Home network backup solutions?

Mark Haney mhaney at ercbroadband.org
Wed Feb 20 18:37:44 UTC 2008

Bill and Jan Klemme wrote:
> Hello folks,
> I am considering using Fedora and have downloaded R.8, but done nothing 
> else yet.  Is there any email list I can go to that uses language more 
> newbie-friendly?  I have no clue what you people are talking about...the 
> terminology is super-proprietary and without a dictionary or years of 
> experience I am totally lost.
> BTW I am not computer-illiterate.  My working career was IBM mainframe 
> tech support.  I am still lost in here.  With all respect for what you 
> all seem to know,  I need to go somewhere else to learn about this OS.  
> Any suggestions?
> Additionally, reading these emails has given me the thought that I may 
> have to become a Systems Programmer again just to keep my teeny desktop 
> running.  Not an attractive proposition at this stage of the game....
> Thanks in advance,
> Bill K
> PS  This post is the most familiar-sounding of any I have read today....

Hi Bill, a couple of things to consider here.  Most of us can explain 
things to you at the level you are comfortable with.  You hear a lot of 
geek speak, but only because a lot of us do this for a living and know 
the lingo.  That said, and I can only speak for myself, if you are 
willing to learn, then I'm willing to teach you.  I would say that's 
true for most everyone here.  There's a lot of times we'll take things 
offlist to make it easier, but for the most part we'll walk you through 
whatever you help you need.

We've recently had an issue with people who have refused to listen what 
was being told them and asking the same questions over and over again. 
I think that's spoiled the pot for some, but, as I said, if you are 
willing to learn, then we're here to help.  That's what this list is for.

There are plenty of resources on-line (google is your friend here) to 
help with basic concepts and steps, but sometimes just asking is the way 
to go.  What are your problems, and we'll see what we can do to help.

One more thing, a couple of notes on list etiquette, posting a reply at 
the TOP of a post is generally bad form.  Always try to remember to post 
at the bottom.  We read things from the top down and that helps with 
keeping track of the thread of the post.

Also, replying to the thread like you did with an email that's not on 
the topic of what the subject line is about is called hijacking a thread 
and is also considered bad form.  For a n00b it's no big deal, just some 
friendly advice.


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Mark Haney
Sr. Systems Administrator
ERC Broadband
(828) 350-2415

Call (866) ERC-7110 for after hours support

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