* Posts by Sean Kennedy

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

Sean Kennedy

You know, I can't help but imagine that somewhere in Sony, there's "that" IT guy who's been screaming, probably for years, that they need to take security seriously. He's probably been reprimanded for it, because he won't let it drop.

Putting aside all the evil bullshit Sony has pulled in the past, I'd say they probably deserve this because they didn't take security seriously. There should have been no way a single hack, or even a series of hacks, have gotten this much data. Compromised them this much.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

Sean Kennedy

Some produce infographics containing interesting tit-bits of information about sysadmins.

Erm, I believe that's supposed to be "tidbit".

Although I like the incorrect form better, myself. Kind of rolls off the tongue, as it were.

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BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

Sean Kennedy

Re: More BS from RIM

Ouch. You do understand the concept of resolution vs pixel size, right?

Indeed, although I'm at a bit of a loss to explain how it's relevant in context here.

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Sean Kennedy

More BS from RIM

Anyone notice how the cells in the spreadsheet on the android is at least twice the length of the cells on the passport?

Who falls for that crap?

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

Sean Kennedy

Maybe women just don't like coding?

I will never understand the need to chase specific classes of people for professions. Are we really so short on willing coders that we need to entice disinterested parties into the job?

I mean, isn't the end goal here to get people who aren't that interested in doing the job INTO the job over those that ARE interested in doing it? Does that make sense to anyone?

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Democrats pitch long-shot bid for FCC ban on prioritization deals

Sean Kennedy

I doubt it's a serious attempt

To me, this smells more like a political "look at what my opponent wouldn't support but I did!"

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

Sean Kennedy

I'm lobbying for a good rebranding myself

"Central Unified Network Technologies Specialists"

Kind of rolls of the tongue, don't it?

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Sean Kennedy

Clouds are so last week

Haven't you heard? It's all about the "Internet of Things". Now, I can hear you cynics out there thinking ( it's a gift ), "But things were already on the internet!", and you'd be "technically" correct ( especially in the case of some specialty fetish sites ). But what we're talking about here are "Things(tm)". You know. With a capital T.

Presumably, clouds would constitute a "Thing(tm)". Web2.0? Perhaps another "Thing(tm)".

Maybe Adobe's problem isn't the draconian DRM, nor it's over-reliance on their obviously incompetent staff, but that they simply do not have enough "Things(tm)".

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

Sean Kennedy

I sometimes wonder if the author works where I work, or have worked. Too many stories mirror reality too closely. Sadly, this reduces any enjoyment I may derive from the stories and instead threaten, at times, to give me flashbacks.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

Sean Kennedy

Re: Act Like a President...

taking selfies is fine if you are a private individual, but I'm sorry, I expect more mature behavior out of my president. Unfortunately I'm stuck with this idiot for a few more years...

Then we'll get an entirely new idiot to tolerate for at least 4 years.

And no; selfies are not "fine". Tolerated, fine, but they're idiotic.

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Sean Kennedy

There's a certain amount of irony in the president, or at least his administration, getting up in arms about how personal data is used.

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Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

Sean Kennedy

Yelp ain't a bed of roses either

Folks have already spoken of the merits of Yahoo, so let me take a moment to talk about yelp.

Ostensibly they are a reputation service. Unfortunately, they work in much the same way as dating websites; they have every interest in hooking businesses for fees in order to "manage their reputations". I've worked with several businesses in this area, and have seen first hand how you get shill reviewers posting objectively false negative reviews, and the only way to correct it is to buy the expensive services from yelp, or to try to get your own customers to post positive reviews in order to offset the negative.

Now, I don't know if these are just individuals out to troll local businesses or there is something more nefarious going on, but ultimately it doesn't matter. When your business model relies on trolls, your entire company premise is ethically and morally flawed.

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Apple, Symantec, other tech heavies challenge anti-gay legislation

Sean Kennedy

Re: Guess I'll be the bad guy

BillG; does [h] mean anything to you?

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Sean Kennedy

Re: We aren't back in the Jim Crow days

But why do we have those laws? And why do they apply to private businesses? I should be allowed to discriminate against religious nuts by refusing service if I so choose to.

As it stands, I can be compelled by law to perform service for people I may otherwise wish to refuse service for.

( granted, I'm guessing this only applies to protected classes and only if the reason to refuse service is because they exist in the protected class. Still .... )

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Sean Kennedy

Guess I'll be the bad guy

Why is it wrong to allow private businesses to refuse service to whomever they choose?

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not taking the position of religious freedom here; Not only am I not religious, I happen to think the nutters behind this bill are small minded bigots. BUT, their business is their private property. In essence. Why should they be forced to provide service/product to people they don't want to?

The premise for the bill may be reprehensible, but the results are something else again.

It's worth noting that it's a two way street; businesses could decide to refuse service to those that refuse service. We aren't back in the Jim Crow days, where the minority is without power of their own; they could very well turn around and refuse service right back.

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California high school hackers expelled for grade tampering, test thievery

Sean Kennedy

Re: They tried to cheat

They won't find things so easy when they are in the real world

I know. Results vary, but in the harshest instances of cheating they could be promoted to management.

But of course, the cheaters by that point are already in management, so I guess it's a moot point.

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

Sean Kennedy

Another factor

Another factor that helped propagate this is MS's past shady behavior. I have no problem believing, for instance, that they would include legacy support but have disabled it in order to generate future revenue.

It's the unfortunate truth.

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CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

Sean Kennedy

Re: I don't want control ( Mephistro )

Haven't you ever considered the possibility that many of those IT departments are too under-budgeted and/or under manned to perform those requests?

Of course. The problem is that, quite often, IT depts will simply say "No", or possibly "No Money" and shutdown the request.

That's not the proper way to handle it, however. You need to involve the requesting department in the entire process. Done correctly, they'll come to the same conclusion you did. But they need to feel included and that you took their request seriously.

What I've found is that when you take the time to educate other departments, not only do they stop going around IT, but they work with you to lift those constraints. IT budgets are often low because IT is "magic" to everyone out side of IT, because no one has ever taken the time to show everyone what IT actually does.

Communication is, as ever, key.

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Sean Kennedy

Re: I don't want control ( Peter )

I suspect they meant "obstructionists" as opposed to "gatekeeper".

Too often I've walked into IT depts where they do their best to torpedo every request. I've never really learned where IT depts get this attitude from, but it's prevalent. One of the first things I have to do anywhere I go is implement an objective approval process, complete with open communication to all involved parties.

Too often the IT decision making processes are voodoo to outside departments, precisely because there is no visibility, no communication. This breeds an environment where outside depts are resentful that IT nixed their FTP server project, and IT is resentful because of their perceived attitude problem.

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Sean Kennedy

Re: I don't want control

To be fair, a lot of blame belongs to IT depts too. I have run in to too many of them who act as roadblocks to new processes as opposed to assistants in building business efficiency.

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Sean Kennedy

I don't want control

I don't want to be in control of these projects, I just want to be involved.

It's shortsighted in the extreme for these outside departments to exclude their experts when making tech decisions. Too often I have had an outside department bring me a multi-thousand dollar software package only to be told, a) We don't have the server infrastructure for it and b) they didn't buy enough licenses and c) we don't have the network infrastructure to handle the remote sites.

Usually, it's even more basic than that; often they'll buy things that don't match their requirements. Not their "wants", but their requirements.

To say nothing about the various regulations that need to be observed.

IT, as a department, has untold amounts of experience with all things technical and regulatory. Not including them in a tech project is remarkably stupid.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

Sean Kennedy

As a citizen of the USA, allow me to apologize.

...although the wording here bugs the shit out of me. Had they asked me if I "believed" in evolution, I'd have probably said no, too. Belief requires faith. I do not blindly accept evolution; rather I appreciate the real, hard science that has gone into our current theory ( note: Scientific Theory, not the slang "Theory" which is more hypothesis ), and appreciate all of the hard work that we still have to do to further refine it.

But "believe in it"? It's a slap in the face to every evolutionary biologist to slap faith and belief on to the subject, and I refuse to do so.

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A woman in IT is like a dog who speaks: Rare. A woman in IT security?

Sean Kennedy

Re: Women + IT

"A woman in IT is like a male hairdresser. There really aren't that many of them, but the ones who are there are damn good at what they do."

I disagree with this generalization. I've worked with a lot of women in IT, and they were just as competent as their male counterparts; which is to say, not at all.

Presumably there must be a female IT employee out there that CAN do the work for which she is hired, I just have never met her.

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Does a cloud have to be public, or can it be private?

Sean Kennedy

What is the definition of a "Cloud"

Does anyone know what a "Cloud" really represents? I know sales drones and managers love to throw the term around, each believing it to mean whatever is more advantageous to their own interests ( which is a hoot in meetings, let me tell you ), but neither really understands what it means. Sadly, nor do most IT folks. So sit right back and prepare to receive some serious knowledge;

A Cloud is nothing more than a S.E.P., from HHGG, almost literally. When you contract for cloud services, what you are really do is making the infrastructure "Somebody Else's Problem".

Amazon offers SEP services for companies, but it's equally possible to turn IT into a service oriented service, where other divisions of the business buy infrastructure services. Ergo, it is entirely possible to have a "private cloud" service.

( It's possibly worth noting that I have a rational need to do violence to people who use the word "Cloud" seriously. )

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

Sean Kennedy

The market will correct

Just imagine if "Always on" does become a requirement from here on out. What a great marketing angle for the next bunch of indie developers that want to make a splash with their game concepts.

Dear EA/Microsoft: Please do make an internet connection a requirement for all of your games, single player or otherwise.

Indies have the greatest potential for great games with original ideas. Let's give them all the help we can, shall we?

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

Sean Kennedy

"There would be no competition and therefore no reason for the browsers to continue to evolve/improve."

Not necessarily. It's not that a single company would have a monopoly ( as MS had with IE way back when ), it would actually be several different companies all competing against each other, just using a common render as a starting point. MS moving to webkit would basically mean that website incompatibilities would go by the wayside, not that development would stagnate.

In fact, I think we'd end up seeing an explosion of GUI enhancements driven by that competition.

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US military nails 'best ever' Microsoft deal, brags size does matter

Sean Kennedy

Re: Just a thought

This sounds great until you consider how much it would cost to develop said software, the chances of getting it right ( practically nil ).

On top of that, then you need to find techs to support it; good luck with that. Unless you plan on building out a world class training system, dealing with the 1+ year plus lead time between hiring a tech and real usefulness, plus paying the wages necessary for retention...ya, it adds up quickly.

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

Sean Kennedy

How much tax is "enough" if what they are currently doing is legal?

Seriously? I get we're supposed to be outraged, but how much in taxes should they be paying if they are currently legal? As it's legal, what additional authority gets to be in charge of "Tax moral obligations"?

This has always astounded me. Just like people, corporations will use whatever legal means necessary to save on taxes. They have every right to do so, and they have every obligation to do so. If the folks making the laws find that behavior distasteful....maybe they might make some laws to fix that behavior they find so reprehensible?

Of course they won't, because those laws are in place for a reason.

Faux outrage. Moving on.

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RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

Sean Kennedy

I said it before, I'll say it again

RIM needs to bail on the hardware. They have demonstrated a unique incompetence in this area, and other companies are handing them their lunch. The App store needs to go too. In fact, the only thing they really should be focusing on is managing mobile data devices. They *should* be focusing on a point to point secure mobile solution. Indeed, they should have for a couple years now.

What do I mean by that? A client, available for all major phone platforms, that provides management and security functionality. Business email, stored encrypted on otherwise wide open devices. The ability to remotely wipe business data. To GPS track phones...the list goes on and on. They could very well have maintained their corporate presence had they jumped on board this ship years ago, but they still have a name in corporate data security and could trade on that, although it would be an uphill battle at this point.

Were I a share holder, I'be furious at the opportunities the board has continually wasted.

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'Brit Bill Gates' defends his honour in open letter to HP board

Sean Kennedy

Re: Unimaginable corruption

Then they are a part of their con, albeit unwittingly. Which doesn't absolve them of guilt. Indeed, that it was implicit fraud based on their own incompetence should make it worse, in my opinion.

My point was, however, that Autonomy can hardly be blamed if they got a clean bill of health prior to being sold. If the purchase was based on crap financials ( which I have no problems believing is the case here ), the only culpable party is the company making the purchase.

I would *love* to see HP sue itself, but I suspect that wouldn't be good for the bottom line.

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Unimaginable corruption

If you stop and think about this, in order for HP's claim of fraud to hold weight, the corruption would have encompassed thousands of vendors, customers and partners, or the auditors themselves.

I find it extraordinary unlikely this team could have managed such a feat given all I know about them. It's far more likely HP's management team has a broken decision making process ( shock! horror! ), and are simply trying to save their jobs and, more importantly, their egos, by portioning blame elsewhere for their screw up.

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Google claims Chrome is the world's most popular browser

Sean Kennedy

Would be nice if Google actually created something from scratch.

Oh? Why is that? They are taking good software packages and putting a high amount of polish on them. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, you might even say that google is doing the OSS community a favor by the exposure.

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Advertisers slam Microsoft over 'Do not track' decision

Sean Kennedy
Facepalm

To track or to not track..

"It has worked with Microsoft and the government for over three years on proposals to ensure privacy and still allow tracking without "Do not track" being turned on by default, it said, and now Redmond has acted unilaterally."

Did anyone else need to reread this a couple times before they got what was being said? So they want to track, even though consumers don't want to be tracked. And MS nixed that, instead making it the customer's choice.

And somehow, they're wrong for that decision. Is it any wonder we hate the advertising industry?

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Kaspersky: Apple security is like Microsoft's in 2002

Sean Kennedy

Re: made me laugh

Giggle all you want, but MS has made some serious strides towards a secure product ( I'll grant there have been some missteps ).

Anymore it's not MS product that compromises a machine, but a flaw in the application running on top of MS OSes. Not unlike many vulnerabilities that have hit linux in recent years.

The only complaint I might have with MS's security is the turn around time for releasing patches. I get the mechanics behind it, and understand them, but I still feel they could kick the patches out the door a bit quicker.

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RIM mulls pimping BlackBerry OS to Samsung – report

Sean Kennedy

I've said it for years now...

...it's time for RIM to give up the hardware biz. They've had their butts handed to them by both Android and Apple. They lost their dominance, and they don't have what it takes to pull off the miracle of getting it back.

With that said, RIM's name still commands respect when we're talking about manageability and security of mobile threat vectors. If RIM wants to continue trading, they need to shift their focus to their server/client software; write GOOD client security management software for Android, Apple and Windows phones/tablets. Tweak their management server so it's not so...touchy. And, above all else, they need to allow corporations to run their management services without filtering through RIM's servers.

The smart phone wars are done and over, as far as RIM is concerned, and they let themselves lose. Horribly. Time to salvage what they can.

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

Sean Kennedy

An alternative perspective

The old spy adage, which I'm going to mutilate, applies here: The spy of your enemy is only theirs so long as you aren't aware of them, then they are yours.

Employers want to play this game, that's fine, I'm better at it then they are. Whereas many people have facebook accounts for their own private use, mine was built for the sole purpose of my ( or future employers pursuing it ). Everything I post on there is designed to promote the image of a conscientious employee and caring individual that faces the issues that everyone does, but rises to meet any challenge ( you might call that my facebook page's mission statement ).

Sure, that makes me a manipulative bastard...but then that's a compliment in my book.

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HP earnings fall 44% on Whitman's debut quarter

Sean Kennedy

Having recently tried to purchase a server

I have a unique perspective, I think. I recently tried to purchase a server. Their dl160g6. What a nightmare. 1 week after the supposed ship date ( overnighted of course ), I called to inquire where my server was. Oh, harddrive shortage. ETA in may sometime. No call, no email. Nothing. So, fine, whatelse have you got on hand? I'll take those. Great, they're in the warehouse, I'll get 4 in there and get the server out to you. Another week goes by, nothing. Called them back, oh, those drives are in stock! The server isn't expected to ship until the end of march though, and no one could tell me why.

Finally, I told them to forget about the drives, just refund the cost and ship me the server. Oh, and could you send me some drive trays so I can get my own drives? Certainly! Couple days later I get the server, in pieces. No drive trays ( drives arrived same day ). The next week, the drive trays finally arrive...but they're the wrong ones.

Ended up finishing the order from server suppliers, but if this is indicative of how the process is going to be going forward, I can completely understand why their server sales are slumping. Myself, I'm researching alternate server vendors because of this experience.

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NoSQL databases not just for the 'cool kids'

Sean Kennedy

Silly

" I'm sure standard DBs will go away. It's not a question of if but when."

That's...well, really naive. There's a reason standard, or rather, traditional relational databases will be around for a very long time; they work for specific data sets. A lot of datasets work very well in a relational model.

There are areas where nosql works better, no arguments. But claiming it'll replace relationals is just silly and ignorant.

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George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

Sean Kennedy

They DO check the suggestion box!

I've been saying he needs to retire for YEARS. It's obvious, from his recent ( and not so recent, frankly ) efforts that he hasn't been on his A game for a while. Or B game. I'm not even willing to grant him a C game at this point.

I can't wait to see what someone competent can do with the start wars series once the torch has been passed.

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Google+ chases MySpace for second place

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And still no word to us Apps folks

Us Apps users, you know, those of us PAYING for gmail service for our domains, are still unable to log in. This despite being promised that it was only weeks away back in March.

The main complaint most of us have is not that we don't have access, but that google isn't giving us anything in the way of a concrete timeframe. We get "soon", "few weeks away", ect. That's when we hear something, which is often only after months of silence.

See here: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google%20Apps/thread?tid=1b296c46c43d4980&hl=en

And here: http://code.google.com/p/google-plus-platform/issues/detail?id=22

To get an idea at how the apps users are being ignored.

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Oracle's Android claims slashed by US patent authorities

Sean Kennedy

The difference between SCO and Oracle

Oracle actually has a product which is selling. Several, in fact, though I can't help but think their database occupies the same class as novell's networking software; has a limited number of core competencies that most people will never utilize, but because the name is famous people insist on using it. Despite it's rather clunky nature.

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MobileMe drove Steve Jobs to foul-mouthed fury

Sean Kennedy

On proper management and never losing your temper

As a manager, you play to your audience. It's a show, you see, and your audience are the veeps and directors.

You want X, and in order to motivate your crew you have to hit them where it'll do the most good. And let's not discount the reputation factor; you can be guaranteed that news of this tirade was on everyone's lips without hours after it happening. No one wants to be in that situation, and will work their ass off to avoid it.

It know it's not PC, but negative reinforcement works well in many situations.

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Farewell, Novell

Sean Kennedy

Less a wake, more a party

Novell had an awesome product 15 years ago, I won't argue that. Best thing out there at the time.

Sadly, not much changed for them in 15 years, where as the rest of the world progessed. Having been forced to work with Novell extensively over the years, I can really only say one thing about this;

Rot in Hell novell. Your tech was crap, and I was tired of being forced to work with it.

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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

Sean Kennedy

Old man, indeed

If your definition of "old man" is "out of touch". Don't get me wrong, I actually like the public image of Bon Jovi ( music, acting and what little I've read about the guy himself ), but he's showing his ignorance here. All Jobs did was find a cash model to the already online music swapping activity. Hell, if anything, he put the music business on life support for a little while longer. The music business should be looking to him to SAVE their sorry asses.

I think the piece of the puzzle our 80's idol is missing is that music was being traded quite a bit online already, sans-Jobs. Still is, in fact. Had no one come along to start making money off of it, the music business would have run themselves in to the ground years ago, denying there was anything they could do to stop it the entire time.

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Red Hat: 'Yes, we undercut Oracle with hidden Linux patches'

Sean Kennedy

@Vic

Quoteth: Windows servers need much more coddling. Linux Just Works.

Er, not exactly. Windows and Linux have been neck and neck as far as OS stability for years. The main issue you run into when it comes to stability is the application running on top of it.

Now sure, you can make the case that developing on windows is faster and looser than on linux, hence there are more flaws. But after the decade I've been in this industry, I'd say both OSes suffer from proprietary vendor oddness. Both are susceptible to stability issues due to application level glitches.

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Novell paints Red Hat Linux manager green

Sean Kennedy

Zenworks

To be fair, most windows admins don't want to touch zenworks either, so I think the problem with zenworks runs a bit deeper than a simple windows vs linux rivalry.

( RHCE/MCITP EA admin here )

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London Stock Exchange floored, again

Sean Kennedy

This just drives home what I've always said...

People like to carp on the reliability of MS server software, but in fact it's usually vendor software which breaks.

Honestly, I'd say both linux and Windows are equally stable.

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World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

Sean Kennedy

Excellent, can we please move on now?

I get it. The industry is running out of things to "innovate", we're hitting a TV platue. That's a good thing, in my opinion. Let's focus on improved LCD production techniques, or dare I say it? OLED sets.

Stop pushing 3D crap on everyone though. You've already lost me as a theater goer after the tron debacle ( movie was great, but forced to see it in 3D even though most of it wasn't ), I'm on the fence about a new TV ( whether to get one, or cancel cable ). Force 3d down my throat, I'm out.

I'm not alone in this.

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Microsoft and Attachmate were not Novell's destiny

Sean Kennedy

Where Novell lost out? You all are missing it

Novell started losing the game when MS began making network administration tools more intuitive than novell's offerings. I don't think anyone here would disagree that administrating MS networks is more complex than novell networks; quite the opposite. Novell's management tools never really got better, they'd just change direction midstep, leaving half done toolsets out there. Half done tool sets that were the only tools to use, in many cases.

For instance, I applaud their move to web services for network administration ( although iManager is...touchy. I'm still not quite sure how you screw up a web interface so badly, but then I shouldn't be surprised coming from Novell ), but then you try to manage Groupwise...and find the only tool available for that is in Console one. Which itself is finicky about java and the windows version you are running.

eDirectory is...ok. The problems I always had with it were the sharp edges; if you weren't careful, you could cause seriously confusion problems my simply moving a user to a different container.

And then we have...zenworks. Wow, what a steaming pile of crap. Sure, it does neat things..but nothing Active Directory + WPKG can't accomplish better ( and maybe a vnc for remote desktop capabililties ). Having been forced to use this abomination of an "enterprise desktop management application", I have to honestly wonder about the competency of any tech that recommends it.

Those were the three things that killed Novell, IMHO. Had they tightened up their client and made it less resource intensive, cleaned up the management tools and added a little polish, I'm sure they'd still be a force to deal with for MS. Oh, and had they never never touched zenworks.

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Oracle whacked by DoJ complaint

Sean Kennedy

I have an idea

How about...and this is the crazy part, YOU STOP GIVING ORACLE MONEY. If your vendor is erratic, you find a different vendor. Sure, it can be painful, so maybe you should remember this when making future decisions.

The government has no business getting involved here; the companies have choices, even if they don't like them.

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