[FoRK] white hat pwn

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Sun Jun 30 03:34:09 PDT 2013

First, the Chrome remote desktop sharing works great.  I assume it also works for Chromebooks which is probably whey they needed it.

Second, a Chromebook is probably the way to go for a new device. The pixel is awesome, Mac-level touchpad and gestures (scrolling!) 
which beats every PC I've tried lately, but perhaps expensive.  HP has a new Chromebook for $399.

The Chromebook has zero maintenance in most ways, is easy to operate, and easy to find and run apps etc.  Startup and WiFi 
connections are instant, Verizon takes about 5 seconds.

The range of apps is interesting, including several services that support remote use of Microsoft Apps and other things via cloud 
VMs.  These are getting slick.
A lot more runs locally.  Someone noticed that Chrome beta now has Word and Excel editing built in to the browser, expected to be in 
the Chromebook shortly.

The other option might be an Android tablet with docking keyboard.  Some of those are essentially laptop form factors.


On 6/29/13 9:10 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> I've had good luck with Google chrome desktop but he'd have to install
> chrome first... and then install desktop from the chrome store...
> On Jun 29, 2013 6:28 PM, "Lucas Gonze" <lucas.gonze at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Good idea, I'll try it.
>> On Jun 29, 2013 5:56 PM, "Kevin Marks" <kevinmarks at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Can you use a Web based vnc substitute?
>>> Eg gotomypc.com
>>> On Jun 29, 2013 5:27 PM, "Lucas Gonze" <lucas.gonze at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> I tried that but his memory is too brittle. The differences at the
>>>> pixel level prevented him from doing things like logging in to his
>>>> email.
>>>> I'm buying him an iPad as part of my current project. I'll have it
>>>> sent to my house, install software, set up his accounts, and ship it
>>>> to him. Then when he has a problem he can ship it back to me.
>>>> But he writes, and that has to be on a real computer. (Bluetooth
>>>> keyboard on iPad is too complex).
>>>> On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM, Reza B'Far (Oracle)
>>>> <reza.bfar at oracle.com> wrote:
>>>>> Buy him a Mac :)  It'll save you both time...
>>>>> On 6/29/13 4:49 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>>>>>> Don't yet know the version of Windows. His MUA calls itself thus:
>>>>>> Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:17.0) Gecko/20130620
>>>>>> Thunderbird/17.0.7
>>>>>> On Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM, Lucas Gonze <lucas.gonze at gmail.com
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> My elderly father's cognitive skills are too depressed to manage
>> his
>>>>>>> own Windows + IE8. So I decided to take control with VNC and manage
>>> it
>>>>>>> myself. No luck. He can't find the download.
>>>>>>> I could mail him a USB stick with VNC, but that's no help because
>> he
>>>>>>> needs to find the USB stick in Windows Explorer. Same story with a
>>> CD.
>>>>>>> Could I do it with autorun.inf?
>>>>>>> Basically I need a highly infectious and rather nasty bit of haxing
>>> to
>>>>>>> get this to work.
>>>>>>> Ideas?
>>>>>> _

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