66 posts • joined 1 Jun 2012
Re: Begining of the end.
Big businesses always cut staff at some point, if they didn't they would become inefficient and bloated. If they don't cut staff, they get bought by other businesses who will do it for them, like has happened here. Most of the staff being made redundant are from the Nokia business.
It's unfortunate that other areas are taking a hit though, good people will lose their jobs.
If you want the big bucks, then you'll probably need to specialise - otherwise you will be aiming for an IT Manager role in a small to medium organisation - and they don't come up that often.
I'd look into IT consulting, talk to some of the larger companies that you've heard of, and ask them about what sort of career progression and training they can offer. Talking to people at trade expos is a good place to start, they usually happy to have someone drop by who actually wants to talk to them, even if you're not buying something.
It sounds to me like your aiming for an Architect or Managing Consultant type role, but you need to prove your worth on the engineering or technical consulting rungs before you climb to the top. I don't think you'll still be wanting to dive in under desks in 10-15 years time, so now is the time to think about your options. You might need to specialise in the short term in order to get you that chance to be a well paid generalist in the medium term.
Unfortunately here in Blighty we're subjected to import duties and VAT, which pumps the price up. Even a $30 USD device shipped would struggle to get into my living room for under 30 pounds.
got mine yesterday
Went for the 2-5 day super saver shipping and it arrived within 16 hours. Bonus weekend playtime.
I don't have an apple TV and was looking at setting up Plex on my old desktop pc, so this fits nicely for future use.
Meanwhile Netflix on a big screen without having to plug the laptop to the (7 year old) TV is real reason I bought it. Works a treat - can start playing from my iPhone and it takes over, don't need to keep it running - but you can if you want a remote.
Sounds about right
Any time I get asked to install something on my friends/family member's computers I charge them a half dozen premium beers.
if you're a beginner
You're probably going to take any free tutorials you can get if you're just starting out, and it doesn't matter who is holding them.
Sure you'll need real world experience, but you can't get real world experience if you're still learning the basics.
Re: Linux support... well, who can say?
@Alan Brown yep, he just said he plugged it into a mac
...and I'm sure it will only need all of my available storage
Based on the companion app sizes for GTAV, a full game will most likely take up more space than most people have available on their devices.
Organisations clearly need a mobility policy that EVERYONE is aware of, otherwise it's going to become a security and management nightmare. Sure, allow BYOD, or different departments to purchase kit, but make sure they know the minimum security requirements prior to making that purchase - and that they'll be on their own in terms of hardware support or they'll need to contribute budget for the increased workload IT is about to take.
Re: Supply rules
In the US at least. PS4 launches a week after xbox one in Europe.
Re: worthy of The Onion
you beat me to it.
Indeed, I had to check I wasn't reading the onion.
Re: console vs PC
As a long time FPS player on PC, I thought the same thing about switching to a console.
It was a jump at first, but you find it's more natural to control movement and aim with the thumb sticks than one hand on asdw and one on the mouse. You also find you get fast at weapon swapping and all the other things I know I developed shortcuts for in my previous PC gaming life. I still play PC games, just not graphics intensive ones.
7 years later and I'm still playing and enjoying xbox 360 FPS and I haven't had to upgrade my video card every year to keep up. Still deciding between PS 4 and xbox one - neither of them can play my current xbox games so I don't really care which.
Surface Pro 2 called.
Re: This report is complete and utter rubbish
Profit is one thing, but shareholders want growth too. This report shows that their growth is becoming tied to a fixed market size of replacement devices.
Re: run out of cats?
lost in translation
I'm sure the techs who explained it to the person who then relayed the message to the individual who wrote the script for this announcement mentioned "AD", "router", "system", "corrupt" and "users" but not necessarily in the same order that it came out.
Re: Is it me, or is video dolt driving and filming at the same time?
most annoying part of that video for me was the aspect. Turn your damn phone sideways when taking videos!!
Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?
I keep swiping on my macbook air's screen and nothing happens...
gotta compare apples with, er apples.
Downvotes to a clear xkcd.com reference? Some people need to get out more.
Re: It's probably somewhat different
Spot on. If you're not already in the USA it is a big time and money commitment to get over there for the training - and then the course fee on top of that.
Then the exam/lab itself is very complex and there's a chance you won't pass - and there's no money back guarantee.
Re: It doesn't matter
Seriously? Disgrace? Haven't played with Hyper-V recently have we?
That aside, this is disgraceful behaviour by Microsoft and they deserve whatever slamming is coming due to them trying to squeeze the last drop of revenue out of their existing (surviving?) customer base.
Re: Intune IS for smaller businesses
You always end up paying, whether it's for hardware, software, support, or in downtime when the "solution" your expert installed falls over for the 3rd time this year. Whether you choose to invest that money in something with a financially backed SLA or Doug, the Linux guy, is up to you.
Anyway this conversation was meant to be about getting apps into Win 8.1, how did we get so distracted?
Beer, because it's Thursday afternoon here.
Intune IS for smaller businesses
Why would you install infrastructure on premises to manage your desktops and mobiles when someone else can run that infrastructure for you?
I think this is a non-issue. Get Intune, get the side load keys.
Re: Did this take outlook down ?
from the blog linked in the article:
"Q: How was this issue not detected in Exchange Online if Exchange Online is always receiving fixes before on-premises customers?
A: Exchange Online does not deploy .msp patches into the environment; instead, Exchange Online deploys new full builds of the product (cumulative updates, if you will) on a regular release cadence. As a result, Exchange Online was not impacted by this issue."
I love the QA section in the blog
"Q: You have told us time and time again that you were going to improve your testing procedures, and yet each time you have to tell us that you missed something. When will it end?"
Good that they're asking the questions, bad that this isn't the first time it has happened.
Re: what is next
Reboot - then it will be:
Re: Not just radio signal safety
@Anonymous Coward 101
Have you flown? They ALWAYS wake people up before landing. As for books and magazines, they can't talk back - so their distraction level is a magnitude lower than a phone.
Re: Not just radio signal safety
Good point, and glad you're ok.
- but never underestimate the capacity for stupidity from one or two individuals in a large group.
Re: Never any danger
True, if it were placing us in immediate danger, do you think they would politely ask us to turn them off?
That said, radio signals have been proven to interfere with some electronic equipment - would you really want to risk it at 30,000 feet?
Not just radio signal safety
I've had it explained to me that the reason they ask us to switch off the phones especially during take off and landing is these are the times that the plane is most likely to crash - and therefore, the full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is required in case of an emergency exit.
The fact that there will always be some moron who thinks it is more important to call their mum rather than listen to the cabin crew and get-the-hell-off-the-plane is precisely why they need rules like this.
Secondly, there are electronic components that are impacted by radio signals, and a "my plane didn't crash and I left my phone on" isn't a valid argument for the removal of those rules. Lack of an expected outcome is not elimination of causation .
Re: It's goes to 11, see?
@Alistair Dodd 1
What's the point of a PIN at all if it is easy to remember? It makes it easier to guess too. Asking someone to choose a pin on the spot and they're likely to go with a year - or a PIN they're already using somewhere else (say their bank) which is worse. Alternatively they'll come up with something random that means nothing to them and they'll forget it. Give them a PIN and they'll try to remember it - being given a PIN on a piece of paper that they read and then dispose of properly is a memory aid.
Actually, 4 digit pins are so useless you might as well say "your PIN is 1234" and be done with it.
Switch to longer alpha numeric or pass phrases and your users will remember them.
Can I have your PIN please?
It's ok, it's for a scientific study.
Is that sarcasm? Because it's hard to tell.
This isn't the cloud your looking for
..if performance is what you're after.
My IT decision making triangle.
Cheap. Fast. Stable.
Sherlock, because he gets it.
Re: oh, ffs
the same thing... except the touch screen and ability to convert into a tablet. So not the same thing then?
Re: Difference between ‘crippled’ and ‘attacked’
Saw the author on twitter protesting innocence on that one - headline writers have something to answer for - no mention of "crippled" in the article.
Paris, because she doesn't understand the difference between the two either.
Thinking outside the (magnetic) box
Absolutely something like this will have a place in archival storage. We're storing more data longer thanks to the need to keep historic copies of data for compliance reasons, and the "never delete anything" attitude that has grown since storage prices have come down. Magnetic doesn't make sense for long term storage unless you're regularly reading and re-writing it, which itself ages the storage medium.
It will be interesting if their 1000 year estimate even makes it past the 50 year mark, with "CDs will last forever" quickly being replaced with "CDs will begin to deteriorate after 5-10 years" not that many years ago.
Re: Don't forget pricing for System Center 2012
Competition = good, and it's good that VMware finally have some competition here as they've been overcharging a locked-in customer base for years.
You're right on the management tools too - but the cost of VMware's tools are about equal to those of a SC 2012 license.
Re: Speak your brains
I haven't had a chance to play with 8.1 yet, but I've heard "meh" and "yeah!" in equal measures from those who have. It sound like they were listening to the public. The idea of snapping up to 4 apps on a screen is an improvement - especially since you can stick TIFKAM on one screen (with say email, twitter feed, <insert instant messaging client of choice> and, well I can't think of a 4th I'd want running at the same time (maybe calendar? a to do list?), while you're working on the other. Looking forward to giving that a go.
I think the removal of a certain flamebot has improved the level of conversation and discussion on technology recently. It's like I can read the comments section again and not just scroll past the first page missing all the self inflating corporate hating.
"The days are gone of moving boxes, it's about having an opinion you take to your customer and through that offering a service."
...which will cost more for the customers who are only looking to purchase kit. Nothing is free, including advice.
Re: I thought some of those versions were *complete* re-writes from the ground up.
Complete re-write doesn't imply they won't re-use existing interfaces for communication between components or externally - so they can become susceptible in the same manner.
Take for instance the way software communicates with the certificate store - it may differ between versions but the base interaction is the same - and therefore potentially open to the same attacks across versions.
Cue the rampaging responses from Apple fans
iOS 7 does feel like a coming together of other old interfaces, but it needed to be updated. Maybe 7.1 will be better?
I did enjoy one comment I saw somewhere on the interwebs (sorry can't remember where) - that the public would be much more accepting of this behaviour if the NSA gave away a browser, search engine, provided a free mapping service and hosted email.
It's definitely my acronym of the year candidate
I don't want to go off on a rant here but...
I agree with you that they only bend to the big corporates - those that get onto the TAP program and influence the final product - until they get a response like they did on Win 8.
Found it well balanced and loved the insight you provided with your own experience in Canada. Still not sure many people will be sold on Microsoft being the answer to their security woes - and as you highlight, privacy is still a concern.
Security and privacy will remain a concern for most organisations, and it will come down to a risk appetite vs cost of mitigation. For some, the cost of continually chasing their tails to patch security holes and keep software up to date will lead them to hosted services, and the potential risk of a privacy breach might not be enough to upset that course. For others, the risk of a privacy breach will prove too much, and the laws too challenging to untangle or take a punt on.
Re: XBox One vs PS4
The potential was there, it just wasn't executed properly.
The overall experience of PS3 lags behind the 360, and not just the visuals. I really thought the PS3 controller just felt limp because it was so light.
Game load times on the BlueRay were poor - something Microsoft will have to combat with the next Xbox too. I foresee a lot of that hard drive being taken up with caching game content.
And the world will only need 5 computers
This is a experiment, a proof of concept of a new technology that will undoubtedly one day make its way into our hands - either directly or through combinations with other technology. Think hybrid cars.
It might not be the same frequency, or even the same multiplexing/splitting/whatever they're doing to achieve it, but it will influence and impact future technologies.
Re: Soon to get "upgraded" from Live@EDU to O365
Good luck with the move Dave. I did a number of custom Live@edu deployments over the years that are being revisited now to upgrade to Office 365. I did a number of uplifts between versions of Live@edu too which were always challenging to coordinate the backend upgrade with the client side/identity sync changes. I do think the documentation they have is limited, but there are a few of us here in the UK who can help.
Free plug for one of my competitors/collaborators who are running training for administrators for this process on the 21st of May: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukeducloud/archive/2013/04/16/partner-offering-live-edu-upgrade-training.aspx
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