[extropy-chat] Redneck Transhumanists
gpropf1 at cfl.rr.com
Fri Jul 2 16:39:49 UTC 2004
>On Thu, 1 Jul 2004 22:49:42 -0700, Spike <spike66 at comcast.net> wrote:
>>>Extropian Agroforestry Ventures Inc.
>>>I use outdated computer systems and brag that its an advantage because
>>>some viruses are not targeted to work old systems...
>>Is this true? If so, you have stumbled upon a most
>>wonderful business opportunity. Since email uses soooo
>>very little CPU, one could produce machines that are
>>designed to do nothing but email, using some ancient
>>primitive savage processor, such as a 386 or a
>>quadra. Perhaps there are chip fabs still around
>>to make old processors? Many of us could dedicate
>>an old machine to email, then use our other machines
>>for compuationally intensive apps. I still have a
>>Mac quadra running in the office, for some specialty
>>applications that run only on that machine.
>Yes, it's true. Many new viruses and worms only work on the Windows XP
>technology, leaving Win98 machines alone.
There's a free firewall you can get if you have an old PC to spare just
for that. It's called IPCop and it uses a modified version of Linux. I
used it myself before I got a Linksys router which does much the same
task but with much lower power usage. A firewall won't prevent mail
based viruses though. For that I would suggest ditching the M$ mail
programs and going with Mozilla. IPCop is at
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