340 posts • joined Saturday 3rd March 2012 11:45 GMT
security groups and policies
If you just want to try out various operating systems, set up test environments and the like, VMWare Player or VirtualBox running on windows are fine. Both have been rock stable too so the only real pain is the overhead of the background OS. They also give you familiar easy ways to access the filesystems behind the scenes, make backups and so on. i.e. for most home use, fine.
Want to step it up a bit - basix ESXi or HyperV are both free (I think...) but both more difficult to use and (esp. ESXi) create some hardware restrictions, quirks like access to VMFS etc. Only really for businesses or people who want to geek-out a bit.
Professionals are the problem
The problem with company supplied systems is that some kind of auditor or 'security professional' will get involved. Meaning you're going to need some kind of onerous PITA multi-factor authentication, a nasty frontend that is heavily locked down, and timeouts and security dialogues and frequent complex password changes.
That is why users like Dropbox.
Bikes would be a better way to do it. Filter between lanes and catch them at it. Sadly since the laws appeared in the UK, in an attempt not to be seen texting, people are now looking down at the concealed phone - as well as not concentrating.
Anyone else remember Infosec a few years back?
The drab grey Cisco stand with a frikkin' juggler? This is the same.
The only plastic thing I've ever broken worth much.
Nothing new to sell?
Pre-ducted skirting board
For the money spent of the wireless speakers you could get pre-grooved skirting boards that could hide all your cables.
And they can look good too, not just plastic tat.
Chromebooks keep getting better
The only thing making me waver is Google's tendency to take the axe to products or change T+Cs at short notice leaving users in the lurch. If linux is a possible plan-B parachute in case of Google changeomania I might risk it as a replacement for my elderly netbook..
Not all bad
He inherited the helm at Microsoft's natural peak. That it hasn't tanked faster is a testament to some degree of competence. Sure there were problems - any company that big is going to have (stack ranking, Win8, mobile lethargy). X-Box, HyperV, Dynamics suite, Azure are all credible products.
The issues they face are
- old guard mindset ('Windows' at the core of everything) plus bad culture - stack ranking being a particular example.
- new kinds of toy destroying the old order. High margin Apple shiny for idiots, and low margin, paid for by advertising products from Google.
Massively overpriced buggy kit, poor compliance with networking standards, a sneering arrogant attitude, an emphasis on the nasty dated IOS over any sort of modern management tools. Confused why people are leaving.
PCs aren't trendy
Teachers want trendy free stuff like every other IT magpie-user in every other sector.
Overpriced phones and hypicrites
Does this mean third parties will be able to communicate freely by video with their vastly overpriced handsets via Callmanager? Without handing over their firstborn as a license fee. No? Same old Cisco.
I studied Politics
To give me lots of free time to drink coffee and beer - and there were a lot more girls on the course than in the science subjects - and it was easier. I did zoology in my first year and it was much harder than the two social sciences so I abandoned it.
Still got a job. I doubt employers pay much attention other than -degree? yes- to be honest, unless it is a very specific field.
Seriously The Reg / Apple people? WTF?
Google images, find. set...
...what the NSA -should- be doing? You know, spying on foreign powers. Rather than on Us citizens?
Tape is okay
If you don't mind waiting 48 hours to get your data back. With a relatively high percentage likelihood the tape is corrupt. And the endless cleaning tape hassle and manual labour of loading the things. And the repair bills of repeatedly servicing all those mechanical parts.
If printers are computing's redheaded stepchild, tapes are the arthritic senile filing-clerk maiden aunt.
Will it defeat Thaw's law
Which states that a 50-something woman will end up in control of the heating and turn it up to 28 degrees Celsius?
*I just made it up.
Working from home...
..is a jolly for middle managers in just about every place I've ever worked. Sad but true.
Finally may be time to move away from my elderly netbook. To me these things are devices for when on holiday - hopefully fanless so silent, and gives me Chrome. As long as it can play movies from USB to keep me amused on the plane, job jobbed. For proper computing I have a nice big desktop back at home. Just hope they do one with black keys and the screen isn't reflective.
The cool kids are on apps and smartphonez, innit?
Ugh! Nirvana on audiophile format? I'm old enough to remember Nirvana when I was young - guess that makes me the new generation Rolling Stones / Eric Claptout type.
Re: To be honest
Seriously? Not used a Mac in years, but if you have to put up with that kind of crap - no thanks.
Re: Tech skills- not so much
The bit about wikipedia in my post was the clue.
Tech skills- not so much
Just checked wikipedia. She has never actually worked in a real technology role.
Investors want to see Apple-clone i-somethings to get quick x10 i-shareprice. Without any risk of it completely tanking the stable growth dividends of the existing model.
Re: Wait, what?
<takes pince nez glasses off>
The red one or the blue one?
HL was great, HL2 was
HL2 did the usual sequelitis thing. Make it 'dark'with some confused Eastern European oppressive regime thing. Add some driving bits. And not much else. Just like the latest Die Hard really.
3 needs to be something special or they shouldn't bother.
Yellow and singing
He always reminds me of this:
Re: Such a waste of time and paper.
No it won't - we're at 7 billion and counting. The figures vary, but we're way over the long-term sustainable population for the planet as it is. Take several generations more of selfish scum popping out sprogs and we're screwed.
A lot of
colour-blind hipsters out there.
1: Give it back to the taxpayer
2 Get the lawyers onto the mobile companies and force them to remove the paywall blocking landlines and SIP providers making cheap calls to mobile (i.e. there is a mobile provider cartel in operation).
Re: Its the corruption, stupid!
No it isn't. While the corruption label makes a good tagline for angry rants, the problem is more complex. Wasteful business fails due to competition, waste public sector has no such checks and balances. Normal business can take risks - public sector can't. It is a requirement to cover your back even if it means giving the same bad, inefficient/overpriced service to everyone. Postcode lottery in NHS anyone? Yep - answer is to drop standards everywhere. Pervasive auditors and procedure-jockeys mean no flexibility. Endless well intentioned but vague ticklist objectives, plus endless E and D, health and safety tickboxes to tick. Final salary pensions make up for bad pay, but mean people never leave so the empire building, job-for-life mindset if 20 times worse than in normal business.
Re: No. Just no.
Yep. Prices of the new phones were simply too high. You can get away with that kind of pricing for iPhones and top end Android, or to some enterprises - but not for a relatively unknown platform. Blackberry needed to get some £120 Tesco-phones into the market OR focus completely on enterprise phones. No ficus equalled failure.
Interested to know if BT have given them access to 'private' circuits too.
As for other crypto...
Could be tinfoil hat gibberish, could be real. We need the government to tell us what is going on within our shores..
Logic flaw and margins
Curious what 'cloud' provider store their data on - punchcard?
Suspect margins are nosediving as mainstream SANs move to being commodity items. Doesn't mean SANs aren't popular, just that vendors can't command insane markups any more.
I'd buy a blocking device but
the in-laws are foreign and the only way to get cheap international calls is still on the landline. Tried going SIP but it is too laggy to be usable without making sure the PCs aren't doing anything before making a call - not practical.
TPS and being ex-directory hasn't stopped the autodialler scum phoning several times a day.
Re: How the world changes
She seems to pass the test of basic decision making.
And strangely it seems to work.
A bit like Alcoholics Anonymous and Yahoo of a year ago, I think the first thing they have to do is admit there is a problem.
'The virtual machines that run atop the ESXi 5.5 hypervisor did get one big capacity change with the update, and that is for the virtual disk locally attached to a VM to be extended from 2TB with ESXi 2.1 to 64TB for ESXi 5.5.'
About flipping time too. They can blab on about cloud piffle all they want. I just want to be able to use it for our fileservers without a constant ache in my sack.
After the frikkin mess that was SSL on vCenter5.1, VMWare could do with a release that 'just works' and does the basics.
Retrain engineers to software development...
GUI designed by engineers? No thanks.
Spooks have managers too. Managers need to have something - anything 'positive' they can type up to make it sound like something was done. Yes - sir! Horse nowhere in sight, stable door firmly bolted using protocol 7.
Several mentions of jumbo frames on here. Lots of people seem to think it is some kind of silver bullet for SAN issues. Interesting article on real world performance over at this link:
Re: "technically difficult and time consuming"
Why don't google write their own app in html5 then?
Theory is okay. I want to see some evidence of attacks against realistically defended targets. Till then just more white noise from people looking for employment.
Give the impression it is doing well, get sued by investors.
Say it isn't doing well, scupper your own product's already shaky traction in the market. Then get sued by investors for trainwrecking your own product...
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