Windows.

    Today my iPad, tiny as it is, has a gazillion times more memory and computing power than the mainframe computer when I was in college. I used to own an encyclopedia, then briefly I subscribed to an on-line encyclopedia, and now Wikipedia has made both obsolete. I have not opened my print dictionary in nearly a decade. In the mid-1990's my house was crammed with bookshelves, and today my Kindle can hold many times as many books as I had then, and when I travel I could take several thousand books with me on my iPad (in practice I take 10 or 15) when I travel, and they add nothing to the weight of my luggage. I used to take one or two books with me and then I'd have to ration them out to myself to make them last the whole trip. Now I can read all I like when I travel, and even buy more books any time I have a Wi-Fi connection.

    And I might even live long enough to own a self-driving car. Both my mother and my father were severely inconvenienced when they got too old to drive. Maybe if I'm lucky I won't have that problem because the car will drive itself. (My initial reaction to the idea of a self-driving car was to think of all the ways it could go wrong and have an accident, but upon further reflection I decided that compared to human drivers, a computer could only be an improvement.)

    I've been fascinated by computers all my life. In spite of all the dystopian movies, I really don't think they'll ever become sentient and take over. And if they ever do, there too, they probably won't do a worse job than we've done ourselves. And that certainly won't happen in my lifetime unless someone invents an immortality pill pretty darn soon.

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    One might think that "Putin on the Ritz" is helping with the continuing NSA
    Equation Group press.

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2015...group-hackers/


    2012 article -

    ""But that is the paradox of Eugene Kaspersky: a close associate of the
    autocratic Putin regime who is charged with safeguarding the data of
    millions of Americans."

    http://www.techworld.com/news/securi...thies-3372156/

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    I guess I count as a computer geek - I'm an electrical engineer that is increasingly called upon to do software development. While I still won't insult real software devs by calling myself one, my skills are gradually improving. Other than that, I do like to tinker with stuff at home - raspberry pi, etc.

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    Microsoft has announced a continuation of their chopping. Next July and August, they'll no longer support IE 6, 7, 8.

    February '15 desktop marketshare for OSs--Windows 7 55%, XP 19%, Windows 8.1 10%.
    Hooray for XPers. Of course, many corporations are paying serious money for extended support.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_s...rating_systems

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    Microsoft is the supreme leader in boring, productive enterprise software. If they stuck to their guns and stopped trying to be Apple or Google, they'd do a lot better. Windows 10 looks like more crap but hopefully Windows 11 is a return to the clean functionality in the vein of Windows XP they should have never strayed from.
    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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    I am definitely a computer geek... I have like 6-7 computers running in my condo.

    a desktop and Dell laptop are used to post to TalkClassical while running other websites and my listening diary

    a Toshiba laptop to act as my iTunes server

    another desktop which is a gaming one used for movies/film server + torrents

    another desktop which is my dad's that used to house the TV shows and documentaries sent directly to the TV via HDMI

    and

    yet another desktop which is used for iTunes ripping of CD collection

    and

    two more laptops for internet posting as well as backup of iTunes server too.

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