w.learning wrote:Hmm... I thought I had notificatons set up to alert me of new posts... maybe not...
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Initial questions about student discounts for software indicate the availability is restricted to Office Home and Student 2010. It is free as a download or $12 for the physical media. I will query this further when classes begin. A discounted upgrade for Windows 7 would be nice, but upgrading the XP machine is out of the question. It is a shared machine with several user accounts and multiple users on two of them. It would be impossible for me to please everyone and maintain the over 100 programs registered in Windows, not counting the ones which launch straight from an exe file.
I had found you some free VPN software, to connect to your home machine securely. Open Office
is a an open-source project that is 100% free to *everyone*, and offers all capabilities of MS Office, plus using the internationally accepted format as well as MS's proprietary format. In other words, you can create or open Word.doc, but also use OO's format, which meets global standards. Etc. I haven't used MS Word or Office in years. Why pay, when the other is free, and safer? (fewer security exploits discovered; open-source format lets lots of geeks eyeball the code and report any holes.)
What does "sw" stand for? software?
Sorry. I dislike those who use jargon too much, but figured anyone who was into biometrics would know this universal abbreviation. My bad.
If it happens again, go to Wikipedia and type sw (or whatever) in the search box. You'll get a list of possibilities (southwest, etc.), but under
"Science, computing and electronics" (kind of what we do here
), you'd recognize "software" as being the most relevant.
I am hoping that security issues will be covered in the required introductory classes. In my own perfect world the reason for no positive replies to my queries on the topic are a result of misunderstanding the importance of security. --OR-- The typical user cares nothing about activities beyond using the machine for a desired task. Anything else which requires interaction is merely a nuisance.
B. (the second one)
I view this as a weak point of a good GUI. It encourages laziness.
A good GUI on a "really" good system allows laziness, because the security is baked in from the start. We work with weak systems (Windows, Mac, Linux-based -- none are remotely secure, nor are the mass-produced Intel and AMD processors), and try to tighten them up as best we can. But most people wouldn't pay for high-security systems. The US Gov used to, several decades ago, then inexplicably shifted to commercial systems for much of its work. Bad. Search "David Bell"+"High-assurance" (or "security") for some interesting papers on this and other related issues.
I will give some serious thought to encryption before embarking on the task of including it. Remote assistance and VPN are still occupying my decision process as I gain more information on them.
Just don't use Windows Remote Desktop. I had to administer Grandpa's machine, as the distance between us was not small. A combination of the free VPN and some inexpensive commercial software gave me complete control from my own puter. (that's short for "computer".
I have found your dialog as informative as the direct replies to my posts. Thanks for making this public.
That's why it's a forum instead of e-mail or private message (PM). And you're quite welcome.
As an aside: I wish I could have included some of my comments about the IT department in [rant] [/rant] tags to include some animation.
Who says you can't?
I've used [soapbox] blah blah [/soapbox]. Doesn't actually do anything, but at least it lets readers know that you're aware that you're being preachy.
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