I never ever use Microsoft for web-browsing, email, or newsreading. My computer
has never suffered a virus, either...
WinVN (my newsreader) is old and has no spell checker. I just have to try my
Obvious typos never bother me. Creative spelling of plant-related terms might
get an, "Oh, do you mean [this]?" (A spell-checker's dictionary is likely
in horticultural terms and scientific names.)
I should add that I know of very bright people who are spelling-impaired.
(There is a
medical term for it.)
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
On Wed, 11 Feb 2004 14:14:10 +0000, Larry Blanchard wrote:
Well, you may be safe from all the Internet Explorer and Outlook exploits,
but unsecured linux boxes are pretty commonly compromised, too. I used to
be responsible for a firewall at work, and almost everytime someone
port-scanned us or tried to connect to various non-existant services, the
source was a totally unsecured Red Hat 5.x or 6.x system. I understand Red
Hat default installations are much more secure, now, but at the time it
Ah, but I'm a senior with a limited income, living on a @!#$%!
dial-up line :-).
I ran Linux for a while (Slackware, kernel 0.97 at first, IIRC),
but switched to windows for various compatability reasons. Now
that I'm retired, I'm planning to switch back when I get a round
tuit :-). I have an older version of TurboLinux on my drive,
but never really liked the way it was set up. I liked Slackware
and will probably grab the latest of that distribution when I do
On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 09:09:14 -0800, Larry Blanchard wrote:
Larry, you are a PRIME candidate for Fedora. I got on the Linux bus at RH
5.2 and off the Windows pedicab at Win '98. While I would recommend
Lycoris for people who have never used Linux before, Fedora is probably
right up your alley.
It does my heart good to see that people on this newsgroup are at least
aware of the possibility of using Linux. I've been using it exclusively
for years and I've long awaited the day when I would see Linux discussed
on a non-computer-centric forum such as this. Well, it's finally arrived.
My wife, a total non-geek, loves Linux. We both use Windows when
absolutely necessary (we have ONE 'holdout' program that we rely on that
keeps Win98 loaded on one desktop and dual-booted on the laptop), so it
isn't that we hate Windows with any sort of religious fervor, it's just
that Linux works much better for us than Windows ever did ... and for a
small fraction of the expense.
I wish you happy gardening AND happy computing,
I never heard of it, but I'll do a Google as soon as I get done
with the newsgroups.
Although I suspect that this forum may well have a percentage of
computer types that exceeds that of the general population, if
only because we're all online.
I started programming when computers had vacuum tubes and spent
a lot of time doing process control stuff, which tends to teach
you a lot about the innards :-).
Most places I worked until recently wouldn't buy an operating
system (minicomputer) unless they could get the source code so
they could modify it :-).
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