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#11 Post by realitykid » Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:40 pm

Well, my mom isn't very inclined to give Linux much of a chance at all. But, we'll see. I'm currently away from home for the week, so she's pretty much on her own at this moment in time. I've got one issue with her install, but I'll ask about it later when I get back. ;)
Desktop (32bit):
SimplyMEPIS 8.5
P4 2.4GHz (or 1.2GHz running with hyper-threading) - 1gb DDR-Ram - 40GB IDE HDD x2
Crappy Old Video Card from the 90s!

Laptop (64bit):
Linux Mint 10
Intel Core i3 M 350 2.27GHz (dual core and hyper-threading) - 4GB DDR 3 RAM - 320GB HDD

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#12 Post by realitykid » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:05 am

Ok, so far my mom has complained about speed issues. However, I'm yet to encounter much for these sort of issues. I tried it when I got home and her internet works fine, which she was complaining was being slow. Maybe it was just firefox because I tried Google chrome and had no speed issues.

Someone did mess up the default panel. I had to remove it and then put it back together. I wasn't pleased at all! Really ticked me off. But, it's fixed for the most part. I'm gunna have my mom show me exactly what she means soon about slow. And am gunna tell her not to mess with the panel. I should have locked it. Oh well.
Desktop (32bit):
SimplyMEPIS 8.5
P4 2.4GHz (or 1.2GHz running with hyper-threading) - 1gb DDR-Ram - 40GB IDE HDD x2
Crappy Old Video Card from the 90s!

Laptop (64bit):
Linux Mint 10
Intel Core i3 M 350 2.27GHz (dual core and hyper-threading) - 4GB DDR 3 RAM - 320GB HDD

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Beware of IE...a wolf in sheep's clothing...

#13 Post by cookdav » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:29 am

j2mcgreg wrote:@realitykid:

Don't be surprised if the contrary proves true and she embraces it. My 87 yr old mother has been using Linux for years. She made the switch when I explained to her that this Windows error message :

This computer has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down.

[.....]
Good one. That's one problem. But, another 'msg' that is equal,
if not worse, is when a Windows computer pops up a msg basically
saying "...your computer may be affected by a virus or malware."
And, then goes on to offer you a deal (deal or a con?) that if
you just order a copy of 'this remedy' (for only $39.95), we
will clean the problem away for you. (And, how do we know
whether it might also be implanting some 'new' problem, for which
they'll have another new-and-improved...? Well, you get the idea.)

THAT, to me, is the cruelest hoax of all. And, points to
Windows' biggest achilles-heel...i.e. IE (Internet Explorer...
just say no. (EDIT:) It's the input-port for most all the world's
most insideous spyware/viruses.)

My 4-cents worth...
Lenovo-core-i7-laptop: Mepis-12 / Win-7 / Aptosid
Lenovo-laptop(wife's): Win-7 / M11
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Protection racket?

#14 Post by janthree » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:51 pm

You know that pitch where the popup says your computer is infected, pay us and we will fix it for you, reminds me
of the old Mob protection racket...pay us and we will
keep your store from burning down.

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#15 Post by wap3 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:39 pm

Also install TeamViewer on the machine.
You can talk them thru a "join session" then download and install it.
I have not figured you how to get it to auto run like windows on start the machine
but it is in the Internet section.
Set it up with a permanent password so you can log in with out her.

And find the article where various Chiefs of Police, Dept of Defence and others say to never access you bank account, or other sensitive stuff, from windows and the best is using a LiveCD.
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If you want a computer that works, just use Linux.

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#16 Post by realitykid » Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:36 pm

Bad news: My mom just told me this morning that she wants me to take Linux off her machine. She says it's too slow and complicated for her.

Good news: My sister doesn't mind it and finds it easy to use.
Desktop (32bit):
SimplyMEPIS 8.5
P4 2.4GHz (or 1.2GHz running with hyper-threading) - 1gb DDR-Ram - 40GB IDE HDD x2
Crappy Old Video Card from the 90s!

Laptop (64bit):
Linux Mint 10
Intel Core i3 M 350 2.27GHz (dual core and hyper-threading) - 4GB DDR 3 RAM - 320GB HDD

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#17 Post by cookdav » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:13 pm

realitykid wrote:Bad news: My mom just told me this morning that she wants me to take Linux off her machine. She says it's too slow and complicated for her.

Good news: My sister doesn't mind it and finds it easy to use.
Interesting. Do you think your mom was suffering from 'TMI'
(too much information)? Did she need to use anything other
than a browser, and maybe a separate email-reader?

[ I'm wondering how Google's "Chrome-OS" is gonna be received
later this year. Supposedly, it'll be mostly just the Chrome browser,
but maybe we'll be in for a surprise!? ]
Lenovo-core-i7-laptop: Mepis-12 / Win-7 / Aptosid
Lenovo-laptop(wife's): Win-7 / M11
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#18 Post by realitykid » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:35 pm

cookdav wrote:Interesting. Do you think your mom was suffering from 'TMI'
(too much information)? Did she need to use anything other
than a browser, and maybe a separate email-reader?

[ I'm wondering how Google's "Chrome-OS" is gonna be received
later this year. Supposedly, it'll be mostly just the Chrome browser,
but maybe we'll be in for a surprise!? ]
She just said it was slow. She didn't like it.
Desktop (32bit):
SimplyMEPIS 8.5
P4 2.4GHz (or 1.2GHz running with hyper-threading) - 1gb DDR-Ram - 40GB IDE HDD x2
Crappy Old Video Card from the 90s!

Laptop (64bit):
Linux Mint 10
Intel Core i3 M 350 2.27GHz (dual core and hyper-threading) - 4GB DDR 3 RAM - 320GB HDD

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#19 Post by GoManutd » Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:37 pm

find a windows theme for it ;-)

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#20 Post by lucky9 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:16 pm

I think that's a good idea. It seems that she's not being evenhanded. Perhaps a change of interface would help her.

I do assume that you have tried her system and it's working correctly. Because there's no way it's slower than Windows.
Yes, even I am dishonest. Not in many ways, but in some. Forty-one, I think it is.
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