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Posted bynewsdee
Posted on10/23/08 09:07 AM

The P in PC stands for "Personal" and I don't like anybody else using my box. It's not so much because I'm worried of somebody finding some stuff theey shouldn't, but more because nobody resists the temptation to install whatever stupid programs they normally use. Plus if something goes wrong I have no idea what was installed so it's much harder to do the cleanup.

So for me the best solution is to have another PC. Sure it's some expense but it doesn't have to be the most powerful box out there. WinXP now runs on pretty cheap hardware. If that box goes to hell then you wipe out the HDD, reinstall and voila good to go again.

The other solution would be to setup a VM. Personally I run VMWare with Ubuntu (which you can do for free as the VM Player and the Ubuntu "virtual appliance" are both freely available). Only downside is that you need quite a bunch of RAM.

In both situations the ability to clean up all by reverting to a saved backup is really helpful. When it's not your PC, it's very annoying to have to spend time doing tech support.

The third thing you could do is use a LiveCD - you reboot the PC with it, and you get a fully powered PC that's mostly unbreakable. For storage you can use an external HDD.

[download a life]

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*Anyone have young kids?  SilentAce10/23/08 06:29 AM
.*Install Linux, use Windows in a VM  Halcyon10/23/08 10:33 PM
..*Of course you can  Snowball 210/23/08 11:48 PM
...*Dude  Halcyon10/24/08 06:29 PM
....*It's getting there (but it hasn't yet arrived)  Snowball 210/24/08 08:17 PM
.....*Re: It's getting there (but it hasn't yet arrived)  Halcyon10/27/08 00:49 AM
.*Re: Anyone have young kids?  VmprHntrD10/23/08 08:42 PM
..*Why don't you have a seat over there *nt*  wildcat10/23/08 09:23 PM
.*Re: Anyone have young kids?  Cereal Killer10/23/08 11:15 AM
..*yeah will probably do that -nt-  SilentAce10/23/08 12:03 PM
.*i would just buy a new machine for him.  Ti-BOne10/23/08 10:19 AM
..3 solutions  newsdee10/23/08 09:07 AM
..*he is getting his own pc -mt- just wondering what now  SilentAce10/23/08 11:58 AM
...*some more options  newsdee10/23/08 07:21 PM
....*Re: some more options  SilentAce10/23/08 07:36 PM
...*block ie, install firefox. -nt- problem solved. (for most part)  Ti-BOne10/23/08 01:11 PM
....*Re: block ie, install firefox. -nt- problem solved. (for most part)  itchyNADZ10/23/08 03:22 PM
.....*seems interesting -nt- maybe overkill but i will look into it  SilentAce10/23/08 07:01 PM
..*Don't forget the program Deep Freeze -nT-  itchyNADZ10/23/08 09:27 AM