[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

Nathan Moore ntmoore at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 10:16:44 EDT 2007


Regarding the questions about ssh/tty clients:

(1) I think the main advantage of putty is that its so lightweight.  If I'm
visiting my inlaws and need to check on my cluster (200 miles away), I can
download putty and run it right from the desktop.  I don't need
administrator access to install it, I don't need to download 100MB from a
buggy server - its fast and light, and I don't have to pay any money for it.

(2) All of you windows guys must have tried cygwin at least once.  Although
it takes a while to install and although the font selection is pretty
terrible, you must admit that it is pretty convenient for mimicking general
*nix functionality.

On an almost-related vein, the wife wants a new laptop.  Have any of you
owned one of the $500 specials that they sell at Walmart/newegg?  I figure
if its running XP for things like organizing photos and writing email, there
isn't much need for the latest and greatest.

regards,

NT

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