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  1. Curtis, you da man! I *LOVE* Cajun cuisine! I've bookmarked your site and have a few recipes I'd like to submit to you.
  2. It's amazing how far Linux has come in just a few years. I think I've probably tried nearly every major distro except Slackware - Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake and most recently Xandros. Xandros 5.0 is a beautiful piece of work, period. You guys who slam this distro for being too Windows-like can just hush. It's got the basic apps you need - you won't find a dozen text editors or six web browsers - and everything just works. Xandros Networks (a fancy front end for apt-get) makes downloading and installing system updates and other sofware very easy. And for those of us who aren't aren't afraid of the command line, it's easy to add new sources to Xandros Networks, open a terminal window, then apt-get to your heart's content. All in all this is an awesome Linux distribution. Some say it's pricey, but it's still a lot cheaper than XP Home!
  3. Exact opposite here. I've been with Vonage for 10 months and love the service. There's been one outage I'm aware of since signing up that knocked out service for a little over an hour, and that's been the extent of my problems with them. My only gripe is they don't offer WV numbers yet, so I had to go with a Virgina number. But since our house phone is just an alternative to the wireless these days, that's not a big deal.
  4. Because we are a family, namely La Cosa Nostra aka the Mafia. I'm Don Diego de la Vega.
  5. These guys are good, aren't they?
  6. Pocomail also offers Bayesian filtering to kill spam. Since it doesn't rely in IE's html rendering engine you're practically immune from malicious emails. It also offers two buttons in message view to enable/disable images and java or other scripting languages. An added filtering function allows you to selectively strip all html from messages based on user-defined criteria. I find this handy for reading html mailing lists. You can also use macros to customize your replies and message templates, or insert random taglines in your signature. I find this neat, since taglines were a big part of offline mail readers back in the BBS days. My only gripe with Poco is the buggy wrapping of text in the message editor.
  7. I use Pocomail for my mail client. It's small, fast, and has excellent filtering and security functions. It uses its own html rendering engine, so html mails laden with web bugs and other baddies don't bother me. It also has its own scripting language, a great feature if you process a lot of mail. On the job I use the mail app in OSX, because I have to.
  8. Are they in the right directory?
  9. I use Firefox but my site doesn't track my visits. It looks like my visitors are getting on the ball: Firefox 1.x 27% Internet Explorer 6.x 57% Internet Explorer 5.x 3% Internet Explorer 4.x 1% Mozilla 1.x 4% Netscape 7.x 1% Opera 7.x 1% Safari 1.x 6% Three months ago, Firefox's share was around 3%.
  10. Go here: http://www.frostjedi.com/terra/scripts/graemlin.php to make your own.
  11. Support just moved all my sites to TCH via cPanel and everything - forums, photo galleries, mailing lists, etc - remained intact.
  12. That's what I used to do. Sadly, when WalMart opened in this area, followed by Sam's Club, they drove the mom 'n pop computer stores out of business.
  13. Why does it bother you so? Skip over 'em... What better place to list the stats than the company forums?
  14. Some Linux users may sneer at the distros that offer simplified installation and XP-like interfaces, but I recently purchased Xandros Desktop Deluxe 3.0 after reading some good reviews. Mandrake 10.1 was sacrificed to make room, although I did leave /home so as not to lose some installed program settings. Installation took a grand total of six minutes and upon reboot I had.... nothing! The GUI would not launch. After a few minutes of cursing I remembered Xandros uses a heavily modified KDE and it doubtless was choking on my saved KDE settings in /home. So, I deleted all KDE info via the command line, rebooted from CD and did a rescue install. Success! I logged into a beautiful modded KDE desktop. Xandros had found all my hardware and set it up correctly with one exception - it didn't notice my net connection via LAN, which I was able to fix in a few seconds. The default browser is Mozilla (yuck) and Java and Flash both worked right off the bat when I browsed a few sites. The distro comes with everything the average user needs - Mozilla browser and mail, OpenOffice, CD player, MP3 player, Xine video player and other basics. Deluxe 3.0 also comes with an applications CD containing, among other things, the Firefox browser (yes!) and Evolution, an Outlook wannabe. Xandros' two strong features are Xandros Networks and the Xandros File Manager. Xandros Networks is nothing but a fancy front end for apt-get (Xandros is Debian-based) and is how most users will update/patch their OS and install new or updated applications. It's geared for the n00b coming over from Windows and is a quite elegant app. The user can browse software packages available for download, then simply point and click to install it. You can also browse commercial software available and purchase it from within Xandros Networks. One bonus with Xandros Networks - you can add "unsupported" repositories to the list of sources and thus have access to the huge number of Debian packages out there. And if you don't like the GUI, drop to a terminal and run good old apt-get! The Xandros File Manager is Windoze Explorer on steroids. It's an all-in-one utility - file manager, network browser and CD/DVD burner. Xandros deserves much credit for making Samba work so well - XFM found all Windoze shares on my LAN, mounted them and made them available for use. It also mounted and made available the Windoze partitions on my local machine. As an extra treat, Xandros 3.0 Deluxe comes with Crossover Office, a compatibility layer that will run many, many Windoze applications. I was able to install and run Photoshop 7 and Forte Agent 2.0 with just a few mouse clicks. In summation, Xandros is great for either the n00b or the experienced Linux user. Once you get past the slick interface it IS still just a Debian distro, after all, with all the power and stability Debian is famous for. In short order I installed the Pan newsreader, KMail, Firefox, and the Kaffeine media player. One caveat - don't try to update KDE. Xandros runs a heavily modified version of KDE and attempting to update from conventional sources will definitely BREAK your system. Xandros 3.0 is available in several configurations and there are discounts if you're upgrading from an older version. Read more about it at www.xandros.com. I've been a faithful Mandrake user for three years and IMHO, Xandros simply blows Mandrake and other user-friendly distros away.
  15. He wouldn't be able to register a copy of your XP install CD anyhow, since its key is now tied to your system. Besides, there is no way his Win95-era system would be able to run XP.
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