TLDR; No. I don’t especially like the look of it. You have to trust a company who is making money out of (hoping) their product is secure. I personally like KeePass ( http://keepass.info ) which works on all my devices and, coupled with a internet sync service (that also leaves you comfortable with the level of security offered), works on all my devices.
My best mate dropped over on the weekend and left me an ancient Sony Vaio that he’d acquired for his 7-year-old daughter.
After shooting the breeze over the beer, we got to talking about his daughters computer use. Essentially he (and she) just wanted “something she can use and have for her own” – he’d already been supplied with a Live CD of Doudou Linux which she’d been booting from, yet due to the failing hard drive in the near fossilized Vaio, the machine was taking far too long to start-up – by which time her attention span was exceeded.
With my wife adopting a new notebook weâ€™ve found ourselves with an additional, usable machine which weâ€™ve earmarked for our boys use.
The unit in question is a rather dated IBM Thinkpad R51 which ran fine with Windows XP, but given that our boys are now of an age where they are being more inquisitive, Iâ€™ve decided that something a little more robust would better fit the bill than the aging Windows OS.
As a keen open source OS user myself, Iâ€™m planning to drop Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) onto the notebook and then lock down the configuration to allow the boys to experiment, but not break the environment.
So, looking at the task list ahead of me, Iâ€™ll be looking to run through the following:
- Install the OS (release date is 29/04/2010)
- Install and configure parental control on the boys user accounts
- Lock down the rest of the system on the boys accounts
- Let the boys at the notebook and observe what usability issues crop up
The next few articles getting posted to the blog will be following through this list so Iâ€™ll be making extensive use of search engines, forums and any other resources I can leverage to get the best info to make this happen as painlessly as possible. Suggestions in the comments please 🙂