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Apr
24
comment Extract data from PDF document to CSV
+1 Thank you for the attempted solution. Can the solution be used for 100+ pages or is this a manual solution?
Feb
25
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@markM In theory "To someone that wants to reinstall an OS, snipping a lock on the case and moving a jumper is pretty easy" and that may be true to you. However, doing so is much scarier and daunting to the average user than popping in a Windows CD. The vast majority of the population does not follow sites like superuser.com. Which would your grandma rather do?
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@nhinkle: That is a great suggestion. I've gotten a bit busy at work but once some of my time frees up again I will do that and post that link here.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
This answer is similar to the one superuser.com/questions/246234/…. I will focus on that one for now.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
+1 interesting idea. thanks.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
+1 interesting. thanks.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
I wouldn't expect move from someone else I made a deal with, accidents happen. These are not professional operations (as I'm sure you can tell :) ). In addition to small business websites of friends, I'd like to host websites that run bioinformatics applications, and maybe a storage site for me and my friends.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
I'm a student, Linode's monthy cost of $20 before tax hurts my wallet more than buying a used computer and fixing it up and giving it away to get at least a year's hosting and maybe two. I suppose six 9's is less important than load balancing. Besides, are you really saying that two cheap DSL connections at two peoples homes with failover give six 9's? Sometimes when I go to bed or move stuff around my room I accidentally hit the switch on my power bar.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@nhinkle @bitslave: maybe I need to rethink whether this is the best strategy. I'm not saying I know more than you guys, I'm just trying to defend what my logic was at the time.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@nhinkle: that is a good thought about the cheap shared hosting plan, but that solution doesn't have the control I need. There are few such plans with root access and sufficient dedicated ram. Sometimes there is red tape to get anything done. Uptime guarantees are discussed here whreviews.com/the-uptime-guarantee.htm
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@Alain: ok thanks for attempting a solution anyways! :)
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
I suppose I could achieve that with scripts on the ubuntu partition and be fairly confident the end user couldn't remove or disable the script. Maybe.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
I'm going to leave this question open a bit longer just to see if any other potential solutions develop. I was thinking about asking a follow up question. Whether there is a way to make a computer die if it doesn't get internet connection for a few days. I fear there will be even more backlash if I post that question though.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@Omeid Herat: hmm... yes that would solve the problem I believe. If no USB/CD-ROM boot was possible and no USB epoxy was necessary then I think it would work for my purposes.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@aqua I understand this doesn't make too much sense to others. If it helps think of it as me trying to play with remote hosting and failover. I will have one computer with me serving pages on a cheap DSL connection but what if my internet goes down, or my power goes out? This project will allow me to have another computer(s) at a remote location to act as a failover at little cost and 100% control.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@Trufa Thanks :)
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@barlop you are right. I thought ultrasawblade was being sarcastic with his last comment but I need to reexamine this answer.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
No, they need to be able to use usb and cd without being able to reinstall the operating system very easily. Can you solve that problem?
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
@netvope Thank you for the explanation. I understand why this forum shouldn be tech support for Big Business. However, if there is a clear, concise, unique, directed, computer-related question, I think it should not matter who is asking or why.
Feb
16
comment How can I make it difficult to install a new operating system on a certain computer?
That would be a sufficient barrier for my purposes. That is sufficiently difficult.