57 posts • joined 26 Sep 2011
Have to say thanks..
I love what you're trying to do and would love to see the result, or at least see a good write up on the finished product - and not just a how-to or basic list of configs like many are. Sounds like an interesting project.
I've learnt a bit more about what's there VM wise myself. I've used them a fair bit over the last few years, but never really pushed them - only using them to run test/safely infectable(sp) installs of Windows and test/learn software and so on. But now am inspired to take a deeper look into what's there now :)
Have to thank you for your questions, and for putting up with the people who haven't read your message, like the important bits where you say you don't have room for another machine and so on, and go on to tell you why you really only need a second box when you've made it clear that's not an option :)
That said, if you're letting others (especially the kids) get on you really should think of ways to give them a totally seperate machine, even a laptop or cheap tablet. I've seen too many cases where kids manage to screw up machines quite badly - or at least get blamed for it. For now you may be quite secure, but they'll be watching and learning every little bit they can, they'll grow older and bolder/stupider, and given a chanve they will think they know everything, try something, and you end up in a world of hurt.
Don't get me wrong, I really want you to succeed with your plan and I want to see how it's done in the end, but back up everything, and back it up well. External drives in another location (in case said kids screw up and try to recover screwing up the backup), and when you can manage to give the brats their own machine so yours survives :)
Good luck with it :)
Re: Stable Door, boys and girls
You could get a Pay As You Go mobile and not register it.
Just don't forget to leave it somewhere randomly away from you home and your work. You may not register it, but tracking it will tell the trackers who you are within a fair amount of certainty by watching the locations.
(Of course, that is if they're interested in your phone's movements enough to bother tracking it - I don't like that they can do it but doubt that they do it to everyone)
Re: How it ought to be,
I believe it's called "winflash" or something similar. I've seen a few computers with a windows-based BIOS updater. Has been a while but from what I recall it is a nice looking convenient little windows utility to update your bios.
And it would be just as scary if there was a Linux version, unless you have a sure way of reverting to an earlier version.
Such a tool could be used remotely.
For that matter, look at the issues with Samsung UEFI some months back. IIRC it was booting Ubuntu from USB stick OR something in MS Office that could trash the UEFI BIOS enough that the machine would be bricked (for the average home user anyway). Something like that could also be triggered remotely I expect.
(It was a blacked out room so you can imagine how exiting that was for a 10 year old boy :) )
Now I think about it... I was someone who came to computing quite late, too late to do it at school . But i do recall that the computer rooms were always either in windowless areas or all the windows were covered. Why was it that we mere mortals were never allowed to see into the computer rooms? AV rooms being blacked out I can understand, but computer rooms?
Re: So fix it!
Popular music proceeds in fads caused exactly by the fact that people like the things they are exposed to early on,
if that line of reasoning was even remotely true, I should like Bing Crosby/Val Doonican, Eartha Kitt, Winifred Atwell, Frank Sinatra, movies by Fred Astair/Ginger Rodgers, and other assorted stuff that makes me leave the room and could make me end friendships, whereas stuff like Hard Rock and Heavy Metal which I've loved since my mid-late teens would not be stuff I still love today.
The idea of trying to get kids to love music that they don't like simply by playing it to them is pure and simply child abuse, and should be treated as such. I suffered a lot of pain at the hands of people trying to force me to like some noise that they thought I should do, while not having the simply decency themselves to try the same experiments on themselves with the sort of music I liked.
it's rubbish, and abusive, and people like this should be treated like the criminals they are.
Re: So fix it!
This is not true. [..]everyone's pretty well on a par at birth, and that includes all but the very rarest of artists.
Not true. I had friends at school who had less encouragement than I did to become better at art, but from their first drawings were better than I was. Likewise, they did more study and homework and so on yet I usually did better on tests.
Even today, having tech drawing and years of engineering work and work involving "graphic design" behind me, I am beyond hopeless at even basic kindergarten level of art. I can hand-make complex parts with basic tools, but I couldn't draw a random squiggly line to save my life.
Re: So, a hard to repair solar panel..
... and a toxic battery that will wear out, be heavy and costly, and need replacing is a good idea for the target market?
You do get that this unit requires someone to lift a bag weighing a hell of a lot more than several laptop batteries several times a night, right?
Nonsense, pure nonsense. Their first design WAS to do exactly that, and then, like any sensible person, they realised that is basically handing a hopeless black box that will break down to people who cannot repair it or have it serviced easily.
Last week I picked up a half a dozen solar powered garden lights. Cost a couple of bucks each, (maybe) give more light than these "gravity" units do, and they come on when it gets dark enough at about 8:30pm and are still giving strong light at 2am. I couldn't tell you the actual wattage involved but it's enough that $10 worth of these will reasonably light a large room (normal Western house). How long they'll perform to the same level for is another matter, the batteries will probably start to fail in a few years depending on how cheap/nasty they really are.
Complexity? Solar panel, battery (admittedly nicad which was a bit of a surprise), wires, probably some basic voltage or charge regulation, and a plastic case. Oh, and a very complex mechanical part called a "switch". No gears, no belts and pulleys, and so much effort to run that a physically drained or disabled mother could get it to work.
Oh, and servicing? As much as I like to recycle and re-use, I doubt I would bother. The power used in heating up the soldering iron would almost outweigh the cost of a replacement.
This way, unless it is abused, it will give service for an extraordinarily long time, with nothing but simple lifting motion required when light is needed.
Simple. Several times a night. A bag weighing what, 5-10kg? In areas perhaps where there could be a large number of weakened or disabled people who will struggle to do that as much as needed? Also it is a mechanical device that relies on suspended weight. I would expect that the materials used are the most re
not to mention handing out tons of toxic batteries is not exactly a great idea in a poor region with no recycling capability.
Batteries can be contain quite nasty chemicals. Not sure on the chemistry of capacitors but guess they're not much better. But plastics can be quite bad as well, although I guess/hope these people are using something relatively "green".
That said, I do like the concept. Anything that is able to help people to a better life (while still being resource/pollution etc friendly) I am happy with. Just not sure about the work (energy) input and the light output.
It's worth mentioning that from the target audience's perspective, that $10 cost is the equivalent of something like $800 or $1000 to most of us reading this.
True, $10 to them is like a lot to us (I've supported kids overseas through certain organisations in the past - the piddly little sum I pay per week is more than both parents can earn working full time!).
But I think one of the key things is that to us this is a trifling amount. A few thousand westerners spend an extra $10 at Christmas, a few thousand 3rd world families get cheap light.
Not sure if that's their plan or not, but it's something I could consider (i would also make sure there isn't something better first).
Re: All I can say is this...
1000 guesses per second is stupidly slow. Try 30 billion per second!
And how many websites let you ender that many guesses a second, or even a year?
If they have the password file, they have your password. Reading the articles you linked (thanks!), no matter how stupidly complex your password is you're screwed. It's a matter of time and like the article says, some passwords fell very quickly but others took a while. Once the software/techniques and of course source lists were enhanced, those harder passwords were cracked.
Re: Hentai ?
.These days IE is the best browser at blocking malware and phishing attempts....
So why is it then that all the machines I see that've had a "web based" infection (including the likes of "drive by downloads") are all from IE-only households, and nothing for FF/Chrome/Safari then? If it's so much more secure than other browsers it should be performing so much better.
Or maybe the performance in all areas is poor because the product is poor? IME (which is gained from currently working at the front lines of IT repair for the last few years and a couple of decades largely in IT elsewhere) IE is still much (and noticeably) slower than anything else and security is still such an afterthought that it has yet to actually appear on IE.
Re: This makes me sad
Hear Hear, the BOFH is the reason I started coming here in the first place (I stayed for the articles).
Much the same.. Some BOFH stories used to float around Fidonet (yes, I am that old!), then I found more on some news site (well IIRC it had "news" in the name) with my early forays into the web, and later they disappeared from there and I found El Reg. Been a regular reader ever since. In fact in some of the earlier days (especially before comments) I'd read every article.. Yeah I needed a life back then! :)
(Still need one now.. Anyone got one to spare? Or shall I just take the boss's one?)
Re: Ashamed to say
Our customers pay me. Without exception from large corporate to loaner granddad they hate 8.
Those that didn't buy 7 in time are starting to learn the wonders of Linux.. Interesting to watch - I am seeing less machines coming back for problems, but referrals for new business are way up. Thanks Microsoft, you're really helping me promote Linux! :)
Re: Ashamed to say
Simply hate change
I play with more different OS's in a week than most people use in their lives. My poor most-used machine is cluttered with many hundreds of extra programs from where I trial all sorts of software - if I don't try a new package each week there's something wrong (thankfully it runs Linux so the excessive amounts of software don't cause slowdowns and registry corruption (there's no registry! :) like they do in Windows). Have used everything Microsoft from Dos 5 through to Win8 (haven't yet played with 8.1), toss up between XP and 7 for favourite Windows - 7 loses points because it doesn't quite play my favourite game.
I prefer Linux for home and work though. Well, I have to use it at work, there's no windows up to the jobs we do - and no amount of money could make windows capable.
Have never used (or even seen) Win8
Sadly have used it far too many times.
Have spend a whole of 5min with it
Have sadly wasted many hours of my life with it, starting with the preview version.
But in reality... I've said it before and I'll say it again.. I love Windows 8! Thank you so much Microsoft for giving us this OS! It is the best advertisement for Linux ever! :)
Re: "Worthwhile upgrade to Windows 7" - Why?
For me and quite a few of our customers the answer is simple:
And you're boasting about Win8 because it can finally, so many years after the rest of us have been taking this sort of thing for granted, actually do something like that?
Damn. Man, you need to get your tongue out of Balmy's backside and take a look at the real world. If your post is anything to go by, Microsoft are so far behind the times they make the Amish look futuristic!
since the road tax & insurance dodgers are the ones putting the rest of us at risk on the roads!
I always thought it was people driving like idiots that put the rest of us at risk, not those who fail to pay the relevant taxes?
@Martin Budden Re: I didn't think I could hate Lewis Page even more!
C'mon Mr Page, GROW UP and let others speak!
I, too, was disappointed to see no comments on his article.. How dare he! He's taken away the fun I get watching the "Global warming" twits stomp their little feet every time someone dares say anything against their claims. How dare he take away my fun!
BTW, if his removing comments prevents you from speaking your mind about his articles, how is it you were able to come here and speak your mind about his articles?
Still use one as well.
Have seen many people go through many phones. Some of those massive clunky things out there today appear to have a lifespan of milliseconds, and forget about dropping it (mine has been dropped from pocket/waist height onto concrete/asphalt many more times than I can remember, not even a glitch in the screen).
Has some case damage but nothing major, still has 100% of its functionality. And OTB on Linux I've been able to have a working net connection in seconds without mods. Can do that and/or charge it over a standard mini USB on Linux. On Windows it won't charge, for some reason Windows drains the batter but am sure that's some funny driver issue.
Brought it for the net speed and so-called "voice dialing" (for motorbike use). The voice dialing was a big letdown (open phone, go to menu, go to sub menu, and so on and so on whereas my old Sony Ericson was "say special pre-recorded word (of your choice), then "Dial [person] [phone type] (eg "Dial Nick mobile"), but the net speed was better than I could get with a landline, and cheaper then too thanks to a screwup Vodafone had in their billing systems at the time). Still have it some 8yrs later, still works fine. Although there has been many many many many times I've been tempted to throw it from a high cliff overlooking the sea or something like that. Whoever designed the hardware did a great job. Whoever decided that the final software was suitable, well, see icon..
(Wish PTT had taken off - with a remote switch suitable for use with gloves, that would've been a great tool for motorcyclists :) )
@Trustme Re: Yup - Me too!
but if you try and remove it to create space a loud "item removed from baggage area" starts wailing like the bagging police to the nearest member of staff who is
I like the self-scan systems on busy days, but this always gets me.. Why, oh why can I not do what the hell I want with an item that HAS ALREADY BEEN SCANNED.
You know what it is. It's been scanned. It's not like it's something I'm trying to cheat you on (if I was trying to steal it, I wouldn't put it through the scanner and onto the "bagging area" in the first damned place!). So why can I not pack stuff and load it into a trolley while my partner scans it? Do you want to piss me off so much that I associate your entire chain with annoyance, and go elsewhere in future? Oops. Too late. Don't care about your "lowest in the country" prices, you're too annoying to shop at.
Re: jumping ship
The average user will not go to linux. I deal with "end users" all the time.
So do I. Mint/KDE impresses those who've only known Windows (much liks Higaara impressed those who only knew the sands of Karak :) ). Each one I can get to switch loves it. Sure, a lot are resistant, but as they realise more and more that MS has no interest in listening to them, whereas with Linux they have a voice (well, maybe outside of Ubuntu anyway), and as they get sick of the malware or corrupt registry or having to buy a new Vista key every time that breaks, well, they switch. And those who switch love it.
For the average non techie user, linux will be a PITA. They won't know how to do anything, even as simple as installing printers and their friends and families won't know.
With IIRC one HP model and some Lexmark models, printers and most other hardware are installed by the exceedingly difficulty tasks of plugging them in and turning them on. No disks, no downloads, no fuss. True plug and play. Sure, a while ago it was harder than today, but today there's really no issues.
I'll get asked, "How do I install Internet Explorer?
I used IE today for the first time in years. Today I've used every version of IE from 6 to whatever is current on Win7 (9 or 10?) to test a site. I hated every minute of it. I thought konqueror and chrome were bad! Man, IE is painfully slow, and just plain horrible to look at. As to what it does with a standards-compliant web site. What makes you think any one would want to use that once they've had a taste of something else?
I need Word.
Then install it. If you really cannot get to grips with Libre/Open Office, or any of the many other much better office tools out there, install it. If you have WINE on the system (usually installed by default IME) then chuck the Office disk in the machine and install it just like you would with windows.
I bought this game and it doesn't work. Why won't it work? this is a PC....."
See above. Run relatively high-end games under wine on my laptops. They run better than under windows on my gaming rig (which is only such by 2006 standards, by todays standards it's old and slow!). Chuck the disk in, install, play, enjoy.
Linux really is not hard to use. If it was I wouldn't. a) I spend my days fixing other peoples broken computers, and b) I'm a lazy sod. Last thing I want is to spend my game time fixing stuff. So I run Linux. I could run windows, but there's all the maintenance, the repairs, the AV and AS, the registry errors, the endless search for drivers... NO THANKS!
Try seeing how many frustrated customers you have distributing any open source os to the mass public.
Each and every day another person comes up to me and asks "Why did no one tell me my computer could be so easy to use?". Constant thanking me for showing them the light, showing them that their computer can be theirs, and it can be fun.
I give my mobile number out to every person who gets a Mint install with a promise that they can ring 24/7. Not one has called so far.
You think people are frustrated by no start button lol, it would be Armageddon if there was no windows xx.xx at this point. Hardware issues, multiple available builds etc etc.
As I've said before. Only one person has any problems with this, and that's my boss. 1) he knows there's lost revenue - we don't see people bringing infected machines in every other week (many thanks to the writers of the "federal police" virus/scam BTW, brings my company a shitload of money!) nor does the hardware fail like it does on windows, and 2) he's a MS fan. People loving their machines, and loving what Linux does for it, all because of Linux pisses him off so much.. It's a joy to behold!
Hardware issues? You mean like spending hours upon hours upon hours upon hours upon hours trying to find a basic hard disk driver like you have to do so often with windows? Or the sometimes weeks it can take to find a lot of other common basic drivers for windows? Whenever I upgrade a machine with dual-boot, Linux just works with very few exceptions (always when I'm leaving NVidia for something else). Windows? First have 3 days max to find all the different drivers, then have to do the re-activation (after 3 days won't let you boot till you either activate or run a certain command in safe-mode command-prompt.
Windows is a pain to use compared to many (maybe most) Linux distros out there. Compared to win8, the worst Linux is a piece of piss to use. And yes, I do use 8. I have to. Like all Windows releases, it breaks. Easily and often.
It forces people like my parents to relearn the interface,
Hint : Mint.
I've found a lot of older people have no trouble with, and many even enjoy Mint 14 KDE. Said it before but it does my heart good (and pisses my boss off no end) when they ask why no one told them that their computer could be so easy to use!
Re: Garages *used* to offer a battery charging service for regular customers.
Your battery gets charged off line. If you told the garage "I won't be back for it till Wednesday" they could plan their charging schedule and maintain an even load on the grid, but with access to 3ph power they could get a faster charge without hammering the battery using a "super fast" charge. When you arrive its a quick swap.
Are you kidding? You want a garage to hang on to your battery for a few days?
Do you have any idea at how large these batteries will be? Think about it. Lets say that your battery is the size of a 20 litre container (I'm pretty sure most will be somewhat larger). Lets say your garage does a measly 1000 customers/week. Can you imagine the storage space needed for these things? And they're gonna let you keep it there for a week without charging you for it?
For the small computer repair shop I work in, customers who don't pick their PC's up quickly are a major pain, and one of the worst parts of that is the floorspace needed for each machine - even when stacked.
And you want some poor garage owner to keep your fucking waste of space until next Wednesday???
Re: Sad realities
I got one of those 20Gig HDD Irivers way back when.. 20G and 260K colour when the best apple could offer was black&white, far more than twice the price, and a whopping 8g.
Still gets daily use. Still going strong. I did want to upgrade the HDD recently, opened it up only to find what it had inside was nothing like what I was expecting.
Wonder if the drive is able to give me any data on its run time. I suspect the number of spinning hours will be some years. The thing's on damn near 24/7. And it still pisses me off that it could only handle 999 songs in a playlist!
... 'N Sync, Kylie Minogue, ... those days will never come again!...
Thank God for that!
30yrs ago it was cheap rubbish, today...
Not sure how old they really are, but my stereo at home runs a couple of Celestion speakers (mid/woofer/passive) topped off with a couple of speakers left over from my old HK9000. I think the Celestions are somewhere around 30yrs old, and I believe that they were a very cheap speaker by the standards back then. But compared with what's around today, well, these speakers are worth a fair bit more than what was paid for them, or so I hear (anyone got any info on Celestions? Would love more background etc). I've listened to some fairly expensive modern speakers - you'd have to be nuts to pay more than a tenner for some of them, but the price tag is many weeks of average pay.
The quality of so many things today is slipping. A cheap radio from 20yrs ago probably gives a better sound than today's garbage. But, as people will shell out money for it and not challenge the waste of money, companies get away with it. I still have the celestions today in (large) part because they still go so well, but also in part because there's little out there that can compete with them .
Re: Business Critical apps
There is no "fixing" required, all Win7 software runs fine and Olaf Officedrohne can effectively use Win8 after 30min of "electrical enhanced" or 8h of normal training. Same amount of time he needs for a new software of any kind.
Switch them to Mint. Required retraining time for 1/4 of your workforce will will be 1-2 minutes tops. The other 3/4 of your workforce? Well, since you're no longer running any of the MS garbage, you'll only need 1/4 of the staff to do 10x time amount of work.
[And let the downvoting begin ! :) ]
But seriously. You think that 8 hours of retraining for a OS "update" is a good thing? That this will somehow sell people on this garbage? What the hell do MS put in their koolaid? I certainly wouldn't drink it. Clearly messes with your head.
Re: Installation easier with Linux
Easier installation - How times change :)
Hell, I'm still waiting for windows to give you a useable machine while you're installing it. You know, browse/edit documents/email etc while you're doing the install on the same machine - like Linux has been doing for what, 10 years now?.
Last windows install I did (yesterday), had fun just getting the drivers in. Can't browse even after the install because it can't handle the network. Can't put the drivers in on USB because win7 couldn't handle USB out of the box - had to wait for chipset drivers. Same for CD. Fix? Boot from a Linux USB (it can handle all the hardware out of the box, although the graphics requires "activation" for full function - sometimes same for wlan) and copy the drivers to the disk.
(Course, where I can I boot from the same USB and then click the "Install Linux" button :) )
Re: Plan 9 from Planet Obvious: XP -> Linux Mint + sandboxed XP VM
Are you really, actually seriously telling people on an IT web site that moving between Windows XP and Linux is easier than moving between Windows XP and Windows 8?
It's a piece of piss.
I'm slowly but surely migrating elderly customers to it, so they can continue to do the things they like (ie use their computer for things other than watching TIFKAM's pretty colours).
In most cases the only question is "Why didn't someone tell me about this earlier?". A few have trouble grasping that they no longer are expected to waste a ton of money on "AV", and some take a day or few to understand that their machine really didn't have to be so hard to use.
8 is much harder to learn than Linux. At least for those who've been using computers for the last few years. Maybe someone who is new to computing might find it easier - but then 2yos find big bright buttons easier to handle anyway I guess.
Can't believe no one yet has said anything about how fubar it is for the Antivirus extortion companies software to be f__king up stuff at the device driver and file system level.
Coz of course nothing at those levels would ever get infected!
(Now, if those AEC's would stop writing the damned viruses themselves.... :) )
Re: Lost data
The ones who have now paid to have a bloke in a computer shop scratch his head and then tell them he'll have to reformat their PC ( or sell them another one), but without salvaging the data first, will be the ones who also don't have a back up of the data that they didn't know they might lose.
Not all of us are like that! Where I work, we often ghost the disk before starting any repairs. No, not always, but when we suspect there's a good chance of data loss (read " us making it worse before we figure out what's really wrong":) ) we work to prevent that. We like it when customers say "you can wipe it, I have a full backup" - but we only get one or two like that each year.
Besides, with tools like the MS DART stuff (and Falcon), we can do things like run system restore.. No idea how to tackle one that has system restore turned off, but will figure that out when we get one. Think there's something in DART to uninstall a hotfix anyway.
Re: "Freakishly Something". Dunno About Awesome Though...
Finally, I must bring up the one thing every linux fan doesn't want to talk about: SUPPORT. Who's gonna support linux on the desktop? if I'm a small business, my Windows techies aren't going to learn a new OS
Lots of support available out there.
Besides, if your "techies" can't convert their Windows skills over to Linux, perhaps you're paying them far more than they're worth? It's not like it's rocket science. If a dumbfuck like me can convert from Windows to Linux without difficulty, and support it for others, anyone can. If your "techies" can't, then you'd better not ask them to turn the lights on because that's way beyond their abilities.
Am I the only one who remembers this little gem?
When I was introduced to it it could open gigabyte sized files. I wondered if I'd ever use that function since gig-sized disks were still a way off (at least for me on my budget).
Or is the lack of mention because the mists of time have faded my memory, and anyone else would be really embarrased to even acknowledge it's existence?
Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes
"that can be bothered with the crap involved in dealing with Linux on a day to day basis."
Have said it before, will say it again. Spend my days fixing other peoples computers. Cleaning up after malware, fixing problems from corrupted system files, general stuff like that. Day after day after day of fixing major problems with windows which cannot possibly happen with a Linux system.
When I get home, I just want to relax and do whatever it is I want on my machine. Edit photos, watch a video, do webstuff - sometimes all at the same time. I don't want to have to fix something. I don't want to fix anything on my computer. So I use Linux. I'm lazy, I can't be arsed fixing computers during my time off. With Linux I don't need to.
It just makes life so much easier. No hunting drivers. No malware. No sudden and inexplicable system file corruptions. Use it. Your blood-pressure will thank you!
@James 47 Re: Linux Desktop ? Yes
"This is also something that affects Linux adoption, the ridiculous names programs are given, names that tell you nothing about what they actually do."
Quite right.. Only in Linux do you get names that don't explain the function. BTW, a "hypervisor" is a very excited piece of plastic that fits onto my helmet, right?
"When I need to install some program i also need to google for the inevitable ridiculous name, and google or that apt-get command"
Open software centre/synaptics. Search for the function you want. Click install. Alternatively, open search engine, search string "[function/program] linux [optional distro]. enter. Choose your program. If it's likely to be known to apt then, in all cases, the extremely difficult command is "apt-get [name]" - name being revealed by the search.
The reason I started to use linux is because I am a lazy slob. I got sick of the eternal search for effective AV and the hours (sometimes days) of hunting for drivers for that other OS. Hell, when inserting a bog standard USB stick a) requires a reboot for the drivers to work right (and even Win8 still does this!) and b) has you sweating just in case something nasty is on it, then there's something very wrong with that OS.
When Linux becomes insecure or harder to work than Windows, then I'll switch. Till then, my weekends are mine.
Re: Recovery... @AC 16:23
"If I hear another person say something like "All you need to do is switch off secure boot in the BIOS" or "Can't you just switch off UEFI in the BIOS", I'm going to scream."
Why? On many mobos that's exactly where you turn it off. Both secure boot and UEFI. And many mobo makers call UEFI "BIOS" as well, some calling "BIOS" "Legacy BIOS".
"This is supposed to be a tech site."
It is. That's why people talk about turning UEFI off in BIOS. Or using BIOS to disable/turn off secure boot.
Begone, vile hampster.
@CreosoteChris Re: A question
....but claims that Linux updates just work, and never break anything year on year strike me as "evangelist at work".
Linux Evangelist here. Microsoft should suffer slow horrible death yadda yadda yadda...
Anyways, most of the time IME Linux updates work without fuss. Sometimes, they make such a mess of things that a full reinstall is necessary.
I have an Ubuntu install that's been through 3-4 laptops and a couple of desktops (IE I just copy my current install when I want a new one, or I swap the drive into a new machine - no "must reactivate", very seldom any driver issues (none that last more than a few minutes), that I've been using since IIRC 2007 without a single reinstall. No problems with updates or anything. I have Mint 14 KDE and Cinamon installs for testing (now favouring KDE for look and feel that is more suited to MY tastes), also no problems.
But I do have a couple of machines that've been knocked about enough to require reinstalls, and a couple (specifically an older (~5yrs) Acer desktop) where some hardware is not supported very well by most distributions. And some even older Toshiba laptops where hardware support is either a dream or an absolute PITA depending on which distro you try to use.
Re: Who are M$ ?
"don't tell me that I used to pay to use that stuff"
It's like smoking. I used to pay through the nose to pump all sorts of vile filth into my body. Same with windows, I used to pay through the nose to have MS rubbish on my system.
I also used to pay through the nose for medical bills thanks to my smoking. Same with Windows, lots of time and money wasted on "doctors bills" in the sense of AV, security and such extras that have to be bolted on.
Fresh air is free.
A quick, reliable and secure system is also free.
Trialing as we speak.
First impressions.. Initial page loads fairly slowly. These days if the initial site isn't loaded in a couple of seconds, people are going elsewhere. Even if the underlying engine takes a few minutes to load, so long as the first page is up in seconds people are happy. (DISCLAIMER/FULL DISCLOSURE ETC ETC: I am posting from a "Xtra" connected house - where the "eXtra" refers to the time you wait for things to happen, people in 3rd world countries with 1200/75 modems will probably see it download much faster)
Registration - While it is in some senses good that they make you (skim) read through all of the t&c's and look at the privacy page before you can tick the "I agree" and continue to register, it is a bit annoying to have that checkbox there but unusable until the page has been read. Also, some (many?) of those who aren't used to enforced readings of Ts&Cs will struggle to get past this.
Pricing - haven't looked around much so don't know what other "cloud" services offer. That said, I'm a Kiwi visiting a Kiwi site through a Kiwi ISP - please give me prices in $NZ, not $Yank or Euro or whatever. However, the bandwidth and data prices seem quite reasonable to me, and if I wanted to back up everything I have without buying a new HDD (still relatively expensive over here, especially when you consider the modern HDD lifespan) I'd almost consider something like this (except, well, data rates in NZ are horrendous and finding an affordable ISP that gives us more than a couple of gigs a month (I'm visiting a friend hence the Xtra connection, OK? I wouldn't use them at home if my partner's life depended on it!)
Trying to upload some pictures to it for distribution amongst the family. I use NoScript and Flashblock. This site, even with them set to allow it, doesn't seem to function too well. I am using Firefox (17.01) and the site does nag you to use Chrome (not in this lifetime!), but even given than, I'm sure the uploads should be flowing by now.
My only other recent "cloud" experience (other than the things back before it was called "cloud") is with Box, and that works well. Compared to that, well, Mr .com, your site's not doing so well I'm afraid. I'd love to see a Kiwi site do well but as it stands at this moment, needs work. Got some #8 and bailing twine out the back if you need it.
Will try again in a few weeks. Good luck with it, but not impressed thus far.
(Oh, and they do make clear in their T&Cs that you are responsible for keeping copies of your data in case the service fails).
Re: Have you ever noticed OS X and iOS run on Apple devices only?
"secure boot is the only way to improve PC safety"
Really? Sure? What about all the other OS's that don't get infected by malware in the same manner that windows does?
About the only thing that I can see secure boot doing for the general user is giving them an excuse to rebuild their music and photo collections from scratch (good luck getting their baby pictures back when they've grown up some).
Few home users backup. So when things turn to crap, they need either to turn to people like me who use free tools to recover their data, or to much much more expensive places, which probably use similar free tools. Same for OS repair and so forth - want to run a Kaspersky (or AVG or Bitdefender et al) scan, or any other numerous repair tools? Tough. Unless secure boot can be easily turned off while still being able to access the data on the HDD, most home users will having to have their systems reinstalled from scratch without chance of recovering their data. And if their windows license sticker has been damaged, even just one character unreadable, they'll have to fork out for a new license as well.
There's plenty of good ways to make a system secure. Secure boot isn't one of them.
Unwise to point loaded gun at beancounter's head!
"That test shall consist of the beancounter being strapped into a chair with a loaded 10 gauge shotgun aimed at their head."
Unwise. Extremely dangerous. If the gun goes off, the resulting implosion would devastate a very large area.
I'd suggest a combination of electrodes and testicles, but electron microscopes are still rather pricey.
@ Ian Johnston Re: Well, I was waiting for that
"And on my Xubuntu desktop, Firefox is still a bloated crawler, taking about four times as long to start as Chrome and using half a gigabyte of RAM just to show the google search page."
Really? Something up there. 22 tabs open (half a dozen El Reg, couple of Google results pages, various tech sites and some with embedded video) and "only" using 200Mb. Running Zorin and not using "half a gig" for the whole system!
That said, once I'm done with the current lot I'll switch to Opera for a while and see how I feel about it.
(How does one get an advertising job with Google? For the right money I could switch to Chrome and even (for the right money) say that I like it! :) )
"Fossil Fuel" tends to be dirty, that is true.
What to do about it.
I have x dollars spare. I can put that money into a) climate research or b) alternative fuel research.
One will give lots of fancy looking computer models which will scare people into demanding more money gets put into it, money which will be required to hide the many holes we simple humans will inevitably make in our models simply because we cannot understand something so complex. The other will give us clean fuel which will mean we're not emitting anywhere near as much carbon, which means that if our carbon emissions are affecting the climate in a bad way then that problem will also be solved.
And in the short term, we'll all be healthier, energy will (hopefully but sadly I doubt it!) be much cheaper, and we won't have to worry about the impact that running out of oil will have on the planet's populations (hint: it'll probably be much more devastating than any actual climate changes in the short(er) term - do you live in a city? Grow your own food? No? Think it'll be either as cheap or abundant if/when we run out of fossil fuels?)
Re: The A word strikes again.
Probably more like
"I don't know if it's a problem, I don't know if we can fix it if it is, and I don't know where to start. This however is obviously a problem, I know exactly what needs to be done, and I can do something about it"
As the OP said, there are many things of far more value that we could and should work on. And if we do work on something which as the OP says will have more devastating effects in our lifetime (eg oil running out) we may just see the whole climate problem disappear as well.
If the money that was spent (wasted?) on all this climate stuff was put into research in other areas (health, food production, clean energy.....) we'd probably be much closer to living carbon neutral lives.
If there actually is a climate problem.
(I don't know if there is. I do know that the global warming/climate change/whatever the hell it's called today crowd have damaged their credibility and I tend to doubt what they say, especially when I see the differences between what the climate is doing today and what we were told a few years ago it would be doing today!)
Re: "It's complex" shocker
But predicting rain in the UK is much like predicting that water will feel wet isn't it?
@Trevor: Re: even Microsoft Security Essentials can find and kill most variants
"Try it in practice. You'll sing a different tune. MSE cannot kill a single rootkit under active development."
What would you recommend? In the repair shop I work in we've found it generally far better than the alternatives - Avast is good but can miss stuff MSE kills, AVG (my previous fav) may slowly waddle up to it but probably not, and Norton is absolute proof the machine is infected. Not sure on Eset. Trend seems good but expensive.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
(In case you're wondering, I like 3 things about MS s/ware: system restore (when it works), MSE, and that all the issues pay my wages - but I'd give that up in a heartbeat for a world without MS!)
Re: @ Trevor_Pott
"He does have a point, Linux fanbois just refuse to believe it."
Really? He(?) states "hundreds" - I'll ask for references to only 5 that are currently active in the wild. Can you do that? 5 out of "hundreds" should be easy.
Re: Time to boycott American products
"Good luck with your boycott of American products, I suggest you boycott Microsoft and Google next."
Linux and duckduckgo (hate the name but it does the job).
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