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Well, I had an old G4 PowerMac tower that was running at my grandparent’s place for the last couple years, but it looks like the power died, and I’m not sure it is worth fixing.  The truth is, it was to difficult for them to use anyway (they are both over age 85 and have never used a computer), and it was only being used by visitors.

So… I started poking around craiglist for some old desktops, and I’m looking to setup some sort of bulletproof installation which will allow them to do all the basics: email, web surf, watch video, check out online photos, maybe even skype/videochat.  I want to lock it down to a user-level so that nothing can break.  Even better if I can setup VPN so that I can remotely login to provide tech support.

So… Windows is out, it will eventually slow down and break, or some virus or worm will get on it.  Mac has proven too hard to use.  Google Chrome OS appears to have some potential but is too half-baked at this time.

Then I found Eldy.eu, and project that originated out of Italy to create an easy interface for the eldery.  They have a linux version, it looks like it can be installed over most linux distributions including Ubuntu, which is something I haven’t had problems installing before.

Who knows, does anyone know of any other strategies out there for this problem?  I’ll try to update this post with a followup…

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Day 5 After Palm Pre Release – Over 1700 Apps Available

by Eric on June 11, 2009 · 2 comments

in PDA / Smartphones

Now, these aren’t your typical GUI applications, these are Linux console apps. For 99% of the users out there, this doesn’t mean squat. However, the hacker and developer community probably shat their pants earlier today (I know I did).

Programs are installed through the Pre’s built in ipkg package manager. Installing programs is as easy as adding the Optware repository address to the ipkg configuration. Then, all you have to do is run “ipkg install ” form the root shell and VOILA, your program is installed.

via Day 5 After Palm Pre Release – Over 1700 Apps Available.

Actually, this is really amazing, and the speed at which the hacker community is going after the Pre is really encouraging.  I don’t really understand why there is so much activity around the Pre, Google Andriod is Linux based as well, so all these tools should be available there as well.  Yet there is a tethering hack out for the Pre already.

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