Maybe look for some used laptops? Something on ebay, kijiji, etc? You should be able to find something decent for $200.
Posts made by jasonh
RE: FUD or Reality Around VirtualBox
Another terrible article from Phoronix. He doesn't explain his point; what exactly does he think VirtualBox needs to be adding? He needs to take a course in critical thinking.
VirtualBox seems to do everything you would need on a desktop virtual environment. I can't think of a single thing that's missing. USB device pass-through works great. It does accelerated graphics, shared folders from the host, configurable guest networking, snapshots. If you need additional features (e.g. performance monitoring, backups, HA) you probably should be using a server platform.
I always take his stuff with a grain of salt, especially his performance measurements. There's been many times he does a performance comparison but doesn't update one of the systems with the latest version (e.g. his Xen vs KVM article a few years ago; read the comments for details .. there was another article where he did the same thing with Ubuntu vs Fedora or something)
RE: Setting Up Keys between Linux Servers
It's always best practice to disable root login over SSH, especially from the Internet; use su or sudo for root access. Another good practice is to disable password-based authentication; only use keys with a passphrase. The setup you're doing here is useful for allowing scripted/automated connections between machines (e.g. for backups, scheduled tasks, etc) but they should be accounts with limited access, not root. You should be creating layers that make it difficult for someone to gain access to your systems; root keys with no passphrase means you're solely relying on that one strong password (which is one keylogger away from being defeated.)
RE: SQRL in the wild - well, not really, but pretty close
But are they using SQRL or just their own thing with a similar concept? Seems like it's their own thing with their own app?
The whole concept with SQRL is that there is no username/password. All the site knows about you is your public key, which is what's being authenticated. The site can then link that public key to an account, profile, username for posting on forums, etc.
RE: Microsoft Support Calls
oh, I consider myself lucky then. Other than waiting for a call back, the 3 calls I've ever made have all been extremely pleasant and easy - well as pleasant as any situation can be when you're opening a MS support ticket
I'd say so. 10+ years ago, Microsoft support calls were a good experience (and cheaper). In the last 5 years or so, they've become terrible. The last one I made was nothing but a waste of time and they refunded my money; every time I gave the guy details about the issue, he would say he'd have to go talk to his manager and call me back the next day.
RE: SQRL in the wild - well, not really, but pretty close
Think of it like LastPass; all your login credentials are stored in LastPass, and LastPass is what fills in the username/password box for you. However it won't fill out your username/password until you've authenticated yourself it LastPass. You can configure your LastPass session to require re-authentication every time, or every 5 minutes, or every hour, or every day, or whatever you want. So depending on how "secure" you feel your system is, you can choose set the timeout appropriately.
EDIT: I'm referring to the SQRL client stuff; not sure about this LogMeIn thing. Seems kind of sketchy to me; very sparse on details. But the SQRL stuff from Steve Gibson I would trust (which is NOT what this LogMeIn thing is)
RE: Electronic Christmas Cards from Vendors
The other day I received a generic off-the-shelf "holiday" card from a telecom sales rep with nothing in it other than his business card. No signature or anything, and it's not even like it was a custom printed card for their company. It was so impersonal (and such a change from his buddy-buddy attitude in person, which now really makes him look like a phony) that I feel like crossing him off our list for an upcoming bid.
RE: Firefox 33 Just Dropped
I love that Chrome has the sync feature with my bookmarks especially.
Firefox has that too .. and has it for quite a few years. Plus the data is encrypted in your browser before transmission, so they can't access it; something I have my doubts that Chrome does (they likely transmit it over HTTPS but I'm betting Google sees all your browser data)
I know Firefox has updated significantly over the years but they still feel behind, in my opinion.
What are they behind on?
This isn't me talking as a fanboy. Just sharing an experience.
If you support your statements with examples/facts, they will be less fanboyish.
RE: RANT: At what point do you just say: Enough
How does an external drive start being used as shared storage? I'm assuming it's not mirrored? If not mirrored, you're just asking for trouble (and creating extra work for yourself when it fails)
Sounds like that needs to get replaced as soon as possible. Something with mirroring. Even a consumer-grade NAS is probably better than whatever you currently have. If you're really pinched for capital, use a PC with two large hard drives and install FreeNAS (that would be better than the consumer-grade NAS)
RE: Bossie Awards: Best Open Source Applications of 2014
There's quite a few good ones on this list.
ERPnext is a new one for me despite having spent a bunch of time researchin open source ERP/Accounting systems over the last few years. It looks like it could be good.
A couple years ago I spent some of time testing Odoo (called OpenERP at the time) for a distribution company, but ultimately passed it up due to poor documentation, lots of unanswered and concerning issues in their knowledgebase/forums, and extremely poor upgrade paths between versions (no documentation, just pay them consulting fees and provide remote access so they can do it for you.) I just had a hard time recommending it to someone if I couldn't feel confident they would get proper support.
I've recently spent some time vetting xTuple for my day job (manufacturing environment) and they seem quite good. They are a US-based (Virginia) company, which is where all their sales, support, and development is based. They also have a partner network for localized implementations and support. Their documentation is pretty in-depth. Their software was started as an MRP system (with lots of in-depth manufacturing functionality) at the core and they built other ERP functionality around it (as opposed to other ERPs where accounting or CRM or something is their primary focus and other things like inventory/manufacturing is not deeply functional.) They definitely seem like a good choice of a manufacturer or distributor.
TimeTrex is another one I've spent a bit of time reviewing, and although I can't recall to many details about it now, they were still on my list of potential solutions before the project got put on hold.
I'm going to be looking for a basic CRM system for our company soon, so SugarCRM will probably be my first stop.