daecabhir: (Geek Out)
So, I'm looking at making a push to get off the Microsloth bandwagon, kind of in the same breath as getting a new laptop this summer. This means not only ditching the M$ OSes if possible, but also their software. Of course, there are some things upon which I rely for which I have had problems finding an analog under Mac OS X:
  • Microsoft Visio - Yes, [livejournal.com profile] tth I know it isn't a real CAD program, but I use it ALOT. I do more structured drawings than I would care to admit, so I need this capability.

  • Microsoft Access - Sure, it's not a *real* database, but for quick and dirty it is hard to beat.



Also amongst my list of questions is how to replace the Windows NT domain authentication we're currently using on our network (yes, NT... still running a Windows NT server... is there a problem with that?) to control access to network shares, etc. Anyone out there using an OS X or Linux box to provide similar capabilities to OS X boxen, so I can wash my hands of M$?

daecabhir: (Zonked)
Any of my male members of my f-list shave their faces in the shower? If so, what are you using the shave, and what kind of mirror are you using?
daecabhir: (Rockin Out)
Ok folks, I'm looking for some informed opinions on the following tech items. Suggestions on brand/model and where to purchase would all be appreciated where appropriate. Your thoughts on the relative usefulness of items, or your experiences with them would also be gratefully appreciated.
  • scanners - I would like to obtain a good quality color flatbed scanner with a USB 2.0 interface. The primary use for this would be scanning in color and black & white photos and line art.

  • Used / refurbished PlayStation 2 - I already own one that I bought new, but I am thinking that I want a second one because there are two types of gaming I want to do. First, I want to keep a PS2 hooked up to the TV downstairs for DDR and perhaps some shoot-em-up games that require a tube TV (i.e., uses a light gun). But I would also like to hook up a PS2 to my gear in my office so that I can play Guitar Hero and some other games on my LCD monitor without having to go downstairs. Yeah, I am lazy, so bite me.

  • Diskkeeper - As in, does anyone use this product, and how is it better than what Windows XP Pro provides natively?

  • Snort & Ethereal - We're seeing alot of bandwidth suckage, and I'd like to know if it is because of unauthorized or otherwise suspect traffic via Wifi or an infected box. So I'd like to plug something into the hub we have between the cable modem and the Linksys cable modem router (and later put something between the Wifi box and the router) to get a handle on what is going on. Anyone doing something like this? I am assuming that I should be able to use something like Snort and Ethereal on my 15 inch TiBook, since Unix is Unix is dog-meat, but correct me if I am wrong.





Ok, enough for now... must go set up the new bird feeder, and address the dishes, recycling and trash. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
daecabhir: (Sleeeepy....)
I'm just curious if any of the bearded folk make use of electric shavers for maintaining the areas that are not the beard and moustache, and what kind of experiences or recommendations they may have. This isn't about a beard trimmer (I use one of those), I'm talking about and electric shaver that non-beard wearing folks might use to shave their entire face. My curiosity stems from a desire to be able to do a "clean up" without using a blade - not because I dislike a real razor, but because the real razor incurs a mess with shaving gel and is a bitch to get out of the areas that do not get shaved but take collateral shaving gel damage. Thanks in advance folks...

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